Boys’ Bri­gade gath­ers for badge pre­sen­ta­tions

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian

Mem­bers of Ger­ald­ton Boys’ Bri­gade Com­pany 13 met for an awards night re­cently af­ter another year of ex­pe­di­tions, en­vi­ron­men­tal study, com­mu­nity ser­vice and lead­er­ship train­ing.

Out­go­ing cap­tain Nic de Vries said the event was a pre­sen­ta­tion night for the var­i­ous awards and badges the young­sters had earned through­out the year.

“As they com­plete each of the dif­fer­ent awards, they earn a badge,” he said.

“If they have al­ready earned the badge and are do­ing a high level in the same sub­ject, they earn a cloth be­hind it.”

Mr de Vries said the Boys’ Bri­gade, which nowa­days also in­cluded girls, was a world­wide Chris­tian-based non­de­nom­i­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion for ages five-18.

“The bri­gade in Ger­ald­ton used to meet at the Unit­ing Church and we moved over to the Angli­can church about nine years ago,” he said. Mr de Vries said the Ger­ald­ton group had about 34 mem­bers aged be­tween five and 17, di­vided into three groups: An­chors for ages five-seven, Ju­niors for ages eight-11 and Se­niors for ages 12-18.

“Through­out the year they un­der­take var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

“This year the se­niors went on a ca­noe­ing ex­pe­di­tion to Au­gusta with cav­ing and ab­seil­ing for a week.”

The group meets ev­ery Thurs­day be­tween 6pm and 8pm.

Mem­ber­ship in­quiries can be made by call­ing 0488 261 711.

Pic­tures: Sam de Vries

Mem­bers of Ger­ald­ton Boys’ Bri­gade 13th Com­pany at the awards night late last month.

Ger­ald­ton Boys’ Bri­gade se­niors Tiana Mwangi and Dar­cie de Vries work on their ex­pe­di­tion badge with leader Peter Shave.

Ger­ald­ton Boys’ Bri­gade ju­niors Trys­tan Archer, Aurora Milnes and Carissa Davies learn wood­work.

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