FOUNDER’S DAY TREK BADGE DESIGN COMPETITION 2020 [UPDATED]

Greetings from South Area Leadership Team.

In commemoration of Founder’s Day, the intention was to conduct unit South Area exploration treks, around the theme of “Knowing our Area, and our roots”

With the current situation from the Covid-19, the hikes are being postponed until we are given clearance to proceed with our outdoor activities and learning journeys. As we are not able to engage in the physical exploration of our area, we would like to invite our youth to engage in a virtual exploration with their unit leaders, focusing on our area’s landmarks, icons and symbols. Unit leaders are encouraged to “walk the route” with their youth via googlemaps or other virtual means, and discuss points of interest and landmarks along the routes, to encourage youth to get to know landmarks of our South Area.

We invite interested youth to participate in a “Design your scout trek badge” competition, linked to their area exploration Trek. The youth are invited to create artwork that depicts their favourite south area landmark, and give a short write up of their choice of design. A panel of design/media will review these submissions, and the top three designs will be shortlisted as potential icons to incorporate for the scout trek badge.

Please refer to Annex A for the specifics for submission.

Annex B contains some of the routes we originally planned for the hike, which may be used for inspiration in the badge competition. Unit leaders are also welcomed to plan a path for their unit hike which can be completed at a later date (when we open up for the actual Founder’s Day Scout Trek).

Leaders are requested to register interested youth for the badge design competition via the MSDS portal at http://intranet.scout.org.sg by 30th April 2020 16th June 2020

Entry submission deadline is 10th July 2020 5pm.

For any queries, please feel free to contact Mr Raikhan, Senior Executive Assistant at raikhan@scout.org.sg or 6259 2858.

We look forward for your active participation.


Annex A – Scout Trek Badge Design Competition

General Information
Eligibility All Cub Scouts
All Scouts
All Venture Scouts
All Rover Scouts
Cost N.A
Maximum Intake Nil
Registration close 6 pm, 30th April 16th June 2020
Submission due 5 pm, 10th July 2020
Badge design and submission specifications

Badge design images are to fit the following specifications

  1. Landmark(s) or icon(s) depicted is within South Area boundary
  2. To be Scout related
  3. To contain a maximum of 7 colours
  4. Design submission to be hand drawn or by PDF with attention to the following:
    • PDF submissions are to be 1:1 ratio
    • Hardcopy hand-drawn sketch with colours (you may draw it 2x the size)
    • Any fine details should be not less than 1mm in stroke thickness

Design submissions are to be accompanied by a short write up describing the reason for the choice of landmark/icon in the design

Submission to Mr Raikhan at SSA HQ or email it to raikhan@scout.org.sg


Annex B – Sample Routes

Please note that the icon/landmark badge design submitted does not need to be along the actual route of your hike.

We have some routes planned, with suitable checkpoints aimed at exploration of the area. Units are invited to craft a route of their own, suitable difficulty and distance for their youth members (minimum distance 5km).

  • Explore our Southern Ridges (“Our Parks” Mt Faber to Kent Ridge Park)
  • Explore Singapore River (“Bridges and our beginnings” Alexandra Canal to downtown core)
  • Explore Ang Mo Kio Heritage (for units not from the old Ang Mo Kio district)
  • Explore Toa Payoh Heritage (for units not from the old Toa Payoh district)
  • Explore Queenstown Heritage (for units not from the old Queenstown district)

Update: ‌Registration closing date extended to 16th June 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation.


Istana Open House Volunteer [Cancelled]

Updated: 20 March 2020

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, all upcoming Istana Open Houses will be cancelled until further notice.

– The Istana


Since 2015, The Singapore Scout Association has been supporting requests by the President’s Office to invite volunteers to serve as Guest Ambassadors for Istana Open Houses.

The next Istana Open House will be on Friday, 1 May 2020 which coincides with Labour Day.

