IRVINE’S Boys’ Brigade members have been enjoying a range of activities at home with their parents and carers.

Following Government advice on social distancing, all face to face Boys’ Brigade (BB) activities and events were suspended across Scotland.

Local BB groups like 4th Irvine, however, have been determined that their members can still take part in the BB programme as much as possible, helping to provide much needed fun and continuity for children and their families in these challenging times.

Leader in-charge of 4th Irvine JS Elizabeth McNeillie, said: “The participation from our young people has been fantastic.

“We understand how difficult it is for our families during these times, this is why we have created ten simple, yet fun challenges for our young people, and their families, to complete.

“Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation, we are no longer able to have our End of Year Camp and display as planned.

“However, the effort and enthusiasm shown in these difficult times proves yet again that no matter what, our anchor will hold sure and steadfast.”

Each week BB organisers have uploaded two challenges to Facebook.

For example, in the theme to the recent International Earth Day, the challenges involved youngsters creating something from recycled goods.

Leader McNeillie said: “We must thank our parents and carers, who have helped their children complete each of the challenges we have set.”

The BB is making the new programme available across all its age groups and to non-members as well as existing members.

Weekly programmes are being created for the following age groups: Anchors (five - eight years), Juniors (eight – 11 years) and Company/Seniors (11+). The new resources are being published every Friday on The BB’s website and via an email alert that parents can sign up for.

John Sharp, director for The BB in Scotland, said: “For a period of time, The Be must work differently to how it has ever worked before in our 136 year history.

“Whether online or, hopefully again soon, our face-to-face activities, the BB will continue to provide young people with opportunities to learn, grow and discover.”


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