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Home  >  News  >  82 Glasgow BB Members Receive Queen's Badge

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Gary McQueen
Gary McQueen

82 Glasgow BB Members Receive Queen's Badge

Monday May 28 2018

 

Eighty two young people have been recognised at a ceremony in Glasgow City Chambers for achieving the highest award in the Boys’ Brigade.

Senior Boys and Young Leaders from in and around Glasgow received Queen’s Badge certificates on Thursday from former Scottish football international and current chairman of Airdrie FC, Bobby Watson, who is also an ex-member of the 2nd Airdrie Company. Bailie Anne McTaggart represented Glasgow City Council and the Lord Provost.

Prior to the ceremony, the Battalion Pipe Band led a parade down West George Street into George Square, where they met and were inspected by dignitaries attending the event.

Each successful Queen’s Badge candidate has to complete a range of different elements including developing interests such as physical, expedition and personal skills, taking on a leadership role within the BB or church and volunteering within the community.

This year, the 82 successful Queen’s Men have completed more than 6,250 hours of volunteering with community projects and Company support in and around Glasgow. Each candidate has also completed basic Heartstart training and have received certificates from the British Heart Foundation.

The Boys’ Brigade, the first voluntary uniformed youth organisation in the world, was founded in Glasgow in 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith. There are currently 3,000 members in the Glasgow area.

Jim McVean, Secretary of The Boys’ Brigade Glasgow, said: “The Queen’s Badge marks the culmination of the awards scheme in The Boys’ Brigade and is a huge achievement for these young men, their family and friends.

“Many of those receiving the award will have been members of the BB since starting primary school and now more than a decade on, will be making important steps into work, further or higher education. The Queen’s Badge programme is completed over 18 months and not only benefits society through the candidates volunteering their time to help others but also ensures the young people build the skills and confidence they require to make positive choices for their own future.

“We know that employers recognise the Queen’s Badge as a significant achievement on a CV and these young men are also wonderful role models for the next generation of boys starting out in the organisation.”

Ryan McBride, member of the 200th Glasgow Company based in Springburn, said: “I’ve really enjoyed completing the Queen’s Badge and it has provided new opportunities that I had never previously experienced. As part of the course we attended a residential weekend at Auchengillan in March and the team-building skills were great fun to learn and participate in. I’ve made friends for life in The Boys’ Brigade and would strongly encourage young people to join their local Company.”


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