The Boys had a busy 2015/2016 session:
At the start of the session we took part in the Celebrate Aberdeen parade along Union Street. We paraded along with other voluntary organisations from across Aberdeen, with the Boys getting to meet Angus the Bull and Aberdeen's Lord Provost.
We held a Superhero Recruitment Party, with many new Boys coming along and taking the opportunity to dress up as their favourite superhero. We even had a visit from Batman!
To celebrate our Church's 60th Anniversary we took part in a celebration show and attended a dedication service on a Sunday morning. We also attended Church on Remembrance Sunday, with one of our Boys reading a poem during the service and our younger Boys planting poppy crosses that represented men and women from our Church's memorial
We had a Halloween party, with Boys getting the chance to play games such as dookin' for apples, their was some great costumes that night
We have this year taken part in BB Scotland's 'Fifteen for 2015' Challenge, among the challenges we have:
- Completed a hill walk up Scolty Hill
- Organised a Food Bank collection for local charity TLC Aberdeen
- Came up with our own radio advert for the BB
- Met our local MP, Callum McCaig who visited us and spent time in a Q&A Session with our Juniors and Company Sections
We had a great time at the Juniors Giant Sleepover at Glasgow Science Centre. Once we arrived we joined 400 BB Boys from across Scotland and had the chance to try out all of the interactive exhibits and displays. We then had a live science show followed by the Boys favourite - the Planetarium, getting to learn all about the Solar System. After hot chocolate we camped out amongst the exhibits for the night.
WThe Juniors again entered the Battalion 5 a Side Football Competition at the Beach Leisure Centre, along with a Unihoc Competition at Danestone.
We held a design competition that was judged by our local Community Council. The winning Anchor Boy was given the chance to switch on the Community's Christmas Lights at a special party.
At Christmas time, our Juniors and Company Section Boys got the chance to go Snowboarding at the Aberdeen Snowsports Centre. While our Anchor Boys attended our local community pantomime.
Our Juniors were agaimn succesful at the Battalion's Bisset Trophy Competition, winning both the Quiz and Drama competitions. They also did really well at the figure marching, crafts and potted sports elements.
Our Company Section entered a number of sports competitions including 5-a-side football, badminton, and table tennis.
We had a visit from our local police officer who gave a talk about the role of the police and Boys had a chance to tour a police car and try out the lights and siren!
Our Juniors again attended an Activity Weekend at Nethybridge. Activities included canoeing, zip wire, obstacle course, climbing and loads more! It was a really enjoyabel weekend with lots of fun activiites to enjoy
We had our annual open night, a chance for family and friends to see what activities the Boys take part in on a typical Friday night.
At the end of the session we had some outings for the various age groups to enjoy:
The Anchors visited Aberdeen Science Museum, getting a chance to try all of the exhibits and see some live science shows. The highlight was a dedicated bubble show, with Boys given the chance to step inside a giant bubble.
Our Juniors had a forest walk and pond dipping session up The Gramps, led by a ranger from Aberdeen Council's Countryside Rangers Service. The Boys spent their time searching for life in the pond and were able to find a variety of insects, tadpoles and even some newts. After a picninc we had a walk, looking for markers on a mini orienteering course.
Company Secion Boys visited Aberdeen Breakout Games where they had to escape from a locked room by solving a series of clues. We finished up by having some pizza.
During the Summer, some of our Company Section Boys attended our Summer Camp near Aviemore. It was a really busy week with Boys getting to try kayaking, stand up paddling, rock climbing, abseiling, hill walking, mountain biking and swimming. Along with usual Camp favourites such as football, quiz, movie night, treasure trails etc, we also visited Fort George by Inverness.