“Reaching out to the next generation”

Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade Brockton

Brigade Weekly Schedule

Meetings will begin again in late September 2016 on Saturdays from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm

 

1st Saturday

Bible-based lesson - 45 min
Snack - 25 min
Educational topic - 45min


2nd Saturday

Bible-based lesson - 45 min
Snack - 25 min
Brigade Knowlege - 45min
(Music, Drills, Badges)


3rd Saturday

Bible-based lesson - 45 min
Snack - 25 min
Social Skills - 45min


4th Saturday

Bible-based lesson - 45 min
Family-style lunch
Birthday celebrations

 

Special Saturdays
Field trips
Community Service



A new After School Program for youth will begin in January. Check back for further information.

Badges & Awards

The Seniors Program offers you an exciting range of badges to encourage youth to learn new skills and gain knowledge through the various activities that are fun, meaningful and challenging. As guided by our BB Method, our range of badges covers Spiritual, Physical, Enrichment and Social aspects for all-round development.

BB badges and awards are presented to Boys and Girls for their participation and achievements carried out within the BB Program. Your BB Officer will plan a schedule to help them go through badge lessons so that they can earn their badges.

The BB Program is a developmental and progressive badge work program. Hence, almost all the badges have 3 progressive Stages, namely, Stage 1 for beginners of a skill, interest or activity, Stage 2 for the intermediate level, and Stage 3 for advanced.

CLASSIFICATION OF BADGES AND AWARDS

Badges and awards fall under the following categories:

a) Target

This is the very first badge that you will earn in The Brigade. It is an introductory program to let you know what the BGB is all about and all new members of the Seniors Program need to undertake this.

b) Core

The Core group of badges are those which have been identified as must-haves for BGB members to pursue because of their importance and usefulness. These are areas of activities, interests or skills that are essential to the all-round development of our members and all are strongly encouraged to attain these awards right up to the advanced level. The following are badges that represent activities that are core in the BB & GB:

• Adventure

Adventure training is mostly outdoors, presenting much challenge and fun for the individual as well as the team. It is Core, not just because of the excitement it promises but also because it develops one’s physical self-confidence and mental endurance, teaches problem solving skills and teamwork, and contributes to the overall development of character.

• Christian Education

It is ever so important to have the right values in life, especially in times when we cannot figure out what is right from wrong. This badge work curriculum seeks to inculcate good values based on Christian principles.

• Citizenship

A nation is made up of its people. Their loyalty, values and ideals determine the kind of nation that we have. The Citizenship Badge sets out to help Boys and Girls appreciate America’s sovereignty and explain the role everyone has in nation building.

• Community Service

Community service in The Brigade gives you the opportunity to be an active citizen, putting to use all skills and knowledge that you will receive in the BGB to serve others. In return you receive again, by learning values of caring for and sharing with the community that you live in.

• Drill

Drill is a method to help everyone get organized quickly without too much fuss. This Core program teaches discipline and teamwork, not to mention that it is one of the best ways to display the smartness and precision that is expected of a BGB Boy/Girl.

• First Aid

A useful and lifesaving skill, First Aid skills are important to have. With these skills, you have the ability to give first aid treatment to yourself, your friends and even your own family members. You will be in a position to help others and maybe even save a life.

• Leadership Development

The Leadership Development curriculum will equip you with the necessary skills and provide practice to help you develop your leadership potential. Like the rest of the Core programme, leadership skills will prove to be useful to you in your time spent in the BGB, as well as later on in life.

• Life Skills

The Life Skills curriculum is Core because it looks at issues that you will surely encounter as you grow up and even later in life as an adult. That is why professional developers were engaged to design the contents and program of this badge. Life issues like stress management, peer pressure, life gifts and personality are discussed to help and guide you.

• Electives

There are a total of 18 elective badges that a Boy/Girl can take up. This spans from sports and games to arts and craft. These electives allow a Boy/Girl to pursue in-depth a particular interest or to explore other activities and interests at an introductory or beginner’s level.

•  Service

There are 5 service badges in the Seniors Programme. They are given in recognition of loyalty to the BGB, good service and participation.

•  Special Awards

Special awards are accorded to Boys and Girls in recognition of notable or distinguished accomplishment in the BGB. There is also an award for gallantry and acts of courage in the face of danger or in attempting to save life.

 

BGB SESSION & CHILD’S AGE

The BGB Session is from January 1 to December 31. A BB Boy’s age is calculated as that which he is by January 1 of any session.

MINIMUM AGES THAT AWARDS MAY BE GAINED

Award

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Target

12

-

-

Adventure

12

13

14

Christian Education

12

13

14

Citizenship

12

13

14

Community Service

12

13

14

Drill

12

13

-

First Aid

12

13

14

Leadership Development

13

14

-

Life Skills

12

13

14

Anti-Drug Abuse (SANA)

13

-

-

Arts

12

13

14

Athletics

12

12

12

Bandsman’s

12

13

14

Bugler’s

12

13

14

Crafts

12

13

14

Drummer’s

12

13

14

Fireman’s

13

-

-

Gymnastics

12

13

14

Hobbies

12

13

14

International Relations

12

13

14

Kayaking

13

14

15

Musketry

13

14

15

Naturalist’s

12

13

14

Piper’s

12

13

14

Sailing

13

14

15

Sportsman’s

12

13

14

Swimming

12

12

12

TARGET BADGE

To gain the badge, a Boy must attend 2 induction parades. While there is no written test as such, assignments and worksheets given must be completed correctly. The contents on BB Knowledge must cover the following:

1. BB Object & Motto & Logo

2. Brief History of the BB

3. Company Organization and Ranks

4. History and Tradition of his own Company

5. Uniform - Wearing and Cleaning

6. Introduction to Awards Scheme

7. Overview of BB International

8. BB Songs - The Anchor Song, Mighty Band of Brothers, Boyhood Days, Welcome to “BB Show”, The B.B.-- First for Boys

9. BB Vesper and Table Grace

Boys working on the Target Badge are expected to undertake a suitable outdoor activity during the course. They are not allowed to take any other awards classes while undergoing this training.

