Round and about the BB in the UK

On Sunday, October 4, a group of BB boys and officers attended morning worship at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, to mark the 132nd anniversary of the founding of the Brigade on the same day in 1883.

Few youth organisations can boast such a proud heritage. Our duty now to continue the traditions in best practices for the boys now rests with every officer for such BB experiences to become milestones in their lives.

Plans are progressing for the first National BB camp in many years to be held in the grounds of Dumfries House from July 9 to 16, 2016 and a full and exciting programme is being planned. Particularly if companies do not usually camp, here is an opportunity to get involved. More information from bbscotland@boys-brigade.org.uk.

The World Mission Fund Project for 2015/16, in which local companies participate, is being called ‘Kit for Kenya’, where money is to be raised to help make uniforms for the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade in Kenya. It will be used to buy material, sewing machines and will employ people to make the uniforms. Members there will need to do ten hours community service to be able to get a uniform. The money from the 2014/15 appeal, ‘Speak Up; Speak Out’ amounted to £10,000 and the cheque will be presented to the Moderator of the Church of Scotland at South Queensferry Church on 20th November.

Northern Ireland District has launched a new free Disability App to provide quick, basic information for youth leaders on different disabilities that affect young people and to enable leaders to include all abilities in BB activities. It is currently available on the Apple platform. It is thought to be the only app of its kind and it is anticipated it will be widely used across the youth sector. To download, go to the ‘I Store’ and search ‘BB DISaBility’.