Boys move closer to President’s Badge prize

On February 28, 48 boys from Falkirk & District Battalion successfully completed the ‘Building Your Skills’ course that is required as they move towards obtaining their President’s Badges. The course was led by Alan Ward from 2nd Polmont (Old Parish) and three young leaders from 2nd Larbert (Larbert Old), Condorrat and Dunfermline.

On February 7, 10 leaders from five companies completed the second part of their Youth Leader Training and can now be registered as officers. Walter Williamson and Neil McLennan of 2nd Bo’ness (St Andrew’s Church) helped deliver this course along with BB HQ staff.

These and other training courses are co-ordinated by our Battalion Training Convenor Helen Ward who is a national Brigade training officer. Not every Battalion is fortunate enough to have such a qualified training officer but to that number we can now welcome Battalion Vice President Sandy Forsyth from 4th Falkirk (Trinity Church) who too has just completed the required training. ‘Well done’ to all these officers and boys!

Mentioning Condorrat reminded me of the recent achievement by neighbouring companies, when a combined 16-player squad from Kirkintilloch, Cumbernauld, Torrance, Bothwell, Stewarton and Greenock entered the Guinness Book of Records following a 55-hour five-a-side match, beating the 53-hour record till then held by Sodexo of Ireland. Meeting the boys, Scotland boss Gordon Strachan, himself a former BB member, said “ It’s my pleasure to congratulate this group of exceptional young people on their record, as 55 hours playing is no easy task”.

National Brigade Secretary Steve Dickinson is to take up a new youth-related post. Andrew Johnston, with 30 years experience with Christian and youth organisations, takes his place.