The Singapore Scout Association
The formation of the Singapore Scout Association (SSA) was one of the earliest youth movements in Singapore's history and remains one of only nine youth uniformed groups in Singapore schools. Scouting encourages the holistic physical, mental, spiritual and social development of youth with a strong emphasis on duty to God, duty to country, help other people as stated in the Scout Promise and Scout Law. Beside the Girl Guides Singapore, its sister movement, Scouting has already established its international dimension for youth since foundation in 1907. Also, Scouting places strong emphasis on doing good deeds; one of the Scout Mottos is to"Do a daily good turn".
Scouting was first introduced in Singapore in 1908 but was officially founded on July 2 1910. A young Scoutmaster, Frank Cooper Sands arrived from Nottingham in September 1910 and spent the next 40 years helping to create the SSA that Singapore knows today. He is often called the "Father of Malayan Scouting". Starting with one small troop of 30 boys, the movement has grown immensely over the last 90 years, surviving two world wars and producing countless leaders in every sphere of human endeavour. Scouting for local boys were only started in 1919 by Captain N.M. Hashim and A.Z. Alsagoff.
Today, there are an estimated 10,000 Scouts in Singapore serving in four mainstream Scout sections. Each section caters to the needs of Scouts in a specific age range through its different program focus. The Cub Scout section comprises youths between ages 7 and 12 (primary school) while the Scout section is made up of youths from 12 to 16 (secondary school). In addition, there are the Venture Scout and Rover Scout which accept youths between the ages of 15 and 18 and young adults from 17 to 25 respectively. Besides the mainstream Scout sections, there is also the Sea Scout section, which comprises Sea Scouts, Sea Venture Scouts and Sea Rover Scouts, and the Extension Scouts which is open to all physically or mentally disadvantaged youths who enjoy Scouting. Previously, there was also the Air Scout section which now was abolished. However, the Air Training scheme is in place for all Scouts and a lively Scouting-on-the-Air/Internet which is responsible for all the IT training and the event called the Nationally & International Jamboree-on-the-Air/Internet.
Scouting in Singapore is not only available to schools but also in the community. The Scout units based in community are usually open units. They often work hand in hand with their respective RCs with community projects while using these RCs as their Scout's "base". There are also several foreign Scout groups, mainly the international schools, in Singapore that actively participate in the Singapore National & Area Scouting events.
Singapore Scout Association
The Scout Association has developed and kept abreast with Scouting program to meet the needs and aspirations of the people. The association continues to identify itself actively with the process of nation building by organising relevant activities and is not connected with any political party.
The President of the Republic of Singapore is the Chief Scout. The Chief Scout holds the highest authority in the SSA and grants warrants and awards to uniformed adult leaders and commissioners who are recommended by the Association Headquarters. The Chief Scout also awards deserving and outstanding youth members who have attained the Standards of the Highest Award - the President's Scout Award.
The Association Headquarters is led by the Scout Council, which comprises both the uniformed and lay official who will assist the Chief Scout in his functions. The Scout Council is responsible for finding funds to support the association's activities and provides strategic direction and financial oversight on the Association while the Commissioner's Council formulate operational policies and directives in the respective fields and departments. The Area Council and the Districts implement the various National policies and directives to the grassroot units. Full-time professional staff provide day-to-day management of the Association Headquarters and provide support services to Commissioner's Council and Scout Council.
The Scout Council is headed by an elected President of the Association, together with his Vice Presidents and Council members. There are several committees formed up to look into the various aspects of the Association including the Finance Committee, Uniform Committee, and Scout Shop Committee.
The Commissioner's Council is the highest operational policy and directive body headed by Chief Commissioner. The Commissioner's Council structure as follows:
- Chief Commissioner
- Deputy Chief Commissioners
- Assistant Chief Commissioners
- Area Commissioners
- National Training Commissioner
- National Programme Commissioner
- International/Relations Commissioner
- Membership Commissioner
- Deputy Area Commissioner
- Assistant Area Commissioner
The National Training Commissioner is the head of National Training Team whose role is to provide adult leader training towards Woodbadge.
The National Program Commissioner is the head of National Program Council whose role is to provide Scouting Programs and updates for all youth members.
The International/Relations Commissioner is the head of International/Relations Department that handles both relations within Singapore and internationally.
To develop young people for purposeful and responsible adulthood, always prepared to serve God, country and humanity.
A good deed a day.
The Scout Promise
On my honour,
I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to God and
to the Republic of Singapore,
to help other people and
to keep the Scout Law.
The Scout Law
A Scout is to be trusted.
