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Boys' Brigade in Singapore

The Boys' Brigade in Singapore (Malay: Briged Putera Singapura; Mandarin: 少年旅) is a youth uniformed group organisation which has been present in Singapore since 1930. It currently consists of over 700 officers and 6,300 Boys in over 116 companies. Its current Brigade President is Mr Poh Leong Berg and its Honorary President is Lieutenant-General (Ret) Winston Choo, the former Chief of Defence Force of the Singapore Armed Forces. The Boys' Brigade in Singapore celebrated its 85th Anniversary in 2015 and has the distinguished honor of having the President of the Republic of Singapore as its Patron.

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HistoryEdit

 
The Boys' Brigade Campus at 105 Ganges Avenue.

The Boys' Brigade was introduced to Singapore by James Milner Fraser, an architect from Britain. He was a former member of the 23rd Aberdeen and the 23rd London Companies.

On 12 January 1930, Fraser started the 1st Singapore Company at Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church. With the aid of ex-Sergeant Quek Eng Moh of the 1st Swatow Company, he assembled 12 local Boys to form the company.

Progress was slow initially, but by the time the company was officially enrolled at Brigade Headquarters in London, in August 1930, the membership had risen to 40. The company chaplain was Reverend William Murray and Fraser's lieutenants were John McNeish (formerly of 76th Glasgow) and Dong Chui Sing. Bible class, drill, concerts, wayfaring, signalling, first aid, swimming, fencing, tumbling and other forms of physical recreation formed the core of the Boys' Brigade syllabus.

In the following year, the first camp was held at the Singapore Volunteer Camp at Siglap. A successful inspection was also held to bring the session to a close.

Extension soon followed, spearheaded by McNeish with the formation of the 2nd Singapore Company at Kampong Kapor Methodist Church in February 1931.

By 1936, the Singapore Battalion was 200-strong, with the 3rd Singapore (1933) started at the Anglo-Chinese Continuation School, the 5th Singapore (1934) at Choon Guan Presbyterian Boys School, 4th Singapore (1934) at Geylang Methodist Church and the 6th Singapore (1934) at Paya Lebar Methodist Church.

The Battalion Colors were presented to the battalion by F. C. Sands in 1936 and the drill competition was introduced. Fraser served as the Battalion President from 1936 to 1956. In 1940, he handed the captaincy of the 1st Singapore over to one of his Boys, S. P. Chua.

During the war years of 1942 to 1945, The Boys' Brigade's activities were suspended. To avoid desecration, the prized Singapore Colors were destroyed, but some of the coveted drums were stored away in a room at Prinsep Headquarters.

After the war, S. P. Chua revived the 1st Singapore Company. He was joined immediately by Fraser and by 1950, the Battalion had regained its old strength.

By 1968, there were 28 companies in Singapore. In 1971, the Brigade had the distinguished honour of having the President of the Republic of Singapore as its Patron.

As the Brigade approached its 85th Anniversary in 2015, it conducted its first Trooping of Colours parade and reunion dinner in over a decade with the then Education Minister Heng Swee Keat as the Guest-of-Honor.

OrganisationEdit

HeadquartersEdit

A list of honorary office-bearers include:

Position Bearer
Patron Mdm Halimah Yacob
President of the Republic of Singapore
Honorary President LG (Ret) Winston Choo Wee Leong
Honorary Vice-Presidents (Clerical) Bishop Rennis Ponniah (Anglican)
Bishop Terry Kee (Lutheran)
Bishop Dr Chong Chin Chung (Methodist)
Rev Dr Christopher Chia (Presbyterian)
Honorary Vice-Presidents (Lay) Dr Lee Soo Ann, PBM
Mr Lee Liat Cheng, BBM
Mr Sam Tan Boon Yeow, PBM
Mr Peter Tay Yew Beng
Mr Peter Foo Chien Ho, PBM
Mr Choo Gim Kang
Mr Tan Kok Heng, PPA,PP,PBS
Dr Ho Yew Kee

The Brigade Executive

The Brigade Executive is the decision making body of The Boys' Brigade. In January 2007, the Brigade implemented the Cluster Structure and grouped the BB Companies into 10 clusters with an average of 10 to 15 Companies in each cluster. These clusters are similar to the school clusters of the Ministry of Education.

