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The Boys' Brigade

Overview

The Boys’ Brigade is the oldest uniformed youth group in the world and was formed in 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith. The BB was brought to Singapore in 1930 by Mr James Milner Fraser, CBE, who was an architect from Britain and a former member of the 23rd Aberdeen and 33rd London Companies.  

The Object of The Boys' Brigade shall be the advancement of Christ's Kingdom among Boys and the promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-Respect and all that tends towards a true Christian Manliness.

The text has remained the same except for addition in 1893 of the word obedience. In practice, the Object means:
  • To help Boys develop and grow in Christian character
  • To train Boys to become loyal and responsible citizens
  • To promote Boys’ physical fitness and develop their leadership potential

Programme / Activities

The Gold Award is the highest award a Junior BB Boy can aspire to. Boys have to complete all six colour badges (white, green, purple, blue, red and silver), have an attendance of at least 80% for two years, completed at least 4 hours of CIP as a BB member and participated in The Juniors’ Adventure Quest (conducted by the BBHQ).

 

In the BB there are the activities that we have at brigade (national) level and that we are required to participate in. These are the Character Quest, Juniors Adventure Quest, BB Week, BB CARES and BBSGB.

 

l  Character Quest (Competition)

A group of Boys will be asked or selected to participate. A portion of the Bible will be selected and the Boys will participate in a competition that will test them on how well they have understood the chosen portion. It is also a competition and the companies will be assessed on their performance.

 

l  Juniors Adventure Quest (Competition)

P6 Boys who wish to be considered for the Gold badge must participate in this activity. Through a series of adventure type quests (amazing race style), Boys will be tested on what they have learnt in their time in the BB. It is also a competition and the companies will be assessed on their performance.

 

l  BB Week (Competition)

Boys are given BB Week cards in order to solicit donations. Targets are set to encourage the Boys to do their best. A portion of the funds collected go to the BB and the rest goes to the company.

 

l  BB CARES

This is an activity that rallies BB Boys (and their community) to serve. It is conducted over a week-end and involves the Boys working with a VWO. More will be made known in due course.

 

l  BB Share-A-Gift

This is a nation-wide BB initiative to collect food items for the needy. In our company, we collect food items from the school and send them to BBHQ sometime towards the end of the school year

 

l  BB Camp

This is our annual camp which will be held on 13 and 14 of March.

 

Teachers

1.       Mr Wong Soong Hung I/C

wong_soong_hung@moe.edu.sg

 

2.       Mr Albert Wong

wong_siew_seng@moe.edu.sg

 

3.       Ms Charine Koh

koh_hsiao_lan@moe.edu.sg

 

Day / Time

 

Fridays

2.30pm to 4.00 pm

Venue

P3.1, P3.2 & P3.3 Room

Members

P3 to P6

Attire / Training Kit (once accepted as a member)

BB members wear a uniform. Depending on the occasion, they will either wear Full Uniform or Day Dress (BB shirt and shorts, white belt, name tag, dark blue socks and black shoes) or Fatigue Dress (BB polo tee shirt, BB shorts, name tag and school shoes).

For new members, the 12J will arrange a day to go down to the BBHQ (105 Ganges Avenue S(169695)) to effect uniform purchases. Regular members can also join in to go down to buy items. However, only new members will be given a subsidy.

Subsequently, BB members are expected to go on their own to purchase whatever items they may need (as and when the need requires).

 

Note

·         Pupils from Pri.3 are allowed to join the B.B. though priority will be given to Pri.4 pupils. New Pri.5 and Pri.6 pupils will not be accepted.

·         All returning members are required to register online. Returning members who choose Boys’ Brigade as their 1st choice will be given priority over new members in the CCA.

·         All confirmed members will receive an official email from the CCA teachers by late January or early February 2017.

·         If a pupil is absent, an email/ letter of excuse or a medical certificate is required.