1st Haddington Boys' Brigade Company
Our company of Boys' Brigade has unfortunately been disbanded and
their colours laid up in the church.
The general aims of the Brigade are detailed below and for
information about the Brigade within other parts of the country, the Boys' Brigade U.K.
web site can be found here
"The advancement of Christ's kingdom among Boys and the promotion of
habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-respect and all that
tends towards a true Christian manliness."
The Boys' Brigade will care for and challenge young people for life
through a programme of informal education underpinned by the Christian
This will be achieved by:
||Delivering Christian teaching in partnership with the church
in which the company is based and encouraging the development of
a personal Christian faith.
||Providing opportunities for leadership, decision making and
||Empowering boys and young people by involving
them in decision making at all levels of the organisation and
giving responsibility appropriate to their age and aptitude.
||Raising awareness of boys and young people to
the needs of others (especially other young people) locally,
nationally and globally and encouraging them to engage in
activities and projects in which they can make a difference.
||Being sensitive to the needs and aspirations of
boys and young people of varying backgrounds, differing
abilities and stages of development and providing appropriate
support, advice and guidance.
||Ensuring the safety of boys and young people
through the implementation of suitable procedures for the
selection, training and supervision of leaders.
||Equipping leaders through the provision of high
quality training and resources.
||Providing a network of professional staff to
support voluntary leaders.
||Creating opportunities to develop partnerships
with other appropriate organisations and agencies.
The Anchor Boys’ Section Awards scheme incorporates activities from
simple cooking to sewing on a button. Achievements in the Community
section of the Award work revolves around craft work, quizzes in mind
knowledge and current topics either in their own community, or looking
at worldwide events in a manner which allows the individual boy to
develop a sense community and be part of the group. In the Spiritual
Section the boys cover lots of different bible stories events and have a
lively, open fun time of worship.
The boys also enjoy sports and games as part of their award scheme.
The Junior Section is a natural progression from the Anchor Boys and is
run along similar lines.
The Awards are similar in content but any boy can follow what path he
chooses. The first level gained at Anchor Boy will be built upon as the
boy increasingly gains in knowledge, confidence and understanding. Again
the field trips and outings will be joint, but there will always be time
for the individual to develop in his own way.
The Company Section young men will have progressed through the Junior
and Anchor Sections but this is not a hindrance to joining us up to the
age of 18.
The awards start to get a bit tougher and have different levels within
each award. It should be the ultimate aim of each young man to become a
Queens Man and achieve the highest award offered by the Boys’ Brigade
and gain the Queens Badge.
Our Company has had a number of Queens Men
in past years who have gone on to become Chemical Engineers, Mechanical
Engineers, Builders Agents and Agricultural Engineers. Most of these
Queens Men have taken further training and are now Officers in their own
3 Star attraction
In 2013 St Mary's Church has again been awarded the
prestigious 3 star award by the Scottish Tourist Board. The scheme focuses on the welcome, hospitality, service and
presentation of visitor attractions.