ADVENTURE AWARD

The Adventure Award promotes the spirit of adventure and discovery. It combines expedition and camp craft aspects, learnt and practiced in an adventure setting. The Boy must hold at least First Aid Stage 1 as a pre-requisite qualification before he can undertake instruction in this award.

In the area of kayaking, where the body of technical skills is quite extensive, Boys must first gain at least Kayaking Stage 1 before attempting a kayak expedition.

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys aged 12 or above, who have successfully undertaken 2 weekends of instruction comprising the following:

1. Expedition

a) Maps: Care and Maintenance

b) Maps: Scales & Map References

c) Maps: Features – Natural, Cultural and Topographical

d) Using a Map and a Compass

e) Keeping an Expedition Log

f) Exercise Gallop: Orienteering

2. Camp Craft

a) Important knots & lashings.

b) Tents: Parts, Care and Maintenance, Pitching

c) Building an improvised shelter and Site considerations for shelter.

d) The Country Code

e) Exercise Afloat: Raft-building

3. First Aid

a) Refresher on Basic Outdoor and Water First Aid and Safety

4. Assessment to be done in one weekend

a) Theory test

b) Practical assessment during a hike of not less than 6 hours, and a subsequent overnight stay under improvised shelter.

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys, aged 13 or above, who hold the Stage 1 and who have successfully undertaken 2 weekends of instruction comprising the following:

1. Revision of Map-reading & Camp Craft skills

2. Undergo instruction in one of the following Skills:

a) Rock wall climbing

b) Rappelling

c) Ropes (including high elements)

4. Revision of First Aid

5. Expedition Packing

6. Engage in an Expedition (Assessment)

On a third weekend, be assessed on their performance on an overnight expedition of not less than:

a) 20 km on foot,

b) 30 km on bicycle, or

c) 15 km in a kayak

A combination of movement modes is acceptable. The expedition must involve an overnight stay under improvised shelter, and a practice of the skill-based discipline.

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys, aged 14 or above, who hold the Stage 2 gained in a previous session and have successfully undertaken 2 weekends of instruction comprising the following elements:

1. Revision of Map-reading & Camp craft skills

2. Undergo instruction in one of the following Skills:

a) Rock wall climbing

b) Rappelling

c) Ropes (including high elements)

4. Revision of First Aid

5. Expedition Packing

6. Engage in an Expedition (Assessment)

On a third weekend, be assessed on their performance on an overnight expedition of not less than:

a) 20 km on foot,

b) 30 km on bicycle, or

c) 15 km in a kayak

A combination of movement modes is acceptable. The expedition must involve an overnight stay under improvised shelter, and a practice of the skill-based discipline.

The skill and expedition format chosen for Stage 3 should be different from that which the Boy was exposed to in Stage 2.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys who have successfully participated in a minimum of 15 lessons contained in the Brigade’s Core CE syllabus and who show a general understanding of the particular passages or topics of Scripture included in the course.

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 1 and have successfully participated in a minimum of 15 lessons of the Brigade’s Core CE syllabus for Stage 2 and who show a general understanding of the particular passages or topics of Scripture included in the course

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 2 gained in a previous session, who have successfully participated in a minimum of 15 lessons of the Brigade’s Core CE syllabus for Stage 3 and who show a general understanding of the particular passages or topics of Scripture included in the course

Note:

Companies who have an alternative CE syllabus are to send a copy of the following to the BBHQ’s Programme Department for approval before commencement:

a) an outline of the syllabus listing course aims, learning outcomes, assessment modes.

b) samples of 3 lesson plans from each Stage of the course.

c) samples of assessments.

CITIZENSHIP

The Citizenship syllabus shall be the Total Defence Badge syllabus as provided by the National Education Office, Ministry of Defence (America).

Stage 1 (Total Defence - Bronze)

Awarded to Boys of 12 age or more who have attended regularly a course of instruction in the following subjects:

1. Total Defence Badge Lessons

2. Five aspects of Total Defence

3. Relevance and Importance of Total Defence

Stage 2 (Total Defence - Silver)

Awarded to Boys of 13 age or more who hold the Stage 1, and who have participated in a course of instruction in the following subjects:

1. Total Defence as an On-going Activity at the National and Individual Levels

2. Our Roles in Total Defence

Stage 3 (Total Defence - Gold)

Awarded to Boys of 14 age or more who hold the Stage 2 gained in a previous session, and who have participated in a course of instruction based on the theme “Total Defence in Action for the Future” covering the following subjects:

1. Why Defence?

2. Lessons from the Past

3. Why me?

4. Total Security - Action for the Future

If a company wishes to, it may conduct the following modules for its Boys. The completion of each module would allow for the advancement of one Stage. The Seniors Programme Chairman should be notified before the commencement of the course.

1. National Government

a) Parliamentary System

b) Election System

c) Electoral Constituencies

d) Legislatures

e) Ministries

2. Judicial System

a) Legal System in America

b) Courts

c) The Legal Profession - Law Society

d) Public Service Commission

e) Criminal and Penal Code

These lessons need to include 2 field trips to key locations in America, which are valuable for a wider Citizenship experience. Your Officer has a prepared list of field trip destinations, so ask him or her for it.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys who carry out 20 hours of community service in one session, and who also fulfil the following criteria:

1. Attend 2 Community Service lessons (pre- and post-service).

2. Submit an individual post-service report, which shows meaningful reflection of the community service experience.

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 1 and have carried out an additional 20 hours of community service in one session.

1. Attend 2 Community Service lessons (pre- and post-service).

2. Work at the sub-committee level to plan and execute a community service event, displaying an ability to analyse a situation, formulate an action plan, and evaluate their own performance.

3. Submit an individual post-service report, which shows meaningful reflection of the community service experience.

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 2 gained in a previous session and have carried out an additional 20 hours of community service in one session.

1. Attend 2 Community Service lessons (pre- and post-service)

2. Work at the main committee level to plan and execute a community service event.

3. Assist Stage 2 Boys working at the sub-committee level

4. Submit an individual post-service report, which shows meaningful reflection of the community service experience.

Note:

A Boy may bring forward to the following year not more than 10 hours of community service performed in a session. While we encourage Boys to give their time to service, too much time spent would not be good, as it would affect other areas of a Boy’s life, e.g. time with family, studies, etc.

