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The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore and the National Youth Achievement Award Council on 14 Aug 2004, during the BB Awards Presentation Ceremony. As the BB and NYAAC share common goals in youth development, the MOU is an effort to encourage BB members to pursue and attain the NYAA and all that which it seeks to promote, through participation in the BB Programme.

 

The NYAAC will recognise the BB’s system of recording and assessment of the various activities, thereby reducing administrative work. The BB Office would be an active authorising body. Sustained membership in the BB would qualify and be recognized as the pre-requisite activity hours needed under the NYAA. 

 

BG(NS) Su exchanging the signed MOU with Mr Choo. Witnessing the exchange is Mr James Soh, Exec Dir, NYAA with Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth & Sports

BG(NS) Philip Su Poon Ghee, acting Chairman of NYAA (left) and Mr. Choo Gim Kang, President of BB, signing the MOU

 

Qualifying requirements for BB members under the joint accreditation are as follows:

 

NYAA

Qualifying Age

BB Awards

Bronze

14 years old

BB Core’s Intermediary Awards
1. Community Service Stage 1
2. First Aid Stage 2
3. Lifeskills Stage 2
4. Drill Stage 1
5. Adventure Stage 2

Silver

15 years old

BB Senior Proficiency Award

Gold

16 years old

BB President’s Award,

which consists of:

- Senior Proficiency Award
- Leadership and Management Programme
- Alpha Course equivalent
- Citizenship Camp
- Service and Leadership Attachment      
 

- Primers Challenge

  

Administrative Process

  

  • Please proceed to register your qualifying Boys with NYAAC for the Awards immediately, as NYAAC will only recognize activities recorded after the date of registration.

  • Usually, some schools have an assigned teacher to handle NYAA for all the CCAs. But some BB Companies prefer to register and liaise directly with NYAAC. The mode of operation is situational.

  • If you are registering for your Boys, you will need to fill up the NYAA Enrolment form for every Boy, available at the website: www.nyaa.org. Completion of the forms, with parental consent, can then be faxed to NYAAC. This is to allow them to update administration records and prepare the Record Books (Bronze or Silver or Gold) and Award Diaries for you in advance.

  • Thereafter, you may proceed to the NYAAC office for payment and collection of the Record Books and Award Diaries. Registration fee is $7 for Bronze per Boy, $12 for Silver and $17 for Gold.

  • Under the joint accreditation for Bronze and Silver Awards, the Award Diary is optional and you may decide whether to fill it up and submit to NYAAC. It is necessary to fill up the Award Diary for the Gold Award.

  • For the Record books, the Joint Accreditation Annex document below can be used as a guide to fill up the various categories of Service, Skills, Adventurous Journey and Physical Recreation, as required by the NYAAC.

 

NYAA Bronze

BB Senior Programme

Service

 

The requirement is to undertake the necessary training and give regular practical service for at least 15 hours spread over a period of three months

Community Service Stage 1

Awarded to Boys who carry out at least 20 hours of community service within a year. The Boy must have also:

1. Attended 2 community service lessons (pre and post service).

2. Submitted an individual post-event report, which shows meaningful reflection of the community service experience. 

Skills

Participants are required to choose a skill and follow it regularly over a period of 6 months. They must show individual progress and sustained interest, based on their own capabilities and potential. 

First Aid & Lifeskills Stage 2 / Drill Stage 1

The BB offers the following skill based activities:

First Aid / Lifeskills / Foot Drill

These activities are organised over the membership tenure of every Boy, where he will receive regular and proficient training.

Expedition

To plan, train for and undertake a venture. The venture must involve a defined purpose. The venture must involve travel by personal effort and may be on foot, cycle or on water. Two days out, including one night in an unfamiliar setting, including at least 12 hours of effort and activity.

Adventure Badge Stage 1

BB Boys are taught navigation and camp craft skills in their first year of membership. They will undergo assessment through a theory test and a practical exercise of 16 km navigation including an overnight stay under improvised shelter.

Physical Recreation

Participants are required to choose a form of physical recreation and follow it regularly over 8 weeks, amounting to 20 hours. They must show improvement of overall performance and genuine effort, relative to their capabilities and starting point.

 

Adventure Badge Stage 2

The BB offers the following Adventure activities on a regular basis as part of our own Badge Scheme:

Cycling

Rock Wall Climbing

Rappelling

Archery

By the Adventure Badge Stage 2 level, they would be proficient in 2 adventure activities with an estimated training time of 25 hours per activity.

