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Uniformed Youth Organisations, Singapore

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Introduction

There are nine uniformed youth organisations (UYOs) in Singapore with school students making up the bulk of its members:

  1. National Cadet Corps
  2. National Civil Defence Cadet Corps
  3. National Police Cadet Corps
  4. Red Cross Youth, Singapore Red Cross
  5. St John's Ambulance Brigade, Singapore
  6. Girl Guides Singapore
  7. The Boys' Brigade, Singapore
  8. The Girls' Brigade, Singapore
  9. The Singapore Scout Association

Details of Flags

The general-use and ceremonial flags/colours of the National Cadet Corps, the National Civil Defence Cadet Corps, and the National Police Cadet Corps are detailed on my website. Here I mention of the flags of the other uniformed youth organisations which have international affiliations.
Herman Felani M.Y., 25 December 2009

Red Cross Youth, Singapore Red Cross

The Red Cross uses the international red cross couped on a white field as its flag generally and for parade purposes if necessary.
Herman Felani M.Y., 25 December 2009

St John's Ambulance Brigade

[St. John Ambulance] by Jonathan Dixon, 3 November 1999

The flag of the brigade is similar in practice to its international counterparts. There is the general-use flag (black field charged with the white Maltese cross with unicorns and lions). The ceremonial flag (Colour) is fringed and tasseled.
Herman Felani M.Y., 25 December 2009

Girl Guides Singapore

The flag used by the Girl Guides in Singapore is the flag of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, featuring the the gold trefoil symbol in the canton on a bright blue field with gold/yellow blocks and white blaze in the lower fly. The flag is used for general and parade purposes. http://www.wagggsworld.org/en/resources/photos/15.
Herman Felani M.Y., 25 December 2009

Boys' Brigade, Singapore

[Boys' Brigade Singapore] image by Herman Felani M.Y., 25 December 2009

The Boys' Brigade uses the anchor and red cross badge like its international counterparts. For a flag for use at the organisational-level, the badge is placed at the centre of a dark blue field. The text "Singapore" is placed beneath the badge along the base of the flag in capital letters and in yellow. The flag is used for general and parade purposes. While the image above is the flag to represent the brigade as a whole in Singapore, there are also company flags which I have not covered here. I will try to cover them sometime in the future.
Herman Felani M.Y., 25 December 2009

Girls' Brigade, Singapore

[Girls' Brigade Singapore] image by Herman Felani M.Y., 25 December 2009

The Girls' Brigade uses the torch, lamp, and cross badge like its international counterparts. Foe a flag for use at the national-level, the badge is placed at the centre of a dark blue field. The flag features two lines of text. At the chief/top of the flag, the title of the brigade in capital letters and in yellow, "The Girls' Brigade". The base of the flag is inscribed with the text "Singapore" in capital letters and in yellow. The flag is used for general and parade purposes. Like the Boys' Brigade, there are company flags for the individual units of the Girls' Brigade across Singapore. I will try to cover them sometime in the future.
Herman Felani M.Y., 25 December 2009

Singapore Scout Association

[Singapore Scout Association] image by Herman Felani M.Y., 25 December 2009

The Scouts of Singapore uses the typical fleur-de-lys of the worldwide Scouting movement as the basis of their badge. For Singapore, the fleur-de-lys is red and at the centre are the charges from the arms of Singapore, a white crescent surmounted by five white five-pointed stars in a circle all on a red circle. The red motto-scroll appearing at the base of the fleur-de-lys bears the text "Be Prepared" in white. The badge is charged on a white field to make the Scout flag. The flag is used for general and parade purposes.
Herman Felani M.Y., 25 December 2009


Display and Use

The flags are flown/displayed/paraded second to the national flag when necessary such as at their headquarters (the National Cadet Corps, National Civil Defence Cadet Corps, National Police Cadet Corps have other policies in place, such as the inclusion of the Singapore Armed Forces Flag, the Singapore Police Force Flag, or the Singapore Civil Defence Force Flag as well). The flags of all nine uniformed youth organisations are paraded during the opening ceremony of the Singapore Youth Festival which occurs once in two years. At such events, the Singapore national flag, and the Ministry of Education flag is also paraded with the nine organisations' flags, and sometimes the flag of the Co-Curricular Activities Branch as well.

In the matter of precedence, there seems to be variations and determination of order is unclear with the exception that the parade organiser's flag takes precedence. At the 2006 opening ceremony, the flag order was (excluding the Singapore and Ministry of Education flags) National Police Cadet Corps (parade organiser), National Cadet Corps, National Civil Defence Cadet Corps, Boys' Brigade, Girls' Brigade, Girl Guides, Red Cross, Scouts, and St John's Ambulance Brigade.

At the 2008 ceremony, the flag order was (excluding the Singapore and Ministry of Education flags), National Cadet Corps (parade organiser), Boys' Brigade, Girls' Brigade, Girl Guides, National Police Cadet Corps, Red Cross, Scouts, St John's Ambulance Brigade, and National Civil Defence Cadet Corps.

Here are some links where the flags are seen paraded together at the Singapore Youth Festival opening ceremony.
- http://www.ncc.org.sg/ncc/images/stories/Report/IMG_0886.JPG
- http://www.flickr.com/photos/leonardlms/2834980883/
- http://www.flickr.com/photos/leonardlms/2835830904/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Herman Felani M.Y., 25 December 2009


Flag Design Statistical Summary

I thought it would be interesting to do a simple statistical summary of flag design for the nine uniformed youth organisations of Singapore like what I did for the Australian police services. This excludes subdivisional/unit/company-level flags.

  1.  Field-design. The plain field with the badge/emblem is the most popular design with five out of nine cases at organisation-level.
    1. Plain-field: 5 instances - Boys' Brigade, Girls' Brigade, National Civil Defence Cadet Corps, Scouts, and St John's Ambulance Brigade.
    2. Bicolour: 1 instance - National Police Cadet Corps.
    3. Triband: 1 instance - National Cadet Corps.
    4. Complex: 1 instance - Girl Guides.
    5. Use of text (excluding text appearing on badges): 3 instances - Boys' Brigade, Girls' Brigade, National Police Cadet Corps.
  2.  Colour predominance (generally at least half of the field area of the flag is of a certain colour). Blue is the most utilised with four instances followed by white with three instances.
    1. Blue: 4 instances - Boys' Brigade, Girls' Brigade, Girl Guides, National Police Cadet Corps.
    2. White: 3 instances - Red Cross, Scouts, National Police Cadet Corps.
    3. Red: 1 instance - National Cadet Corps.
    4. Orange: 1 instance - National Civil Defence Cadet Corps.
    5. Black: 1 instance - St John's Ambulance Brigade.
  3. Parade/Ceremonial vs General-Use Flags.
    None of the uniformed youth organisations have distinctly designed flags for general-use as compared to parade/ceremonial uses. However, four organisations, the National Cadet Corps, National Police Cadet Corps, National Civil Defence Cadet Corps, and St John's Ambulance Brigade have additional fringes on their ceremonial flags. Out of these four, only the National Cadet Corps and St John's Ambulance Brigade have cords and tassels on their ceremonial flags as well.

Herman Felani M.Y., 25 December 2009