These services to be carried out must be of a practical nature, done on a voluntary basis and must be rendered directly to the community (e.g. Church, school, Community Chest, YMCA, community centers or other charitable organizations) or through The Boys’ Brigade Charity Gift Box or BB CARES projects.

The following does not qualify as ‘community service’ (this list is not exhaustive and the Seniors Programme committee should be approached when in doubt).

a) Attending a church service.

b) Compulsory duties performed for a school.

c) Services rendered to recreation clubs of business organizations for non-charitable events.

d) Services performed by Boys without the prior knowledge and consent of the Captain.

DRILL

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys who pass the following examinations based on the Drill Manual.

1. Written or oral examination based on the following sections of the Drill Manual.

a) The purpose and place for Drill in the BB

b) Paying Compliments

2. Practical ability in executing the following drill movements correctly:

a) Attention

b) At Ease

c) Stand Easy

d) Dressing

e) Stationary Turns - right, left, & about turn

f) Stationary Salute

g) Marching and Halting

h) Wheeling Right & Left

i) Mark Time & Halt

j) Falling Out and Dismissal

k) Eyes Right & Left on the March

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 1, and who have passed the following examinations based on the Drill Manual.

1. Written or oral examination based on the Stage 1 syllabus and the following sections of the Drill Manual.

a) Definitions

b) Drill Theory

c) Words of Command

d) The Company Parade

2. Practical ability in executing the following drill movements correctly.

a) All of Stage 1

b) Slow March & Halt

c) Open & Close Order with Dressing

d) Turning on the March--right, left & about turn

e) Salute on the March to the front

f) Forming Two Ranks & Three Ranks

g) Side steps--right, left, front and back

h) Sizing

FIRST AID

The First Aid syllabus comprises information contained in 3 parts:

• Indoor First Aid and Safety

• Outdoor First Aid and Safety

• Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Workshop

Assessment should comprise the following segments:

• practical,

• written and

• oral.

Further information about conditions and treatment can be derived by consulting the authorised First Aid Manual of the St John Ambulance Association, St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association and the American Red Cross Society.

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys who have attended regularly a course of instruction and passed both the theory and practical tests on the following topics:

1. Indoor

a) Introduction to First Aid & the First Aid Box

b) Common Ailments and Treatment

2. Outdoor

a) Fractures and Immobilisation I

b) Heat Injury

c) Wounds & Bleeding I

3. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 1 award gained in a previous session, attended regularly a course of instruction which includes a revision of the Stage 1 syllabus and passed both the theory and practical tests on the following topics:

1. Indoor

a) Treatment of Sprains

2. Outdoor

a) Fractures and Immobilisation II

b) Animal & Insect bites and stings

c) Wounds & Bleeding II

3. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (Revision)

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 2 award gained in a previous session, who have attended regularly a further course of instruction which includes a revision of the Stage 1 and 2 syllabus, and who have passed both theory and practical examinations on the following topics:

1. Indoor

a) Common Ailments II

2. Outdoor

a) Near Drowning

b) Wounds & Dressings

3. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (Revision)

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys aged 13 or more who have the Drill award Stage 1 and at least two other proficiency awards. The BB Company shall conduct this training course based on a standardised Brigade-prescribed syllabus.

After the course, the Boy must be assessed on his performances in at least 3 projects, and feedback must be given to aid his development by the respective Officers-in-charge. Where possible, these appointments must give the Boy a range of leadership and management experience. These performance reviews will be part of the internal selection process for the awarding of the Founder’s Badge.

1. BB Knowledge I

(a) BB History

(b) Object and its Implications

(c) Local History and Companies

(d) Company and District Organisation

(e) Dress Code

(f) Bugle Calls

(g) Flag Ceremony

2. Leadership I

(a) Definition of a Leader

(b) Leadership Styles

(c) Qualities of a Leader

(d) Dangers of Leadership

3. Up-Front Speaking

(a) Verbal Impact

(b) Vocal Impact

(c) Non-verbal Impact

4. Squad Management

(a) Definition

(b) Importance of Squad Management

(c) Benefits of Squad Management

(d) How to Manage a Squad

(e) Effective Ways to Establish Squad Unity

5. Instructional Techniques

(a) Basics of Instructing

(b) Preparing a Lesson

6. Leading

(a) How to Lead

(b) Design Plans

(c) Organise Team

(d) Execution

(e) Debrief

7. Exercise

Stage 2

Awarded to NCOs aged 14 or more who hold the Stage 1 gained in a previous session, and have the Drill Stage 2 and two other proficiency awards at Stage 2 also. The District or Brigade shall conduct this training course based on a standardised Brigade-prescribed syllabus.

After the course, the Boy must be assessed on his performances in at least 3 projects, and feedback must be given to aid his development by the respective Officers-in-charge. Where possible, these appointments must give the Boy a range of leadership and management experience. These performance reviews will be part of the internal selection process for the awarding of the Founder’s Badge.

The course contents shall have the followings

1. Leadership II

(a) Definition of Leadership

(b) Definition of a Leader

(c) The Learning Process

• Qualities and Traits of Leaders

• Functional Skills of Leadership

2. Planning

(a) State your Aim

(b) State your Objectives

(c) Identify your Resources and Limitations

(d) Organise and Delegate

(e) Briefing

(f) Evaluation

3. Exercise

LIFE SKILLS

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys of age 12 or more, who has successfully participated in the annual Company Life Skills Camp, and completed the following modules over the duration of the same camp:

1. Life Gifts & Personality Types

2. Managing Stress and Obstacles

3. Dealing with Peer Pressure

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys of age 13 or more, who hold the Stage 1 and has successfully participated in the annual Company Life Skills Camp, and completed the following modules over the duration of the same camp:

1. Values

2. Passions

3. Character Traits

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys of age 14 or more, who hold the Stage 2 gained from a previous session and has successfully participated in the annual Company Lifeskills Camp, and completed the following modules over the duration of the same camp:

1. Teamwork

2. Community Life

3. Service

ANTI-DRUG ABUSE (SANA)

Officers and volunteers from the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association conduct this course. The course of instruction is 12 hours, consisting of lectures, video presentations and discussions. The badge programme covers the following:

1. The Drug and Inhalant Abuse Situation in Singapore

2. Commonly Abused Drugs and the Abuse of Inhalants

3. Why Do People Abuse Drugs or Inhalants

4. Role as a Transfer Agent

Assessment is based on a written test and an assignment.

