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Post  Warloque on Fri Nov 21, 2008 5:16 pm

1910's
1910
Scouting in Singapore began with the 1st Sand’s Troop of 30 boys under the sponsorship of Young Men’s Christian Association, whose building also served as the Scout Headquarters.


1915
Scouts rendered valuable service by taking over from the police and army the duties of dispatch riders, telephone operators and clerks during the period of the Sepoy Mutiny by the Indian Light Infantry


1916
Younger boys were brought into the Movement as Wolf Cubs. The Scout Headquarters moved to Zetland house at Anson Road.

1919
The 1st Malay-speaking Scout Troop was formed.



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1920's
1920
Scouting from Singapore spread to the mainland of the Malay Peninsula and Frank Cooper Sands assumed the post of Chief Commissioner of the Scout Branch Association, which comprised of the British Crown Colony of the Straits Settlements (Singapore, Penang and Malacca) and the Federated Malay States. The Scout Headquarters moved to a building vacated by the General Post Office at Clifford Pier.


1922
Recognizing the extensive role of Scouting in the lives of young people, the schools in Singapore adopted the Scout Programme as an extra-curricular activity resulting in the formation of school-sponsored troops registered as 2nd Raffles Institution, 3rd Anglo-Chinese School and 4th St Joseph Institution in numerical order of formation chronologically after the 1st Sand’s Troop an open troop.


1927
Senior Scouts were established as Rover Scouts


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1930's
1932
Mr Ng Seng Choy loans his land for camping. That piece of land was situated at Wing Leong Road, Changi, and was named Purdy Camp. Many Scouting veterans remember their camping days at this very memorable site. The loan continued for 21 years.


1934
Baden-Powell’s visit was resoundingly acclaimed at a mammoth rally organised specially for this occasion. It was held at the Jalan Besar Stadium.


1938
Sea Scouting was introduced with the formation of the 1st Trafalgar Sea Scout Troop. Their base was on the ‘SS Lumut’ moored in the Telok Ayer Basin.


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1940's
1941
The effects of World War Two were being felt in Singapore and Scouts took up positions of responsibilities by qualifying as Air Raid Wardens, Fire watchers, First Aid Men and Police Officers, serving bravely in their respective units until they were disbanded with the fall of Singapore to the occupational forces of the Japanese Army.


1942
Under fear of Japanese Military action, Scouts met clandestinely to keep the Scout Movement alive.

1945
Senior Scouts had opportunities to work for the King’s Scout Badge as their highest award.

1946
Arrangements were carried out for Singapore to gain Association status with the UK Scout Association.


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1950's
1950
Branch Association status was accorded with Reverend R.K Adams as Chief Commissioner.


1952
Singapore Scouts went on their first Job Week and raised funds to send its first contingent to Australia to participate in the 2nd Pan-Pacific Jamboree in Sydney.


1953
Fund-raising efforts were fruitful enough for the Association to purchase a 27 acre land in Jurong, for a permanent campsite, named Jurong Park. It was situated at the old Boon Lay Road.


1958
The Association built its permanent headquarters. The Association Headquarters was thus able to vacate from its borrowed premises at Armenian Street to Sands House, Clemenceau Avenue.


1959
The Singapore Scouts acquired a 1 acre land at Telok Paku, Changi for camping and sea activities, the campsite was named Jubilee Camp. It continued with the lease for 14 years. Singapore participated in the 10th World Jamboree at Makiling, Phillipines.



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1960's
1964
A standard uniform of khaki shirt and trousers with the distinctive white and red scarf was established.

1966
Singapore was admitted as a full member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Jurong Park was acquired for industrial projects. Sarimbun Camp, a 27 acre campsite situated at Jalan Bahtera, Lim Chu Kang was leased by government on the basis of a temporary occupation license.


1967
The Government's recognition of the local Scouting Movement was registered with the selection of the scouts’ marching contingent at the Singapore's National Day Parade for its illustration on the $1 "bird" series currency note. Its printing has since been stopped and the currency note is now a collector's item.


