Leaders
Safety
Insurance
Consent Forms
Programme
Sessions
Behaviour
Uniform
Subscriptions
Photos
Church
Fund Raising
Parental Assistance
Parent Advice

Information for Parents/Guardians
The information on this page is intended for Parents and Guardians of current members as well as those who are considering joining 14th Kingston & Merton Boys' Brigade Company.

(Note: From this point on the term "parent" will be used to refer to both Parents and Legal Guardians, it will just make this page easier to read.)



Our No.1 Priority
Our highest priority is the protection and safety of your child while they are having fun and adventures at Boys' Brigade.


Leaders
All of our current Leaders are CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) Checked and have a considerable wealth of experience in youth work and Boys' Brigade in general.
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Safety and First Aid
Your child's safety is of paramount importance to us and every necessary measure is taken to ensure this. Every Leader has a basic understanding of First Aid with many officers having taken an official training course at some point in the last few years. We have a well stocked First Aid kit at the 14th and will always have at least one First Aid kit with us when we are away from the Church. Mobile phones are always available for emergencies.
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BB Insurance Policy
While we take every precaution to keep your child safe, accidents can happen. To offer peace of mind to parents the Boys' Brigade have an Insurance Policy which fully covers every member while they are attending BB. For more information about our Insurance Policy please Contact Us.
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Parental Consent Form
In order for the Insurance Policy to be legally binding we require a Parental Consent Form to be filled out and signed on an Annual basis. This form will be given to the boys at the start of the Winter Session in September and must be filled out, signed and returned as soon as possible. If the form has not been returned by the beginning of October the boy will not be allowed to join in any sporting activity until we have received the completed and signed Consent Form.

For certain special events, especially weekend camping trips and annual holidays, there may be a necessity to have a special parent consent form filled out. We will let you know if this is required.

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Programme of Activities
The programme of activities for each section will be published in the Programmes page at the start of each session so parents will be aware of the activities that your child will be participating in. If we are leaving the church you will know where we are going and what we will be doing. Occasionally we will organise weekend activities and trips away which may require an additional consent form specifically to cover that Activity. We will notify parents by letter for any such activity and without the completed and signed consent form the boy will not be able to attend.

Activities for the Anchor Boys' and Junior Section members usually take place on site at the Church. In the unusual event that we will be taking your child off site, either for a Friday evening or weekend event, you will be notified in advance and may need to complete and sign an additional consent form depending on the Activity.

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Sessions and Holidays
Our Winter Session runs from September to December. The Spring Session from January to May. These two sessions are when we run our Indoor Activities and members are expected to wear full uniform on every Friday evening unless told otherwise the previous week. During our Summer Session from June to July our members do not need to wear uniform as we try to make the best of the weather and lighter evenings by going outdoors for sport on the Fairfield opposite the church or undertake other activities outside of the church.

We take short breaks from Boys' Brigade at Christmas, New Year, Easter and other times during the year. We will advise parents of this in advance and let you know when we resume meeting again. Occasionally it might be necessary to cancel an evening on short notice for some reason and in this instance we will contact parents by telephone.

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Behaviour Conduct Policy
Our Leaders are experienced and prepared to deal with many challenging behaviours from children and teenagers, however, there are some forms of behaviour that we will not tolerate from our members. This includes Bullying, Violent and Aggressive behaviour, Excessive bad language, disrespect and backchat to Leaders and other Members. Punishments for bad behaviour range from being told to sit out of an activity or not being allowed to buy sweets from the tuck shop for minor transgressions, to phone calls home to parents for more serious offences. We may ask a parent to pick up their child early or give a suspension for a week or two weeks if we feel their behaviour is serious enough to merit it. In extreme circumstances we will ask a member to leave and not come back. Parents will be informed of the reasons and will have a chance to talk to Leaders about any such situation that occurs.

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Uniform
We are a uniformed organisation and do expect our members to wear their clean uniform every week. The uniform costs vary per section and details are given in each section area.

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). Please see the relevant page for the age group of your child for further information about uniform and badges.

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Subscriptions and other costs

We charge subscriptions for membership of the Company. This covers the cost of heating, lighting, sports equipment, resources, badges and administration. The Company also pays annual levies to the Boys' Brigade at Battalion, District and National levels, which includes insurance for BB activities. No payments are made to Officers or helpers.none of it goes to the Leaders. When a new member first joins that first week is FREE!
 
Annually:
45
Termly:
15
Weekly
2

Subscriptions may be paid in one of three ways, depending on the section. The current amounts are given on the right. Company Section do not pay weekly subs.

 

Some Activities and trips away may incur an additional cost to cover transport, accommodation, food and other expenses. We endeavour to keep the costs as low as possible subsidising some of the cost from our Fund Raising activities.

Parents will be notified well in advance of these events and may pay in installments if they wish. Other arrangements can be made for families with low incomes or if you have two or more members in Boys' Brigade. Please speak to one of the Leaders to make alternative arrangements.

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Photographs and this Website
Please see our Privacy Policy to read about our commitment to protecting the identity and personal details of our members using this website. The Privacy Policy also details our policy on photographs of our members. Parents may choose to exclude their child from all photographs by supplying Leaders with written confirmation explicitly stating as such.
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Church Attendance and Church Parades
We are a Christian organisation and expect our members to always attend Church Parade wearing full clean uniform. We currently hold four Sunday Church Parades a year and members will be notified well in advance of when they will be.

All boys are strongly encouraged to attend Sunday worship. Many attend their own family church. Some have joined the Sunday School at the Methodist Church, which meets at 10.30am on Sundays, or attend the church services at 10.30am and 6.30pm.

The boys earn additional marks for attendance at church, and bonus marks for attendance at Church Parade. Attendance on both Fridays and Sundays goes towards their attendance badges at the end of the year.

Parents, do please encourage your son to take part in this aspect of BB membership especially Church Parades.

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Fund Raising Activities 
We are a charity organisation and need to raise funds to pay our expenses. We have run various events over the last few years including sponsored walks and jumble sales. We expect boys to participate as much as possible in these events and we will let parents know well in advance when we are holding them.
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Parental Assistance and Involvement
We would appreciate any assistance from Parents at Fund Raising events, Church Parades or any other Activity we are running. At many times in the past the involvement of Parents has been a big help to our company. If any Parent wants to become involved with helping to run Boys' Brigade they would be most welcome. There are opportunities for Parents to join 14th K&M as a Leader themselves, or just on a rota basis. Please speak to any of our Leaders and ask what you can do to help.
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Advice for Parents
The best advice we can give to parents is to talk to your boys and find out what they have been doing at Boys' Brigade, make sure they are enjoying it and not having problems with anything. Sometimes a boy would be willing to tell you about something they are not comfortable talking to the Leaders about and if this is the case we urge Parents to get in contact with the Leaders and talk to us about anything that may be concerning you, anything we can do better, any problems that need addressing. We are always willing to take your worries seriously and answer any questions you may have.

We hope this has answered some of the questions you may have about us. If there is anything else you would like to know, anything you would like a further explanation about then please don't hesitate to Contact Us with your questions or comments.

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