Trusted here means that a Scout can be relied upon to carry out his duties faithfully. In his personal bearing and conduct, he is able to win the trust and confidence of other people. There is no need to check to see if such a boy has done the job he said he would do, or telling the truth. People can rely on him not to let them down.
A Scout is loyal.
Being loyal to people means being on their side and showing that you are when the chance offers. It is easy to be loyal when things are going well, but the real test of one's loyalty comes when trouble comes or hard work is involved.
A Scout shows loyalty to his home, to his friends, to his Scout Unit, to the Singapore Scout Association and to his own Nation. He will do anything to uphold the good name of Scouting. He will show respect to the Nation Flag and the National Anthem (viz. Majulah Singapura in Singapore) because he is loyal to his Nation.
A Scout makes friends, establishes and maintains harmonious relations.
Making friends is very much a part of Scout training. Enlarge your circle of friends; this includes making friends with local Scouts as well as Scouts from other countries. You want your friendship to last; having made friends, you are to do your best to be friendly, to share what you have with them. In this way, they learn to like you, to help you no matter what race they belong to. Learn to live with them and live happily together.
A Scout is disciplined and considerate.
A disciplined Scout is a boy who understands what is orderliness and what is unruliness. He likes discipline because things can be done quickly where there is order. He learns to accept praise without getting swollen-headed and is ready to be corrected if he has done wrong. In the same way, he acknowledges success with humility and accepts defeat with equal grace. To be considerate is to be thoughtful of others. You are not going to do anything that will hurt others whether in thought, deeds or words. Also, understand that consideration for others paves the way for happy and harmonious living.
A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
A Scout who has courage is ready to face any difficulty what comes along. He is not going to give up easily but tries very hard to overcome his difficulties. The reason is that without courage, without being strong in spirit, a person has less chance of survival or success than one who is brave and refuses to give up till he succeeds. Difficulties can be solved if you have courage.
Every Scout should learn to strive and to achieve and this is only possible if he has the courage to do the right thing at the right time.
You need to have courage because through your training, you know what to do in an emergency. Courageous deeds come about because you know what to do, how to do it, and most important of all, do it.
List of Units
NOTE: This list is correct as of March 2006. The words following the schools refer to the name of the respective scout units. Please be noted that not all schools under the name Eagle or Falcon Scout Unit/Group belong to the same unit as there's quite a number of scout units registered under the same name.
Bukit Panjang District
- Bt Panjang Govt. High School
- Chua Chu Kang Primary School
- Chua Chu Kang Secondary School <Condor>
- Concord Primary School
- Dazhong Primary School
- De La Salle Primary School
- Dunearn Secondary School <Unicorn>
- Hong Kah Primary School
- Kranji Primary School
- Lianhua Primary School
- Pioneer Primary School
- Princess Elizabeth Primary School
- Regent Secondary School <Comache>
- South View Primary School
- Southernwaves Sea Venture & Rover (O) Group (Community Scout Group)
- St Anthony's Primary School
- Swiss Cottage Secondary School <Falcon>
- Unicorn Venture & Rover (O) Group
- Unity Primary School <Unicorn>
- Unity Secondary School <Unicorn>
Bukit Timah District
- Assumption English School
- Bukit Panjang Primary School
- Fajar Secondary School <Fox>
- Fox Scout (O) Group
- Ghim Moh Secondary School <Wolverine>
- Greenridge Primary School
- Greenridge Secondary School <Fox>
- Henry Park Primary School
- Hwa Chong Scout Group - (Chinese name: 新加坡华侨中学童军团) - founded in 1919 as the 7th Singapore Troop and re-registered as the First Singapore Chinese Troop in 1947 after revival of activities from World war II a year earlier. Subsequent group names include 51st Southwestern Troop, 2205 and Tanglin 05. It was formerly known as The Chinese High School Scout Group prior to 1 January 2005 (The name was changed to reflect the merger between The Chinese High School and Hwa Chong Junior College).
- Hwa Chong Junior College Venture & Rover Group
- Keming Primary School
- MINDS (Jurong Gardens School)
- Nanyang Primary School
- Singapore American School <07 Troop>
- Teck Whye Primary School
- Teck Whye Secondary School <Bull>
- West View Primary School <Fox>
- Zhenghua Primary School
- Zhenghua Secondary School <Fox>
The ACS Scout troop is one of the first and largest scout troops in Singapore. The troop consists of the Venture and Scout units. The troop has has won the Frank Cooper Sands award and is well known to have produced many Chief Comissioner's Award recipients.
