A look at the 2017/18 Session:
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER
CELEBRATE ABERDEEN PARADE
Our Boys joined with others from across the Battalion to take part in the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade down Aberdeen’s Union Street. This was a really good day with us parading alongside other voluntary groups from across the City, with the BB standing out thanks to our giant balloon! Afterwards we were treated to refreshments at BB HQ on Crimon Place.
JUNIORS 100 FUN DAY
The Juniors joined with over one hundred Boys from across the Battalion to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Juniors Section. The day was at Aberdeen Sports Village and saw Boys compete in potted sports, races, football and challenges.
JUNIORS 100 CHALLENGES
We had 100 challenges to complete, ranging from making a giant 100th Birthday Card, building a tower from 2ps, eating with chopsticks, baking a cake to completing a jigsaw and building a lego sculpture.
COMPANY SECTION BMX
The Company Section had an evening trying out their skills at Transition Extreme’s BMX park.
We had a party with Boys dressing up and taking part in activities like ‘dookin’ for apples and pumpkin carving.
CHILDREN IN NEED
The Anchors raised money for Children In Need with a ’Teddy Bear’ themed night.
Company Section Boys took part in our Church Remembrance Sunday service, with one of our Boys reading a poem for the Congregation.
SCOTLAND V THE NETHERLANDS
We attended the International friendly match between Scotland and The Netherlands at Pittodrie.
FIRST AID TRAINING
Our Company Section received first aid training from the Red Cross. Boys were shown what to do in an emergency and learnt skills such as putting a person in the recovery position and CPR.
ANCHORS CINEMA TRIP
The older Anchors joined other Boys from across the Battalion at a viewing of the film ‘Arthur Christmas’.
Our Juniors went snowboarding at the artificial slope, whilst our Company Section enjoyed skiing. CHRISTMAS PARTY Our Anchors had a traditional party complete with our favourite party games like ‘musical statues’ and ‘pass the parcel’. After a singalong of some Christmas songs we finished off with party food and ice-cream. No 46th Christmas Party woul be complete without a visit from Santa.
Our Boys recorded their own version of Burns’ Ode to a Haggis and had the chance to sample some haggis, neaps and tatties.
ANCHORS FUN DAY
The Anchors attended a Fun Day at Battalion Headquarters, taking part in games, races, crafts and the chance to see a magician.
A quiz was held with Juniors from across the Battalion, with Boys answering general knowledge questions as well as icture and music rounds.
COMPANY SECTION BADMINTON
We competed in singles and doubles badminton competitions at Danestone Community Centre.
MARCH / APRIL
Our Juniors competed in the Battalion’s Football Competition at the Beach Leisure Centre.
COMPANY SECTION TABLE TENNIS
Our Boys were successful in winning both the singles and doubles competitions at the Battalion event.
Our Anchors had an Easter Egg Hunt while our Company Section baked ‘hot cross’ scones.
With the good weather we managed to have many of our meetings outdoors, with the Anchors doing some gardening and Juniors getting to play football and rounders.
NSA JUNIORS ACTIVITY WEEKEND
Some of our Juniors spent a weekend at the Abernethy Centre at Nethy Bridge.
The activities included: Kayaking, Zip Wire, Rock Climbing, Crate Climbing, Obstacle Course, Swimming and lots more
It was a really good weekend which the Boys thoroughly enjoyed in the Company of other Boys from across the North of Scotland.
This year we had 2 separate Open Nights, 1 for Anchors and another for Juniors and Company Sections. This allowed us to devote more time to each age group. These were both really enjoyable and good to see Boys receiving their badges for all their hard work.
Our P3 and P4 Boys spent a morning pond dipping with one of Aberdeen City Council Countryside Rangers. The Boys looked for pond life and then went for a nature trail and finished off with a picnic.
SAILING AT LOCH SKENE
Our Company Section went sailing on Loch Skene with Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust.