Category: scouting


It’s more than 1.5 years from the past post, and it’s time for some updates.

I finished my BBA(IS) degree July last year with 2nd class upper honour. I’m currently in the programme of my BEng(CompSc) degree, which is expected to finish by June this year, and will probably find a job afterwards.

In the past, I aimed for whole-person development, learnt and did vastly different things, both within and outside the scouting movement. However, some items I planned to do in the past haven’t been done yet.

I learnt orienteering in 2012 and mentioned “my performance is far from elites” at that time, but now, my performance in sprint orienteering and trail orienteering is near to elites. In fact, I already qualified for the elite class in Hong Kong Trail Orienteering Championships in 2014 and 2015. However, my performance in traditional orienteering in the forest is still far from elites.

I didn’t finish the coxswain mate badge in 2013, mainly because the then-curriculum required 50 hours on the boat and I didn’t finish that. However, the curriculum has been changed now, the coxswain mate badge, officially the “intermediate standard boat certificate”, has now become the “level 3 standard boat certificate”. I may try to attempt this again in the future if I have time, but probably not this year. And I haven’t participated in the scout regatta afterwards since Sherman had left the troop.

I didn’t join the scout first aid team because I was not “mentally prepared” for that.

I finally completed the venture award after three attempts for the expedition, just before I reached 21 years old, then became a scout leader in my troop, and joined the rover crew of 1668th Kowloon Group.

I joined the committee of bridge club in 2013. I also applied for a hall place but not successful. However, I finally decided not go for an exchange because it would disrupts my curriculum too much. I participated in ACM-ICPC every year, but I got medals not all the times. I tried to set up a sailing club, but I didn’t have the leadership to actually set up the club, so I passed the work to Kingston, who is very experienced in yacht racing, and he is now making a good progress. Although my interest in more on orienteering than sailing, however, I have no plan to set up an orienteering club in HKU even though a very strong orienteer with great leadership, Raphael Mak, is currently in HKU for his master’s degree, as evidences have shown that it is not likely to reach the number of 40 members required to set up a club.

I have entered the selection for the Hong Kong teams for ACOC (national orienteering championships) and WTOC (World Trail Orienteering Championships), therefore, I will focus on orienteering more this year and try to get through the selection in order to enter the team. I am also in the executive committee of SOC, frequently helping the club for events. Apart from orienteering, I want to improve my swimming because I want to learn life-saving and also to join triathlons later. I also hope that I can pass my driving exams before September and get the probationary licence. I also have to take some leader courses in order to convert my leader warrant from a provisional one to a full one.

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My 20th birthday is near, and my life as a youth member has only one year left. After a year, everything will finish and I will probably transform into a leader. My hope of getting DA has already completely lost. At this stage, I just want to finish the 50K expedition in October, get the VA, and terminate my progress.

Although I no longer have any hope in my progressive badges, I will still do things to enhance my leadership skills and enrich my life. Most importantly, I will be a council member in the coming year. I will also join the orienteering team training from August to March. I also want to form a sailing club in my university if possible.

I want to do as much as I can in my last year. Apart from the things mentioned above, I will participate in ACM contests and hope that I can enter regional and final contests. Another important thing for me is to get a high GPA, which my target is 3.6.

I hope that I will gain lots of experience in the coming year.

End of year 1

The second term of my first year in university has just ended, with all the exams finished. I hope that I can good grades in the exams. In the coming few months, I will do many things:

  1. Case competition (May – June)
  2. CS summer workshops (June)
  3. ACM-HK Local Programming Contest (June)
  4. HK Scout Youth Forum (July)
  5. HKSOC Orienteering Team Training (July – March)
  6. Venture Council
  7. Scout first aid team

Most of the things I do are for me to develop my sports and leadership, preparing to become a leader next year. There are also some academic activities in both IT and business fields. I want to develop into a all-rounded person with solid IT knowledge, business sense, leadership skills to integrate them and contribute to the scout community, and also involvement in some sports and cultural activities.

expedition terminated

As I mentioned in the previous post, I was going expedition on 26–28 May 2012. We got ready this morning and started. At the beginning, everything was fine, but, at noon, when we went through the bike trail along the coast of Tai Lam Chung reservoir, a heavy rain suddenly came with a thunderstorm (we got the thunderstorm warning earlier, but at that time, the lightning striked the SE of Hong Kong so it didn’t matter) so we had to find a shelter. We got into a temple near M179 and finally decided to terminate the expedition as it was predicted that the weather tomorrow would be worse than today. We finally left at Tai Tong.

We have to find another date for another attempt, perhaps later this year. I hope that I can finish it this year without blocking the second one (80K).

before the expedition

Three days later, I will go the VA 50K expedition. Everything has been finalised, we are now gathering all our stuffs and pack them.

I finished my expedition course in Oct 2010 and originally planned to have the expedition in Apr 2011. However, a teammate injured in the expedition so we terminated. After the summer holiday, I wanted to find new ones for a new expedition before my public exam, however, only after Dec 2011 I got enough members to go. As one of our member is a very busy university student, the date that we can go is very late: 26–28 May 2012, one month after my public exam.

The VA 50K expedition is only a small challenge to us (you should know what the big challenge is), so I hope that we can get it over easily.

The yearly exam has been finished yesterday. What can I do now? Maybe I should progress more in scouting.

I have so many things planned for this year:

  • first aid (finished)
  • canoeing (elementary) (finished)
  • coxswain mate badge
  • sailing level 3
  • IOI (in July) (not related to scouting)
  • 50 km expedition
  • orange woggle

I still have 3 years as a youth member. I hope I can get the VA and DA in the following years and become a leader. The venture section prepares future leaders. As a scout, I’m going to do my best for future challenges.

Ideally, I want to finish the following on the schedule below:
Nov 2011 : sailing level 3
Dec 2011 : 50 km expedition (on foot)
After finishing these 2 things, I’ll get the VA which is useful for JUPAS.

There is a half-year break next year, from March to August 2012 because next year is my F.7 graduation year. That period is great for me to have some kind of expedition. If things work ideally as above, I hope I can have the 80 km expedition in form of a sailing trip.

I’ve started my AYP already. However, the things in AYP cannot match those in scouting because I’ve already taken some courses such as canoeing, scout expedition course before I started AYP.
As the AYP progress is not the same as my scouting progress, I’ll put my AYP at a lower priority than scouting, if they cannot match. Maybe I’ll finish it after I enter university.

I still haven’t got a permanent partner in sailing. For long-term benefits, I need to get one (or a few) as soon as possible. Maybe I should contact someone I know who have just finished level 2 / is going to take the level 1 & 2 course soon, like Betsy and Stephanie, to create a partnership.

Today, I’ve just got home from the jamboree. This was a long and large jamboree of 5 nights and over 5000 campers, including local, mainland and overseas campers. This year, the jamboree was held near the Disneyland Resort and we can watch the firework displays from there. This year’s activities was not as good as the one in 2008, three years ago because the arrangements were not satisfactory. However, I made a lot of friends there.