A shared journal about people of The Boys' Brigade in Singapore. Experience impactful moments, enjoy the fun and games; and take a glimpse into the thoughts and motivations of the members of our BB Family!
Nurture Every Boy to Their Fullest Potential
|SCL Reuel Ang (third
from the right) and the other President’s Men of 2022 at Istana|
I initially joined the Boys’ Brigade (BB) as
my friends were in the CCA and I did not wish to feel left out. Over the years
however, I grew to love the programmes and activities organised in the BB. Thus,
when I moved to secondary school, I chose one that offered BB as a CCA. Through
my years, the BB has moulded me to become more mature and compassionate. I continued my BB involvement in Junior
College even though I had to juggle two CCAs and the rigour of school work. I
valued the life lessons that the BB had taught me for I applied it to manage my
time properly to balance school and BB activities.
Throughout my BB journey, I was blessed to be nurtured by genuine Officer mentors that have a heart for Boys. I was not the most confident or optimistic individual; and as such, I constantly felt that I lacked the intrinsic characteristics that a leader should embody. However, my Captain Mr Joel Lai and Teacher Officer Mr Alvin Chua constantly encouraged me. Their supportive words built up my confidence and enabled me to better lead the Boys as a Primer.
The invaluable bonds that I formed over the years was a constant reminder of the brotherhood and bigger BB family. The camaraderie built from gruelling camps and exciting activities had brought us closer together. I know that I can always turn to my BB brothers whenever I am in need of a listening ear or helping hand.
The youth developmental work of the BB is crucial and relevant as it had shaped me and my friends into persons of integrity and worth. I wish to continue my BB journey to inspire my juniors, just like how my Officers and fellow Primers have nurtured me.
SCL Ang Wei En Reuel
33rd Singapore Company
Fairfield Methodist Secondary School
12 December 2022
The gifts that the BB brought
|My BB Journey started in Secondary One. To be very honest, I only joined the BB as it was the only CCA that was conducted once a week, which allowed me to more time to study during the weekdays. You could say that I joined the BB for the wrong reasons, and I have never thought that the BB could leave such an everlasting impact on me then.|
I did not expect much on the first day of parade. Being a shy boy, I was obviously nervous about meeting new people. However, these people soon became my closest brothers, and pillars of support in times of doubt. We lifted each other up and were always there for one another. On top of that, our cohort Officer, Sir Timothy, knew when to be serious with us and when to kick back and have fun. The BB has allowed me to forge valuable relationships with my cohort mates and Officers.
Throughout my BB Journey, I have also picked up many essential values and life skills. For example, during the 2021 March Camp, there was an amazing race activity where we had to navigate through a 20km path. Not only did I improve on my map reading and compass skills, but I also became more resilient while pushing through the pain of walking 20km.
I was once lazy, undisciplined, and unfit in Secondary One, but drill practices during parades have taught me discipline. Now, I have become fitter and more hardworking through this value of discipline that I have obtained from drills.
My BB Journey has given me many gifts that I will never have obtained anywhere else. These gifts will follow me beyond my secondary school years and serve me well in my future endeavours.
CPL Max Yang
2nd Singapore Company
23 September 2022
becoming more confident
|I first joined the Boys’ Brigade at age 4 while in kindergarten in Hong Kong and I remember wearing a light blue vest with badges sewn on. After moving to Singapore when I was in Primary 2, I transferred to Greendale Primary School in Primary 4.|
When I saw the CCA options and spotted BB, I put it down as my first choice due to my prior experience in Hong Kong. What I like about BB is that I get to learn many things. My favourite lesson is learning to use the compass and map for navigation. Tying different knots is also fun! I learnt square knots and clove hitch and their various uses. I hope that I will continue to learn valuable life and character lessons in the BB. And I am glad to have achieved the Best Boy Award in the BB in March!
It will be wonderful if physical parades can continue. I don’t know how to describe it but there is something about physical parades that is better than one through a computer. There are some feelings that you will not get by simply seeing pictures online.
Being with BB so far has been the most fun. I am grateful to all the Officers who taught me to be confident of my opinions!
Junior Lee Tze Lok Jenson
20J Singapore Company
Greendale Primary School
22 March 2022
learning helpful skills
|Hello everyone, I am Junior Aswin Srinivasan from 24J Singapore Company! I joined The Boys’ Brigade when I was in Primary 3 last year, hoping to learn new skills.|
Due to Home-Based Learning, most of the parades last year were carried out through Zoom instead. However, we were still able to learn new skills such as first aid and tying knots through online lessons. I think that these skills are very helpful in life. For example, I could apply what I’ve learnt to daily tasks at home such as tying up the rubbish bags or securing things together using ropes.
