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Ceremonial but fun prizegiving

The Boys Brigade is not a big organisation in New Zealand. However, in Mercury Bay, it is strong and active and operates at a high level of care, achievement and safety, due particularly to the leadership of Robyn Balfour who is responsible for the Whitianga Boys Brigade.

 

Last Tuesday night was annual prize-giving for the members of the Whitianga Boys Brigade at Kuaotunu Hall, where the Term Four largely outdoor programme had run. The evening was quite ceremonial and sometimes formal. That’s a compliment. One could sense the air of expectation and anticipation.  Leaders had gone to a great deal of work to having preparations ‘just so’ for every child and young person. There was a visual movie review and short speech of each age group’s programme for everyone to enjoy, presented by the leaders. Parents, caregivers and grandparents were there in large numbers.  The Kuaotunu Hall was full for this auspicious annual prize giving. With their Motto being ‘Sure and Steadfast’, the programme enables the children and young people to have amazing experiences, learn knowledge and self-knowledge, especially survival and resilience skills and to enjoy making good friends and feeling a sense of achievement.

 The subject material covers vigorous outdoor activities including fish netting, kayaking, hiking, orienteering, outdoor cooking, marching and precision skills as well as confidence with speaking, bush craft, preparing your kit for camping, using technology wisely and skilfully.  Self- management skills, building self -esteem, gaining knowledge of their own abilities are a part of the varied programme aims in the year’s journey.  Gently woven into everything and also in the example of the leaders, are Christian principles and stories. The badge component is considerable and the hard work is honoured by really solid looking badges as you can see in the photo of Sophia.

The Boys Brigade is not a big organisation in New Zealand. However, in Mercury Bay, it is strong and active and operates at a high level of care, achievement and safety, due particularly to the leadership of Robyn Balfour who is responsible for the Whitianga Boys Brigade.

 

Last Tuesday night was annual prize-giving for the members of the Whitianga Boys Brigade at Kuaotunu Hall, where the Term Four largely outdoor programme had run. The evening was quite ceremonial and sometimes formal. That’s a compliment. One could sense the air of expectation and anticipation.  Leaders had gone to a great deal of work to having preparations ‘just so’ for every child and young person. There was a visual movie review and short speech of each age group’s programme for everyone to enjoy, presented by the leaders. Parents, caregivers and grandparents were there in large numbers.  The Kuaotunu Hall was full for this auspicious annual prize giving. With their Motto being ‘Sure and Steadfast’, the programme enables the children and young people to have amazing experiences, learn knowledge and self-knowledge, especially survival and resilience skills and to enjoy making good friends and feeling a sense of achievement.

 The subject material covers vigorous outdoor activities including fish netting, kayaking, hiking, orienteering, outdoor cooking, marching and precision skills as well as confidence with speaking, bush craft, preparing your kit for camping, using technology wisely and skilfully.  Self- management skills, building self -esteem, gaining knowledge of their own abilities are a part of the varied programme aims in the year’s journey.  Gently woven into everything and also in the example of the leaders, are Christian principles and stories. The badge component is considerable and the hard work is honoured by really solid looking badges as you can see in the photo of Sophia.