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Friday, April 18, 2008

Be Prepared 2 - You are now a scout



Flag Breaking Ceremony




Livingstone Patrol meeting

The 32 Raffles Group was led by an adult leader who was not from our school. Top photo shows him standing beside the flag pole. The British NAAFI was in the background. It was situated along Beach Road opposite RI. After the flag breaking ceremony we met at the scout den for a short briefing. Above photo shows Livingstone Patrol meeting. The guy without uniform was a new recruit. We started each meeting by singing scout songs and also learned to sing new ones. At each meeting I learned new scout crafts and trainings such as tying scout knots and pitching tents. Hiking and camping were discussed and planned for the school holidays.

Livingstone Patrol had a log book to record the various activities carried out at each meet. We took turns to log the book. I looked forward to my turn, as it was a source of delight for me not only to log but also to decorate the pages with sketches. The log book was kept in a large wooden chest together with scout equiptments in the scout den. Wish I could see the log book again to delve on my handiworks once more.

10 comments:

paulpeters said...

My late uncle, Chan Yang Pun, was the one of the first King's Scout in 1940. He was from 32nd Raffles.

PChew said...

Unfortunately, the 32nd Raffles did not keep a record of their King's Scout when I was there. Wish they had done it from the beginning as a heritage for the younger generation.

professor said...

can u tell me the area of the places in your geography? British NAAFI could not have been on Beach Road right?

Before my father passed away, he handed me some of his scout badges. I think I have a photo of my late uncle when he was dressed up as a King's Scout. This was a photo studio shot.

Philip Chew said...

British NAAFI had been at Beach Road opposite Raffles Institution as shown in the photograph. I saw it every day when I was in RI.

professor said...

I want to clarify again. The British NAAFI bdlg was on the piece of land where the Cenotaph now stands and the flag raising ceremony was on the piece of RI school ground facing that future Cenotaph?

PChew said...

The British NAAFI bldg was at the present War Memorial Park.

The Cenotaph, a War Memorial for World War I is at Elizabeth Walk.

Lam Chun See said...

Hi Professor. You can see some photos and write-up of the Naafi (Britannia Club) here.

PChew said...

Chun See, most people remember British NAAFI(Britannia Club) building opposite Raffles Hotel. What about the British NAAFI building opposite Raffles Institution at Beach Road as shown in my photograph?

Lam Chun See said...

Sorry I am not aware of this other Naafi.

PChew said...

Hi Chun See, surely the two NAAFI cannot be operating side by side in1950s. There must be an explanation. Can you get your 'ang moh' connections to enlighten us?