ARTS, CRAFTS AND HOBBIES

All courses and activities must be spread evenly over a period of at least three months and be arranged by the Company or have prior approval of the Seniors Programme Committee where they are to be conducted by other companies or organisations.

At all stages Boys must show evidence of work (e.g. photographs of actual work) on a particular project and assessment should relate to the individual’s progress rather than to set a standard.

For each award the following general regulations apply:

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys who have participated in an activity over a period of three months with at least 7 hours of practical work.

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 1 and have participated for a further three months in the same activity at a higher standard or in another activity under the same heading. A minimum of 10 hours of practical work is required.

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 2 gained in a previous session and who have participated for a further three months in the same activity at a higher standard or in another activity under the same heading. The activity should involve a minimum of 12 hours of practical work.

ARTS

1. Communicative/Visual Arts

a) Graphic Design

b) Drawing & Sketching

c) Fine Art Painting

d) Publication Design

e) History of Art and Art Appreciation

f) Photography

g) Slide & tape production

2. Performing Arts

a) Choral Singing (Choir)

b) Dancing

c) Mime/Drama

3. Music (other than BB Band)

i) Music (Appreciation)

a) Orchestral Music

b) Classical Music

c) Jazz

d) Country/Western

e) Ethnic Music

ii) Music (Application)

a) Piano

b) Organ

c) Guitar

d) Flute

e) Trumpet

f) Saxophone

g) Clarinet

CRAFTS

1. Household maintenance

2. Origami

3. Copper Tooling

4. Stain-glass making

5. Cooking

6. Silk printing

7. Decoupage

8. Macramé

9. Leatherwork

10. Model making

HOBBIES

Boys may carry out work on an individual or group basis. Whatever the style they must comply with the following:

1. Choose a subject and obtain approval from the Senior Section Programme Chairman prior to commencement

2. Submit work at regular interval when required for inspection

3. Keep a logbook of time spent and work done

4. Present the end result for assessment by someone knowledgeable of the subject chosen

List of suggested subjects:

1. Collection Related

a) Coins

b) Stamps

c) Phone cards

d) Antiques

e) Badges

2. DIY Related (Do-It-Yourself)

a) Bicycle Maintenance

b) Gardening

3. Activity Related

a) Fishing

b) Reading

Note:

The list of subjects/activities for the Arts, Crafts and Hobbies awards are not exhaustive and the Seniors Programme Committee is prepared to approve additions on application prior to the commencement of the course.

ATHLETICS

Boys may attempt to take any of the Stages in one test. This is to be conducted at Company/District level by competent evaluators.

Awarded to Boys who attain the appropriate standards in any two events. The events need not be from two different groups.

REQUIRED STANDARD

Events

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Group A

100 metres

15 sec

14 sec

13 sec

200 metres

33 sec

32 sec

30 sec

400 metres

75 sec

69 sec

64 sec

800 metres

3 min 30 sec

3 min 10 sec

2 min 59 sec

1500 metres

7 min 53 sec

7 min 10 sec

6 min 50 sec

Group B

High Jump

1m 22cm

1m 37cm

1m 52cm

Long Jump

4m 27cm

4m 88cm

5m 49cm

Triple Jump

9m 14cm

9m 75cm

10m 97cm

Pole Vault

1m 98cm

2m 29cm

2m 59cm

Cricket/Soft/

47m 55cm (51/2oz)

-

-

Base Ball

51m 21cm (43/4oz)

-

-

Javelin

27m 43cm (7’21/2”)

32m (7’21/2”)

38m 10cm (7’61/2”)

Discus

25m 91cm (2Ib 31/4oz)

30m 48cm (2Ib 31/4oz)

38m 10cm (3Ib 5oz)

Short Put

9m 75cm (6Ib)

10m 36cm (8Ib 13oz)

11m 28cm (10Ib)

BAND

Awarded to Boys that have regularly attended BB band practices with good conduct for one session, who have passed a test and who have attained a satisfactory standard of proficiency on their instrument.

It is quite permissible for a Boy to gain more than one of these awards, but to be eligible for a second award he must qualify on the second instrument for a further session. Boys must also fulfil the further conditions as stated for the respective instrument.

BUGLER’S

Awarded to Boys qualify as follows:

Stage 1

1. The Boy must be able to play correctly and in correct timing the tunes listed here

(a) Retreat

(b) Warning for Parade

(c) Fall in for Parade

(d) Orderly Sergeants

(e) First Dinner Call

(f) Second Dinner Call

(g) General Salute

2. Two marches from the BB Bugle Handbook.

3. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least six months

or

be a regular Company bugler in one session.

4. Show knowledge in the care and maintenance of bugle.

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 1 and qualify for the following:

1. Play correctly and in correct timing

(a) Last Post

(b) Band Fall-In-Call

(c) Officers’ Call

(d) Reveille

(e) Lights Out

(f) one other additional call from the Handbook other than those mentioned in Stage 1

2. Be able to read and play fundamental music notes from the Bugle Handbook.

3. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least another six months

or

be a Company orderly bugler for another session.

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys who gained the Stage 2 in a previous session and qualify for the following:

1. Read and play at sight at the correct tempo, any bugle music, one phrase in each 2/4, 3/4, 4l4, and 6/8 time.

2. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least a further six months.

DRUMMER’S

Awarded to Boys who qualify as follows

Side Drummers

Stage 1

1. Play correctly

(a) Long Roll (open and closed)

(b) Four five-stroke or four seven-stroke rolls

(c) Paradiddle

(d) Brass or Bugle

Bugle

• beatings for two marches from Handbook

Pipe Bands

• beatings for two marches of their own selection in 2/4 and 6/8 time

2. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least twelve months.

Stage 2

1. Play correctly

(a) Drum parts of three pre-selected band music

(b) Any three selected exercises

(c) Flams and Drags

2. Understand the musical terms.

3. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least a further six months.

Stage 3

1. Read and play at sight at the correct tempo any drum music, one phrase in each of 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8 time.

