The Boys’ Brigade
Cambridgeshire Battalion
 
 

ANCHORS

What is the Anchor Section?


The Anchor Section is the youngest section in the BB and is for children aged between 5 and 8.


What do they do?


The Anchor Section has lots of fun doing different activities which include making things, crafts, music, games, sports, stories, going on visits, making friends, and working towards their badges.


JUNIORS

Juniors is our second section and is for children aged between 8 and 11.


What do they do?


Juniors have fun! Their meetings are crammed full of challenges, games and activities, usually ones that they themselves have suggested. There are hundreds of activities catering for just about every possible interest. At the same time we try to encourage them to explore other new interests. There is loads of variety and little chance of becoming bored!


The award programme is specifically designed to encourage a child to look beyond themselves. Many are interested in one type of activity - perhaps sports, or natural history. Our special programme provides for such interests and at the same time gently urges them to try others of a different type.This provides a balanced all round programme - which includes spiritual and social input, as well as physical and adventure activities in 5 different programme zones.



COMPANY SECTION

The Company Section is for young people aged 11 to 15 years of age.


What do they do?


Those in the Company Section take part in the Discover programme, that enables them to take part in a fun, balanced and challenging programme. Be recognised for their effort and achievement. Build trusting relationships.


It's all about learning new skills, making your own decisions and having fun. BB provides a safe environment to explore new possibilities and achieve personal goals while making friends and having adventures. Within Discover there are 3 programme zones as follows:


Community

Recreation

Skills


And it's up to each young person to work out which opportunities are relevant for them, whether it's improving football skills, podcasting or recycling.



SENIORS

Seniors is for young people aged between 15 and 18.


What do they do?


Seniors take part in the Challenge Plus programme, which is made up of Projects and Challenges as follows ...


Projects


These include taster sessions that act as an introduction to a topic and are then followed by a longer project that is designed and led by the young people.


Projects are grouped into 3 programme zones


Community

Life Skills

Recreation & Leisure


Challenges


These are focussed on activities that could be completed by the group or as an individual ranging from 'Climb a Munro' to 'Review a local takeaway'.


There are also opportunities to work towards


The Duke of Edinburgh' Award


Young Volunteer Awards


Queen's Badge


It's all about learning new skills, making your own decisions and having fun. BB provides a safe environment to explore new possibilities and achieve personal goals while making friends and having adventures. And it's up to each young person to work out which opportunities are relevant for them, whether it's sport's officiating, fundraising or DIY.

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AMICUS

Amicus was launched in 1994 by The Boys' Brigade as an alternative programme to meet the needs of Young People at a time where churches and youth organisations have struggled to retain teenage members.


Run as a pilot scheme and evaluated during the first part of 1997, Amicus proved to be a viable method enabling the church to retain the older teenagers it has and to offer an alternative to those yet to be reached.


Membership


Available to male and female on an equal basis between school year 9/10 (or equivalent) to 22 years.


Extended Age Range


Membership is available to male and female on an equal basis between school year 11 (or equivalent in other regions) to 25 years. Youth organisations such as The Boys' Brigade and The Girls' Brigade demonstrate very effective work with young people, in a single sex setting, up to the age of 25. Amicus enables churches to utilise the expertise of organisations such as these in a mixed gender setting over an extended age range at a time when many young people leave the church.


Christian Development


As part of the BB family, Amicus is unashamedly Christian, the Mission Statement states


The Boys' Brigade will care for and challenge young people for life through a programme of informal education underpinned by the Christian faith.


The programme provides for the Christian development of the members and attendance at church worship is encouraged.


Participation & Empowerment


All members have an equal opportunity to contribute to the running of the group. Amicus is less prescriptive than some of its counterparts and its members have a greater say in what happens and when. Groups determine their own programme which is structured, progressive and demanding.


Assisting young people to be involved in decision making is known as participation and empowerment:


Participation is a process of dialogue through which joint decisions are made by adults and young people together . . . and change occurs as a result.


Uniform


Uniform is optional and it is up to the group themselves to decide whether to have any kind of uniform. Where groups have chosen to adopt a uniform it is informal in style displaying the approved Amicus logo as required.