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Celebrating a Centenary with The Boys’ Brigade’s Junior Section

Celebrating a Centenary with The Boys’ Brigade’s Junior Section

27th April 2017

Youth United Network member, The Boys’ Brigade, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the organisation’s Junior Section. Initially called the Boy Reserves, more than 16,000 eight to 11-year olds are taking part in fun and active programmes today, across more than 1,300 groups in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

As part of the festivities, the Juniors have been encouraged to get involved in the Junior 100 Challenge, which consists of 100 individual and group challenges young people need to complete throughout the year. The Challenge is not only testament to the Juniors’ creativity and energy, but also to the skills they have picked up as members of a uniformed youth group. For example, the Ellend Juniors are designing a new game, the 53rd Manchester Juniors are planting sunflowers and some members of 5th Hull have been visiting attractions in their local area.

Bill Stevenson, CEO of The Boys’ Brigade, said:

“In celebration of 100 years of the Junior Section, we wanted to encourage members to not only shout about their achievements, but also try something new.

“We want our members to really think big. Whether it’s taking up a new sport, helping out with a local charity or signing up to one of our residential trips, we want to see as many members this year take full advantage of what the BB can offer.

“At the BB we want to encourage young people to reach their true potential and explore new exciting activities, all essential in the developing years our Junior members are going through.”

One of the BB units involved in the celebrations is 2nd Denton in Manchester. Captain Andrew Mason has been actively encouraging Juniors to get involved with the Challenge and is looking forward to the year of celebration ahead. Thanks to funding from Youth United, the company was able to increase and retain their membership and improve the experience on offer.

Captain Andrew Mason said:

“We started working with Youth United back in 2015. With their support, we have been able to increase the number of children aged between 8 and 11, that we are working with, by over fifty percent.

“In addition, we have been able to expand the range of the activities that we offer to the young people. Youth United funding allowed us to buy a range of sports equipment, including soft archery and gym mats, plus supplies for arts and crafts.

“These have allowed us to do new things with the boys, both increasing their enjoyment and helping with retention within the group. We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from Youth United.”

The celebrations will run from January, right through 2017 and will culminate with the Big 100 Birthday Party in September, when thousands of BB members and local communities will come together and celebrate.