- Blangah Rise Primary School
- Clementi Primary School
- Clementi Town Secondary School <Griffin>
- Dolphin Sea Scout Open
- Eagle Ventures and Rovers
- Fuhua Primary School
- Jin Tai Primary School
- Jin Tai Secondary School <Rusa>
- Nan Hua Primary School
- New Town Primary School
- New Town Secondary School <Eagle>
- Pandan Primary School
- Qifa Primary School
- River Valley High School <Eagle>
- Shuqun Secondary School <Naga>
- Singapore Polytechnic <Sabre Shark>
- Yuhua Primary School
- Boon Lay Garden Primary School
- Corporation Primary School
- Fuhua Secondary School <Tsunami>
- Hong Kah Secondary School <Gryphon>
- Jurong Primary School
- Jurong Secondary School <Screaming Eagle>
- Jurong West Primary School
- Juying Primary School
- Juying Secondary School <Dolphin>
- Merlimau Primary School
- Rulang Primary School
- Shuqun Primary School
- Westgrove Primary School
- Xingnan Primary School
- Yuan Ching Secondary School <Cougar>
- Yuhua Secondary School <White Fang>
- Admiralty Primary School
- Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School
- Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School
- Canberra Primary School
- Chung Cheng High School (Yishun)
- Evergreen Primary School
- Fuchun Primary School
- Greenwood Primary School
- Huamin Primary School
- Jiemin Primary School
- Marsilling Primary School
- Naval Base Primary School
- Northland Primary School
- North View Primary School
- Peiying Primary School
- Qihua Primary School
- Si Ling Primary School
- Terror Sea Scout (O) Group
- Woodgrove Primary School
- Woodlands Ring Primary School
- Woodlands Primary School
- Xishan Primary School
- Yishun Primary School
- Yishun Secondary School
Ang Mo Kio District
- Ai Tong School
- Anderson Primary School
- Bishan Park Secondary School <Lightning>
- Catholic High School (Primary)
- Catholic High School (Secondary) <公教童军团>- founded in 1948. it is one of the oldest scout troops in Singapore. It was established as the 2nd Singapore Chinese Scout Troop, in the then, Stamford District. Starting with less than 50 scouts, by 1965, it had grown to more than 80 members and presently, it has more than 100 members. It has all 4 sections - Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venture Scouts and Rover Scouts.
- Da Qiao Primary School
- Deyi Secondary School
- Jing Shan Primary School
- Lycee Francais de Singapour
- Mayflower Primary School
- Mayflower Secondary School
- MINDS (Yio Chu Kang Gardens School)
- Pierce Secondary School <Triace>
- St Gabriel's Primary School
- Townsville Primary School
- Whitley Secondary School <Scorpion>
- Anglican High School <Falcon>
- Bedok Green Primary School
- Bedok South Secondary School
- Bedok View Secondary School
- Chai Chee Secondary School <Tiger>
- Damai Secondary School <Fire Eagle>
- Fengshan Primary School
- MINDS ( Towner Gardens School)
- Red Swastika Primary School
- Telok Kurau Primary School
- Temasek Primary School
- Temasek Secondary School <Lion>
- Yu Neng Primary School
- ASPN ( Katong Special School)
- Chung Cheng High School (Main) <Panther>
- Dunman High School <Crane>
- Ngee Ann Primary School
- Opera Estate Primary School
- Pajigwad Scout Troop
- St Patrick's School (Secondary) <Pajigwad>
- St Stephen's School (Primary)
- Tanjong Katong Primary School
- Tanjong Katong Secondary School
- Marlin (O) Scout Group
- Tao Nan School
- Unity (O) Scout Group
- Manjusri Secondary School <Red Fox>
- Kong Hwa School
- Macpherson Primary School
- Maha Bodhi School
- Maris Stella High School
- Maris Stella Primary School
- St.Gabriel's Secondary School <Southern Cross>
- Xinghua Primary School
- Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) <ACS>
- Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) <ACS>
- Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) <ACS>
- ASPN (Chao Yang Special School)
- ASPN (Delta Senior School)
- ASPN (Jervois Primary School)
- ASPN (Tanglin Special School)
- Bukit Merah Secondary School <Eagle>
- Cedar Primary School
- Gan Eng Seng Primary School
- Gan Eng Seng Secondary School <Dragon>
- Hong Wen School
- MINDS (Lee Kong Chian Gardens School)
- Monk's Hill Secondary School <Osprey>
- Queenstown Secondary School <03>
- Radin Mas Primary School
- River Valley Primary School
- Spastic Children's Association
- St. Joseph 's Institution <Pelandok>
- St. Michael's School
- Stamford Primary School
- Wind's Rover Crew
- Compassvale Primary School
- Edgefield Primary School