I've also benefitted from lessons teaching us important values such as gratefulness and respecting everyone around us.
The virtual camp I attended last year was enjoyable, especially the interesting campfire songs we sang together. However, I am looking forward to a physical camp. I think it would be a great experience!
When we resume physical parades, I hope that more Boys would be able to join BB as I have. I would also like to learn a variety of new skills in-person.
Junior Aswin Srinivasan
24J Singapore Company
Fuhua Primary School
25 February 2022
becoming a better leader
|Hi everyone! I am Junior Shalom Ting Sheng Feng from 7J Singapore Company. I am in Primary 4 this year. Last year, I joined The Boys’ Brigade even though it was not my first co-curricular activity (CCA) choice. When I received the news of joining the BB, I was excited but apprehensive. However, I do believe that it was meant to be!|
I have not been able to experience the BB in its entirety due to COVID-19 last year. Now that physical parades can continue, I want to learn more about values like empathy and resilience through the stories shared. Playing the weekly games has also taught me to strategize my moves! I always look forward to the games and getting my reward, which I think are the best parts of the parade!
Last but not least, I hope to learn life skills such as cooking, sewing and trying out archery. I am looking forward to camping outdoors where I can learn to pitch a tent! The activities for BB are never boring and I want to learn how to be a better leader through this CCA.
Junior Shalom Ting Sheng Feng
7J Singapore Company
St. Andrew's Junior School
28 January 2022
returning to serve
|I believe The Boys’ Brigade is not just a CCA, but it is also a platform for Boys to receive guidance to discover their inner capabilities. Being in the BB has changed me from a shy and introverted Boy into a man who possesses more confidence, leadership qualities and one who is more outspoken when interacting with others. The BB promotes the habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self-respect in me and I feel that I have understood the importance of these values in life, not only in school, but also in the workforce.|
I returned to the Company as a Primer to pass down all the knowledge and skills taught to me to the junior Boys and to create new leaders for the Company. Some skills involve leadership, communication and adaptability as not every plan runs smoothly due to unexpected obstacles and changes. Returning as a Primer is also a form of appreciation for my Officers and senior Primers who taught me all those soft skills and values.
When I was Company Sergeant Major from 2017 to 2018, there was a lack of Company volunteers. As such, I received a minimal amount of guidance then. Luckily, I had our Chaplain who guided me in parade planning and Company camps. This trained my independence as I directed all the skills I had learnt thus far into guiding the Company. This has been very useful for me in my polytechnic life and internships.
To all Primers out there: Do not deem yourself as an older NCO, but rather as someone who is there to guide and create new leaders. If you are struggling, do not be afraid to get help from your Officers and other Primers. You should always understand the qualities of being a leader in order to groom new leaders, instead of mere followers.
SCL Malcolm Tan Jun Xi
13th Singapore Company
Sembawang Secondary School
30 December 2021
constantly moving forward
SCL Sunjai (middle) with his first batch of Secondary 1 recruits!
|Growing up in the BB, I will never forget the brotherhood with my batchmates and juniors. I joined the 9th Company as a timid Boy. I was small built, but my friends in BB often encouraged me to be strong and courageous. We went through many hurdles in life together, such as completing our first recruits camp together, an overnight camp in Pulau Ubin that required us to practise our leadership skills as well as cooking in the great outdoors.|
Besides the holistic activities that the Company organised for us as Boys, I was also blessed with mentors like Captain Mr Stanley Khor, my Officers Mr Jared Gan and Mr Timothy Pang, and Primer Kian Leong. Even though I was not as academically inclined, they saw potential in my leadership skills and gave me the opportunity to be the assistant Company Sergeant Major. This motivated me to aim high and I worked hard towards my goals.
Even though my Officers and Primers graduated in different years, they formed a strong team, each with their own strengths. I wanted to be part of that team to continue nurturing the next generation of leaders like how my life was impacted by them!
So, I enrolled as a Primer last year and led my first batch of recruits. “Chepat jalan” is how I would describe my life now, constantly moving forward and upgrading myself. To the current and next generation of Primers, I would like to encourage you just as my Captain has done for me. He once said, “Learning is a lifelong journey, where the sky is the limit.” With his words of encouragement, my fellow Primers and I attended courses such as a basic instructor course, Adobe Illustrator and photography classes so we can provide the Boys with interesting content that may not be taught in their classrooms.
Ultimately, The Boys' Brigade has made me into a better man and a transformational leader who mentors other leaders.
