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Company Section

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.

The Leader in charge of the Company Section is Phil Lowles, supported by David Gary, Barry Precey and Brandon Dart.

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.

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

Remembrance 2020

Download and colour in your own Poppy, you can then display it in your window to show your support and remembrance. here

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.

Revised Zoom Times

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

If you require any more information please contact from the contact page or give us a call.

Company & Seniors Camp 2021

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. 

First Zoom Evening Done!!

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

Help Spread the Word

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

BB at Home Activities

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.

Virtual Meetings

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

New BB Website

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 3rd Basingstoke Boys Brigade will be unable to meet in person for the time being. So we have launched a new website and will be preparing to meet virtually in the near future.

There are links on the homepage and a dedicated page with all of the Zoom meeting details on and how to join us for the meetings here.

We will update shortly so watch this space for more information 🙂

Covid-19 Update

At 3rd Basingstoke Boys Brigade, we are currently unable to meet together in person due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  However, we are currently working on putting together an online program to enable us to meet virtually.  We will provide more information and updates as soon as it is available. 

You can also visit the virtual page of this website that explains how the ZOOM meetings will work and when they are expected to be scheduled 

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.

You can read more on our Discover Award Scheme page here

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.

Uniform

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.

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THE BB OBJECT

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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