New book tells of how scouting changed lives of 12 people

Whoever said scouting is just for young boys has not met Mr Andrew Chua. The 87-year-old retiree leads the Catholic High School scout troop.

The octogenarian started his scouting life in 1958 when he was a teacher and scout leader at the now-defunct Kim Seng East Primary School.

He moved to Catholic High School in 1970 and has led its scout troop since. He still roughs it out with the boys at their yearly June survival camp on Pulau Ubin.

His experience is detailed in the book, My Best With Honour, launched yesterday.

The book, written by Singapore Kindness Movement general secretary William Wan, was launched at the Istana by President Tony Tan Keng Yam during the Singapore Scout Association's annual ceremony to recognise individuals for their contributions to scouting. Dr Tan is the Chief Scout of Singapore.

A total of 52 organisations and individuals received awards at the ceremony.

The book tells the stories of 12 individuals whose lives were impacted by scouting in some way.

Dr William Wan, who was a scout in primary school, hopes his book will promote scouting values to the public.
Dr William Wan, who was a scout in primary school, hopes his book will promote scouting values to the public. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

They include luminaries such as Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh, as well as others who are still serving their national service, like President's Scholar Joshua Chin.

The 20-year-old, now a commando officer, joined the scout movement when he was nine and a pupil at Catholic High School. Mr Chua was his cub scout leader.

Mr Chin said the lessons learnt as a scout, like the need for teamwork, guide his life as an officer.

Dr Wan, who was a scout in primary school, hopes his book will promote scouting values to the public: "Ultimately, the scouting mission is to create a better world - so that we leave it a better place than we found it."

My Best With Honour, which costs $11.20 excluding GST, is available at all major bookstores.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2017, with the headline 'New book tells of how scouting changed lives of 12 people'. Print Edition | Subscribe