Dome Den no more...(Update from
Choong Han 5 Feb 98)
Just to keep you informed and possibly for posting on the website, I managed to meet up
with Sai Hoow and Lance and Chee Kong during my stay, and we ironed out the plan to the
school and the PTA. We decided to get the den built with the least difficulty while still
getting the kind of space and arrangement that we wanted, which meant sacrificing the dome
idea. From discussions Sai Hoow and Chee Kong already had with the school and some of the
parents, it was apparent that we would have a tough time getting the idea off the ground.
So, instead we changed direction and went for a huge elevated den (40 by 50 feet) which
gives us approx. 4000 square feet to fit in the office, QM room, hall, and the open
activity area on ground level. The hall doubles as a meeting room. This design will also
be cheaper, which will allow some budget for furnishings like folding tables, chairs,
desks, and shelves. Do-it-yourself upgrades will also be possible later, with the biggest
of these being the walling up of the ground floor to make a closed activity area.
Our Den Fund stood at RM 22,000 a month ago, with an additional RM 8,000 planned to be
collected in February. Construction will be able to start as soon as we hit the RM 35,000
For more information, and to volunteer your ideas and funds, please contact Chan Sai Hoow,
See Chee Kong, or my brother Choong Yow.
Yours in Scouting,
Desperately Seeking Balasundram of
87-88 ...Ph.D (Nepal)
Last known locations: Tampin, Negeri Sembilan.(1986-88) Then Nepal, India.
Parents: Father was a highly respectable member of the Police Force
Born: 1971. A very good year.
Last Known Height: 5 feet 9"
Characteristics: Very Clammy mind but a good set of teeth
Fav Pastime: Telling dirty jokes, concocting even dirtier ones, dreaming really
dirt.. (you get the picture..)
Last known intent: Studying to be a Gyne (obviously, with questionable intent)
Voted Most Likely to: Succeed..then become a Dirty Old Man..
Celebrity Status: Picture used in English Dictionaries to describe the word
Least Greatest Moments: Getting the wrong type of attention by Maths and Science
teachers in Form 1
Greatest Moments: Spending teenage years with a wacky buncha mad fun-loving Scouts
Bala back in the 80s
An artist's impression of how he might look today
Hey Bala, if you should catch this one, give us a buzz....Mustakim is putting a bounty on
you. We've been trying to determine your whereabouts for ages.....
Design Plan for the New Scout Den
Here's the new design plan for the dome shaped Scout Den: Design
Plan (71 kb)
Greetings from "Holes in
Pictures from Chu Chong Han over in Switzerland with Theresa and 14 months old Chu Li
Choong Han's earlier years. first merit badge for unsupervised potty
Life in Neutral
"Back from the indian barber"...Chip off the Old Chu
Get it here Newsletter June 98
Scout Den on the Edge - (Updated 9 June)
Remember that ol' shack we used to:
dump our precious stuff into hold unofficial chat sessions (back then the net wasnt
involved) before and after classes have a COH room but hardly ever conduct COH meetings in
breakdance in during the strange phase of the eighties
That good ol shelter is resting on eroding land. A collapse could result if the situation
deteriotates. Guess it was time for a move anyway. But it's gonna cost. So naturally, we
need your help since you guys are so loaded these days. To unload some this way, drop in
on the campfire and see what y'can do.
9 June 1998 UPDATE:
Den Fund$ - Communique from Chu Choong Han
The den is now off limits and the plan is to start construction on the new den by the end
of this year. No location provided as yet (as far as I know). Obviously, once the location
is provided, we can start with serious building design. Anyone who knows a good architect
with scouting background, please let us know. We are looking for a functional design, one
that perhaps we can use the structure for pioneering, the roof for practising
structure-building, and the interior for meetings, an office and a store. Innovative
shapes are also welcome. Dome? Pyramid?
We are still collecting money. The fund stands at just over RM 20,000 at the moment, all
of it in fixed deposit (with the high interest rates, it will be RM 22,000 by year's end).
Fund Manager is Chu Choong Han. Most of this (15k) was contributed by the family of the
late Maurice Kok, a Fourth-form Scout who lost his battle with dengue fever two years ago.
The remainder was raised by the scouts.
Every little bit counts, so if you're planning to splurge on a trip to Genting, set
aside something for the den first, please. (On the other hand, if you go up there and come
back with bulging pockets, think of us as well!)
Active Scout Masters