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!
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
PTE Chelladurai Sivahari
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