Gang Show With A Difference!
On 28 July, it was the day of the Singapore National Cub Scout Gang Show. Cub Packs from all over the island performed skits, dances and musical performances. One unit decided to do something related to their recent World Scout Environment Programme.
Cub Scouts from Colugo Scout Group worked with their leaders on how they could teach others to help the environment. Their dedicated leaders worked on a script to do this. They spent their own time designing and making costumes from recyclable items. The group is an open scout group that meets every Sunday for their regular pack meetings. They used some of these Sundays to practise for their performance. Some of the Cubs had stage fright, but wanted to overcome this fear by acting in front of an audience. Their peers and leaders gave them the support and encouragement needed to overcome their fear.
The leaders gave a final talk to their Cubs before the day arrived. They explained that no matter what the result was, they were all winners in their leaders' eyes. They were proud of all of them that they had participated and had worked extremely hard on their performance. This was a close knit group of Cub Scouts and leaders.
It was Colugo's turn to perform in front of other packs and three distinguished judges. The judges were impressed by Colugo, and awarded them the highest honour of Gold.
But what exactly was the skit about?
It was about a group of Cub Scouts that had just finished a picnic at the beach. They were tired after the meal, and were not in any mood to clean up. They were instructed by their leaders and sixers to bring back their rubbish to the bin centre at camp, but they were reluctant to do so. One Cub had an idea to throw the rubbish into the sea. Before they could do so, they were stopped by various marine life. Fish, Turtles, Jellyfish, Dolphins and Sea birds explained the consequences of rubbish being thrown into the sea. The marine life actors wore costumes that brought colour to the stage, and captivated the audience's imagination. Sad stories were told of turtles swallowing plastic, which obstructed their digestive system, fishing nets choking dolphins, plastic bottle caps swallowed by birds. These stories were narrated clearly by the Cubs to an audience that listened carefully. The finale was of the Cubs pulling plastic bags from a Cub dressed as a whale. It was humourous but the message was clear. The actors promised to their part to help the environment, and asked the audience to do the same.
Gang Shows can be fun, enjoyable and educational.