1st For Boys!
– A brief introduction to the 1st Kuala Lumpur Boys Brigade Company –
The 1st For Boys Worldwide!
The Boys Brigade is one of the oldest uniformed youth organizations in the world – even older than the Boy Scouts! The BB (as we are more commonly known) is catered specially for Boys – to give them the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of fun, wholesome, character-building activities based on Christian principles.
The Boys’ Brigade’s worldwide movement began the 4th of October 1883, by Sir William Alexander Smith at the Free Church Mission Hall, North Woodside Road in Glasgow, Scotland. Today, BB companies have flourished in the UK, Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and many other places in the world!
Even though the BB exists across such a wide range of geographical locations and cultural expressions, there is one thing we hold in common – this is known as the BB Object, the very reason why the BB exists and the vision we all share…
The BB Object:
The Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom among Members and the promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-Respect and all that tends towards a true Christian Character.
The 1st For Boys in Malaysia!
In Malaysia, the BB is registered as The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia (BBM) and is officially recognized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia. Each local chapter of the Boys Brigade is known as a “Company” and every company has a designation.
Our chapter is called the 1st Kuala Lumpur Company, or “1st KL” for short. We are designated as such because we were the first Company established in Kuala Lumpur when we were founded by Mr. Khoo Onn Soo under the sponsorship of Wesley Methodist Church, Kuala Lumpur in 1954. Each Company maintains a vital partnership with a church or a Christian body, which has full authority over its Christian education.
Today, more than 50 years old, 1st KL has a total membership of about 200 Members in three sections:
- Senior Section (for ages 13-19)
- Junior Section (for ages 9-12)
- Pre-Junior Section (for ages 6-8)
Boys are then further divided into Squads – essentially a “team” where many boys eventually make life-long friends.
Grooming Generations of Leaders
The BB has a very active leadership-development emphasis, and we do this through our military-based Rank system.
That is why, in the Senior Section, you will notice some Boys being addressed by ranks like Lance Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. These Boys are called Non-Commissioned Officers or NCOs. They are Boys who have been promoted to become leaders and to help run Company programmes.
In the Junior Section, Boys are appointed to leadership as “Leading Boys.”
For Every Boy, An Adventure in Character, Leadership and Brotherhood Awaits!
Every week at BB, many programmes planned that encourage growth in the four aspects of holistic development: physical, educational, spiritual and social. With this emphasis on overall development, Boys are immersed in an environment where they learn self-discipline, respect, teamwork, time management and have fun through various activities! All this is based on our vision to be the 1st for Boys – in developing character, producing leaders and encouraging brotherhood among our Boys.
- Senior Section meets from 12:30pm – 6:30pm
- Junior and Pre-Junior Section meets from 1:45pm – 6:30pm
You’re Always Invited!
There is no better time to join the 1st KL Boys’ Brigade Company than now! We are always prepared to welcome new Members at any time of the year – though we conduct our recruitment drives at the beginning of every year.
Feel free to bring your son(s), their neighbours, classmates or friends for one of our Saturday meetings held at Wesley Methodist Church, Kuala Lumpur.
We’ll take it from there!