SCL Chezhian Sunjai
9th Singapore Company
Westwood Secondary School
30 November 2021
uplifted by the bb
|Glen (LTA) (middle) as a BB Boy!||In my younger days, I was a man totally devoid of self-confidence. I was reserved, shy, and did not interact well with others. Building and growing friendships didn't just come naturally. I was never one to initiate a conversation, so I am thankful for my Officers and seniors who initiated those conversations with me. They won me over with their sincerity and I grew more comfortable being in their company. My Officers were firm when they needed to be but also showed that they could be our friends and confidants outside of parade hours. They also provided for us an active listening ear, always being able to empathise with our teenage difficulties while withholding judgment.|
My Officers also modelled for us the value of friendship, guided us through conflict management and taught us to love and forgive each other, often through teachable moments. These lessons stayed with me, and what I remember most fondly about the BB were the friendships that I forged with my Officers, mentors and peers. Today, I am still very much in touch with my peers from the BB. In fact, pre-pandemic, we had made it a point to meet up every year (now with our families and children).
I remember being told at the start of Secondary 3 that I would be trained to lead a small team but I was doubtful of my capabilities and felt there were many other peers who would be able to do a better job. However, my seniors spent time encouraging and persuading me as they told me I showed potential. After some struggles, I am glad they did because I would never have grown as a leader and as a person if I had just given up then. It was an enriching and enjoyable learning experience. Some of the most precious memories I made in secondary school were the times spent with my BB friends. I found that we could talk about anything under the sun, and pushing each other on while training for competitions together brought us closer. The BB was really a safe haven where I felt a strong sense of belonging and identity!
Glen Tan (LTA)
33rd Singapore Company
Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)
29 October 2021
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Junior Nishan pictured with his family after collecting his BB Week 2021 prize – 3rd Place, Individual Collection (Juniors Programme)!
|Since young, my family taught me to help others while I can, and I wanted to continue doing so in my CCA. Thus, I joined the BB as I heard that I can interact with the elderly in old age homes. Through the activities organised by my Captain and Officers, I’ve experienced much more than just helping others. Despite having online parades during the pandemic, I was still able to concentrate during the drills and character development lessons, as the Officers and Teachers made it interesting for us to learn!|
Now as a Primary 5 student, I am thinking ahead and would like to join the BB in my secondary school to continue enjoying BB activities! My family has observed that I have become more disciplined and obedient, and also more friendly and outspoken. The BB has also made me more excited about attending school. To my juniors, I would encourage you to join the BB as well! I would say that the programmes and activities nurture you to be a better person and to try your best in all that you do.
Junior Nishan Subramoniam
78J Singapore Company
Yew Tee Primary School
29 September 2021
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WO Luciano pictured with his batchmates (front row, second from left)!
|At the start of 2020, my batchmates and I were looking forward to an exciting year ahead, with Brigade competitions and the BB’s 90th Anniversary events. However, when COVID-19 struck, many activities came to a standstill and programmes were shifted online instead.|
At this point, my batchmates and I took over the leadership helm from our Secondary 4 seniors. I felt very dejected in having limited leadership opportunities during my term as Company Sergeant Major. But my Captain reminded me that I should focus on what I can do to impact the Boys within the period. This spurred me on to work closely with the Platoon Sergeants to hold extra drill sessions to help Boys who were weaker in drills. We also held a Non-Commissioned Officers retreat to plan for Company activities and to bond with each other. In addition, we carried out one-to-one sessions with our juniors to help them cope with the present situation.
Thank you to my Captain, Primers, batchmates as well as my seniors for inspiring me to go the extra mile for our juniors! I appreciate your constant guidance for me to grow and mature to be a better leader each day.
WO Luciano Chung
5th Singapore Company
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian School (Secondary)
28 August 2021
Junior lee jia yao sean
Junior Sean (pictured leftmost on top row) at Character Quest 2019 with his teammates and Officer from 29J Singapore Company!
|I remember being really nervous during my first few days of school in Primary 1. Fortunately, I was paired with Jayden, a Primary 5 prefect in school. Jayden has a kind heart and took good care of me, and I began to look up to him as my role model. I found out that he was also a member of The Boys’ Brigade (BB). He looked smart in his uniform and I told my mum that I was inspired by him to select BB as his first choice CCA.|
In the BB, I also have another role model in Dario, who was the Captain’s Assistant in 2020. He is a very brave and kind person, who will help anyone in need. And he also stands up for what he believes in.
I have a lot of fond memories in the BB, and two, in particular, stood out in my mind. Firstly, during the Character Quest competition two years ago, we had a blast trying our best at the various games stations, even though we did not win in the end. The other memorable event was visiting an elderly home. We organised fun games and activities for our elder friends, such as throwing a beanbag into a hole and taking a walk with them in the park!
I treasure the fond memories and many new experiences in the BB, and I am now physically and mentally stronger as a person!