1969
First President's Scouts invested.



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1970's
1970
A two-storey bungalow at 5 Martia Rd was acquired for scouting activities and named Ee Peng Liang Building.

1971
Singapore participated in the 13th World Scout Jamboree and 23rd World Scout Conference, both held in Japan.

1974
Singapore hosted its first regional conference, the 9th Asia- Pacific Scout Conference, at Hotel Royal Ramada.


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1980's
1980
First National Jamboree (JAMB 10-80) was held at Sarimbun Scout Camp to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Singapore Scouting.

1982
A set of stamps depicting our scouts in various outdoor activities was issued by the postal department to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of World Scout Movement.


1985
The eight-hectare Sarimbun Scout Camp was developed at a cost of 1.7 million to better serve campfire needs with a multi-purpose hall, modern washrooms, dormitories and a central kitchen.


1987 Sands House at Clemenceau Avenue was acquired and the headquarters moved to a two-storey bungalow at 305 Tanglin Road.

1989
The Singapore Scouts scored two historic “firsts” this year. The first-ever Scout Cross Country Race at MacRitchie Reservoir on 23 July, attracted 480 enthusiastic participants. In August, the first-ever National Camp was held for the various school uniformed groups (The National Cadet Corps, the National Police Cadet Corps, the Singapore Scout Association, the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade, the Red Cross Society, the Boys’ Brigade and the Girls’ Brigade at the Sarimbun Scout Camp.) It was organised by the National Cadet Corps, but the Singapore Scout Association was proud to contribute its expertise and participation in this national event.



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1990's
1990
Mr Joseph Wong took over the helm of the Singapore Scout Association as the Chief Commissioner from Mr Lim Keng Teck. Singapore celebrated 25 years of independence. The Singapore Scout Association launched a new badge as their way of commemorating the nation’s 25th birthday and also for the scouts to identify themselves with the community and the nation. The Singapore Scout Association celebrated its 80th Anniversary the same year. One of the highlights was the 2nd National Scout Jamboree (JAMB 25-80) where over 800 scouts – both local and from the Asia-Pacific region – got together at the Sarimbun Scout Camp. The Singapore Scout Association became the 3rd organisation in Singapore to send a team of climbers to successfully scale Island Peak (6189m), in Nepal, in December 1990.




1991
The Singapore Scout Association and the Singapore Civil Defence Scout Survival Camp equipped scouts with the skills of helping civilians by rendering first aid, distributing rations and providing support services in any state of emergency of war. His Majesty, King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden, in his capacity as Honorary President of the World Scout Foundation and Patron of the Baden-Powell World Fellowship, made a historic visit to Singapore from 18 August 1991 to 19 August1991, to present certificates and medallions to new Fellows. Eleven new BP Fellows from Singapore were installed at the ceremony.




1992
Mr Joseph Wong stepped down as Chief Commissioner due to heavy business commitments. Mr Felix Li Tai Ho was elected the Chief Commissioner by the Scout Council to succeed him. A decision was taken to sell the Ee Peng Liang Building, long used as the Katong Headquarters, at 5 Martia Road, to raise funds for the building of the new Scouts HQ in Bishan. As a finale to the National Day Celebrations, over 3,000 Scouts joined more than 20,000 members of the public at the memorable National Day Campfire, held at the Padang. The Association played a very active role in the campfire organisation. The Association’s mountain-climbing team successfully scaled Mera Peak (6654m), in Nepal, in December 1992.




1993
The 5-year Strategic Plans for the 1990s to increase membership growth, provide quality Scouting and to make Scouting the Number One Youth Movement in Singapore were formulated and launched under the leadership of Mr Felix Li, Chief Commissioner. Dr Tay Eng Soon, Senior Minister of State for Education, officiated at the Singapore Scout Association’s National Adult Leaders’ Convention, ‘Scouting is Education’, on July 10th. More than 400 scout leaders, school principals and Education Ministry officials were present. Two community campfires, one at New Town Secondary School and the other at Tao Nan School, were held on 28 August to commemorate Singapore’s 28th birthday.