2. Show knowledge in the care and maintenance of drums.

3. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least a further six months.

Bass Drummers or Tenor Drummers

Stage 1

1. Show proficiency and accurate beating of time

(a) at least two tunes each of slow and quick march time

(b) National Anthem

(c) General Salute

2. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least twelve months.

3. Show knowledge in the care and maintenance of drums.

Stage 2

1. Be able to

(a) Flourish the sticks on the march

(b) Play the exercises in the Handbook

2. Understand the musical terms.

3. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least a further six months.

Stage 3

1. Be able to play

(a) Roll notes of more than a crotchet or dotted crotchet duration

(b) Exercises in the Handbook

2. Show knowledge in the care and maintenance of drums.

3. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least a further six months.

PIPER’S

Awarded to Boys who qualify as follows:

Stage 1

1. Play correctly on a bagpipe

(a) All doubling from Low G to High A

(b) Two Quick Marches and a Slow March

2. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least six months.

Stage 2

1. Play correctly each of the following, previously submitted by themselves, in a grouping chosen by the examiner.

(a) Two Quick Marches

(b) Two Strathspeys

(c) Two Reels

2. Answer correctly at least seven out of 10 questions on the theory of music.

3. Play correctly on a bagpipe more advanced movements, i.e. Grips and Taorluaths, as directed by the examiner.

4. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least a further six months.

Stage 3

1. Play correctly each of the following, previously submitted by themselves (these must differ from the tunes submitted in the Stage 2 test) in a grouping chosen by the examiner.

(a) Two Quick Marches

(b) Two Strathapeys

(c) Two Reels

In addition, the examiner will deliberately alter the setting of the brass or tenor drones and the Boys will be required to return the drones before proceeding with the test.

2. Pass an examination of not less than 20 questions on the theory of music and the care and maintenance of the bagpipe.

3. Read and play at sight on a bagpipe on two bars of pipe music in each of 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8 times.

4. Show practical knowledge in the care and maintenance of bagpipes.

5. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least a further six months.

BANDSMAN’S

Awarded to Boys who play instruments other than the drums, bagpipes or bugle and who qualify as follows:

Stage 1

1. Play correctly

(a) Scales C, F, Bb, G and D

(b) Their own part of a march

• at least one quick and one slow march

2. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least twelve months.

Stage 2

1. Show knowledge of elementary theory of music, including comparative values of notes and rests, major key signatures, time signatures, and principal expression marks.

2. Play correctly a piece of their own selection.

3. Read and play at sight a simple tune.

4. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least a further six months.

Stage 3

1. Show knowledge of more advanced theory of music, including tones and semi-tones, relationship between major and minor keys and their key signatures, alternative fingering and elementary harmony.

2. Play correctly a piece of their own selection.

3. Read and play at sight a more difficult tune.

4. Be a regular member of a BB band for at least a further six months.

FIREMAN’S

Awarded to Boys of age 13 or more who have successfully completed the course, and who have passed the prescribed test. The Singapore Civil Defence Force or any other body approved by the Seniors Programme Committee shall conduct this course.

1. CD System

a) Nature of CD in Singapore

b) Survival procedures & protection measures

2. Fire Fighting

a) Methods of extinguishing fires

b) Hazards of fire fighting

c) Practical on extinguishing fires

3. Rescue and Evacuation

a) Transportation of casualties

b) Emergency methods of moving casualties

c) Evacuation procedures

GYMNASTICS

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys who have attended a course of instruction to introduce gymnastics at a beginner’s level and to prepare them for the next stage. Boys must wear suitable clothing and have a good record of attendance, punctuality and efficiency. For safety reasons, a qualified instructor should be engaged to teach.

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 1 and who have passed a practical examination in which they are to execute in good style and form, any two of the following activities:

1. Agility - Any three of the following:

(a) Hand Stand

(b) Head Stand

(c) Cartwheel

(d) Backward roll

(e) Drive Roll over three feet

2. Vaulting - Any three of the following Cross Horse (or Box) without springboard

(a) Knee Vault

(b) Through Vault

(c) Face Vault

Long Horse (or Box)

(d) Cat Spring

(e) Horizontal Stride Vault

(f) Forward Roll followed by Arm Overswing

3. Trampoline in the following two groups

(a) Any four bounce routines without duplication of bounce

(b) Any three of the following

• Swivel Hips

• High Tuck Front Drop

• High Pike Back Drop

• Back Drop Half Twist to Stand

• Half Turntable

• Knee Drop Front Somersault

4. Parallel Bars - In the following two groups

(a) A sequence of three movements without pause

(b) Any two of the following

• Forward Roll from Straddle Seat

• Shoulder Balance

• Bent Arm Overswing from Straddle Seat at end of Bars

• Kick to Handstand and Overswing. Dismount from end or side of Bars

• Short Upstart

5. Horizontal Bars. In the following two groups

(a) A sequence of three movements without pause

(b) Any two of the following

• Single Leg Uprise (Underswing Forward, Squat one leg and Half Mill Forward to “Mill Rest”

• Mill Circles Forward or Backward

• Short Backward Circle

• Hock Swing Dismount

• Short Upstart

• Forward Roll

6. Strength and Stamina. Any three of the following

(a) Fifteen Press-ups (Horizontal beam or bar)

(b) Six Heavens or Chin-ups (Undergrasp on beam or bar at stretch height)

(c) Upward Circle (Chin height undergrasp)

(d) Rope Climb 5m

(e) Skipping (Three one-and-a-half minute periods with one minute rest between periods)

(f) Running 400m in less than 70 seconds

Stage 3

Awarded to all Boys who hold the Stage 2 gained in a previous session, and who have passed a practical examination in which they are able to execute in good style and form, any two of the following activities that they have not done at Stage 2.

1. Agility - any two

2. Vaulting - any three

3. Trampoline - any two

4. Parallel Bar - any two

5. Horizontal Bar - any two

6. Strength and Stamina - any three

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

This award promotes awareness of BB International, as well as gives you the opportunity to get in touch with BB Boys in another country. You should seek your Officer for guidance.

