Below are the images and reflection done by Seahorse Patrol on their Project Scubilion 2018:
For this year’s Project Scubilion, we combined with Stingray Patrol to visit the pioneer generation at Ren Ci Nursing Home.
It was the first time visiting a nursing home for most of our patrol members, which caused quite some nervousness and apprehension amongst ourselves. However, we soon found it to be an eye-opener.
When we first saw the elderly in the nursing home, we still felt a little tensed. The volunteers were aware about our unfamiliarity with the place and conducted an icebreaker session, where each member of Seahorse Patrol introduced himself to the elderly. Each member was then assigned to a elderly person, and he would accompany the latter to do all the fun activites planned for them.
This reminds us of the Scout Motto: “Be Prepared”. We should not let our fears and anxiety take control of us and affect what we should be doing. We must be ready to take on any challenges and adversities that we may face in our lives, which would be possible if we have have made adequate preparation. For the Sec 1 and Sec 2s, we should step up and keep a sharp mind because in time to come, we would become the new leaders of the unit.
The elderly were filled with excitement and enthusiasm during the activities planned for them. We felt very relieved and happy for them as they were showing such a proactive spirit. We assisted the volunteers at the nursing home in demonstrating certain actions like breathing in and out, which turned out to be quite hilarious as some of us could not do it. We entertained them with music in which we played with musical instruments such as xylophones. Their faces were all filled with smiles and delight and were having an enjoyable time.
During the second session, we assisted the elderly to make musical instruments out of daily materials such as plastic bottles, green beans and rubber bands. Many of them came up with creative ideas and we acted as their “hands” and guided them to build their final product. The session ended with a small musical concert where everyone played their instruments.
The third session was equally as exciting. The volunteers at the nursing home required the elderly to make and hold funny sounds like “a” and “o”, whereby hand movement was also incorporated when making the sounds to allow the session to be memorable.
Overall, our sessions at Ren Ci Nursing Home was very successful and has taught us several values like kindness, joy and compassion.
Yours in scouting,