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bb logo 6th Northampton Company. Boys' Brigade Captain Gary Jackson

We are a Christian based organisation delivering the message in both a fun, sensitive and age appropriate way.

Weekly activities are planned as appropriate to the age of the children in each section, with the Programme offering devotions, badge work, sports, games and crafts.

In addition to the regular activities we have also organised special events such as Gulliver’s Land for the Anchor boys, Laser Zone, Camping at Grendon , canoeing and a summer barbeque jointly with the Girls’ Brigade.

Members of the Company do take part in Battalion activities, such as the quiz and the Under 14 and Over 14 5-a-side football tournament.

On 10th July the Boys’ Brigade Junior Section, spent a great camping weekend at Grendon Hall and became involved in various adventures including taking on the swamp.  This activity took place over a large area of dirty, green and smelly water. The idea was to be able to use several ropes, wires, tyres and wooden beams to get to the dry land on the other side of the swamp. This is a very difficult thing to do.  It wasn't long before everybody had fell into the murky waters.  Jack seem to spend most of the time in the swamp and Ollie came back looking like an apache Indian!

Paul Brown, Officer, Northampton 6th

Meeting weekly

Anchor Boys
age 5-8
Fridays
17:45
Junior Section
age 8-11
Fridays
18:30
Seniors
age 11-15
Fridays
19:30

 

3rd Northampton Company. Girls' Brigade Captain Claire Brown

"The aim of the Girls' Brigade is to help girls to become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and through self control, reverence and a sense of responsibility to find true enrichment of life"

Explorers It has been a busy year with more new members. We have had a lot of fun doing our badgework; Other countries where we looked at where they lived, what they ate and different artefacts, God’s family, Our Community where we learnt a lot about where we worship, whose in our community in the area and in church, then Ourselves which we shared on Open Evening with a lovely presentation to the parents, friends and church congregation. Wow, in Explorers we have had a very busy and fun year!


Juniors The Juniors have worked on the following tracks this past year, Service, Kindness, Obedience and Courage. For service the girls were armed with dusters and sent off to clean the church, which they loved! I wonder if they are so enthusiastic at home? Christmas crafts were also popular and making Mr Men from felt. The girls also enjoyed another energetic trip to Laser Zone.

Seniors Over the past year we have done the following tracks, trust, values, looking good and technology. Activities running alongside the tracks included:- playing hide and seek in the dark, building towers out of balloons and tape, wearing face packs and making a film about ourselves. The tracks all link to the Bible and have a lesson, e.g. looking good we talked about being good on the inside and how God sees us.  We enjoyed a camping trip with the Brigaders at Wicksteed Park in May.

Brigaders We have had another busy year with more girls taking up the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, we currently have girls working at all levels doing activities such as; swimming, golf, dance, volunteering at a child minder and helping in GB. Along with their Duke of Edinburgh, the girls have also taken part in various activities for their badge work including knitting hats for smoothies to raise money for AGE UK, bell ringing and copious amounts of cooking! The girls will chat happily in the kitchen most weeks as they make some goodies telling us about their week.

The 3rd Northampton came second in the Girls' Brigade National 2013 Team Challenge from 145 Teams taking part which is brilliant news for the girls.

We attended the 120th celebration parade in Wellingborough and managed to get a picture of some of our girls included in the 120th Celebration calendar for 2014. It was wonderful to see so many colours on parade together represent ting Northamptonshire and demonstrating that Girls Brigade is still going strong 120 years later. (pic above).

In June 2015 we will be celebrating 100 years and are the longest running Girls' Brigade in Northampton.

Meeting weekly

Explorers
age 4-8
Wednesdays
18:15
Juniors 
age 8-11
Wednesdays
18:15
Seniors
age 11-14
Wednesdays
18:15
Brigaders
age 14+
Wednesdays
18:15

Duke of Edinburgh Award

A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end and a number have achieved bronze and silver and now going for gold.
Below is an extract from one of our brigaders completing a trekking expedition as part of the practise run for the gold award, held in the Peak District April 2011

'Day 3 We had to brave through open access land with nothing but a compass at hand. However the day seemed an all time low as we approached a very kind cyclist who gave us some directions. “If we followed the river then we’d be near camp in about an hour”. Well that was never going to happen! As we trekked deeper into the wilderness we hit rock bottom as we tried to cross the river. Amber fell knee deep into a bog, a frightening experience but would like thank Chloe immensely for saving her life and pulling her out of the boggy depths, and was much more help than Laura who just watched and laughed.

We carried on only to be met by more misfortune. We took too long on the hills and approached the reservoir in darkness the mist closing in over the water. Fearing we had to camp it rough in this scary environment we did what any people would do at a time of desperation, got out flashing lights and made as much noise as possible to try draw attention to ourselves. After headlights seemed to pass we gave up hope and attempted to set up a tent when suddenly Ian (our instructor) turns up to save the day.

A big well done to everyone who gave up their social lives for 4 days and on the bright side we did survive!

Amber Bali, Brigader, Northampton 3rd'

Explorer Report It has been a busy year with more new members. We have had a lot of fun doing our badgework; Other countries where we looked at where they lived, what they ate and different artefacts, God’s family, Our Community where we learnt a lot about where we worship, whose in our community in the area and in church, then Ourselves which we shared on Open Evening with a lovely presentation to the parents, friends and church congregation. Wow, in Explorers we have had a very busy and fun year!

Juniors Report The Juniors have worked on the following tracks this past year, Service, Kindness, Obedience and Courage. For service the girls were armed with dusters and sent off to clean the church, which they loved! I wonder if they are so enthusiastic at home? Christmas crafts were also popular and making Mr Men from felt. The girls also enjoyed another energetic trip to Laser Zone.

Seniors Report

Over the past year we have done the following tracks; trust, values, looking good and technology. Activities which went with the tracks included; hide and seek in the dark in church, building towers out of balloons and tape, wearing face packs and making a film about ourselves – you can work out which activity went with which track! The tracks all link into the bible and have a lesson, e.g. looking good we talked about being good on the inside and how God sees us. We enjoyed a camping weekend at Wicksteed in May with the Brigaders.

Report from Brigaders

Along with their Duke of Edinburgh the girls have also taken part in various activities over the past year for their badge work including; knitting hats for smoothies to raise money for AGE UK, bell ringing and copious amounts of cooking! The girls will chat happily in the kitchen most weeks as they make some goodies telling us about their week.
 


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