Forty five young people from Boys’ Brigade Companies in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Scottish Borders were presented with Queen’s Badge Certificates at a special presentation ceremony in the Canongate Kirk yesterday (Wed 3 June).
The young people’s achievements were marked with each receiving certificates from John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland, and the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution, and Economy.
In receiving the organisation’s highest award, Neil Anderson, a member of 2nd Linlithgow Company, said:
“The Queen’s Badge experience has given me leadership, communication, team work and citizenship skills, as well as developing my confidence.
Membership of The Boys’ Brigade means a great amount to Neil. He commented:
“It means being part of a community within the church and being a role-model for younger boys. It's about representing younger people positively and taking on responsibility in the community.”
The Queen's Badge is the highest award that may be gained by a member of The Boys' Brigade and this year 450 young people from across Scotland have completed the award.
The award aims to challenge and equip the individual, provide new opportunities and expand horizons while remaining accessible to young people of all abilities. The Queen's Badge offers the chance to engage with the local community, take on responsibility, set personal goals, build self-confidence and experience a sense of achievement. The work is carried out over a 12-18 month period.
Bill Stevenson, Director of The Boys’ Brigade, Scotland, said:
“I’m exceptionally proud of our young people who have been awarded the Queen’s Badge. All have worked very hard towards this and must be commended for their commitment and hard work.
“The impressive surroundings of Cannongate Kirk provided a very fitting setting to celebrate the young people’s achievements.
“Across Scotland, Queen’s Badge recipients have devoted in excess of 40,000 hours’ work volunteering in their companies and communities. None of these achievements would be possible without the efforts of thousands of BB volunteer leaders.”
John Swinney, Deputy First Minister, said:
“I would like to congratulate all the young people involved. These prestigious awards are a recognition for all their hard work and dedication over the past year and the young men receiving the Queen’s Badge have an incredible 7,000 hours of service between them.
“Organisations like The Boys’ Brigade provide young people with a wide range of opportunities that nurture and develop their ambitions, their sense of achievement and the skills they need to succeed in life. It is hugely valuable to us as a country that so many of our young people today are preparing to be active citizens and leaders of the future.”
All event photographs can be view here.