1994
‘Adiji Chief Scout’ was held on 27 February, at Bedok South Secondary School, to welcome the new Chief Scout, His Excellency President Ong Teng Cheong, President of the Republic of Singapore. In May, the Association hosted the Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar on Financial Management. Sarimbun Scout Camp was turned into a jungle survival classroom for more than 1,000 campers from all eight Uniformed Youth Organisations and the Youth Wing of the People’s Association at the National Camp ’94. Again, the Singapore Scout Association played a very active role in the camp organisation. His Excellency, Mr Ong Teng Cheong, was the Guest-of-Honour. The Association’s mountain-climbing team, led by National Training Commissioner, Mr Mohd Effendy bin Rajab, succeeded in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m), in Tanzania, Africa, in June 1994. Dr Ee Peng Liang, President of the Singapore Scout Association (1973-1994) passed away peacefully in his home on 24 August, at the age of 81. Singapore Scouting has lost a great benefactor and dear friend. Mr Chia Shi Teck, Vice-President, took over the helm of the Association following Dr Ee’s sudden demise. The development of Sarimbun Scout Camp was completed with the addition of the Dr Tay Eng Soon Pyramid Challenge Tower, a 7-Storey artificial rock wall, 20 a-frame huts, 3 specially- constructed campfire circles and facilities for low rope elements.








1995
The Singapore Scout Association hosted the 18th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Conference, from 19-23 June, at the Mandarin Hotel, Singapore. The Conference theme, ‘Towards 2002: Quality Scouting for a Better World’ seeks to to attain regional priorities on Youth Programme, Adults in scouting, Management, Finance, Public Relations and Membership Grow, within a 10-year time frame from 1992 to 2002. It was officially opened by His Excellency President Ong Teng Cheong, who was the Chief Scout of the Scout Movement in Singapore. It was attended by more than 500 delegates from over 30 countries – making it the largest attendance in Asia-Pacific Scouting history. The Conference also saw the Chief Commissioner of Singapore, Mr Felix Li Tai Ho, being elected as the new chairman of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee. The Conference was preceded by the Asia-Pacific Regional Course for Leader Trainers, from June 12-17, at the Sarimbun Scout Camp. More than 40 trainers from 13 APR countries attended the course, which was officially opened by a former Scout, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Yatiman Yusof. This is the first time such a course has been conducted in the history of Singapore Scouting. The Conference was also preceded by the 1st Asia-Pacific Regional Youth Forum. Youths from 12 APR countries gathered at the Raffles Institution, Singapore, for the forum from June16-17. It was officially opened by Mr Sidek Saniff, the Minister of Sate for Education and a former Scout.









1996
The Singapore Scout Association moved into its spanking new HQ building and permanent home at No 1 Bishan Street 12 on 2 September. The three-storey high building was built at the cost of $3m and named the Ee Peng Liang Building, after its long-serving President and benefactor. The building boasts of a spacious Scout Shop on the first level. The Association’s general office, offices of key personnel, Scout Guild Room, Conference Room, Training Room, Programme Room and a resource library are located on the second floor. The Association’s auditorium is located on the third level. The Headquarters’ space is fully utilized with the provision of guest rooms and a lounge.




1997
The Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee met in Singapore from 20-23 February. The Annual World Scout Day Rally (Known as Founder’s Day or BP Day) and the ‘Launch of The Small Kindness Year For Scouts’ were held at Yio Chu Kang Stadium on 22 February. More than 6,000 Scouts and members of the Asia-Pacific Region Scout Committee members and Chairman of the various Sub-Committees in the Region attended this grand rally. Mr Lim Boon Heng, Minister without Portfolio, graced the occasion. The Chief Commissioner, Mr Felix Li Tai Ho, officially launched the International Scout Club on May 24. Only Scouts and Scout Leaders who have participated in an overseas Scout event are eligible to be members. A Pre-National Service Camp was organised and carried out for Scouts above 17 years old and also for those who were due for NS enlistment, at the Sarimbun Scout Camp, from 3-15 June. Mr Billy Goh Piak Chiang, Executive Director of the Singapore Scout Association, was awarded the Bronze Wolf by the World Scout Movement for outstanding contributions of the most exceptional character to Scouting. He is the second Singapore Scout to receive this prestigious award, after the late Dr Ee Peng Liang, former President of the Singapore Scout Association. Mr Lai Kwok Seng, Deputy Chief Commissioner, was nominated by the Scout Council to succeed Mr Felix Li as the Chief Commissioner in 1998, after the latter insisted on making way for new blood to head the Association.