Position Bearer
Brigade President Mr Poh Leong Berg
Vice-Presidents Mr Vincent Tan
Mr Patrick Koh
Mr Chong Loi Foong
Mr Wilson Tan
Brigade Secretary Mr Jason Lim
Assistant Brigade Secretary Mr Daryl Tan
Brigade Treasurer Mr Richard Tan
Brigade Chaplain Rev Daniel Tong
Associate Brigade Chaplain Rev Malcolm Tan
Standing Committees Chairmen Mr Goh Sheow En (Juniors Programme)
Mr Daren Hoon (Seniors Programme)
Mr Ang Hoe Yong (Primers Programme)
Mr Oliver Loke (Training)
Mr Tony Tan Tuan Tiong (Activities)
Mr Peter Leong (Facilities)
Cluster Representatives Mr Bay Qin Yao (North 1)
Mr Daniel Lim (North 2)
- (North 3)
Mr Daryl Chen (South 1)
Mr Joel Tan (South 2)
Mr Andrew Quek (East 1)
Ms Diana Thio (East 2)
Mr Ho Yew Keong (West 1)
Mr Timothy Tan (West 2)
Mr Edwin Lim (West 3)
Executive Director Mr Desmond Koh

The Brigade Office

The Brigade Office implements the strategic plans developed by the Brigade Executive.

Position Bearer
Executive Director Mr Desmond Koh
Deputy Director Ms Ang Hui Leng

CompaniesEdit

Each BB company is managed by a partnership of members from the sponsoring church and the school where the company is based, if present. They are led by the Chaplain and Captain from the church, and typically assisted by a team of Teachers-in-Charge of the school. Assisting them are Officers, Primers and other VALs either from the church, from other churches or as former members of the Company.

BB Companies are identified by a unique number, with an exception of companies catered for the Primers Programme. In general, the smaller the number is, the earlier the company was founded. For example, the 1st Singapore Company has the longest history in Singapore. While this is true for most companies, the same cannot be said for certain compaines as the number was "recycled" (especially in the 1980s and early 1990s). The majority of the companies are catered for the Seniors Programme. Companies with a "J" indicate the Juniors Programme. Every company also has a sponsoring school where new boys are recruited annually, and weekly parades are held.

The BB companies in Singapore are divided into 10 clusters – North 1, North 2, North 3, East 1, East 2, South 1, South 2, West 1, West 2 and West 3. Each company is categorised into the appropriate cluster based on its geographical location on the Singapore island.

