Seniors is for young men aged 15 – 18 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 Seniors is Barry Precey.
Are you up to the Challenge?
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
Seniors is all about challenging yourself, learning to accept responsibility for your actions, taking Leadership as well as 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
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
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
In addition, Seniors can take on the Challenge Plus Programme. This requires each young man to undertake in-depth Projects and Challenge activities which they themselves choose and work on at their initiative, with assistance from the Leaders if they need it. These are grouped into three zones:
- Life Skills
- Recreation & Leisure
There are three levels of awards which require a number of points to achieve.
The Challenge Plus Bronze Award requires 10 points.
The Challenge Plus Silver Award requires 20 points.
The Challenge Plus Gold Award requires 30 points.
Seniors will be awarded 5 points for a successful Project and 1 point for a Challenge. In most cases the Seniors will set the target or objective for Projects and Challenges themselves.
In addition to the above Seniors can achieve the following higher awards.
The Queen is the Patron of the Boys’ Brigade and The Queen’s Badge is the highest award that may be gained by a member of The Boys’ Brigade. It aims to challenge and equip the individual, provide new opportunities and expand horizons while remaining accessible to candidates of all abilities. In the history of 3rd Basingstoke Boys’ Brigade Company only one individual has achieved The Queen’s Badge so you can see what a rare and high honour it is.
The Boys’ Brigade has a strong association with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and Seniors & Leaders up to the age of 25 can choose to work towards earning the DEA Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.
Ranks and Promotion
Seniors are expected to take on Leadership roles within the Company Section and this is recognised in the form of ranks and promotion. Company Section members have the rank of Private while Seniors who have proved themselves reliable and trustworthy enough can earn the following ranks which are indicated by the chevrons the Senior wears on their armbands:
Upon reaching the age of 18 a Senior is considered a Member of Staff and joins the Leaders in helping to run the Boys Brigade Company. They may still complete their badgework for the remainder of the year. As a Leader there are many further opportunities for advancement within The Boys Brigade.
In addition, Seniors will earn a service badge which shows how many years they have been a member for. A Senior who has been with The Boys’ Brigade since he was 5 years old can earn up to 13 years service. But we do also provide 14 and 15 year service badges which may be presented in special circumstances.
We are a uniformed organisation and do expect our members to wear their full clean uniform every week. Seniors 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). Their 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 Seniors’ Badges should be laid out on the armbands. Seniors will need to bring a change of clothes for sports activities.