Schedule of duty:

Morning shift: 7:30am to 1:00pm (report at 7.15am for uniform inspection)
Afternoon shift: 12:30pm to 6:00pm (report at 12.15am for uniform inspection)

In complying with MOE’s guidelines for COVID-19, we will restrict sign-ups to only Rovers and Adults. Units are encouraged to sign up for their respective scout group.

Members who are selected are to report in front of Plaza Singapura (nearest MRT station is Dhoby Ghaut) in full Scout uniform and headgear. Uniform check will be conducted before the commencement of duty. Those who are deem inappropriately attired will be requested to stand down from their duty.

Due to limited slots, the first 50 members who registered for each shift will be allocated their preferred shift. Those who are not part of the first 50 will be placed on wait-list. A compulsory briefing will be conducted on Friday, 17 April at 7.00pm at Training Room, The Singapore Scout Association, 1 Bishan Street 12, Singapore 579808. Duty allocation and details will be shared during the briefing (attendance will be taken)..

You are encouraged to register your Rovers and Adults via the MSDS Adult Training portal: http://intranet.scout.org.sg by Monday 6 April 2020.

Thank you for your continued support and active participation.


Google Classroom Training [Postponed]

Update: 24 March 2020

Due to the recent COVID-19 temporary measures to limit gatherings to 10 people or less, the South Area council has decided to postpone the Google Classroom training until further notice.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Dear leaders,

This is a FREE Enrichment Workshop organized by South Area to encourage our Leaders to upgrade their skills to help them in running their unit more efficiently and thus to enrich their personal development on this scouting journey.

Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools, that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.

We shall learn and explore how this can help us in our scouting environment.

Registration for the course will be available on-line through scout registration portal at http://intranet.scout.org.sg. (Adult Training Registration Portal)

For any query, please feel free to contact Mr Raikhan, Senior Executive Assistant at raikhan@scout.org.sg or at 6259 2858.


Postponed National & Area Event

Dear leaders,

In light of the latest MoE directive, we will need to postpone the following National & South Area events to a future date permitted under MoH/MoE advisories:

  • 8 Feb 2020 – South Area Venture Scout GPS Exploration Course 1st Intake
  • 8 Feb 2020 – South Area Advanced Scout Leadership Workshop
  • 14-16 Feb 2020 – South Area Scout Leadership Course Intake 1 (Part 1)
  • 15 Feb 2020 – Singapore Airshow 2020 & Air Spotter Badge
  • 16 Feb 2020 – South Area Venture Scout GPS Exploration Course 1st Intake
  • 29 Feb 2020 – South Area 3R Car Derby
  • 29 Feb 2020 – National Cub Scout Mind Quiz
  • 7-8 Mar 2020 – South Area Scout Leadership Course Intake 1 (Part 2)
  • 7 Mar 2020 – Basic Windsurfing Course (Intake 1)
  • 14-16 Mar 2020 – South Area Cub Scout Leadership Course Intake 1
  • 14-22 Mar 2020 – Jobweek (Date to be reviewed in April)
  • 20, 21 Mar 2020 – South Area Cooking Course [Scouts] 
  • 28 Mar 2020 – South Area Orienteering Competition [Cubs, Scouts, Ventures]
  • 28 Mar 2020 – Exploration Specialist Skill Course Briefing [Adult Leaders] 
  • 4-5 Apr 2020 – South Area Venturing Functions Course
  • 10-12 Apr 2020 – Exploration Specialist Skill Course Practical

We will keep everyone posted on the new dates.


Jobweek 2020 postponement

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus (2019 n-CoV) in China and its spread to other countries, and the measures implemented by Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Education (MOE), The Singapore Scout Association will be postponing Job Week 2020 to a later date, likely June 2020.

In view of the uncertain situation, this intention will be reviewed in Apr 2020, and further updates will be communicated to all Principals/Sponsoring Authorities and Unit Leaders via email circular.

Please feel free to contact SSA HQ Office at email hq@scout.org.sg for any clarification.

Thank you.

Yours-in-Scouting,
Mr Gary Lim
Executive Director

Jobweek 2020