NYAA Silver

BB Senior Programme

Service

 

The requirement is to undertake the necessary training and give regular practical service for at least 30 hours spread over a period of three months.

 

Community Service Stage 2

Awarded to Boys who hold the Stage 1 and have carried out an additional 20 hours of community service within a year. The Boy must have also:

1. Attended 2 community service lessons (pre and post service).

2. Worked at the sub-committee level in their Company to plan and execute a community service event, displaying an ability to analyse a situation, formulate a plan o faction and evaluate their own performance.

3. Submitted an individual post-event report, which shows meaningful reflection of the community service experience.

Skills

Participants are required to choose a skill and follow it regularly over a period of 12 months. They must show individual progress and sustained interest, based on their own capabilities and potential.

 

First Aid & Lifeskills Stage 3 / Drill Stage 2

The BB offers the following skill based activities:

First Aid / Lifeskills / Foot Drill

These activities are organised over the membership tenure of every Boy, where he will receive regular and proficient training. 

Expedition

To plan, train for and undertake a venture. The venture must involve a defined purpose. The venture must involve travel by personal effort and may be on foot, cycle or on water. Three days out, including two nights in an unfamiliar setting, including at least 21 hours of effort and activity.

Adventure Badge Stage 3

BB Boys are taught navigation and map reading skills from Secondary 1. Each year, their skills are honed and their challenge increases, from a simple day hike, to a 2-day 1-night expedition and finally a 3-day 2-night expedition by the end of Secondary 3. This is a component of our Adventure Badge and it is desired that our Boys attain their Adventure Badge Stage 3 by the end of Secondary 3.  

Physical Recreation

Participants are required to choose a form of physical recreation and follow it regularly over 10 weeks, amounting to 30 hours. They must show improvement of overall performance and genuine effort, relative to their capabilities and starting point.

 

Adventure Badge Stage 3

The BB offers the following Adventure activities on a regular basis as part of our own Badge Scheme:

Cycling;   Rock Wall Climbing;  Rappelling; Archery

By the Adventure Badge Stage 3 level, they would be proficient in 3 adventure activities with an estimated training time of 35 hours per activity. 

NYAA Gold

BB Primer Programme

Service

 

The requirement is to undertake the necessary training and give regular practical service for at least 60 hours spread over a period of 12 months.

 

Service and Leadership Attachment

 

A Primer would be in his post-secondary institution. His service to the BB as a student leader is his/her service. Primers attached to the BB Company would commit over 150 hours in 15 months.

On top of this, Primer members are also expected to participate in our BB Sharity Gift Box and BB CARES project. 

Skills

 

Participants are required to choose a skill and follow it regularly over a period of 18 months. They must show individual progress and sustained interest, based on their own capabilities and potential.

 

Leadership and Management Programme

 

As part of the Primers Programme, members will attend a Leadership and Management Programme. This programme focuses on management of events and communications in the context of an adventure and training programme. Leadership, planning and organising skills will also be taught. Following the course, Primers are expected to coordinate and organise BB activities throughout the year either at the school or national level as a practical exercise. 

Expedition

 

To plan, train for and undertake a venture. The venture must involve a defined purpose. The venture must involve travel by personal effort and may be on foot, cycle or on water.

Four days out, including three nights in an unfamiliar setting, including at least 32 hours of effort and activity. 

Expedition

 

Primers will need to participate for the Primers Challenge, which is a 4 days 3 night expedition in an unfamiliar environment. This event will be planned for together with the Primers at Brigade level

Physical Recreation

 

Participants are required to choose a form of physical recreation and follow it regularly over 12 weeks, amounting to 40 hours. They must show improvement of overall performance and genuine effort, relative to their capabilities and starting point. 

Physical Recreation

 

The BB has an array of adventure activities to offer, such as rock wall climbing, archery, rappelling and ropes confidence course. Members will select an activity and then will be trained as Activity Leaders. This training will include on the job training. They will then in turn conduct adventure activities for members of the Seniors Programme. The Primers would clock an average of 48 hours in total, over a period of 6 to 8 months. 

Residential Project

 

To undertake or initiate a project which will serve or have a beneficial impact on the community at large.

 

BB Community Projects

 

To attend the Christian Citizenship Course and to initiate and participate in the BB Community Projects namely,

  • ·BB Cares
  • ·BB Share-a-Gift Project 
  • ·Youth Expedition Program at BB Learning Centre in Cambodia