Company Sponsoring Church Sponsoring School
1J Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church Pioneer Primary School
2nd Kampong Kapor Methodist Church Victoria School
3J Wesley Methodist Church Stamford Primary School
4th Faith Community Baptist Church Whitley Secondary School
5J Living Praise Presbyterian Church Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School
5th Adam Road Presbyterian Church Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School
7J Church of the Ascension St Andrew's Junior School
7th Chapel of the Holy Spirit St Andrew's Secondary School
8J Fairfield Methodist Church Radin Mas Primary School
9th Church of the Good Shepherd Westwood Secondary School
10th Toa Payoh Methodist Church Beatty Secondary School
11th Light of Christ Church Woodlands Christ Church Secondary School
12BRJ Barker Road Methodist Church Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)
12BR Barker Road Methodist Church Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road)
12J Barker Road Methodist Church Anglo-Chinese School (Junior)
12I Barker Road Methodist Church Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
13th Glory Joy Christian Church Sembawang Secondary School
14th All Saints' Church (English Congregation) Anglican High School
15J St John's - St Margaret's Church Henry Park Primary School
16J Chen Li Presbyterian Church Kong Hwa School
17J Charis Methodist Church Junyuan Primary School
17th Charis Methodist Church Loyang Secondary School
19th Yishun Christian Church (Lutheran) Yishun Town Secondary School
20J Changi Methodist Church Greendale Primary School
21J Christalite Methodist Chapel Geylang Methodist School (Primary)
21st Christalite Methodist Chapel Geylang Methodist School (Secondary)
22J Yishun Christian Church (Anglican) Wellington Primary School
23rd Pentecost Methodist Church Springfield Secondary School
24J St Andrew's Cathedral Fuhua Primary School
25th Faith Methodist Church Hillgrove Secondary School
26th Chapel of the Resurrection Tanglin Secondary School
27th Ang Mo Kio Presbyterian Church Presbyterian High School
28J Jurong Christian Church Shuqun Primary School
28th Jurong Christian Church Shuqun Secondary School
29th Bethesda Hall (Ang Mo Kio) Mayflower Primary School
31st Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church Bowen Secondary School
32nd Bedok Lutheran Church Damai Secondary School
33J Aldersgate Methodist Church Fairfield Methodist School (Primary)
33rd Aldersgate Methodist Church Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)
34th Adam Road Presbyterian Church Marsiling Secondary School
35J Fairfield Methodist Church Zhangde Primary School
36th Century Christian Fellowship Compassvale Secondary School
37th Faith Community Baptist Church Hougang Secondary School
38J Bukit Batok Presbyterian Church Keming Primary School
39th Pasir Panjang Hill Brethren Church Swiss Cottage Secondary School
40th Bedok Methodist Church Changkat Changi Secondary School
41J Faith Community Baptist Church Tao Nan School
42J Adam Road Presbyterian Church Nanyang Primary School
43rd Bethesda Hall (Ang Mo Kio) Yishun Secondary School
44th Woodlands Evangelical Free Church Fuchun Secondary School
45th Bethesda (Serangoon) Church Xinmin Secondary School
46th Geylang Evangelical Free Church Junyuan Secondary School
47th Trinity Methodist Church Serangoon Garden Secondary School
48th Bethel Presbyterian Church Zhonghua Secondary School
49J Chapel of Christ the Redeemer St Hilda's Primary School
49th Chapel of Christ the Redeemer St Hilda's Secondary School
50th Fairfield Methodist Church Gan Eng Seng School
51st Bethesda Hall (Ang Mo Kio) Mayflower Secondary School
52J St John's Chapel Pei Tong Primary School
53rd Impact Life Church Bukit Batok Secondary School
55J Bethesda Community Fengshan Primary School
56J Glory Presbyterian Church (English) Bukit Timah Primary School
57J Glory Presbyterian Church (English) Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School
58th New Life Bible-Presbyterian Church Riverside Secondary School
59J St John's Chapel Greenridge Primary School
60th Kampong Kapor Methodist Church Raffles Institution
61st Church of Our Saviour Queensway Secondary School
62nd Yishun Methodist Mission Orchid Park Secondary School
63rd Mount Hermon Bible-Presbyterian Church Kranji Secondary School
64th St John's Chapel Ang Mo Kio Secondary School
66th Adam Road Presbyterian Church Woodlands Secondary School
67J Church of the Good Shepherd Queenstown Primary School
68J St. Paul's Church Open Unit
69J The People's Bible Church Xinghua Primary School
70th Bukit Panjang Gospel Chapel Fajar Secondary School
71J S-Word Evangelical Free Church South View Primary School
72nd Bethesda Community Bedok North Secondary School
73rd Faith Community Baptist Church Bukit View Secondary School
74th The Bible Church, Singapore Kent Ridge Secondary School
75J Paya Lebar Methodist Church Punggol Primary School
76J Toa Payoh Methodist Church First Toa Payoh Primary School
77th Bukit Panjang Gospel Chapel Teck Whye Secondary School
78J Hebron Bible-Presbyterian Church Yew Tee Primary School
80J Covenant Presbyterian Church Farrer Park Primary School
81J St Andrew's Cathedral Townsville Primary School
82nd City Harvest Church Boon Lay Secondary School
83J Faith Sanctuary MacPherson Primary School
84th Impact Life Church Unity Secondary School
85th Faith Community Baptist Church Jurong West Secondary School
86th Faith Community Baptist Church Jurongville Secondary School
87th Yishun Methodist Mission Northbrooks Secondary School
88J Yishun Methodist Mission Naval Base Primary School
90J Bukit Batok Presbyterian Church Princess Elizabeth Primary School
91st Bukit Panjang Gospel Chapel Regent Secondary School
92nd Chapel of the Resurrection Outram Secondary School
93rd Living Sanctuary Brethren Church Yuying Secondary School
94th True Way Presbyterian Church (English) Nan Hua High School
95J Westside Anglican Church West Grove Primary School
96J Revival Centre Church Balestier Hill Primary School
97th Bedok Methodist Church Bedok South Secondary School
98th True Grace Presbyterian Church Grace Orchard School
99th Faith Community Baptist Church Canberra Secondary School
100J Tai Seng Christian Church North Vista Primary School
101st Paya Lebar Methodist Church Open Unit
102J St Andrew's Cathedral North View Primary School
103rd Bedok Methodist Church Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School
106J St Andrew's Cathedral Gan Eng Seng Primary School
107J S-Word Evangelical Free Church Westwood Primary School
108th WORD Community Church Furen International School
ACJC Primers Barker Road Methodist Church Anglo-Chinese Junior College
NP Primers Faith Community Baptist Church Ngee Ann Polytechnic
NYP Primers Faith Community Baptist Church Nanyang Polytechnic
SP Primers Faith Community Baptist Church Singapore Polytechnic
HQ Primers - -