Junior Lee Jia Yao Sean
29J Singapore Company
Mayflower Primary School
28 July 2021
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Junior Sebastian (pictured rightmost) with his teammates at the Juniors Programme Character Quest in 2019!
|I remember a time when I was in kindergarten, I had observed my brother and sister at their joint Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade dedication ceremony together with my parents. Both of them looked so cool, especially in their uniforms during the drills segment! Whenever I saw them in uniforms, I would share with them my interest in joining The Boys’ Brigade, as I was curious about the training programme.|
Finding out that the CCA taught moral character values further piqued my interest and was my reason for joining, after the initial trial session in Primary 1. I was allowed to join the CCA earlier as my siblings were in the BB and GB at school at the same time.
I had fond memories of my time in the BB! For example, during the annual BB CARES project, we had fun playing games and interacting with elderlies in a home that our BB Company partnered with. I also had a blast playing games at various stations in school for the Character Quest competition. Though we did not win finally, it is the experience that counts! I also enjoyed drill lessons with my friends in the Company. Although we don’t have physical activities due to the current pandemic, I still enjoyed the other online activities with my team.
Thank you to all the BB teachers for teaching me great values such as caring for others, self-discipline, teamwork, etc that I can apply to my life. Even though I’m graduating from Primary 6 this year, I’m forever grateful for this experience of being in The Boys’ Brigade!
Junior Sebastian Joshua Deng
59J Singapore Company
Greenridge Primary School
30 June 2021
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LTA Andy (pictured second Officer from right) with the Boys from 55J Singapore Company in February 2020 before COVID-19 restrictions.
|My BB journey began when I was a Primary 3 student in Fengshan Primary School. Initially, it was the smart uniform that attracted me to the CCA. After a year, I became distracted and my attendance for parades was irregular. But there was this BB Officer who never gave up on me and would patiently check on me to correct my ways in a loving manner that touched my heart. Moved by his acts of love, I decided to go back to the BB and he took special attention to mentor me.|
When I progressed to secondary school, this same Officer continued to invest his time in mentoring and imparting values and skills to me. He knew that I always felt inferior and was fearful of speaking up. Despite this, he did not look down upon me but trained and guided me to be a leader in the BB. He encouraged me to stretch beyond my limits and that was a big boost to developing my self-confidence.
My life has very much been changed by the many BB Officers who saw the worth in me and invested their time to guide and mentor me. Because of them, I decided to become a BB Officer to impact future generations. Since then, I have served in the Brigade for more than 22 years in various BB Companies. Working with children and youths, and seeing them grow maturely and sensibly is a tremendous joy to me.
I believe that the work we are doing is not in vain because your time matters and your words matter. I think that if we want to see our Boys grow, investing time and efforts in their lives, similar to sowing seeds, will reap bountiful harvests.
Andy Chua (LTA)
East 2 Cluster Representative
Captain of 55J (Fengshan Primary School) and
68J (Valour Primary School) Singapore Companies
31 May 2021
Samuel chong (2LT)
|2LT Samuel (pictured right) with his mother, LTA Pamela Lim, and brother, 2LT Daniel Chong, in 2017||Having family members in The Boys' Brigade meant that BB discipline was instilled in me since I was young but my BB journey officially began only when I was in Primary 3 and is still ongoing! Sharing a common weekly pursuit within the BB has helped bring my mother, brother and I closer together, although they serve primarily in the Juniors Programme whereas I serve mainly in the Seniors Programme.|
The BB taught me basic but fundamental skills like personal discipline, responsibility, punctuality, public speaking, and planning. It was also in the BB that I learnt to play the guitar, and it has become one of my favourite hobbies. Together with the good attitude that was nurtured over the years, these skills helped me excel through the various stages of my life: from school to National Service to university, and now in my area of work.
Some of the best memories of my childhood and teenage years were made in the BB, like the Juniors Programme Adventure Quest, Seniors Programme Character Quest, and Camp Temasek. Even though my secondary school did not have a BB Company and I had to join BB as an external CCA, I was always proud to identify as a BB Boy. As such, one of my proudest moments was when I achieved the Founder's Award in Secondary 4.
I chose to become a Primer and later an Officer, as I benefitted from the training and guidance from my Officers, and I hope to do the same for each new batch of Boys who join our Company. What keeps me going is the appreciation my Boys show when they understand and apply the life principles we impart to them.
Samuel Chong (2LT)
28th Singapore Company
Yuhua Secondary School
30 April 2021
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SSG Trevor Chung at the Company's Enrolment Service in 2019.
|When I reflect upon my years in the BB, the most memorable experience for me was the BB Camp in Secondary 2. It made me more aware of the family that I have in the BB who would go through thick and thin with me. And I believe that this sense of belonging will continue in my BB journey.|
I am thankful to my Company for developing my character values. My Captain, Sir Ting Peng, and Officers consistently motivated me to overcome my fears to reach greater heights. They have been such an inspiration for me to achieve the Best Boy Award as they made sure that I was given the right opportunities to lead and grow. They never gave up on me since the start of my BB journey.
