1st Dungannon Boys’ Brigade starts new session

THE 1st Dungannon B.B. Company will shortly be re-commencing for the 2012/13 Session and is actively seeking recruits for all Sections.

The weekly meetings take place in The Parker Hall at Perry Street, Dungannon, where the Company provides a rich programme based on Christian teaching, and offers boys a safe environment that is designed to educate and challenge young minds.

The Anchor Boys for 5 to 8 years old (P4) meet on Mondays from 6.30 to 7.30 pm, with the first meeting on Monday 17th September 2012. Their programme is fun-centred, including games, crafts, and Bible stories, as well as occasional outings. Badges are awarded each year to all boys as they take part in the various activities.

The Junior Section, which meets on Fridays from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm, commences on Friday 21st September and caters for boys from 8 to 11 years old (P5 to P7). Their programme consists of physical activities including team games, challenges, and competitions, as well as Bible stories, and again badges are gained by all boys. They also take part in various activities and competitions organised by the Mid-Ulster Battalion, with outings to swimming pool, pantomime, etc. also arranged.

The Company and Senior Sections for boys aged 11 plus also meet on Friday evenings from 7.00 pm until 10.00 pm, and again will commence on Friday 21st September 2012. Activities include hearing and learning about God through the weekly Bible Class, learning life skills such as First Aid, Crime Prevention, Safety etc., while physical activities include volleyball, uni-hoc, vaulting, and football, as well as opportunities to participate in camping and expeditions. The Company also take part in many of the Battalion and Northern Ireland competitions, and have recently enjoyed trips to the local cinema, 10 pin bowling in Cookstown, Lisburn Leisure Centre, Dundonald Ice Bowl, and Ulster Rugby at Ravenhill. All these activities and outings help boys to gain various badges as they proceed through the Company, working towards the Queen’s Badge which is the highest award in the B.B. badge structure.

Recruits will be made very welcome in all Sections, and any queries should be made to Jim Thornberry on (028) 8676 5115.

The Boys’ Brigade provides an opportunity to meet with boys of their own age, have fun, make friends, and achieve personal goals. The uniform was modernised a few years ago, and while the movement continues to adapt to meet the requirements of today’s young people, it still has a very important role to play in society as it seeks to fulfil its object - “The advancement of Christ’s Kingdom among boys, and the promotion of habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, and self-respect, and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness”.