This is article is part of the Undisrupted series, a series of articles detailing our troop's response to the current COVID-19 situation, allowing training to continue even when physical CCA sessions have been postponed showing that our troop is truly prepared and unwavered even in the face of the pandemic.
By Damien Kang
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin
COVID-19 has proven a challenge in Singapore, and Scouting in Singapore has also come to a pause. However, in Catholic High Scout Group, we strive to be the best that we can be and defy all odds. In this article of the Undisrupted series, the focus is on the Photographer proficiency badge
Originally, the requirements needed Scouts to know about basic functions of photography, take photos of different subjects with 4 different themes, as well as learn about film processing and the different types of photography available. In order to further the understanding and knowledge about photography principles, the ventures came up with additional requirements according to the base understanding established by the original requirements, which consisted of constructing a pinhole camera and taking photos of different subjects from the Scout's home. This fulfills the challenge of scouting from home, encouraging scouts to draw inspiration from their home, and finding new angles to take photos, while the construction of the pinhole camera aids in understanding the scientific concepts on how the camera works.
With the requirements set, the Scouts worked tirelessly throughout the months of May and June. As with the other Proficiency Badge Electives (PBE), Ventures and Scouts worked tirelessly to make the PBE a success. The purpose of the ventures mentoring and guiding the scouts in achieving the proficiency badges is to inculcate a sense of rigour in the learning of the scouts, pushing them past the norm and doing their best to put the troop on the top. Ventures took up the responsibility as mentors to vet the Scout's documents, narrowing down to even the finest of details that would otherwise be overlooked such as grammar and line spacing. As part of the Photographer badge, we had to check every photo and make sure that all the requirements were met and that they all exceeded the expectations that were set. This attitude of excellence is thus crucial in the pursuit of the absolute best and highest honour we can bring to the troop.
The PBE is also vital in showcasing the adaptability of Catholic High Scouts, to think on our feet and adjust the requirements that were sent to us to surpass expectations. Furthermore, with the mentorship throughout this PBE required constant communication between Scouts and ventures, we had to find new ways of contacting them as we could not meet up in real life. This was done through Zoom meetings and Google Hangouts, the keys to achieving success in the PBE. At the end of the day, we strive to make every report perfect and flawless so as to make our mark, stand out from the crowd and put our troop at the top.