I believe that a Best Boy should have good leadership skills and the drive to care for and spur his fellow brothers on in the BB. Hence, when I learnt of a Boy who struggled with self-confidence, I made consistent efforts to encourage and inspire him to push beyond the limits. I helped him with his studies and with conquering his fears. And now, I'm proud of him for surpassing his former self and achieving so much.
Lastly, if you are a Senior Boy aiming for this award, I would like to offer a piece of advice to you; simply, just keep on striving forward no matter the challenge, and remain sure and stedfast every step of the way.
SSG Trevor Chung
103rd Singapore Company
Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School
31 March 2021
PTE Shin hyunkyu
PTE Hyunkyu is pictured third from left.
|I just moved to Singapore last year and joined The Boys’ Brigade (BB) in the later part of 2020. When I was admitted to my school as a Secondary 2 student, I was given a list of CCAs to choose from. I found nothing very interesting until I came across the BB.|
The school in Malaysia where I previously studied did not offer uniformed group activities. Hence, I decided on The Boys’ Brigade in order to participate in the diverse experiences it offered. Just last week, I tried my hand at archery at the BBHQ’s Adventure Open House! It was novel and exciting for me to be able to acquire the skill to shoot accurately with my BB friends.
Being South Korean, we have mandatory conscription like Singapore too. That’s another reason why I think joining the BB is useful for the future, as I enjoyed learning drills. It also helps that I think the BB uniform is cool too!
PTE Shin Hyunkyu
34th Singapore Company
Marsiling Secondary School
26 February 2021
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CLT Kasper is seated at the top row, third from right.
|My lecturer, who is one of the Teachers-in-charge of the Institute of Technical Education College Central (ITECC)'s Primers Company, encouraged me to join The Boys' Brigade. Even though it's a newly established Primers Company, I was glad to find that the environment is welcoming and homely for us students.|
I was also convinced to stay on in the CCA by the wide plethora of personal development opportunities that come with the Primers Programme. For example, we've planned our very own programmes which included movies, games and adventurous activities; daily book sharing by the Executive Committee (Exco) members with themes such as leadership, teamwork, strategizing and relationship building; and more!
Aside from contributing to the attainment of the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Gold, more importantly, it will also benefit my own character development. I joined the Exco recently and am already forging strong bonds with the other members. I am hoping to gain long-lasting friendships through working together and hope to improve my leadership skills by applying them in situations I may face in the near future.
I love how we interact with our fellow Primers and how we are planning programmes for them to attain their NYAA Gold. We hope to blend fun into the mix while working towards the award!
CLT Kasper Ek
ITE Central Primers Company
Institute of Technical Education College Central
29 January 2021
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|PTE Nicholas before collecting his BB uniform at BBHQ, ahead of COVID-19 measures implemented!||The Boys that I hung out with after school shared about the varied activities of The Boys' Brigade, such as their Company camps and BB Day. This piqued my interest and I decided to join the BB in Secondary 1. I am also attracted by the BB uniform which looks smart!|
So far, we've learnt drill commands, ranks and the history of the BB. What I hope to achieve by joining BB is to be a responsible citizen of Singapore, to be a good leader and to meet new friends so that I can step out of my comfort zone and try new experiences.
Congratulations to The Boys' Brigade in Singapore for celebrating its 90th Anniversary! Our BB forefathers knew we could achieve something great and indeed, BB has been keeping strong for 90 years. And I believe it will continue to remain strong for the years to come!
PTE Nicholas Koh
36th Singapore Company
Compassvale Secondary School
30 June 2020
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|Being in the Primers Programme has given me many opportunities to lead and serve. One such area is in my Company's bagpipe band. Just as my seniors have invested into my growth when I was younger, I am grateful for the chance to give back to the band. I made sure to look out for the wellbeing of my band members. I see band as an area to develop the character of the junior Boys, alongside teaching them how to play the snare drum.|
Embarking on the Primers Challenge also allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. As someone who is afraid of heights and prefers to stay indoors, I took a huge leap of faith in signing up. However, I am thankful I did, as I tried many new activities such as waterfall abseiling, white-water rafting and caving. I would not have had the opportunity to try these experiences outside the BB. Going through this adventure was exciting and enjoyable, especially alongside my fellow Primers.
Joining the BB has been an unforgettable journey. I have found such an amazing community here in Primers and in band. The BB has taught me many lessons that I will carry with me for life.
