1st Dagenham Boys' Brigade

Boys Brigade

The aim of the Boy's 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.

SECTIONS WITHIN THE COMPANY

ANCHOR SECTION

This is youngest section, for 5 - 8 year olds. The Anchor Boys' section meet on Mondays from 6pm - 7.30pm.

The leaders guide the boys through games, craftwork, music, stories, and many other activities, to advance them to a state of readiness to do the 10 tasks needed for the Anchor triangle award, and promotion to the Junior Section in the autumn after they attain their 8th birthday.

JUNIOR SECTION

This section is for the 8 - 11 year olds and also meets on Mondays from 6pm - 7.45pm.

The boys work in their squad groups towards their badges, starting with white and ending in the prestigious gold. Each badge has several sections and takes hard work and dedication to achieve it. A typical evening includes activities such as marching, craftwork, games, and even cooking. When the boys have reached the September after their 11th birthday, they are ready to join the Company Section.

COMPANY/SENIOR SECTION

This section is for 11 - 18 year olds. They also meet on Mondays, from 7.30 - 9.00pm.

The young men in this section continue to work towards badges, but with more encouragement to find their own way around the badge framework, with a gentle nudge in the right direction from the Officers leading the Section.

At the age of 14 the young men may be recommended for promotion to Lance Corporal, at 15 to Corporal, and at 16 to Sergeant. Attainment of a rank goes hand-in-hand with the responsibility of helping the younger members of the Company.

A typical Company/Senior Section evening starts with prayers and inspection, drill, badge work, games, and coffee-break discussions.

The 1st Dagenham Boys' Brigade is part of the Havering & Brentwood Battalion and attend regular events with other Companies within the battalion at all levels.

The officers and helpers consider it a privilege to be called to work with the young people, and hope that, with God's guidance, they can advance Christ's Kingdom amongst the boys and young men in Dagenham.

If you would like more information regarding the 1st Dagenham Boys' Brigade you can contact our Captain Brian Ansell and leave a message at the Church office on 020 8592 4908 or by email to bb@woodlane.co.uk

If you require further details of the Havering & Brentwood Battalion you can view the web site at www.hbbb.org