The Boys' Brigade
A Brief History on The Boys' Brigade
The Boys' Brigade was founded by Sir William Alexander Smith on the 4th of October 1883 in Glasgow. The aim from the beginning was to encourage discipline and self respect for the boys.
Today the aims of the Boys' Brigade remain the same and the motto of The Boys' Brigade is 'Sure and Steadfast'. Boys' will work towards badges that encourage their development of new and existing skills that they have. All boys will receive Christian teaching during their time in the company.
The 4th Peterborough Boys' Brigade company is attached to Brookside Methodist Church and is part of the South Lincolnshire Battalion in the East Midlands district of the BB in the UK.
The 4th Peterborough was formed in February 1974 by the late Mr D Parkin and was part of New England Methodist Church. In 1976 when New England Church was merged to become part of Brookside, the company transferred to Brookside.
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Boys' Brigade is split into three different sections; Anchor Boy Section, Junior Section and Company Section.
Anchor Boy Section
Boys aged 5 to 8 years old enjoy a varied programme of activities, including games, crafts, stories and visits. In their final year in the section the boys will work towards the Anchor Achievement award, including developing skills for telling the time and observation. The boys are also given the opportunity to take part in Battalion competitions.
This is for boys aged 8 to 11 years old. Again a varied programme is provided of games, figure marching and badge work. The badge scheme is split into 5 sections and for each of the five coloured badges the boys will complete two tasks. The badge sections are Spiritual, Physical, Community, Interest and Adventure. During the year there are a number of Battalion competitions that the boys have the chance to enter.
For boys aged 11 to 18 years old and continues the development work that has been started in the Anchor and Junior sections. The boys have a programme of badge work, drill and games. The badge structure is similar to the Junior section with boys working for credits that lead to badges at grade 1, 2 or 3. Again the boys have a chance to take part in Battalion competitions. When boys reach the age of 15, it is possible for them to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
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