SCL Brendan Soh
12I Singapore Company
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
14 May 2020
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PTE Aaron before collecting his brand-new uniform at BBHQ!
|My mum and my sister were in uniformed groups when they were younger and they told me that they learnt a lot of life skills. In a way, they influenced me to join BB because I joined the Brigade in order to learn life skills. You never know when you might need to use such a skill.|
I hope to become more responsible and learn how to be a good team leader because eventually when I join the working world, I would need to learn how to manage people so if I learn early, I think it'll be very beneficial. I am also looking forward the most to kayaking because one of my fears is the open sea due to the uncertainty of it. But I think with experience, I would be able to overcome this fear!
Ultimately, I think it's not about the rank you hold but about what's inside and what we can learn in our years in the BB. Lastly, I would like to congratulate The Boys' Brigade in Singapore for coming this far (90 years!) and I am glad that valuable knowledge is being passed down from generation to generation.
PTE Aaron Chung
36th Singapore Company
Compassvale Secondary School
30 March 2020
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LCP Samuel Yeo (pictured second from left, showing 'peace' sign) with his fellow Company mates in Chiang Mai, Thailand last year!
|Being in BB has been very fulfilling and has offered me a lot of interesting experiences. I feel that being in BB has changed me as I am now a more responsible and careful person. Going to Chiang Mai last year with the Company was probably the most impactful experience for me as it taught me gratefulness. I now understand that we take a lot of common items for granted in Singapore and we should definitely be a lot more appreciative.|
BB has also taught me to be more caring and thoughtful. During the March camp last year, our seniors often looked out for us when we were first introduced to the Company. They made sure we were feeling well throughout the entire route so that made me feel very welcome. I have also learnt many other things like outdoor cooking; and by being in the pipes and drums band, I learnt how to play the bagpipes. I will definitely treasure those lessons and experiences, and that is how I shared about BB with the incoming Secondary One students.
LCP Samuel Yeo
2nd Singapore Company
28 February 2020
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|My friends were the ones who led me to join the 53rd Singapore Company in 2017. I noticed them during one of the parades and became interested in the activities offered so I joined halfway through Secondary One. Since then, I have definitely grown in confidence and enjoy having a sense of community with the fellow Boys. I have also been able to learn life skills such as field cooking and putting together a camp pack.|
Amongst other things such as having a sense of achievement being in the BB, it has also instilled in me a sense of urgency that I can apply to my life in the future and I am now a better person who strives for excellence. I hope to be a good role model to my fellow students!
SGT Anson Teh
53rd Singapore Company
Bukit Batok Secondary School
28 January 2020
PTE MUHAMMAD FAZAL
|I was previously in 106J Singapore Company in Gan Eng Seng Primary School. Being in BB in primary school was fun and I enjoyed drills so I decided to join BB again in secondary school.|
During this year's BB Share-a-Gift Media Conference, I was tasked to help out at the photo booth to assist the elderly friends. When I gave each senior friend their photos, they looked very happy and I enjoyed that a lot. I felt that it was very fulfilling and I'm glad I had the chance to help out.
For this year's BB CARES, my Company and I went to Thong Kheng Senior Activity Centre. We interacted with the elderly there and played games with them to get to know them better. It would be good for me to participate in more BB CARES activities and more volunteering efforts aside from those with the school and with BB because I think it's important to show our appreciation for any support given from the community around us.
PTE Muhammad Fazal
50th Singapore Company
Gan Eng Seng School
26 November 2019
CLT kong chee yang
|Being Company Sergeant Major provided me with leadership opportunities that have helped me to grow as a person. I had the unique experience of being a camp participant and separately, a camp organiser for one of the Company's annual March camps. It was very stressful planning the camp with the committee but it was enriching because I could be part of the camp proposal and experience the behind-the-scenes of planning such a big event.|
One person I look up to in the Company would definitely be Officer Ting Jie. He's engaging with us Boys and actively asks us how we are doing. Officer Ting Jie feels more like a friend or a big brother rather than just an Officer because he's relatable and I think he's someone who I can rely on for help.
CLT Kong Chee Yang
2nd Singapore Company
Studying in Victoria Junior College
2 October 2019
LCP PRAISON RUBAN & LCP JOEL LYE
|We decided to join the Pipes and Drums Experience earlier in June because our founder was Scottish and we realised we should carry on the tradition and culture of Scottish music.|
There was a trial lesson during the first session for us to choose between pipes and drums. To help us choose which to learn, the instructor advised us on the instrument that we seemed to be better at.
We went with the drums because we didn't think we would be as good at playing pipes. I think we learnt a lot on coordination because we had to work as a band as there were two instruments involved and we had to listen to the tempo of the pipes. When we first started learning, it was quite difficult but we realised it was a team effort with everyone doing their best.
We do wish more Companies have pipe bands so we can have more fun together at the Pipes and Drums Festival at the end of the year!
