By Fran Martindale

Cub Scout Pack 3017 has been active this year going on adventures, ranging from kayaking at MacRitchie Reservoir, to hiking at outlying islands, as well as cultural walks through the city and, of course, the big Pack campout held every year. As we prepare for the annual Pinewood Derby car race, we know that the Scouts have a lot of fun, but the real surprise for many parents is that they enjoy Scouts just as much as their kids.

“It’s a great way to bring our family together, as we do things in Singapore that we wouldn’t normally do on our own. It’s really not just my son learning how to do first aid, or put out fires, or outdoor survival skills – I’m learning alongside him,” says parent, John Sharp. “We’re away from his electronics, but also away from my distractions, too, so we really get genuine quality time together. There’s really nothing else like this.”

Cub Scout Pack 3017 has been offering families these unique opportunities for many years in Singapore and, while it has kept all of the outdoor skills and training as part of its program, it has also introduced badge activities for skills such as safe computer surfing and game design, with the goal of introducing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) experiences to the Scouts. This provides a balance of traditional and modern activities that the Scouts (and parents!) enjoy.