The Scouts of the World Singapore Base concluded its 15th Scouts of the World Discovery Workshop with 13 local Scouts and 2 Taiwanese Rovers from 15 to 17 March 2019.
For the first field trip, the Scouts volunteered at Willing Hearts, a soup kitchen that cooks and distributes 5,000 daily meals to over 40 locations island wide. Beneficiaries include the elderly, the disabled, low income families and migrant workers in Singapore. The Scouts helped in the preparation of ingredients for the next day’s cooking. Getting ingredients sorted out for 5,000 meals is no mean feat and it was an eye opening experience for the Scouts.
The Scouts visited Edible Garden City, a sustainable urban farm for their second field trip. During the field trip, Scouts were introduced to the concept of closed-loop urban farming system which uses natural systems and modern technology to ensure sustainability of resources. The Scouts were also treated to a rare opportunity to feed live chickens, an uncommon sight in urbanscape Singapore.
Both field trips aim to create awareness in workshop participants by showing them real-life examples of people who are creating a positive impact in the community and fulfilling part of the Sustainable Development Goals for the work they do. Through such exposure, the workshop hopes to inspire Scouts to take action in their own capacity as no amount of effort is ever considered small.
The workshop closed with the presentation of the Scouts of the World Award to 6 Scouts who participated in the Scouts of the World Voluntary Service ‘Project Orion 9’ in 2018. Two of them also received their Messengers of Peace badge. Another past workshop participants earned his Scouts of the World Award for an independent Voluntary Service project on re-establishing the Singapore Scout campsite as a nature learning hub.