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!
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
clt kasper ek
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
PTE nicholas koh
|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
scl brendan soh
|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
PTE AARON CHUng
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
lcp samuel yeo
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
sgt anson teh
|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
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