We had a lot going on in the 2018/19 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,
Our Company Section had a walk up Bennachie to start the session.
Our Boys attended our Church Thanksgiving Service alongside the various other organisations that our Church has, Our Boys participated in a sketch that featured a news report on the parable of The Good Samaritan.
Aberdeen City Council made available funds for Community organisations in Kincorth. We had to give a presentation on what we required funding for and then members of the Community voted on which project should receive funds. We were lucky that both our projects, ‘Building Skills for a Digital Future’ and funding of our Christmas activities, were successful.
We had a party with Boys coming along in costume and getting to ‘dook’ for apples.
We attended our Church Service on Remembrance Sunday, especially remembering 4 of our former members who died in the First World War. We led a ‘drumhead’ service at the Church, along with receiving ‘There But Not There’ silhouettes which we placed throughout the Church. These silhouettes represented men and women who never returned from the War. After the Service we laid a poppy wreath at the Nigg Kirk War Memorial, we had been successful in asking the council to restore the memorial as it had been in a poor condition.
JUNIORS UNIHOC COMPETITION
Our Juniors entered the Battalion Unihoc Competition, playing against Boys from BB Companies across Aberdeen.
COMPANY 5-A-SIDE FOOTBALL
Company Section entered the Battalion 5-A-Side football competition at the Beach Leisure Centre.
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER VISIT
We had a visit from Beth Dobson, Development Officer for the BB in the North East of Scotland. Beth was able to meet all of our sections, enjoying STEM activities with our Anchors, building giant towers with our Juniors and making ‘armpit fudge’ with the Company Section.
We had various parties and outings for our Boys at Christmas time. These were paid for from monies we received from the UDecide funding we were successful in receiving. Our Anchors had a traditional party with games and party food, our older Boys also had a party with the Company Section having a pizza night. We also had tubing tor the Juniors and a skiing session for the Company Section.
JANUARY / FEBRUARY
ANCHORS FUN DAY
Our Anchors attended the annual Fun Day at BB Headquarters. The Boys were joined by nearly 100 Boys and Leaders from across Aberdeen. The Boys were split into groups and sent the day rotating around the various activities. The day had a ‘superhero’ theme so Boys had races and games that taught them the necessary skills to be a hero. They had the chance to make their own superhero collages in he craft room. A magician was on hand to show the Boys some coll tricks and illusions, then the Boys favourite - a bouncy castle!
All of the sections has the chance to make and decorate pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
Our Church hosted the Juniors Battalion Quiz competition. The teams from across Aberdeen competed in various rounds including picture rounds, music rounds, Bible and BB knowledge and sports. Our Boys did really well coming second overall.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Our Church hosted a World Day of Prayer evening, so our Boys helped by welcoming guests and taking part in the readings during the service.
We had another opportunity to hit the slopes, taking the Juniors and Company sections snowboarding.
APRIL / MAY
We had a visit from officers from our local Police Station, showing our Anchors what they do and talking about Road Safety. They then had a discussion with our Juniors on Internet Safety.
FIRE STATION VISIT Our Juniors were lucky to visit Altens Fire Station, getting to see around the appliances and learn what all the various equipment does. Their favourite was getting to use the hose!
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
With funding from the Council we were able to provide a range of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) activities to all of our Sections. This included ‘code-a-pillar’ toys and Lego robots for Anchors and Juniors. We were also able to purchase Raspberry Pi devices and laptops for the Company Section who learnt computer programming, animation and podcasting.
TESCO BAGS OF HELP
We were also lucky to receive funding from Tesco for new sports equipment. So far we have been able to purchase a new pack of equipment including new dodgeballs, bean bags hula hoops and potted sports apparatus. For our Juniors we have purchased a range of football training equipment to help develop our skills. The Company Section have a new indoor curling set.