Research shows that the fact we volunteer and help others makes us happier! If you choose BB as the place to volunteer, that would make us very happy!

Helping out in a BB group with children and young people can make all the difference to young lives – meaning happier young people, happier communities and a society that values the contribution that we can all make; young, old or in-between. We call our volunteers “leaders” because they guide a course for children and young people.


The core age range of the Anchor Section is from 5 to 8 years, although some local groups start from 4 years old.

The Programme

This age group has its own programme based on six areas: Get Active, Get Into the Bible, Get Creative, Get Learning, Get Adventurous and Get Involved. The emphasis is on fun and programme activities include games, crafts, stories and opportunities to learn and share in new experiences. Throughout their time in the Anchor Section, children can gain badges and recognition for their participation in the programme.

The Uniform

Children in the Anchor Section wear a core uniform of a blue polo shirt and red sweatshirt. On some occasions members will wear school trousers and footwear as part of the uniform, but check with your local group. Where do the badges go? You can find a diagram showing the positions of badges for this age group below.

 

Safe & caring

All our adult volunteers undertake a disclosure (criminal records) check as part of their registration with The Boys’ Brigade, and are trained to provide a safe and caring environment for all children.

 

What it costs

Most groups charge a subscription which may be collected weekly, termly or annually and will usually be around £2-£3 per week. This said, we don’t want any child to miss out because of cost, so if you have any concerns about finance please speak to a leader in the local group in confidence about this.

 

How do I join?

The best way to get involved is to find your local group (also known as a ‘Company’) by using our ‘Companies’ page at the bottom of this page is a map showing locations of our companies.

You can also get in touch by completing the online contact form or just pop along on the day and time which the group meets.


The core age range of Company Section is from 11 to 15 years (from 10½ years in Scotland).

The Programme

This age group has its own programme called ‘Discover’ based on three areas; community, recreation and skills. Young people get the chance to develop existing skills and learn new ones, through a fun, balanced and challenging programme of activities. Young people are encouraged to have a say and help shape their own programme. They can get involved in anything from helping others in their local community to playing sports, trying out adventure activities or being creative through dance or art – there’s something for everyone! There are also opportunities to go away on camps and residentials, which are often the highlights in the annual programme.

Awards

Throughout their time in this age group young people can gain badges and recognition for their participation in the programme. There’s also an opportunity for young people to start out on working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Gaisce in Republic of Ireland) and within the BB to culminate in being awarded their President’s Badge.

 

The Uniform

Young people wear a core uniform which can either consist of a blue polo shirt and navy blue sweatshirt or blue shirt & tie. Also members usually wear school trousers and footwear as part of the uniform, but check with your local group. Where do the badges go? You can find a diagram showing the positions of badges for this age group below.

 

Safe & caring

All our adult volunteers undertake a disclosure (criminal records) check as part of their registration with The Boys’ Brigade, and are trained to provide a safe and caring environment for all children.

 

What it costs

Most groups charge a subscription which may be collected weekly, termly or annually and will usually be around £2-£3 per week. This said, we don’t want any child to miss out because of cost, so if you have any concerns about finance please speak to a leader in the local group in confidence about this.

 

How do I join?

The best way to get involved is to find your local group (also known as a ‘Company’) by using our ‘Companies’ page at the bottom of this page is a map showing locations of our companies.

You can also get in touch by completing the online contact form or just pop along on the day and time which the group meets.


The core age range of Juniors Section is from 8 to 11 years, usually starting in the school year following their 8th birthday.

The Programme

This age group has its own programme based on six areas: Get Active, Get Into the Bible, Get Creative, Get Learning, Get Adventurous and Get Involved. The programme provides challenges, adventure and opportunities to learn and grow. The fun and engaging programme enables the children to work in a team and take more responsibility. Juniors also get the opportunity to go on camps and residential trips, and for some this will be their first night away from home. Throughout their time in the Juniors Section, children can gain badges and recognition for their participation in the programme.

The Uniform

Children in the Junior Section wear a core uniform of a blue polo shirt and royal blue sweatshirt. On some occasions members will wear school trousers and footwear as part of the uniform, but check with your local group. Where do the badges go? You can find a diagram showing the positions of badges for this age group below.

 

Safe & caring

All our adult volunteers undertake a disclosure (criminal records) check as part of their registration with The Boys’ Brigade, and are trained to provide a safe and caring environment for all children.

 

What it costs

Most groups charge a subscription which may be collected weekly, termly or annually and will usually be around £2-£3 per week. This said, we don’t want any child to miss out because of cost, so if you have any concerns about finance please speak to a leader in the local group in confidence about this.

 

How do I join?

The best way to get involved is to find your local group (also known as a ‘Company’) by using our ‘Companies’ page at the bottom of this page is a map showing locations of our companies.

You can also get in touch by completing the online contact form or just pop along on the day and time which the group meets.

The core age range of the Seniors Section is from 15 to 18 years.

The Programme

Young people in this age group are encouraged to lead their own programme, supported by volunteer leaders. It’s all about the young people deciding what they would like to do and organising it for themselves. The Challenge Plus programme for this age group is based on projects and challenges, encouraging young people to complete one-off challenges and more in-depth projects both of which can be tackled individually or as part of a team. Activities may include ‘Homelessness’, ‘Conservation’, ‘Driving’, ‘Preparing for Work’ amongst many more.

There are opportunities to go away on camps and residentials, which are often the highlights in the annual programme. In addition there may be international opportunities open to the Seniors Section, ranging from attending BB events abroad to volunteering on community projects in developing countries.

Awards

Throughout their time in this age group young people can gain badges and recognition for their participation in the programme. Seniors can get involved in a wider range of awards and qualifications including the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (Gaisce in Republic of Ireland), as well as a number of awards within the organisation including Young Volunteer Award, the President’s Badge and the highest award in the BB, The Queen’s Badge (Founder’s Badge in Republic of Ireland).

 

Volunteering

Many young people in the Seniors Section age group are interested in getting involved with helping with the younger members in addition to getting involved in the Seniors programme. Training and support is provided for those young people who wish to volunteer in this way.

 

The Uniform

Young people wear a core uniform which can either consist of a blue polo shirt and navy blue sweatshirt or blue shirt & tie. Also members usually wear school trousers and footwear as part of the uniform, but check with your local group. Where do the badges go? You can find a diagram showing the positions of badges for this age group below.

 

Safe & caring

All our adult volunteers undertake a disclosure (criminal records) check as part of their registration with The Boys’ Brigade, and are trained to provide a safe and caring environment for all children.

 

What it costs

Most groups charge a subscription which may be collected weekly, termly or annually and will usually be around £1-£3 per week. This said we don’t want any child to miss out because of cost, so if you have any concerns about finance please speak to a leader in the local group in confidence about this.

 

How do I join?

The best way to get involved is to find your local group (also known as a ‘Company’) by using our ‘Companies’ page at the bottom of this page is a map showing locations of our companies.

You can also get in touch by completing the online contact form or just pop along on the day and time which the group meets.

  09 May 2024  7:30pm    Battalion Meeting (Wednesbury)  Wednesbury (Staff)