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys who have carried out research work on an individual basis. They should have:

1. Studied the work of The Boys’ Brigade in two overseas territories.

2. Written an essay of at least 300 words or prepared a scrapbook of pictures, maps and information on one of the three territories studied.

3. Corresponded with at least one overseas member for one year with four exchanges of letters/e-mails from each side.

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 1 and who qualify as follows:

1. Make a more detailed study of one of the countries covered in the Stage 1, paying special regard to the lifestyle of that country, and write an additional essay, or prepare a supplement to the scrapbook.

2. Show knowledge of the United Nations Charter and the work of the principal subsidiary agencies of the United Nations.

3. Play host to a BB member from overseas for not less than three days or correspond with a member of that particular country for a year receiving at least four letters/e-mails and sending four.

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 2 award gained in a previous session, who have attended a course of instruction or research on his own, and who qualify as follow

1. Continue the study of the country chosen for part (1) of Stage 2 award, and prepare a report on the life of the church there, giving an account of any recent church project.

2. Either

(a) make a study of a comparative religion (e.g. Islam, Judaism), or

(b) study race relations, in this country or a chosen overseas territory, or

(c) make a study of life in a communist country.

3. Carry out one of the following

(a) Play host to a Boy from overseas for one week

(b) Visit abroad on a BB exchange visit or as part of a family holiday, and produce a record of the programme and impression of the country and its culture.

Note:

Boys are permitted to use email for the purpose of correspondence. They should print the correspondences and submit them during awards application.

KAYAKING

It is required that all tests be conducted by qualified instructors from recognised bodies or those approved by the Executive.

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys of age 13 or more who have attended a course of instruction of not less than 12 hours, including a swimming test, using a double-seat kayak covering the following:

1. Basic Terminology, Parts of Paddle & Parts of Kayak

2. Sea Safety Rules & Regulations

3. Launching & Carrying of Double-Seat Kayak

4. Embarkation & Disembarkation of Kayak (Knee level)

5. Forward & Backward Paddling and Halting

6. 360º Sweep Strokes

7. Moving Sideway (Draw strokes)

8. Turning Strokes & Stern Ruddering

9. Capsize Drill: "H" Rescue & Towing of Kayak for 15 meter by swimming

10. Empty water in Kayak

11. Introduction to the Low Brace

12. Short Expedition (at least 4 km)

Boys who attain the Singapore Canoe Federation’s Kayaking 1 Star Personal Skill Award may also qualify for this badge.

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys of age 14 or more who hold the Stage 1 award and have attended a further course of instruction of not less than 18 hours, including a swimming test, using a single-seat kayak covering the following:

1. Usage & Care of Parts of Kayak

2. Refinement of Stage 1 skills

3. Launching & Carrying of Single-Seat Kayak

4. Embarkation & Disembarkation of Single-Seat Kayak

5. Types of Paddle blade and its use

6. Types of Kayak & its use

7. Bailing/Emptying Water Techniques

8. Efficient Forward & Backward Paddling and Halting

9. 360º Sweep Strokes

10. Moving Sideway (Sculling Draw)

11. Forward “Figure of 8”

12. High Brace Turn & Low Brace Turn

13. Capsize Drill: "T" Rescue (without rescuer’s assistance) & Towing of Kayak for 15 meters by Swimming

14. Low Brace (Preventing Capsize)

15. Introduction to the High Brace

16. Kayak to Kayak Rescue (Eskimo Rescue)

17. Introduction to Edging (tilting)

18. Introduction to Bow Rudder

19. Introduction to Tides

20. Introduction to First Aid

21. Definition and Prevention of Hypothermia and Hyperthermia

22. Treatment for Jellyfish stings

23. Planning a Day Trip (applying knowledge of tides)

24. Short Expedition (at least 6 km)

Boys who attain the Singapore Canoe Federation’s Kayaking 2 Star Personal Skill Award may also qualify for this badge.

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys of age 15 or more who hold the Stage 2 gained in a previous session, and have attended a further course of instruction of not less than 25 hours, including a swimming test, using a single-seat kayak covering the following:

1. Refinement of Stage 2 Skills

2. Sculling for Support

3. Eskimo Roll (either Short or Long shaft)

4. Refinement of Bow Rudder

5. Moving Sideway Efficiently (with Sculling Draw)

6. Executing Edging efficiently (Tilting for turning)

7. Basic First Aid (simple first aid knowledge)

8. Introduction to Canoe Packing

9. Reverse "Figure of 8"

10. Towing with Tow Line

11. Hanging Draw (draw on the move)

12. Expedition (at least 8 km)

Boys who attain the Singapore Canoe Federation’s Kayaking 3 Star Personal Skill Award may also qualify for this badge.

Note:

A Boy must hold at least Kayaking Stage 1 before he can undertake kayaking as the expedition format for his Adventure Badge qualification at Stage 2 or higher.

MUSKETRY

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys from age 13, who have attended a course of instruction, and have passed a written and practical examination, which consist of the followings:

1. Introduction to Weapon (e.g. Weapon's history and background information)

2. Weapon Knowledge

(a) Parts and Characteristics

(b) Cleaning of Rifle

(c) Safety and Range Procedures

3. Marksmanship

(a) No.32 Target (15m) - Minimum 24 points (5 rounds per application)

(b) No.2A Target (15m) - Hit 3 targets with minimum of 16 points

(Snap application of 5 rounds at 6 seconds timing per round)

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys from age 14, who hold the Stage 2 and have attended a course of instruction, and who have passed a written and practical examination which consist of the following:

1. Weapon Knowledge

(a) Care and Maintenance

(b) Safety and Range Procedures

2. Arms Drill

(a) Elementary Arms Drill

(b) Marching with Arms

(c) Paying Compliments with Arms

3. Marksmanship

(a) No.32 Target (15m) - Minimum 32 points (5 rounds per application)

(b) No.2A Target (15m) - Hit 4 targets with minimum of 20 points

(Snap application of 5 rounds at 6 seconds timing per round)

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys from age 15 who hold the Stage 2 award gained in a previous session, have assisted in the conduct of one of the Musketry courses for Boys, and passed a marksmanship test with the following achievements:

1. Marksmanship

(a) No.32 Target (15m) - Minimum 40 points (5 rounds per application)

(b) No.2A Target (15m) - Hit 5 targets with minimum of 28 points

(Snap application of 5 rounds at 6 seconds timing per round)

NATURALIST’S

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys who have attended a course of instruction, and who qualify as follows:

1. Know the Country Code.

2. Understand the structure of a typical plant and animal, and how it is adapted to its environment.

3. Undertake several visits to a local habitat and note the flora and fauna to be found there.

4. Draw a sketch map of the habitat chosen and keep notes with drawings of observations made during the visits.

5. (a) Make a small collection, correctly labeled and arranged, of anyone of the following: wild flowers, leaves of trees, insects, rocks fossils, shells, OR

(b) Show an interest and progress in bird-watching or fishing.

