The Company Section is for boys aged 11 to 15 years old.
We meet on Friday evenings between 7.30 and 9.30 pm at St. Andrews’ Methodist Church. With parents’ permission members can stay until 10.15 pm and join in with sports and other fun activities.
The Company Section runs together with the Seniors. Seniors are expected to take on Leadership roles within the Company Section.
This is where the adventure truly begins!
We provide a programme of fun yet challenging activities including sports, games, arts and crafts, music, going on visits, outdoor adventures such as hiking, camping, orienteering, cycling, canoeing and much more.
Every young person can expect:
- To experience new challenges
- To be listened to and have a say
- To be respected and valued
- To have fun
- To have the opportunity to develop a personal Christian faith
The Company Section is 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.
On 19th March the Company and Senior Sections had another Cooking session. This time they made some Pizza Twists. They all looked amazing and everyone who participated did really well and no burning occurred. 🙂 Thank you to Phil and Alex for stepping in and leading this activity. I hope everyone enjoyed their efforts.
Company Section Flapjack Baking
This evening we decided to be brave and trust the older boys in their kitchens to make flapjacks. Phillip’s lovely Fiancé Alexandra, walked the boy’s through the activity and as you can see here, it was a complete success. There are some good examples of flapjack baking. Well Done Boys!
It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that a great friend of 3rd Basingstoke Boys Brigade, Brian Wilson has sadly passed away. Brian has been in the Boys Brigade since joining as a boy and has been a massive part of the BB in Essex. Brian was the company captain for many years until he recently retired.
We were introduced to Brian through the Bassex Camping Group of which 3rd Basingstoke is a part.
We send our love, condolences and prayers to Brians wife, two daughters, family and all of our friends in Essex that are affected by Brians passing. He will be sadly missed.
From all the leaders and boys at 3rd Basingstoke BB.
As we head towards Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday, we recognise that things will be different this year, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. At this time, we would normally be preparing to meet together on Remembrance Sunday in our respective Churches for a service and/or joining with our communities to participate in public parades or services at local war memorials.
Unfortunately, this year we will not be able to do what we have always done, with the majority of public parades and services being cancelled or taking place with restricted numbers or virtually.
The Boys’ Brigade National website has more ideas on their website.
Please note that to help things run as smoothly as possible the Friday evening Zoom times have been adjusted slightly. They are as follows:
Anchor Boys: 6.40pm – 7.15pm
Junior Section: 7.15pm – 7.55pm
Company & Senior Lads: 7.50pm – 9.30pm
We are pleased to announce that we are putting the final plans together for our 2021 summer camp. The camp will be open to all Company Section and Senior Section lads. The camp will be on the Isle of Wight on an excellent campsite that is within walking distance of an amazing beach.
For more information please visit our www.bassex-camping.org website. We will provide you with more information as soon as it become available.
Thanks for all the Boys (and parents) who joined in on our first meeting back since March 20th. Ok, it wasn’t at the church but It was on Zoom. It was our first time, so we did have a few tech and timing issues but it got better as the evening progressed.
Thanks also to an ex BB lad/helper Paul, for their help with our updated website where you can find Zoom guidance and further information on the Company. See you all next week
Please help 3rd Basingstoke Boys’ Brigade to spread the word about its new website by sharing on social media. Social media shares are an important part of any website and where it appears on search engines. We have added social media shares to all webpages and news items, we would like to invite all parents, boys, and just about everyone to give us a few shares across social media. Many thanks. #Facebook #Twitter #Socialmedia
Have fun at home with our BB Activity Downloads
Why not take a moment to visit the #BBATHOME section of the national Boys Brigade website. There are 100’s of free activities that you can download. There are activities for young people of all ages to do under the supervision of their parent/carer. Choose from 100’s of activities and download the free worksheet to keep yourself entertained until Boys Brigade can resume normal meetings again.
We are putting plans together to launch our Local BB at Home virtual sessions, using ZOOM. These virtual meetings will be on a Friday evening. The times are as follows;
Anchor Boys: 6.40pm to 7.20pm
Junior Section: 7.20pm to 8.15pm
Company & Seniors: 8.15pm to 9.15pm
For more information on ZOOM meetings please click here
The Discover Award Scheme has been designed to give each young person an active role in choosing the activities which will make up the Company Section Programme. This allows our members to develop their interests, learn new skills and acquire a deeper knowledge of life, the world and other people.
Within certain practical limitations each young person can choose whatever it is they feel is most relevant for them, whether it’s improving football skills, podcasting or recycling. As an example some of our recent activities include cooking, fair trade and darts.
Leaders will ensure that everyone gets a say and that a fair and varied programme of activities is developed for the group which tries to cover all interests and abilities.
The Discover Award Scheme covers three programme zones and there is a badge available for each of them:
There are four levels available for each Badge starting at 1 and progressing to Level 4. To attain the Badge a young person has to achieve a certain number of points with one point awarded for each activity. Mostly the only requirement is for participation and their best effort. Other activities will require each young person to set their own target or objective before starting and with the Leaders’ help will work to achieve that.
It does not matter what age your child joins us at since they will join in with others their same age and participate in the same activities, the only difference is they would gain the badge at Level 1 where others who already have Level 1 would achieve Level 2.
A more in depth look at the Discover Award Scheme is available on our Discover page.
In addition to the above there are several higher awards within the Discover Award Scheme.
The Compass Badge is awarded during the first year in the Company Section and requires 6 points from the Discover programme, 2 points from each of the three zones. This provides an early opportunity to recognise what a young person has achieved.
The Discovery Badge is awarded from the second year in the Company Section and requires 30 points from the Discover programme with at least Level 1 achieved in each of the three zones. In addition a young person requires a good attendance record, taking an active role in a Company event and taking part in an Adventure activity.
The President’s Badge is the highest achievement in the Company Section and can be awarded from year four. It requires a high level of points and badges from all three zones, however it is not necessary to fully complete the Discover programme and this means that late joiners are not prevented from being able to achieve the President’s Badge. They will have to work harder but it is not impossible. In addition to this a young person requires a good attendance record, participation in a teamwork event and a Christian Faith development course, 10 hours of practical service for the Brigade or church, taking part in an Adventure activity and a recommendation from the Company Captain.
The Boys’ Brigade has a strong association with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and Company Section members can choose to work towards earning the DEA Bronze Award. This can count as a large portion of the work required for the President’s Badge and in fact the two awards can be worked for together.
In addition Company Section members will earn a service badge which shows how many years they have been a member for. A Company Section member who has been with The Boys’ Brigade since 5 years old can earn up to 10 years service.
We are a uniformed organisation and do expect our members to wear their full clean uniform every week. Company Section members wear a dark blue pullover (right) and blue polo shirt (below) 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 which goes on the right arm. In addition, higher achievement badges are worn on an armband which goes on the left arm. Click this link to see how the Company Section Badges should be laid out on the armbands. Company Section members will need to bring a change of clothes for sports activities.