RanksEdit

Boys
The ranks in the Seniors Programme include:

Primers
This ranks attainable by Primers include:

Officers
This ranks attainable by Officers include:

Badges and awardsEdit

Juniors' ProgrammeEdit

Badge Programme
JP Gold Award Juniors
JP Service Badge Juniors
White Achievement Badge Juniors
Green Achievement Badge Juniors
Purple Achievement Badge Juniors
Blue Achievement Badge Juniors
Red Achievement Badge Juniors
Silver Achievement Badge Juniors
Junior One Year Service Juniors
Junior Three Year Service Juniors

Seniors' ProgrammeEdit

Badge/Award Type Stages
Adventure Core 3
Anti Drug Abuse (SANA) Elective 1
Arts Elective 3
Athletics Elective 3
Bandsman's Elective 3
Bugler's Elective 3
Christian Education Core 3
Citizenship Core 3
Civil Defense (Fireman) Elective 1
Community Service Core 3
Crafts Elective 3
Drill Core 3
Drummer's Elective 3
Environmentalist Elective 3
First Aid Core 3
Gymnastics Elective 3
Heritage Elective 1
Hobbies Elective 3
International Relations Elective 3
Kayaking Elective 3
Lifeskills Core 3
Musketry Elective 3
Naturalist's Elective 3
NCO Star Core 2
Piper's Elective 3
Sailing Elective 3
Sportsman's Elective 3
Swimming Elective 3
Target Core 1
Juniors Programme Link Service 1
Total Defense Special 3
One Year Service Service
Three Year Service Service
Long Year Service Service
Founder's Award Special
Cross For Heroism Special
Senior Proficiency Award Special
Intermediary Proficiency Award Special
National Event Special
Best Boy Award Special

Primers' ProgrammeEdit

Badge/Award Type
Anchors Award Primers
Long Year Service Primers
President Award Primers

UniformsEdit

Juniors' ProgrammeEdit

There are three different dress codes for the Juniors' Programme for various functions and occasions. These include, in decreasing formality, the Day Dress, the Fatigue Dress and the PT Kit.

