Members of 51st Bonnyrigg Company, The Boys’ Brigade donned their walking shoes to raise greater awareness of the youth organisation in Scotland.
The Boys’ Brigade, which is celebrating its 130th year, has launched a recruitment campaign – Growing Bigger, Growing Better – aimed at increasing its membership by 10 per cent. To help raise awareness of the organisation and its great work with over 20,000 young people in Scotland, local BB companies have been challenged to help walk the length and breadth of Scotland.
51st Bonnyrigg Boys’ Brigade undertook its part of the challenge on 25th October with 15 young people putting their best foot forward to complete 28km of the 1000km challenge.
Sean Campbell organiser of the weekend activity in the 51st company said:
"The walk was part of a fun residential weekend held in East Lothian staying at the Innerwick Outdoor Education Centre near Dunbar. On the Saturday we split into two age groups, the younger of the group our Juniors, aged 11-14, walked part of the John Country Way entering Dunbar from the west via Belhaven Bay, totalling 10km. Meanwhile the senior age group headed to the hills behind Stenton. The boys in the age group are working toward their Queen's Badge and Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. On a bright yet windy autumnal day they completed 18km.
Scott Leslie, Leader within the 51st Bonnyrigg Boys Brigade said:
"The group of boys and leaders had an excellent weekend of activities including the walk, took part in swimming, football, indoor competitions including table tennis, jenga, quizzes, cooking and their own 'boys with a reasonably priced car Xbox'! Everyone was good company and it may for a great fun weekend.
Bill Stevenson, Director of The Boys’ Brigade, Scotland, said:
"It is really encouraging to see so many of our Companies in Scotland grow over the last few years. The aim of our new campaign – Growing Bigger, Growing Better – is to build on that momentum, as we look to grow our membership in Scotland by a further 10 per cent.
"To help raise awareness of the organisation, we have challenged each of the 450 groups to help us walk the length and breadth of Scotland and we’re really encouraged to hear just how well they are all doing. We are well on the way to achieving our 1000km challenge.”
"We are looking for new members (aged from five to 18) from across Scotland and anyone who is interested should contact their local group or visit the BB website.
"The BB can offer many fun activities from sports and outdoor pursuits, to trips abroad. Also, there’s the opportunity to build confidence, learn new skills and make friends for life.”
The Growing Bigger, Growing Better 1000km Challenge was launched on 15 August and The BB Companies have until the end of November to complete it.