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5 – 8 Year Olds

Anchor Boys

Anchors is for boys aged between 5 and 8 years old. We meet on Friday evenings between 6.30 and 7.45 pm at St. Andrews’ Methodist Church, Western Way, Basingstoke RG22 6ER.

We currently run the Anchors and Junior Sections together for practical reasons. This does not affect the activities and award schemes since they are very similar and just as much fun at any age.

The Leader in charge of the Anchors is Michael Payne.

Everything an Anchor Boy does helps them to develop and to think for themselves, in a safe environment.

Our experienced Leaders are DBS checked and will make every effort to ensure your child’s’ safety. See our Information for Parents/Guardians section for more details.

What it’s about

  • having fun

  • making friends

  • enjoying lots of activities

  • trying new things

We have lots of fun doing different activities which include making things, crafts, music, games, sports, stories, going on visits, making friends and more.

All of this is done as part of a balanced programme that is separated into five different zones:

Body - fit for fun

Mind - think and do

Spirit - God and me

Community - me and my world

Creativity - make and do

The Anchors Uniform

We are a uniformed organisation and do expect our members to wear their full clean uniform every week. Anchor Boys wear a red pullover and blue polo shirt which is supplied to you by us. We ask for uniforms to please be returned to us when it has been outgrown or the member leaves.

In addition, members are required to wear dark trousers (school trousers are ideal), dark coloured socks and black shoes or trainers (no white socks or white trainers please). Badges are worn on a black armband that goes on the right arm. 

Activity Programme

The Anchors Activity Programme provides an informal award scheme. This means boys will gain their awards as they take part in the usual programme activities.

The first award is the Green Activity Badge which requires 12 activities and is usually awarded at age 5/6.

The second award is the Red Activity Badge which requires 18 activities and is usually awarded at age 6/7.

The third award is the Blue Activity Badge which requires 18 activities and is usually awarded at age 7/8.

In order to get all 3 awards a boy needs to complete a total of 48 activities over 3 years. It does not matter what age your child joins at since they will join in with others their same age and participate at their own level. There is no judgment about how well they have done, all that is required is to join in and try their best.

In addition, Anchor Boys will earn a service badge which shows how many years they have been a member for. An Anchor Boy can earn up to a maximum of 3 years of service.

Other Age Groups


01256 329616


3rd Basingstoke Boys' Brigade
St Andrew's Methodist Church
Western Way,
RG22 6ER.


The object of the Boys Brigade is: "The advancement of Christ's kingdom among boys and the promotion of habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self-respect, and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness"

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