Seniors' ProgrammeEdit

There are five different dress codes for the Seniors' Programme for various functions and occasions. These include, in decreasing formality, the Ceremonial Dress, the Day Dress, the Musketry, the Fatigue Dress and the PT Kit.

PrimersEdit

There are three different dress codes for the Primers' Programme for various functions and occasions. These include, in decreasing formality, the Day Dress, the Musketry and the Fatigue Dress.

OfficersEdit

There are six different dress codes for BB Officers for various functions and occasions. These include, in decreasing formality, the Ceremonial Dress, the Function Dress, the Day Dress, the Musketry, the Fatigue Dress and the PT Kit.

ProgrammesEdit

There are four programmes for different age groups:

  • Explorers Programme - 3 to 6 years old (Kindergarten)
  • Juniors Programme – 8 to 11 years old (Primary 3 to Primary 6)
  • Seniors Programme – 12 to 16 years old (Secondary 1 to Secondary 4 or 5)
  • Primers Programme – 17 to 19 years (Post-Secondary, Junior Colleges/Polytechnics/Institutes of Technical Education, girls are eligible to enrol in this programme)

CommunityEdit

The Boys' Brigade in Singapore aims to play an active role in contributing to society, and to inculcate these values to the Boys.[1]

BB CARESEdit

BB CARES, which stands for Community Activities Rallying Everyone to Serve involved BB companies organising activities to benefit welfare organisations of their choice. It is one of the events as part of the annual President's Challenge event.

Boys' Brigade Share-a-GiftEdit

The Boys' Brigade Share-a-Gift (BBSG), previously known as The Boys' Brigade Sharity Gift Box, is a major annual event held during the Christmas period whereby more than 3,500 BB Officers and Boys, along with volunteers from other various groups, are mobilised to help collect gifts such as food and beverages from people and distribute these items to the needy in Singapore. These beneficiaries include the disabled, welfare homes, the elderly, and low-income families. There are also wishes from the beneficiaries that people can help to fulfill with, such as those requesting for food or household items, or toys and mattresses from children or the elderly.

Since the BBSG was started in 1988, it has been largely successful and has received great support from Singaporeans who have generously donated gifts over the years. From around 7,000 gifts collected in 1988, it has collected 428,000[2] gifts in 2006. Although the project did not meet its target donation by the close of the project on some occasions,[3][4] the public would often continue to donate such that target was achieved within the next few weeks.[5] In the last fifteen years, the BB has been working hand in hand with the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).

On 7 July 2013, the Boys' Brigade Share-a-Gift (BBSG) project was conferred the Singapore Youth Award Medal of Commendation. BBSG was recognised for achieving, contributing and inspiring youths at significantly higher levels after being awarded the Singapore Youth Award in 2004.

Boys' Brigade Learning CentreEdit

The Boys' Brigade Learning Centre (BBLC) is an educational facility built and maintained by the Boys' Brigade in Proyouth Village, Puok Commune, Cambodia.

Notable alumnusEdit

  • Chua Siak Phuang – Last founding member of the first Boys' Brigade Company in Singapore who passed away in 2010.
  • Winston Choo - First Chief of Defence Force of the Singapore Armed Forces from 1974–1992 and held the rank of Lieutenant-General.
  • Jimmy Koh Chee Tat

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/284018/1/.html
  2. ^ BB Sharity Gift Box exceeds target of food, household items for needy, CNA (20 December 2006). Retrieved on 21 December 2006.
  3. ^ Sharity Gift Box falls short of annual target, appeals for more donations, CNA (22 December 2007). Retrieved on 13 January 2008.
  4. ^ Boys' Brigade Sharity Gift Box 35% short of collection target, CNA (19 December 2008). Retrieved on 20 December 2008.
  5. ^ Boys' Brigade Sharity Gift Box meets its target, CNA (9 January 2008). Retrieved on 9 January 2009.

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