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Celebrating our leaders: Aaron’s story

Wednesday 26th January 2022

The Boys’ Brigade has over 10,000 volunteer leaders across the country who support children and young people to learn, grow and discover. Over the course of 2022 we are going to share some of their stories each month as we celebrate our amazing leaders.

Meet Aaron

Aaron Johnstone, from 10th Coatbridge, has just taken over as Captain of the Company and is currently a co-opted member of the Brigade’s Scotland Committee.

Why did you become a BB leader?
First and foremost, I became a leader because I gained so much from my time as a young person and wanted to give back to allow future generations to gain as I did. Also, a little more selfishly, I didn’t want my BB journey to end!

What is your highlight or proudest moment in the Brigade?
Apart from the obvious answer of gaining my Queen’s Badge (the Brigade’s highest award), I would have to say my highlight would be our most recent adventure out with the Company age group which was a climb up Meikle Bin in the Campsie Fells.

We had what I can only describe as the most atrocious weather that only seemed to get worse the higher we went. Despite the poor weather every young person and leader made it to the top where we were able to get a quick snap with the Company banner and then straight back down for some lunch and a heat.

The whole trip summed up the last couple of years in that despite the challenges and adversity we have faced, we have been able to overcome and achieve together as a Company.

What do you do when not at BB?
The BB is usually the exciting work I do but when not doing that, I work as a health and safety manager in a hospital. I am also an elder at my local Church which sounds an incredibly boring answer but is really rewarding too.

How would you describe the BB in three words?
Faith, friendship and fun!

If you are a leader and would like to share your story with us please email comms@boys-brigade.org.uk


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