- Holy Innocents' High School <Hornet Scout Troop, Established in 1965, Troop number 2013>
- Hougang Primary School
- Hougang Secondary School <Ranger>
- Montfort Junior School
- Montfort School <Knights>
- Nan Chiau Primary School
- North Spring Primary School
- North Vista Secondary School <Jaguar>
- Parry Primary School
- Peicai Secondary School
- Punggol Secondary School <Phoenix>
- Rivervale Primary School
- Rosyth School
- Sengkang Primary School
- Serangoon Junior College <Sapphire>
- Serangoon Secondary School <Serangoon Eagle Scout Group Estb 1922 Troop Number 20 01>
- True North – Hougang Community Club
- Xinmin Primary School
- Yangzheng Primary School <Yeung Ching>
- Yeung Ching Scout (O) Group < Established in 1954, formal troop number 2315>
- Yio Chu Kang Primary School
- Zhonghua Primary School
- Zhonghua Secondary School
- Changkat Changi Secondary School <Eagle>
- Changkat Primary School
- Chongzheng Primary School
- Coral Primary School
- Dunman Secondary School <Dove>
- East Spring Primary School
- East Spring Secondary School <Tiger>
- East View Primary School
- Elias Park Primary School
- Friendly Bears Cub Scout Pack (Community Scout Group)
- Gongshang Primary School
- Greenview Secondary School <Cuon>
- Griffiths Primary School
- Junyuan Primary School
- Loyang Primary School
- Meridian Primary School
- Ngee Ann Secondary School <Wichita>
- Pasir Ris Primary School
- Poi Ching Primary School <Falcon>
- Qiaonan Primary School
- Siglap Secondary School <White Stags>
- Spastic Children’s Association
- Tampines North Primary School
- Tampines Primary School
- White Sands Primary School <Seagull>
- Yumin Primary School
Toa Payoh District
- Balestier Hill Primary School
- Beatty Secondary School <Beaver>
- First Toa Payoh Primary School
- Guangyang Secondary School <Polar Bear>
- Kingfisher (O) Group
- Pei Chun Public School
- Poi Ching Primary School
- First Raffles Scout Group - founded in 1934. It was formerly known as the 32nd Raffles/2101 Raffles Scout Troop. It is one of the two Scout Groups of Raffles Institution. The Group consists of a Venture Unit (VU) and a Scout Unit (SU). In 2006, 01 had 1 President Scout Awardee, 1st place Outstanding Scout Awardee and 3 Chief Commissioner Awardees. The Group also won double gold for both scout and venture units in the 2005 Frank Cooper Sands Awards. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew (ex-prime minister and ex-senior minister) was previously an active member of the Group.
- Second Raffles Scout Group - founded in 1922. It was formerly known as the Second Singapore Scout Troop. It is one of the two Scout Groups of Raffles Institution and is currently the oldest Scout Group in Singapore. Goh Chok Tong (ex-Prime Minister, current Senior Minister) was a member of the Group.
- St. Andrew's 'Star' Scout Group. It was formed in July 1924 as the 10th Troop of Singapore. In 1932, it became the largest troop in Singapore. After World War II the Group grew to two junior and four senior troops, a Wolf Cub Pack and a Rover Scout Crew, and was a District on its own. In 1947, the Group again became the largest in Singapore. It is the only full fledged Scout Group in Singapore with 4 youth sections and a Scout Guild Chapter. The Cub Scout Unit and Scout Unit is sponsored by St. Andrew's Junior School and St. Andrew's Secondary School respectively while the Aquila Venture Scout Unit and Rover Crew, being open units, are sponsored by the Group Committee.
- Toa Payoh Eagle Scout Group - Pei Chun Public School Cub Scout Unit, previously known as 2524 and later Toa Payoh 24.
- Victoria School <Arrow>
- Viking Scout Group
International Scouting units in Singapore
In addition, there are American Boy Scouts in Singapore, serving in Cub Scout Packs 3017 and 3458, linked to the Far East Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which supports units in Eastern Asia. These units were transferred from Direct Service on April 1, 2005.
- The Singapore Scout Association Official website
- Sea Scout website
- Singapore Scout Guild
- Singapore Rovers Resource Website
- World Organization of the Scout Movement
- World Scouting Celebrates its Centenary in 2007
- Move of BSA units into FEC
Members of the Asia-Pacific Scout Region
Full members: Australia | Bangladesh | Bhutan | Brunei | Republic of China (Taiwan) | Fiji | Hong Kong | India | Indonesia | Japan | Kiribati | South Korea | Malaysia | Maldives | Mongolia | Nepal | New Zealand | Pakistan | Papua New Guinea | Philippines | Singapore | Sri Lanka | Thailand