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 1 and have attended regularly a further course of instruction, and who qualify as follows:

1. Maintain visits to a local habitat, and add further specimens to the collection.

2. Undertake a walk of at least 12km and show ability to observe the natural history on route.

3. Have knowledge of the use of textbooks to identify specimens. Show ability in identifying from specimens or photographs a number of any one of the following: wild flowers, trees, fungi, insects, butterflies, mammals, birds, fish, rocks, fossils, or shells.

4. Understand the different soils and bedrock to be found in the various habitats and understand how a habitat builds up from bare soil.

5. Understand how habitats differ in their flora and fauna and why, and what factors affect environment.

6. Undertake a simple project, e.g. bark rubbings, animal foot-prints, nature scrapbook animal or plant sketching, etc.

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 2 award gained in a previous session, who have attended regularly a further course of instruction, and who have shown that they have gained knowledge in the training received in any ONE of the following:

1. Astronomy

2. Collections

3. Fishing

4. Geology

5. Meteorology

6. Natural History

7. Ornithology

8. Paleontology

9. Zoology

10. Botany

Module - NATIONAL ORCHID GARDEN (NOG) VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME

This module is offered to Boys of age 14 and above. A Boy may attend the NOG Volunteer Programme, which involves a course of instruction on orchids. Boys who successfully complete the training are required to lead other school students in a guided tour of the NOG, sharing with them their newly acquired knowledge. Boys who do the guided tour are entitled to the next stage of the Naturalist’s badge.

SAILING

The Sailing syllabus presented is with reference to Dinghy Proficiency. Other classes of sails may also be considered in consultation with Seniors Programme Committee.

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys of age 13 or more who are able to swim 50m in tidal waters in buoyancy vest and who have attended a course of instruction of at 16 hours covering the following:

1. Rig a dinghy on land.

2. Parts of a boat and their function.

3. Launching and returning to shore.

4. Man overboard manoeuvre.

5. Heave-to.

6. Right a capsized dinghy.

7. Requirements for boat and personal buoyancy.

8. Personal and boat safety in distress.

9. Knots: figure of 8, sheet-bend, bowline, clove-hitch and round turn and 2 half hitches.

10. Basic International Regulations for the prevention of collision at sea.

11. Basic principles of tides, tide-tables and spring and neap tides.

Boys who attain the Singapore Sailing Federation’s Dinghy Proficiency Level 1 Certification may also qualify for this badge.

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys of age 14 or more who hold the Stage 1 award for at least 9 months, have attended a further course of instruction and who qualifies as follows:

1. Anchor a dinghy.

2. Handle a boat in tow.

3. Rope-work and reef ashore.

4. Sail all points of sailing.

5. Launch off a lee shore and return to shore.

6. Come alongside a jetty/moored craft.

7. Pick up a mooring.

8. Heave-to with the jib backed.

9. Understands ISAF Racing Rules, starting procedures involved in a race and knows the use of the tide tables (Twelfth's Rule).

10. Sailed at least one single-handed and one double-handed mono-hull dinghies.

Boys who attain the Singapore Sailing Federation’s Dinghy Proficiency Level 2 Certification may also qualify for this badge.

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys of age 15 or more who hold the Stage 2 award for at least a year, attended a further course of instruction and who qualifies as follows:

1. Is able as to helmsman and crew:

• Roll tacking and roll gybing.

• To tack and gybe in strong winds.

• To sue a spinnaker in planning conditions.

• To reef afloat.

2. Sailed in at least 2 classes of dinghies in 3 separate series of races including, single-handed and two-man trapeze boats (to attach photo-copies of race results).

3. Has raced in a Singapore Sailing sanctioned series and has a good knowledge of the ISAF Racing Rules as a competitor (Singapore Sailing tester to assess).

4. Has a good working knowledge of ISAF Racing Rules affecting Race Management and has performed duties of a race officer or assistant in as Singapore Sailing sanctioned race (Singapore Sailing Race Management official to assess).

Boys who attain the Singapore Sailing Federation’s Dinghy Proficiency Level 3 Certification may also qualify for this badge.

SPORTSMAN'S

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys who have submitted a project on two different sports and have competed in one intra-Company competition and one inter-company competition.

Stage 2

Awarded to Boys who hold Stage 1 and who have subsequently submitted a project on two different sports other than the ones done in the previous Stage. They must also have competed in one intra-Company competition and two inter-company competitions.

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys who hold Stage 2 award gained in a previous session, and who have subsequently submitted a project on two different sports other than the ones done in the previous Stages. They must also have competed in two inter-company competitions and organised an intra-Company competition on any one of the six sports he has studied.

Project - A written work to show knowledge of the sport in its wider aspects. e.g. history, rules, equipment used, scoring, referee, competitions.

Competition - The Boy should compete in a sport, which he had covered in his project work. At a higher Stage, he may choose to continue competing in a sport he had studied in his earlier Stages.

Suggested Sports

Archery

Badminton

Basketball

Bowling

Cross Country Run

Cycling

Rugby

Soccer

Squash

Table Tennis

Tennis

Volley Ball

This list is not exhaustive but the Seniors Programme Committee should first be consulted if you should choose a sport outside this list.

SWIMMING

Boys may attempt to gain any of the Stages at one test. This may be conducted at company level.

