Twenty one young people from Boys’ Brigade Companies in Edinburgh, Leith & District were presented with Queen’s Badge Certificates at a special presentation ceremony in Old Parish & St Paul’s Church, Galashiels yesterday.
The young people’s achievements were marked with each receiving certificates from Alasdair Hutton OBE, TD a writer and narrator for public events and concerts, including the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
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.
“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.”