Sunday, December 25, 2011

Blessed Christmas!

Here's wishing everyone a very blessed Christmas. May you experience God's peace, joy, hope and love this season.

"Rejoice, Emmanuel has come - God is with us."

(This is my favorite video - still impacts me from the first time I saw it!)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Congratulations 1KL - KUL Games Champions 2011

Heartiest congratulations to my beloved 1KL Boys and Officers who trained and played in the KUL Games 2011!!!

Being the champions for this year, of course, is the icing on a well-deserved cake!

Friday, July 08, 2011

Legendary Football Club Manager Sir Alex Fergeson: "[BB] was a very important part of my life"

Not sure how many of you have ever seen this, but did you know that legendary football (the English kind, not the American one!) club manager Sir Alex Fergeson was a Boys Brigade member? He says that “That spell [in the BB] from nine to 16 was a very important part of my life. It gave us discipline and confidence and trust in the relationships we developed with the officers." 

Imagine that! 

The full article is here

Sir Alex still takes a keen interest in the organisation
BB background a big plus

BEING part of structured training programmes like those offered by the Boys’ Brigade can seriously improve a young person’s life chances.

A training programme such as the BB Queen’s Badge or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award can also be a decisive factor in determining whether a youngster gets a training place, a place at university or a job.

The Boys’ Brigade, which recently launched a major new recruitment drive, says that more young men aged 15 and over are joining its ranks as they seek to differentiate themselves in the job and education markets.

Parents and boys alike are increasingly recognising the life advantages that being a member of the organisation can bring.

Bill Stevenson, director for Scotland, said: “We believe this represents a growing recognition that the training and broad life skills we give young men are second to none.

“The modern Boys’ Brigade is a rejuvenated organisation that gives young men discipline, fitness, mental stimulation and leadership skills.

“For the first time in a number of years, we have seen an increase in the number of our senior boys, aged 15 plus, and many of them are working for the Queen’s Badge.”

The organisation, founded in Scotland more than 125 years ago, has changed a lot since former Aberdeen Football club manager Alex Ferguson signed up, but he never stops reminding audiences that his career owes much to The Boys’ Brigade.

Sir Alex said: “That spell from nine to 16 was a very important part of my life.

“It gave us discipline and confidence and trust in the relationships we developed with the officers.

“When we went to camp in places like Stonehaven, we were given a list of everything we had to bring with us, and at the bottom, in big capital letters, he’d put ‘and football boots’.

“As soon as we arrived it would be, ‘Right, everybody, get your football boots on’.

“But it was not just football. We had all the other parts – Bible classes, learning to play the bugle, going for our badges.

“I did the signalling badge, the camping badge – about nine or 10 badges in my time there.”

All of which taught him discipline, self-respect, respect for others and leadership – the type of qualities employers seek today, according to motivational speaker Mike Stevenson, of Thinktastic, an Edinburgh innovations company.

“Leaders, leaders and more leaders – that’s what Scotland needs now more than ever,” he said.

“The Boys’ Brigade produces strong and compassionate leaders – gold dust to today’s employers and just what the Scottish economy needs if it is to thrive in the future.”

Sandy Campbell, chief executive of Working Rite, a social organisation that secures apprenticeships for young men agrees.

“Youngsters learn important things such as the importance of endeavour, discipline, punctuality and respect in the Boys’ Brigade and get an excellent training for life and the workplace.

“It gives boys the chance to rise to a challenge, learn about teamwork, achieving success by seeing things through.

“It also teaches the kind of resilience that you need to bounce back from failure so you can go on to succeed in the end.

“These kinds of skills and attitudes are exactly what employers are looking for, particularly in hard times – and can make all the difference in getting into vocational and higher education, too.”

While no one is suggesting that those who sign up with their nearest brigade will become a legendary football manager, it’s clear that this organisation has a lot to offer youngsters, particularly those on the cusp of joining the working world.

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Chee Cheong Fun - Classic 1st KL Song

I was digging around the interwebs and remembered this clip. This was taken during 1st KL's 55th Anniversary Dinner in 2009 and it features a "classic" 1st KL fun song - "Chee Cheong Fun". Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

What The Brigade Seeks To Do... (Quote)

"What the Brigade seeks to do is to train up good, true Boys, well prepared, physically and morally, for the battle of life, in whatever sphere they may choose."
- Sir William Alexander Smith