1998
The Official Opening of the Ee Peng Liang Building STATE LAND LOT 6248 PT KMUKIM 17 become No. 1 Ee Peng Liang Building, our Scout HQ in Bishan Street 12. The official opening on 22 February by His Excellency, Mr Ong Teng Cheong, President of the Republic of Singapore and our Chief Scout, was a memorable one. The charismatic lion dancers, accompanied by thundering drums and cymbals, heralded the auspicious event. All scouts, young and old, felt proud and honoured to witness this milestone in our Singapore Scouting history. The new building was named after Dr Ee Peng Liang in memory of the good work that he had done for Scouting and the community through his tireless efforts in fundraising. The man served in 59 organisations and during his lifetime, received 18 decorations and 5 national state honours, including the Public Service Star. He strove to help as the many people as he could regardless of “race, language or religion”.






1999
The Association worked with the Sasha Bear Company to outfit a 12-inch Sasha Bear in a Cadet Scout’s Uniform. With a limited production of only 600 bears, the Scout Sasha Bear is the first in Singapore and the World.The 1st National Website Competition was a project jointly organized by the Singapore Scouts and the Guides Association to encourage and promote the creation of Scout and Guide websites. The competition was judged over the Internet by a panel of 6 judges from the SSA, Guides, MOE and NCB.The Training Team conducted the APR Workshop on Management Techniques for Adult Resources from 20 to 24 November at the headquarters. 22 overseas leaders and 27 locals attended the 5-day workshop. Overseas participants from Egypt, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Malaysia, Australia and Bangladesh attended this workshop.The Strategic Planning & Implementation Seminar cum Workshop, was held at Hyatt Hotel at Johor Bahru on 11 and 12 December. At the workshop, nine groups of participants from the Association deliberated on their plans for the next three years of the new millennium and presented their action plans at the seminar.
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2000's
2000
Senior Citizens Dinner:The ‘90th Anniversary Party for the Elderly Poor in Singapore’ was held on 4 April 2000. The dinner was conceived to inculcate the importance of respecting and caring for the elderly, to our scouts. The dinner was appropriately timed as the year 2000 was also the ‘International Year of the Elderly’.

The 2nd Course for Leader Trainer was held at the new Sand’s Training Institute in early December, with participation from 11 overseas countries.

Millennium Jamboree:The Millennium Jamboree was organized as part of the Association’s 90th Anniversary. There were approximately 1200 local participants and about 300 overseas participants from 20 countries. Mr Goh Chok Tong, the Prime Minister of Singapore, officiated the Opening Ceremony. The Jamboree theme was the ‘Learning Jamboree’ and offered various physically and mentally challenging activities. The five days event came to an end on 1 Jan 2001. RADM Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Education & Second Minister for Defence, marked the end of the celebrations by closing a massive campfire.








2001
The 3rd National Patrol Camp 2001 (1st National Cadet Scout Camp):18 Scout Groups registered for the 3rd NPC organized from 29 November to 3 December 2001 at Sarimbun Camp together with the 1st National Cadet Scout Camp 2001 from 1 to 2 December 2001 which had 137 Cadets participants. The ‘Open House cum Fun Fair’ was also held on 2 December 2001.

20th Asia Pacific Regional Conference:The 20th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference was in New Delhi, India from 7 to 11 October 2001. Mr Anthony Thng PBM, was elected the Chairman of the APR Scout Committee for 2001 – 2004. Mr Tan Cheng Kiong was appointed as the Chairman of strategy committee, Mr Thrumurgan as member of programme committee, Mr Chay Hong Leng as member of marketing committee and Mr Tan Kay Kerng as member of adult resources committee.

