Discover(11-15 years old)
The Discover award scheme is split into three main areas, Community, Recreation and Skills, which are referred to as zones. Each zone has four levels, and boys work towards a higher level badge during each year of the programme. This involves accumulating points by dedicating time to topics within each zone, one hour's activity equates to one point.
This zone gives boys an opportunity to learn about and make a difference to the world around them. Each level requires 7 points/hours in order to obtain the badge.
This zone allows boys to be adventurous and develop confidence through an active and healthy lifestyle. Each level requires 10 points/hours in order to obtain the badge.
This zone helps boys to learn new skills and display their creativity. Each level requires 7 points/hours in order to obtain the badge.
This is an introductory badge awarded during the first year of the Discover programme, it provides an early opportunity to recognise a young person's progress. It is awarded once a boy has gained 2 points in each of the three zones.
The Discovery Badge is awarded from the second year in the Company Section and requires 30 points from the Discover programme with at least Level 1 achieved in each of the three zones. In addition a young person requires a good attendance record, taking an active role in a Company event and taking part in an Adventure activity.
President's Badge (15+ years old)
This is the second highest award available in the Boys' Brigade, and requires candidates to meet the following criteria-
- Be recommended by the Captain of the company.
- Gain at least 30 points from the Discover programme.
- Complete a Christian faith development course.
- Participate in a teamwork skills experience.
- Take part in an activity-based residential event.
- Complete 10 hours practical service within the BB or Church.
Queen's Badge (16+ years old)
This is the highest award in the Boys' Brigade. Successful candidates need to meet the following criteria-
- Hold the President’s Badge
- Attend a Candidates' Meeting
- Participate in skills-based training
- Take responsibility within the BB or Church
- Provide voluntary service outside the BB or Church
- Develop Interests (Skills, Physical, Expedition)
- Participate in a Completion Residential
Duke of Edinburgh
Brookside Company Section is a registered Duke of Edinburgh centre, which enables our members to gain
Bronze Award (14+ years old)
This requires boys to spend a minimum of three months on volunteering, physical and skills based activities; as well as a further three months in one of the areas. This can be achieved by completing relevant topics within the Discover programme, but can also be be completed independently. Boys are also required to plan, train for and complete a 2 day, 1 night expedition.
Silver Award (15+ years old)
Boys must spend six months volunteering, and a minimum of three months on physical and skills based activities; as well as a further three months in either of the latter sections. Due to their similar structures, the DofE Silver Award can be achieved in parallel with the the President's Badge or Queen's Badge. Boys must also plan, train for and complete a 3 day, 2 night expedition.