Discover

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Our Company Section is for boys between the ages of 11 and 18.

We meet on Friday evenings between 7:30pm and 10:00pm to . . .

. . . experience new challenges
To develop and use existing skills, to learn new skills, to develop confidence, to have a sense of achievement and receive recognition

. . . be listened to and have a say
To have their opinions listened to and acted upon wherever possible

. . . be respected and valued
To be trusted and given responsibility, to be treated as you would like to be treated, to experience a safe environment, to be individually appreciated, to have the opportunity to be part of the wider community

 

. . . have fun
To be able to come to BB because they enjoy it and want to

. . . have the opportunity to develop a personal Christian faith
To be able to explore their own faith, at their own speed , in a way that is approachable and meets their individual needs

The programme includes:

• Crafts
• Badge work
• Drill
• Cooking
• Christian Faith
• Swimming
• Bowling
• Games


Badge Work

For this age group the badge work is split into two age groups. For those aged 11 to 15 (school years 7 to 10) we have started following the Discover programme, and for those aged 15 to 18 (school years 11 to 13) we will start to follow the Challenge Plus Programme. More about each scheme can be found below.


 

Members of the Company Section work towards earning badges. We follow the Discover Programme for this age group. This programme has four levels (one for each year in Company Section) and three zones:

Each zone is divided into four sub-zones and sub-zones are further divided into topics. Doing a topic for one hour earns one point towards a badge.

Each year members can earn a badge for the appropriate level of each of the programme zones.

The compass badge is for new members of the Section and can be earned in their first term when 2 points have been earned from each zone

At the end of their second year members can earn their Discovery Badge if they have accumulated a total of 30 points and have earned Community, Recreation and Skills badges in the last 12 months.

At the end of their fourth year they can earn their President’s Badge which is the Brigade’s second most prestigious badge.

For a detailed list of the criteria required to gain the President's Badge click here.

In addition boys will earn a service badge which shows how many years they have been a member for. In the Company section this is based on 75% attendance on a Friday and 75% attendance at church parades

Members aged 13.5 and above are encouraged to register for the Bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

 

In the summer we meet outdoors and enjoy an active programme. This has included canoeing, bowling, golf, movies, swimming and games in the park.

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Our Senior Section is for young people between the ages of 15 and 18. They can be members until the end of the session in which they reach their 18th birthday, unless they are appointed staff sergeants, in which case they can remain members until the end of the session in which they reach their 19th birthday. We meet on Friday evenings between 7:30pm and 10:00pm.

The programme includes many of the same activities as the Company Section, but Seniors are expected to take on more of a leadership role in these activities. Seniors also occasionally organise activities just for themselves.

Seniors do assist the staff with running some of the activities in all sections and will enjoy their own Challenge Plus Programme. This consists of a series of challenges and projects in which they participate and can earn points.

 

The Programme has three zones:

  • Community
  • Life Skills
  • Recreation and Leisure

 

 

Members of the Senior Section earn points for challenges and projects towards their badges. They can earn a badge (either Bronze, Silver or Gold) each year depending on the number of Challenge Plus points they have earned.

 

 

Members are encouraged to register for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and the Queen’s Badge, which is the Boys’ Brigade’s highest award.

For a detailed list of the criteria required to gain the Queen's Badge click here.

 

In the summer we meet outdoors and enjoy an active programme. This has included canoeing, bowling, golf, movies, swimming and games in the park.

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Uniform
We are a uniformed organisation and do expect our members to wear their full clean uniform every week. The Company section and Seniors wear a blue BB shirt, tie and belt The uniform costs about £30.

In addition members are required to wear dark trousers (school trousers are ideal), dark coloured socks and black shoes or trainers (no white socks or white trainers please). Their Badges are worn on a blue armband which goes on the right arm. The Discover and Challenge Plus badges are laid out on the armbands as shown below.

P.E kit (shorts & trainers) should also be brought along on Friday nights.

 

 

Each Friday boys are marked for smartness, attendance at church and on a Friday and for discipline. Within the Company Section the marks are split as follows:

 

 

Mark

 

Church

3

Attendance at Church, Sunday School or Junior Church

Shirt

3

Cleanliness & neatness

Trousers

3

Cleanliness & neatness

Shoes

2

Cleanliness

Badges

2

Are they worn properly

Belt

1

Is it worn

Tie

1

Is it worn

Discipline

5

How good are the boys during the evening

Total

20

 

 

A further 10 marks are awarded for attendance at each Church Parade (giving 13 marks for church attendance in weeks involving Parades). There are normally four church parades in the year, meaning an additional 40 marks on top of the weekly marks.

 

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Subscriptions
We charge subs for membership of the Company. This covers the cost of heating, lighting and resources, none of it goes to the Leaders. When a new member first joins that first week is FREE!

In the Company Section subs are charged on the right:

Annually:

£45

Termly:

£15

 

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Squads
In the Company Section the Boys are split up into squads, each with a "Leading Boy" who is normally an NCO.

Points may be awarded or removed from the squad, as consequences of behaviour, smartness during inspection, helpfulness to Officers, games and attendance at Parades. Points are accumulated throughout the year, with each squad aiming to win the Squad Shield.

 

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Current Staff 

Alex Ritchie

Captain (Officer in Charge)

Iain Alexander

Warrant Officer

Ian Moss

Warrant Officer

Rob Mudie

Warrant Officer

Doug Neill

Warrant Officer

 

 

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