Invitation Programme, Boy Scouts of Nippon: Mr Edmund Tay & Ms Lim Peng were the 2 leaders, who attended the above mentioned programme from 30 July 2001 to 13 August 2001.

International Youth Camp, Brunei Darussalam: 5 participants attended the youth camp with Mr Ho Chee Heng, DC for Tampines as the contingent leader from 5 August to 11 August 2001.

9th Malaysian Goodwill Camp & 22nd Johore State Scout General Assembly: Mr. Sham Hao Ming, the contingent leader was accompanied by 8 scouts from 10 to 14 November 2001.

Course for Assistant Leader Trainer:This course was held at the Sand’s Training Institution from 24 to 29 November 2001. 33 participants with 9 local leaders attended. The participating countries were from Malaysia, Philippines, Korea and Hong Kong.


2002
Invitation Programme, Boys Scouts of Nippon: Mr Don Keithsiri Wijendra, Scout Leader, Tan Jun Xiang and Teo Sheng Yong, Kenny, Scouts attended the above from 28 July – 10 August 2002. They took the opportunity to attend the International Patrol Jamboree from 24 – 28 July 2002 at Jeju Island Korea and then to the Invitation Programme.

23rd Asia Pacific/13th Nippon Jamboree: The event was attended by 5 scouts from Cheung Cheng High School and headed by Zaher bin Wahab. The jamboree was held on 3 to 7 August 2002 at Maishima Sports Island, Osaka, Japan

4th Malacca Historical City Jamboree: The jamboree was held from 25 to 29 May 2002 at Malacca Scout Camp, Bukit Katil. The contingent was headed by Mr Han Lim Juan with 119 participants

36th World Scout Conference, Thessaloniki: The conference was held from 13 to 19 July 2002. Chief Commissioner, Mr Nicholas Tang led the contingent comprising:

Mr Anthony Thng -1st Dy Chief Commissioner

Mr Tan Cheng Kiong - 2nd Dy Chief Commissioner

Mr Patrick Tan - Area Commissioner

Mr Tan Kay Kerng - Area Adult Resources Commissioner

Mr Ho Chee Heng - District Commissioner

Mr Noraini Mohamad - Training Team Secretary

Ms Jayanthi - Staff

Mr. Noriman Ali Salam from Dunman Dove Scout Group and Ms Teo Ee Jean from Marlin Sea Scout Group (Rovers) represented the Association in the Youth Forum at Metsovo, Greece held from 8 – 11 July 2002.

20th World Scout Jamboree, Thailand: The jamboree was held from 29 December 2002 to 7January 2003 at Sattahip, Thailand. The contingent of 138 boys and leaders was headed by Mr Chia Chong Meng. The Flag Presentation for the jamboree was graced by Mr Abdullah Tarmugi, Speaker of Parliament on 18 December 2002.






2003
Singapore hosted the 1st APR risk Management Workshop.The workshop was held from 19-23 November 2003 at the Salvation Army Changi Conference Centre. Mr. Malcolm Tan was the workshop director. There was a total of 46 participants from Bangladesh, Republic of China, Malaysia, India, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand and Hong Kong.

ALT Noraini assisted in the Asia-Pacific Regional Strategic Management Workshop and Training System Development Workshop in Brunei, and Adults in Scouting Workshop in Kuala Lumpur as course staff. ALT Supramaniam, ALT John Lee and PCLT Han Song Guang attended the Training System Development Workshop in Brunei..

12th Goodwill Camporee: The camp was held from 5 – 8 December 2003 at Trang National Scout Camp, Trang Province, south of Thailand. A total of 270 participants formed the Singapore Contingent led by Mr Han Lim Juan.

