Firstly, welcome to the BB Family and to 1st Kuala Lumpur Boys Brigade Company!
When your child becomes a member of The Boys Brigade, he becomes part of the BB Family and joins more than a million children and young people globally who are associated with of one of the oldest uniformed youth organizations in the world – even older than the Boy Scouts!
A track record of over 130 years that you can trust
The Boys’ Brigade’s worldwide movement has been going on for over 130 years since it was founded on 4th October 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith. Today, Boys Brigade groups have flourished in the UK, Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and many other places in the world.
In Malaysia, the we are known as The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia (BBM) or Briged Putera Malaysia. We are also officially recognized by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia, as an approved Extra Curricular Activity (ECA) in schools nationwide. We are also an affiliate of the Malaysian Youth Council (Majlis Belia Malaysia).
Our chapter is called the 1st Kuala Lumpur Company, or “1st KL” for short, because we were the first Company established in Kuala Lumpur when we were founded in 1954. For over 60 years, thousands of Boys have grown up among our ranks!
Developing Character, Leadership and Lifelong Friends
The BB (as we are more commonly known) is catered specially for Boys – to give them an exciting and safe opportunity to enjoy a wide range of fun, wholesome, character-building activities based on Christian principles.
We are passionate about making a positive contribution to the lives of children and young people through the programme of activities that we offer. Our programmes are balanced to provide every child and young person opportunities to take part in a wide range of activities, learn new skills and develop existing skills.
You can find out more about the particular programme your child is involved in:
Every week at BB, many programmes planned that encourage growth in the four aspects of holistic development: Physical, Educational, Spiritual, and Social.
The BB has a very active leadership-development emphasis, and we do this through our military-based Rank system.
Boys are distributed into Squads – essentially a “team” where many boys eventually make life-long friends. From there, they learn to become leaders.
In the Junior Section, Boys are appointed to leadership as “Leading Boys.” 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 – it is not surprising to see Boys as young as 11 and 12 years old leading groups of 40 others in various activities!
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! Ultimately, we hope to help your children grow in character, learn to become a leader, and develop lifelong friendships with other Boys who could become like brothers to them.
A legacy of legends and luminaries
We have a proven track record that you can trust: millions of people have been involved in The Boys’ Brigade at some point in their lives! You might even recognise some of them…
Sir Alex Ferguson, soccer legend and arguably the greatest football manger ever during his 17 years at Manchester United, was a member of the 129th Glasgow Company and remains a staunch supporter of the Boys’ Brigade. He has praised the BB for teaching him the importance of team work and helping others: “As a parent you give values to your children, which my parents did very well. Going to The Boys’ Brigade is an inspiration where you learn about teamwork, helping each other and that enjoyment of being in the BB is a fantastic experience.”
Closer to home, Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow, Founder and Chairman of Public Bank has also publicly talked about his time with the Boys’ Brigade, in media interviews (here and here) saying, “In school, I was very active in the Boys Brigade.”
Many former 1st KL Boys and even current active officers continue to praise their time with us; even though they’ve gone on to become CEOs, business owners, senior corporate leaders and professionals. Rest assured, time spent with the Boys Brigade could be the very best thing for your child!
Partnering with you
Several of us Officers and Instructors are parents ourselves and know how tough it can be to raise our children these days. It takes a village to raise a child and the Boys Brigade wants to partner with you to help raise men of character, leadership and have trustworthy, lifelong friends to count on!
There are plenty of opportunities for us to work closely together for the good of your child. Every year, we hold Parents-Officers Dialogue during Parents Day as a way for us to share feedback with each other on how your children are doing. We also have various activities where you can volunteer your time or support!
We are all in this together!
- Who can join?
The BB is open to all children and young people aged from 5 to 18 of any faith and background, some groups are for boys only whilst others are open to boys and girls. Eligibility for joining will vary from group to group, so please check with your local group.
- I’m interested to send my child(ren). What do I need to do?
The best way to get involved is to find your local group by using our ‘Company Finder’ tool, all you need is your postcode and you’ll be given a list of your nearest groups. Get in touch by completing the online contact form or just pop along on the day and time which the group meets.
- Our family isn’t Christian. Can my children still join? Will you convert my children without my permission?
No. Our programme is based on Christian principles, but it is not exclusively for Christians. We freely talk about Jesus, Christianity and the Bible – but will not forcibly convert any Boy in our care. We are also very open to discussing with you any concerns you might have about this matter.
- Who are your instructors/teachers/leaders/Officers?
All our teachers, leaders and Officers are volunteers. They are not paid and willingly volunteer their time to ensure a safe and caring environment for all children. Whey they are not caring for your children during BB meetings, they are also parents of their own kids and are corporate professionals or business owners.
- I noticed you do a lot of “adventure” and “military” based activities like camping and drill. I don’t think my children can handle it – can they be excused?
We have high safety standards and will do our best to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our Boys. At the same time, we have great faith in children and young people. We’ve trained hundreds and have always been pleasantly surprised to see how they adapt to new challenges; and we’ve seen them grow from being the Boys of today into the Men of tomorrow. However, if your child has a medical condition, please make it known to us.
- My children have other progammes/activities/tuition planned at the same time as BB. Can they leave early/midway from BB meetings?
Our programme is admittedly very rigorous, but we do not encourage Boys leaving midway through programmes on a regular basis. Being regularly absent or leaving midway also undermines their credibility among their peers, making it difficult for them to become leaders among their friends. However, if you really need to excuse your child from the meeting, please help us by informing us as early as possible.
- This is all for Boys! Where can I send my daughter?
Our sister company, the 1st Kuala Lumpur Girls Brigade Company, meets around the same time at the same location! You can find out more about them at www.1stklgb.org.my.