Getting off to a good start!

1st/2nd Milngavie Anchor section has seen a really strong membership over the past several sessions.  Val Dunn, Officer-in-charge, offers her take on how best to grow membership…

You might need to begin by contacting your local council education department to get permission to approach the schools.  If not, it’s best to start by getting the names of the head teachers at each local school and  ask if they would be willing to help you by either letting you talk with the kids or putting the leaflets out.  It’s important to be confident, but not pushy especially with the schools – we need their support!

1st-2nd Milngavie picI’d say the best time to go to the schools is in June.  Schools seem to be more relaxed
at this time.  Other important folk to contact are local churches, local newspaper and community magazines.

At training courses, I think it would help to have someone come and talk about things like interacting with schools and parents, visiting homes, and correspondence between home and BB. This has the effect of parents supporting B.B and working together for your members.

We need to go out and attract new members these days – they don’t often just arrive!

1st/2nd Milngavie meets in St Luke’s Church on Balvie Road, Milngavie.

#iamaBBleader because…

David Sneddon is currently the BB Scotland Committee Chair and also a company officer in Bothwell.  David took a moment to reflect on his role as BB leader.

My “BB life” began in the Life Boy team at 1st _DSC0043
Bothwell in 1965.  The Company was fairly small but very vibrant; there was always a buzz on BB night and always plenty of things to do. As a 12 year old, the concept of being well organised, was probably something I didn’t really think about – and yet the Company must have been, as there were activities on 3 nights per week plus sports and competitions most Saturday mornings, and of course Bible Class on a Sunday. Highlights from these times include meeting my friends, Company camps, the expedition hikes, gaining my Queen’s Badge and even the one and only time we won the Battalion drill competition when I was a Boy!

I became a BB leader, like many other people, because I wanted to share what I had enjoyed in the BB with the next or possibly even future generations.

As a young leader I learned a great deal from the other officers, not only at 1st Bothwell, but also officers in other Companies – especially my peers as we completed our Officers’ Basic Training together. One particular highlight as a young leader was how early the Captain and seniors gave me their trust as I was allowed to organise and lead weekends away for our N.C.Os as part of their leadership training.

Thistle ServiceI have served in many different roles both in Hamilton and District Battalion and within the Lanarkshire District Fellowship, learning all the time and sharing marvellous experiences with young people from around the county and from across Scotland.

Every organisation I have ever worked in has had its own hierarchy and structure. The Scotland Committee of the BB takes an overview of all BB work in Scotland and aims to support Battalions around the country to provide the best support which they in turn provide to the local Companies.

In my time on the Committee I have been privileged to work along-side many talented people on a variety of “work groups”. It is also my privilege to be the current Chairman of the Scotland Committee, which I see as not just the task of chairing the regular meetings, but also representing the BB in Scotland at appropriate events to promote the BB or to share views and ideas with our kindred organisations.

Being the Chairman of the Scotland Committee sounds very important; it is however simply a job that needs to be done. My first and most important job is still to work with our young people in Bothwell – I particularly enjoy working with the seniors and young leaders and hope to continue to try to offer them the opportunities and experiences which I have enjoyed through membership of the BB.

Given my experiences and my passion for BB, the statement “I am a BB leader because”, for me should read “I am still a BB leader because”, even after 50+ years’ service in the BB!

Find out more about the #iamaBBleader campaign here and learn more about BB volunteering on our website.

#BB15for2015 – Question number nine!

Below is the latest (and final) question in Fifteen for 2015’s Trivia section.  You can still join up by registering here!number nine

Many companies and battalions are running events in the run up to
Christmas.  We are used to braving the cold winter weather at this special time of year, but can you think of countries (at least one) where BB companies will be celebrating Christmas during their summer time?

Make sure to keep a note of all your answers and send these with submissions from the other fourteen challenges to 15for2015@boys-brigade.org.uk

If you’ve got any questions, please email 15for2015@boys-brigade.org.uk

#BB15for2015 – Question number eight!

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Thanks to BB companies across Scotland, The BB/Church of Scotland World Mission Fund has raised millions of £s for projects overseas and last year raised money for an anti-bullying project in the Caribbean.

What is the name of this year’s project?   

Keep a note of your answers for the final submission of your challenge at
the end of the year!

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#BB15for2015 – Question number seven!

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Born on December 31st 1941, he is one of The Boys’ Brigade’s most recognisable ex-members, but what’s his name?

Keep a note of your answers for the final submission of your challenge at the end of the year!

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#BB15for2015 – Question number six!

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In 2014, a group of BB seniors and young leaders from Scotland broke the World Record for doing what?

Keep a note of your answers for the final submission of your challenge at the end of the year!

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#BB15for2015 – Trivia question number five!

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In July 2016, BB Scotland’s first national canvas camp for many years is taking place.  But,where in the country will this be happening?

Keep a note of your answers for the final submission of your challenge at the end of the year!

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