Asia Pacific Workshop on Rover Scouting:Dr Chua Kian Wee and Ms Tok Sol Ling represented Singapore on a fact finding mission to the Asia Pacific Region Workshop on Promotion of Rover Scouting in the Region in Manila from 1 – 5 June 2003



2004
Family Festival:The Singapore Scout Association (SSA) participated in the inaugural Family Festival project initiated by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) at Suntec City on 26 – 28 November 2004.
Famboree: SSA organized a Famboree, in September (the term “Famboree” was coined from two words – Family and Jamboree) to bring past, present and future scouts together with their families. It was no coincidence that the year 2004 was also the “International Year of the Family” and the event contributed to society by promoting family togetherness. Famboree comprised of three main components: a 3.5km trekking activity, the National Pioneering Competition and a mega-campfire held at Bishan Park II. The Guest-of-Honour for the event was the Minister of Defence, Rear Admiral Teo Chee Hean

21st Asia Pacific Region (APR) Scout Conference in Brunei: The 21st Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference was held in Brunei Darussalam from 6-11 December 2004. The conference was attended by eight participants from The Singapore Scout Association, led by the Chief Commissioner, Mr Nicholas Tang

Asia Pacific Region (APR) Jamboree in Korea: This was held from 5-11 August 2004 at Mt Sorak, Kangwon Province, Korea. This event was led by Mr Edmund Tay with 12 participants.

Blair Atholl International Jamboree 2004:This event was held from 19 July – 4 August 2004 in Scotland. A contingent of 15 scouts was led by District Commissioner of Serangoon, Mr Yeo Kai Cheow

World Scout Moot in Taiwan:The World Scout Moot was held in Taiwan with six different Expedition Centers and a main Campsite at Hualien (Dongwa Village), Taiwan from 31 July – 10 August 2004. The Singapore representatives included Mr Eric Lam, Mr Andrew and and Mr Chua Kian Wee.

5th Malacca City Jamboree 2004:The 5th Malacca City Jamboree was held from 29 May – 3 Jun at the Malacca Scout Camp in Bukit Katil, Malacca. The Singapore Contingent was led by Mr Koh Kar Meng and two Sub-Contingent Leaders, Mr Desmond Foo and Mr Kenny Leong. The District Commissioner for Bukit Panjang, Mr Andrew Chua was the Contingent Advisor and Mr Han Lim Juan was the Contingent Coordinator. The whole Contingent comprised of 15 Adult Leaders, and 214 participants from 22 Scout Groups. At the Jamboree, the Chief Commissioner, Mr Nicholas Tang received the “Anugerah Gemilang President” Award from the state commissioner at the Opening Ceremony.

Nippon Invitation Programme: The Nippon Invitation Programme was held from 28 July – 12 August 2004 in Japan. The programme was attended by four participants, led by Contingent Leader, Mr Abdul Razak, a full time staff.









2005
A Good Turn A Day: Held on Friday 21st of July 2005, our Chief Scout, President Mr S R Nathan, graced the event as part of the President’s Challenge 2005. This event was the initiative of the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) of whom Mr Noel Hon, our President is also its Chairman. We collaborated with the SKM secretariat to renew the Scouts’ commitments to doing a “Good Turn A Day” as a daily act of kindness to people around us. The ceremony was attended by about 150 cub scouts and extension scouts, parent and volunteers.
Family Festival 2005: The Family Festival 2005 marked a breakthrough in many ways for the SSA. The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports invited us to play a key role in the Family Festival by engaging the children, parents and grandparents in fun scouty activities.

Eurojam 2005: The Eurojam was held in Hylands Park near Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom from 29 July 2006 to 10 August 2006. A contingent of 10 boys from Raffles Institution 01, Raffles Institution 02, St Joseph’s Institution and St Andrew School was lead by Mr Leon Tan and Mr Ng June Ren.

8th International Youth Gathering for Cultural Exchange : The youth gathering was held in Cairo, Egypt from 21 Aug – 31 Aug 2005. It was attended by two young leaders. They were Mr Kumanan Ilangovan from Beatty Beaver Scout Group and Mr Xiang Hao from Fox Scout Group.

9th World scout Youth Forum: Mr Mohammad Zhafrie bin Jalil (Ag District Commissioner of Bedok District) and Mr Noriman Alin Salam (National Scout Commissioner) attended the 9th World Scout Youth Forum from 29 Aug 2005 to 1 Sep 2005. The forum was held in Hamammet, Tunisia. They later joined the Singapore delegation to the 37th World Scout Conference.

