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28 July 2013

集合, 26th July

Hello guys:)

As the Year 1s had to make preparations for the following day's Parent-Child Day, and Year 2s had to stand down due to Common Test, the Year 3s had a discussion about the upcoming ATC until the Year 1s ended and re-joined us at 1600. For the next 40 minutes, the Year 1s practised their lashes under the supervision of the Year 3s.

After the lash-tying practise session, we had Physical Training! This Physical Training was in the different batches. While the Year 1s took some time to settle into the activity, they eventually put in more effort into trying their best and had high morale. Despite the tough activity they had to complete within the given time, the Year 3s also maintained their high morale and pulled through. :)

Guides activities would stand down for 2 weeks due to the Year 2s Common Tests and National Day Holiday. 加油 Year 2s and here's wishing everyone an early Happy National Day!:D

集合, 19th July

Hello everyone:D

On 19th July, we had our weekly 集合. We split into two groups to tie kitchen tents. Kitchen tents are sheltered places that, as its name suggests, serves as a kitchen for us to carry out Outdoor Cooking without fear of the rain or sun. It also serves as a shelter for us to put our other camp gadgets, such as kitchen dresser, baggage rack and clothesline. As the field area allocated to us could not accommodate all the ten patrols, we split up into two groups.  P3, P7, P8, P9 and P10 were in the first group while P1, P2, P4, P5 and P6 were in the second.

Hence, P3, P7, P8, P9 and P10 proceeded to the field to tie their kitchen tents while P1, P2, P4, P5 and P6 had Patrol Activity. Later on, the activities were switched, with P1, P2, P4, P5 and P6 tying the kitchen shelter and P3, P7, P8, P9 and P10 having Outdoor Cooking at the General Science Lab area.

Although there were some hiccups in the activities today, we left with valuable experience from what we had learnt during the building of the kitchen shelter and Patrol Activity/Outdoor Cooking.

Patrol Activity, 15th July

Hi Guides!

On 15th July, the patrols had Patrol Activity, or PA. This was to bond the patrol or train their skills. Hence, there were fun activities such as Fireman's Ladder and more challenging ones like building tents and gadgeting.

With ATC coming up in a few months, it is important to train ourselves so that we are able to perform better not only in areas such as tying structures fast, but also our physical standard, communication, leadership skills.

集合, 12th Jul


On 12th July, we 集合-ed at 1445 for our weekly activity. We started off with a quick attire check, followed by one and a half hours of PA.

PA, or Patrol Activity, allows the patrol to bond by doing an activity together. It also allows gives the patrol an opportunity to brush up on skills they are lacking in. After Passing Down last week, it was now time for the Year 2s who had lead the patrol during PA instead of the Y3s. Although this was initially awkward for them, most of them rose to the challenge and managed the task well. 

Following PA was PT, which stands for Physical Training. As the name suggests, this activity trains our physical standard and stamina through various stations. While some stations were tough, the morale of the patrols did not waver and loud cheering could be heard at the various stations.

After a short sharing session about the activities carried out today, we ended the 集合.:)

Overnight Camp, 5th-6th Jul


On 5th July, we had an overnight camp for the Year 1s Enrollment and the Year 4s Passing Down ceremony. Enrollment is a ceremony where the Year 1s receive their enrollment badges and be recognized as Guides. In the Passing Down ceremony, the Year 4s hand over their roles to the Year 3s, who would become the next batch to lead the Company.

Before the Enrollment ceremony began, we had an Obstacle Journey, or OJ or short. This activity tests the various skills we had learnt, such as gadgeting, first aid and survival skills, with various scenarios which allows us to apply what we have learnt. Although this was the first OJ for the Year 1s, they were able to respond quickly to the situation and we completed it smoothly.

After OJ, we had dinner before the Enrollment ceremony started:D

The Passing Down ceremony started shortly after.

After which, we had some time to bathe and change into our performance attire for PDP'13. PDP stands for Passing Down Parade, where the various batches put up a performance for the Year 4s.

The Year 1s sang the cup song "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone", though with changes to the lyrics from 'You're gonna miss me when I'm gone' to 'I'm gonna miss you when you're gone'. The individual patrols later read a poem to each of the Year 4s in their patrol.

The Year 2s performed a spectacular dance to a medley of songs, while the Year 3s put up a musical re-enacting scenes from ATC, an Annual Training Camp which trains the Guides' hard and soft skills, before ending off with the song 江南 while each patrol had a small talk with their patrols' Year 4s.

Finally, the Year 4s performed scenes from their PLTC, or Patrol Leader Training Camp, which prepares them to take over the Company. The Company Leader and Assistant Company Leader, Elizabeth and Shi Hui respectively, represented the Year 4 batch to talk to the juniors. PDP ended with the exchanging of PDP presents before lights out.

The next day, we had batch corner after breakfast before camp ended. Here are some reflections from some Guides about the camp:

From a Year 1 Guide:
Overall, I think the event was very meaningful. :)

From a Year 2 Guide:
The Enrollment ceremony was a very nostalgic one for me as I remembered myself enrolling into guides as a year one, and now I am witnessing my own juniors enroll. The Passing Down Parade made me really happy for my seniors but at the same time sad that our year 4s would be leaving us Overall, this has been a really memorable and enjoyable experience for me and I would never forget it. 

From a Year 3 Guide:
It is my third year attending PDP, and for every year that I have attended, it has always been a different experience. In Year 1, it was special because this was my year of enrolment, and the day I would officially be joining the DHSCOY family. In Year 2, I was proud to see my juniors enrol and my direct seniors to take over the 团. However, in year 3, after 2 years of guiding, it has come to a point where it is the 45th 届’s turn to lead, where it is our turn to take over the 团 just like our seniors had. During enrolment, I felt proud for my juniors and recalled back to the day where I was enrolled and new to the团. At that time,  I was enthralled to be part of something bigger and something that I know would change my life. And I am proud today to say that all of us have come this far, to be a senior and be part of this family. However, during the passing down parade, I was nervous and excited at the same time. It would be a brand new experience taking care of the juniors, and being an influential part of their guiding lives. On the other hand, at the same time, our beloved seniors would leave and it would be up to us to take care of ourselves. Many of us were very upset, and most of us were crying, but deep down we knew that the seniors that have helped us pulled through everything, will stay in our hearts forever. “Don’t be sad that it’s over, be happy that it happened”. 四十四届,我们爱你♥

4 July 2013

1st July Patrol Activity

Hi Guides!:D

On 1st July, we had Monday PA after taking a break during the June holidays:) For this PA, the Year 2s and the Year 1s had Patrol Corner while the Year 3s and Year 4s were discussing about the upcoming Passing Down Parade (PDP) :D The Year 2s taught the Year 1s Guides-related matters such as the Guide Law and Guide promise for our Enrolment cum PDP camp this friday!!!:D

This friday will be our Enrolment cum PDP camp, where the Year 1s will be officially enrolled into Guides and the Year 4s would be passing down to the Year 3s. See you there!:D

The Guide promise:
I promise to do my best, to do my duty to God, to serve my country and help other people, and to keep the Guide Law.