Stage 1

Awarded to Boys who have passed any one of the following tests:

1. 100m free style (front crawl) 1 min 50 sec

2. 100m butterfly stroke 2 min 12 sec

3. 100m breast stroke 2 min 18 sec

4. 100m back stroke 2 min 07 sec

5. medley (25m back stroke, 25m breast stroke and

25m front crawl) 1 min 36 sec

6. 400m using any stroke no time limit

Stage 2

1. Swim one of the following:

(a) 100m free style (front crawl) 1 min 38 sec

(b) 100m butterfly stroke 2 min 00 sec

(c) 100m breast stroke 2 min 00 sec

(d) 100m basic stroke 1 min 54 sec

(e) medley (25m back stroke, 25m breast 1 min 29 sec

stroke and 25m front crawl)

2. Jump satisfactorily from a height of at least 2m above the water.

3. Swim on the surface for the distance of at least 5.5m, dive at least 1.6m, and raise a dumb-bell or other 0.5kg weight and return to the starting point with the weight;

or, to swim 18m under water commencing with a dive or plunge.

4. Swim 400m free style (front crawl) within 11 min 56 sec.

Stage 3

Awarded to Boys who have qualified for

1. Item 2, 3 and 4 of Stage 2

2. One of the following:

a) 100m free style (front crawl) 1 min 28 sec

b) 100m butterfly stroke 1 min 50 sec

c) 100m breast stroke 1 min 56 sec

d) 100m back stroke 1 min 45 sec

e) medley (25m back stroke, 25m breast stroke 1 min 23 sec

and 25m front crawl)

3. Perform the following in the order set out, without a break:

(a) dressed in trousers and shirt or pyjamas effect an entry from the side of the pool by a straddle or tuck jump.

(b) swim 45 metres.

(c) tread water for 3 minutes in a vertical position.

(d) undress (except the swimming trunk) in the water.

(e) swim a further 355 metres, surface diving once during the swim, and swimming, and at least 5 metres completely submerged.

(f) climb out from the deep water end without the use of steps or assistance.

SERVICE AWARDS

LINK BADGE

Awarded to Boys who were members in the Juniors Programme and have completed the requirements for the award during their last session in the Juniors. It should be presented at the ceremony when the Boys are promoted to the Seniors Programme.

ONE YEAR SERVICE BADGE

Awarded to Boys who have served with good conduct and have attended a minimum of 25 parades.

THREE YEARS SERVICE BADGE

Awarded to Boys who have served with good conduct and have completed three years of service i.e. having at least 25 parades in each year of the past three years.

LONG SERVICE BADGE

Awarded to Boys who have served with good conduct and have completed four years of service i.e. having at least 25 parades in each year of the past four years.

NATIONAL EVENT BADGE

Awarded to Boys who have participated as a BB member in one of the following:

1. National Day Parade

2. Singapore Youth Festival

3. National Camp

4. Any national event approved by the Brigade Executive

SPECIAL AWARDS

SENIOR PROFICIENCY STAR

The objective of this award is encourage all Companies to focus on a core programme for the Boys and at the same time develop them with a good balance of activities.

Awarded to Boys who meet the following requirements:

1) Adventure Stage 3

2) Christian Education Stage 2

3) Citizenship Stage 3 (Total Defence Gold)

4) Community Service Stage 2

5) Drill Stage 2

6) First Aid Stage 3

7) Leadership Development Stage 2

8) Life Skills Stage 3

FOUNDER’S BADGE

This is the highest and most honourable award a Boy can attain in the Seniors Programme. Getting the Founder’s Badge should be the goal of every Boy in the BB. Achieving it indicates that you exemplify the traits and ideals of the movement, such as perseverance and dedication to the task. Everyone has a chance at the Seniors Programme’s highest award. You will need to fulfil the following criteria to qualify:

1) Be recommended by your Captain, with the support and endorsement of your Chaplain and School Principal.

2) Attend at least 90 parades from the day you join The Boys’ Brigade.

3) Have gained the following awards in the previous sessions:

a. Senior Proficiency Star

b. Christian Education Stage 3

c. Community Service Stage 3

d. National Event Badge

e. At least 2 other electives at Stage 1 level, or

1 elective at Stage 2

4) Completed the Seniors Challenge.

5) Be found suitable and approved by a panel of interviewers appointed by the Executive, to be awarded the Founder’s Badge.

CROSS FOR HEROISM

The following are the regulations under which the Cross for Heroism is awarded:

1. The Cross may be awarded to any Boy who, being a member of The Boys' Brigade has performed a signal act of self-sacrifice for others, shown heroism in saving life or attempting to save life, or displayed marked courage in the face of danger.

2. The Cross shall be of bronze, and the ribbon of the clasp shall be royal blue.

3. A duly attested narrative by an eye-witness of the act of heroism which deemed worthy of the award shall be lodged with the Executive Secretary by the captain of the Company to which the Boy belongs, giving rank, name, age.

4. The Brigade Executive shall be the sole judge as to the awarding of the Cross and their decision shall be final.

5. Application for the Cross must be made within six months from the date of incident

DIPLOMA FOR GALLANT CONDUCT

The Diploma for Gallant Conduct is awarded to Boys who have shown gallant conduct in attempting to save life, or marked courage in the face of danger, unaccompanied, however by the high degree of heroism which would merit the awarding of the Cross for Heroism.

Regulations (3) to (5), for the Cross of Heroism, also apply to the Diploma for Gallant conduct.

NATIONAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The aim of the NYAA Scheme is to encourage young people between the ages of 14 and 25 years to develop personal qualities of self-reliance, perseverance and sense of responsibility to themselves, to society and to the nation.

The criteria for an award are those of self-improvement and effort. The participant is judged on personal achievement measured against original circumstances and potential capabilities. This allows for the less able and disadvantaged to participate on an equal opportunity basis.

To qualify for the Award, participants are required to complete a balanced programme of non-competitive activities grouped under four sections as follows:

1. Community Service - to learn how to give useful service to others;

2. Expeditions/explorations - to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery;

3. Skills Development - to encourage the development of personal interests and practical skills;

4. Physical Recreation - to encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement of performance.

5. Residential Project (For Gold Award Participant only).

There are three categories of Awards:

Category of Award

Age Group

Minimum Period of Participation

Bronze

14 years

6 months

Silver

15 years

12 months

Gold

16 years & above

18 months

CCA points are also awarded for the attainment of this award.

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