37th World Scout Conference in Tunisa: The SSA sent a delegation of 20 members to the conference. Apart from the key personnel who were delegates, the rest formed the support team for the World Scout Jamboree 2011 bid. SSA made a bid for the 2011 World Scout Jamboree at the World Scout Conference held in Tunisia in September. However, when the results were announced, SSA managed to secure 221 votes compared to Sweden’s 288 votes. Japan and Australia trailed 152 and 138 votes respectively. SSA thus lost the bid to Sweden. Although we lost the bid, we managed to put Singapore on the world scouting map.Mr. Anthony Thng was also presented the Bonze Wolf Award at the conference. He is the 3rd person in Singapore to receive the Award.

Hong Kong Exchange Programme: Ms Catherine Tan (District Commissioner of Ang Mo Kio District) led a contingent of 32 scouts and leaders to Hong Kong for an exchange programme with the 1357th Kowloon Group and 45th Scout Group of the Tuen Man District. The exchange programme was held from 23rd -29th Dec 2005.

25th Asia Pacific Region Jamboree: A contingent of 117 strong attended the regional Jamboree from 28 December 2005 to 3 January 2006. The contingent was led by Assistant Area Commissioner (East) Mr Ho Chee Heng. The regional Jamboree was held at Sattahip, Chonburi, Thailand. A 102 strong day tripper contingent of cub scouts and leaders led by Ms Madelene Seow (National Cub Scout Commissioner) joined in the Jamboree as part of the day tripper event.


2006
Kindred Sprit @ South West Campfire: SSA collaborated with the South West CDC to organize a campfire on 12 March which was officiated by the Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong.

Bishan – Toa Payoh North CC Family Campfire: SSA assisted Bishan-Toa Payoh North CC to organize a Family Campfire on 19 June which was officiated by Mr. Hri Kumar, MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC.

Strategic Plan review (24-25June): SSA held a workshop to review its Strategic plan in June at the Civil Service Club in Changi

Join the Celebration-Fly our Flag: For the first time, the Singapore Scout Association (SSA), a corporate member of the Peoples’ Association (PA) since 1960 has joined the PA grassroots organisations to rally more Singaporeans to display the National Flag. The event was officiated by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of MCYC on 8 July at the Bukit Panjang Plaza.

Joint Community Development Project:11-13 Aug: In Aug, a joint community development project with the Gerakan Pramuka was held Batam Island, Indonesia to repair a jetty and improve the school compound.

The Joint National Camp for Centennial Celebration of World Scouting Movement, Taiwan: The contingent of 29 scouts and leaders attended the Jamboree from 26 July to 4 Aug 2006. It was led by Mr. Yeo Kai Cheow, DC (Serangoon).

Scouts Association of Japan Invitation Programme: The invitation programme was attended by 2 ventures and led by Mr. Lester Lee, Assistant Chief Commissioner (Central) from 29 July 2006 to 10 August 2006.

14th Nippon Jamboree: The contingent of 40 scouts and leaders attended. It was led by Mr. Cheong Kam Wai of Whitley Scorpion Scout Group from 3 – 8 August 2006

A Taste of Tradition: SSA also collaborated with the South West CDC to run an activity at West Mall as part of the Interracial Harmony Day.

APR Workshops: 4 Leader attended the APR workshop on working with Youth with special needs, held in Brisbane, Australia in Oct and 4 leaders to the APR Event Management workshop held in Jeju, Korea. 2 Staffs attended the Branding and Media Communication workshop held in Macau in Nov.

A President’s Scout Inauguration Ceremony -31 Oct: This event was held at the State Room for past and current PSA holders. The ceremony was officiated by Chief Scout, the President of Singapore.

A charity film premiere -29 Nov: The above film “Open Season” was shown to raise funds for the association. It was held at the new Picture House

APR Rover Peace Baton 16-17 Dec: Participated in the Rover Peace Baton, receiving it from Indonesia on the 16th and handing it over to the Malaysian counterpart, the following day.
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