LCP Praison Ruban and LCP Joel Lye
(pictured left and right respectively)
5th Singapore Company
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School
29 August 2019
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PTE Chelladurai Sivahari (pictured in back row, second from left) with his fellow 31st Coy mates who were all from 75J Coy (Punggol Primary School) too!
|Before I joined BB, I heard from my friend that BB Boys are very disciplined and that a lot of people enjoy being part of the Brigade. My favourite activities are drill training and PT. |
The seniors take very good care of us and a lot of them are helping me. A Sergeant, Staff Sergeant and Company Sergeant Major are currently mentoring me to be more well-organized while being friendly and kind to others.
This is my 4th year in BB, and I want to maintain good attendance, attain as many badges as possible and excel in my academics too. I would like to ace all life skills in BB in preparation for army. I look forward to my future journey in the Brigade to help train the juniors who join after me. I am really proud to be in the Brigade!
PTE Chelladurai Sivahari
31st Singapore Company
Bowen Secondary School
25 July 2019
pte alphonsus chua
|Earlier this year, I joined The Boys' Brigade (BB) to enhance my discipline because I think I am not always the most disciplined child. My parents suggested joining a uniformed group so I chose BB because of all the activities it offers and now, I have become friends with the fellow Boys and the Officers as we share similar values in life. |
My favourite activity so far since joining BB has been archery because I like to shoot arrows, and aiming for the bullseye is like aiming for my targets in life and for the goals I want to achieve.
I may have just joined the Brigade but I have the ambition to accumulate a lot of badges and aim to get the Founder's Award before becoming a Primer later in my BB journey. My Officers have helped me a lot and I'd like them to always be happy and to stay healthy!
PTE Alphonsus Chua
47th Singapore Company
Serangoon Garden Secondary School
25 June 2019
sgt ashley cheong
|I joined The Boys' Brigade the first chance I could in Primary 3. It was all because of my dad, Titus, who shared with me his experiences as a Boy and as an Officer in the same Company I am in now. From what he has shared, it seems similar to what I have experienced in BB so far. I think it is the sense of closeness like brothers that I appreciate and inspired me to join. |
I would say BB has definitely developed my courage because I used to be scared of speaking in front of large crowds. But so far, BB has helped me to overcome it because I have had to give commands to a large group of Boys.
As you go through BB, there are more and more responsibilities as you progress within the CCA. You have to manage logistics and take care of fellow Boys in the Company. I was also awarded NCO so I have to manage badges by emailing teachers on time to get the badges for everyone to get their badges punctually. As such, the BB has also taught me how to be more responsible.
SGT Ashley Cheong
12BR Singapore Company
Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road)
8 February 2019
Seet ting peng (lta)
|After being an Officer with 103rd Singapore Company for about three years, I became Acting Captain then Captain early last year. I came back to serve because I was also a Boy in the same Company.|
At the Officers Enrolment Ceremony (OEC) last November, I was surprised to receive my drill cane as I did not expect it. But it's an honour to receive it and to be able to ensure that the Boys are developing well.
With drill cane in hand at the OEC, the responsibility did hit me but I do feel more motivated now as Captain and that I've grown more as I continue serving in the position I'm in.
I want to say thank you to my fellow Officers for faithfully supporting me, for making sure everything is okay, and for serving the next generation together. I would also like to thank my mentors, who are my previous Captains and the Officers from the same cluster (East 1), for their faithful mentorship all these years.
103rd Singapore Company
Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School
10 January 2019
SCL Vincent goh
SCL Vincent Goh with his platoon mates at his Company’s adventure camp! (pictured in last row, seventh from right)
|The camps my Company organises,
especially the adventure camps, are the experiences I enjoyed most with my
platoon as that was where I truly bonded with my platoon mates. We worked
through the tough times together, which included the planning of games and
sleeping late just to get things done.|
I recall one incident when a teammate of mine fell and hurt his knee during one of the camps. All the other teammates offered to carry his bag, which allowed him to continue despite his injury.
During camps, we were able to forge friendships while helping each other as true friends who care about one another.
SCL Vincent Goh Choon Ta
Serving in 21st Singapore Company,
Geylang Methodist School (Secondary)
Studying in Ngee Ann Polytechnic
31 October 2018
junior raphael tan
I feel proud of being in The Boys' Brigade as I think it's different from other uniformed groups. I like BB camps; especially the one in June because we played laser tag, archery and went to the Air Force Museum.
I admire the Head Boy of my BB Company, Josiah, because he's very helpful, caring and always listens to our problems.
To my Officers, thank you for caring for me and helping me practice for this year's Character Quest (CQ). It's because of you that we could get 1st Runner Up. Without you, I couldn't do as well in CQ.
