CCAs for kids in Singapore: Scouts, Brownies, Girl Guides and cadets

Looking for fun things for the kids to do after school? We know all about enrichment and activities for children including drama classes, singing lessons, sports and music lessons to keep the kids busy once school’s out for the day, but what about the old-school CCAs (or clubs, as we called them) we loved when we were kids? Think spiffy uniforms, good old-fashioned outdoor adventures, team-building exercises and badge-earning schemes. Yep, we’re talking after school clubs like Brownies and Scouts, first-aid courses and cadet programmes! Read on for the action-packed, beret-wearing, confidence-building CCAs in Singapore for kids of all ages.

Hands up who danced around a toadstool singing cute songs as a child while dressed in a very brown uniform? Kiddos in Singapore can kumbaya next to a camp fire by joining the Brownies, aimed at girls age nine to 12 years. Brownies are encouraged to explore the world around them, embrace independence and try out heaps of adventurous activities while learning new skills and picking up lasting friendships along the way. We only wish that the brown bobble hat of our own childhood was still part of the get-up.
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Girl Guides
Once your Brownies have hit the pre-teen scene then it’s time for them to ditch the brown threads and move on to a blue number when joining Girl Guides. Young ladies age 12 to 17 years will work towards gaining badges and awards while taking part in individual and group activities.  Sports, games, camping and community projects are all part of the Be Prepared ethos that Guides embodies, and we love that our girls will be facing challenges and new adventures ranging from volunteering with the elderly to taking part in anti-bullying campaigns. Plus they get their own cool handshake. Can we join?
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The Singapore Scout Association
Formerly known as the Boy Scouts Association, these days this popular extra curricula activity (ECA) is open to boys and girls from age seven. The SSA is one of the oldest youth movements in Singapore, and is celebrating its 107th birthday this year! Emphasis is on duty to country, as well as helping other people. Groups are open to kiddos of any nationality or ability, and are often offered as a CCA in primary schools. We have our own little scout, and love that she is picking up essential life skills, enjoying activities and games she wouldn’t usually try, earning heaps of badges and is becoming much more concerned about her environment and community. Plus she looks pretty cool in that pea-green uniform. Kids through to teens and adults can stay involved right through to age 26!
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National Police Cadet Corps
For teenagers from Secondary 1 upwards (age around 13 years), why not make steer them towards the straight and narrow by signing them up for the National Police Cadet Corps? Not only will your youths get a pretty snazzy uniform, but they will hopefully step away from usual teenage inertia while keeping minds busy with tons of activities designed to teach values such as discipline, loyalty and integrity. Sounds like a dream come true for those of us parenting teenagers
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Red Cross Youth
Bring out your kids’ inner compassion while getting them on board with learning essential first aid skills and humanitarian projects when they join the Red Cross Youth. Mini humanitarians volunteer in the community, sharing that infamous Red Cross spirit and are encouraged to become top-notch citizens along the way. We also love that the Red Cross lives its message of inclusiveness by forming a special Red Cross Youth club especially for kiddos with disabilities over at the ASPN Delta Senior School. Thumbs up from us, Red Cross!
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St John Brigade
St John Brigade extends its volunteer and training programmes to kiddos through the Cadet and Badger schemes. These are often offered as a CCA at primary and secondary schools across Singapore, and programmes aim to prep youths for a bright future in healthcare by training youngsters in first aid and home nursing skills. Members will take part in leadership development, badge-earning schemes and community service based projects, all while making new friends and building confidence.
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National Cadet Corps – Singapore (NCC)
As a former teen Air Cadet myself back in the UK,, this is one CCA that I would love to sign my kiddos up for! NCC is offered in secondary schools as an after school club, and divided into three distinct sections: air, land or sea. This popular organisation has a 20,000 strong membership, all of who take part in adventurous military-related activities in affiliation with the Singapore Armed Forces. It’s over 20 years since I hung up my own beret and stopped polishing my shoes into a mirror, but I still have the fondest memories and formed plenty of lifelong friendships on my outward-bound escapades.
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Photography: courtesy of The Singapore Scout Association