Junior Raphael Tan
12BR (J) Singapore Company
Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)
4 September 2018
CLT Gavin ong
The BB cap is my most memorable item in The Boys' Brigade. To me, the cap and its badge really shows BB as an identity whenever the public looks at us.
I think it is a symbol that shows what The Boys' Brigade really is about; that every Boy should possess the values of obedience, reverence, discipline and self-respect.
CLT Lu yong wei
|The most memorable experience I had was a drill parade. In Secondary 2, I was egotistical and was very proud of myself. As a result, I had a very bad attitude as I felt that I was always right and others were wrong.|
During this unforgettable drill parade, I was unhappy with my senior as I felt that he was wasting my time. As a result, I was enraged throughout the parade. At the end of the parade, my Officer asked which NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) position I wanted and I said, "CSM (Company Sergeant Major - top position)". He then said, "With that prideful attitude, you should not be in the NCO Council."
I broke down that day and a few days later, I reflected on my actions and that gave me a new perspective. This was the start of my new journey, with Officers and seniors to support me. I served as the head of Logistics, and attained Best Boy (in the BB Company), Warrant Officer and Founder's Men (highest award in the Seniors Programme) in Secondary 4.
CLT Lu Yong Wei
Serving in 49th Singapore Company at St Hilda's Secondary School
Studying in Temasek Polytechnic
29 June 2018
PTE Jevon chee
|I was from
the 78J Singapore Company (Yew Tee Primary School) and enjoyed my time in the BB. I decided to join the BB in
Secondary School because I wanted to progress further in the CCA. |
Even though the Officers were strict, they taught us many values. Boys listened and learnt well from them. More importantly, I felt that the activities that we do are much more interesting than other CCAs!
PTE Jevon Chee (in white t-shirt)
91st Singapore Company
Regent Secondary School
25 May 2018
SSG PRANIT LIMBU
| Pranit is featured at the extreme right of the picture||Attaining the Best Boy Award is probably one of the best things that happened to me after 4 years of service in the Boys' Brigade. Making a bunch of goofy friends is another.|
However, one of the most memorable moments that happened to me recently was spraying water all over my Officers using a water gun during the Water Game held to welcome the Secondary One recruits. Getting to splash around with my friends and spray water all over our Officers was awesome!
SSG Pranit Limbu
10th Singapore Company
Beatty Secondary School
24 April 2018
Patrick Koh (LTA)
Brigade Vice President (Back row, second from the right)
|"I joined The Boys' Brigade in 1989. I was first drawn to the BB by the smart uniform and shimmering badges. In the course of five years in the Company, I collected all the badges a Boy could possibly get.
As I looked back, what I gained from the BB that lasted till this day is the Band of Brothers whom I am still actively in touch with. The friendships that lasted till today way surpassed the badges and uniform that I was first drawn to."
Brigade Vice President
83J Singapore Company
MacPherson Primary School
1 February 2018
Lam wee woon (LTA)
Captain of the 48th Singapore Company (Seated Bottom Right)
|"My favourite memory about BB is from 2012 when participating teams from the 48th Singapore Company came in as Champions and Second Runner-up for the BB Blaze. (BB Blaze is a 40km endurance race across Singapore that incorporates sports such as cycling, rafting, abseiling, archery, etc.)
It was after much training and hard work. Everyone from the Boys to the trainers were diligent and motivated to achieve this feat. This was after having achieved a similar accomplishment 8 years ago in 2004 when our Boys team and Open team came in as Champions in their categories whilst the Boys Relay team came in 2nd place.
This 2012 victory was sweeter for me as an Officer and trainer because I saw how the 2 teams pulled through adversities such as injuries during the race to overcome all odds to achieve victory by giving their best as well as their all."
48th Singapore Company
Zhonghua Secondary School
17 January 2018
Poh Leong berg (LTA)
Brigade President (Facing the Boys, wearing a cap)
|"I remembered back then when I was younger and actively serving as an Officer in the 23rd Singapore Company, I did many outdoor and adventure activities, together with the Officers and Boys. In particular, I would have an annual canoeing camp over 2 weekends with the Boys during the March holidays. I remembered getting sunburnt, yes very bad sunburn, where my skin was very red and would then peel after a couple of days lasting about a week.
During the canoeing sessions, we had fun while learning different canoeing skills. After mastering the skills, we would have a mini expedition on the last day to Seletar Island and back to Sembawang Park, which took us a couple of hours. From this activity, values such as teamwork, leadership, resilience, and adventurous spirit, which is about being daring to try, having a can-do and never-say-die attitude were gained.
Deep friendships were forged and whenever we meet, this is one event we will usually talk about, the pain and the achievement."
23rd Singapore Company
Springfield Secondary School
12 January 2018