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Celebrating our leaders: Alex’s story

Wednesday 24th August 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 Alex

Alex McLean, from 5th Hamilton, volunteers mainly with the Anchors age group and was part of the KGVI Youth Leader Training Staff Team at Carronvale House this year.

Why did you become a BB leader? 

As someone from quite a big BB family, I suppose I really didn’t have much choice in the matter! In all seriousness though, I became a BB leader for two main reasons.

Firstly, I didn’t feel like my BB journey was over – becoming a leader was the natural next step which would allow me to continue to build on and develop the skills I had picked up during my time and when completing my Queen’s Badge.

Secondly, I wanted to become a leader to try and help other young people have the same experiences and opportunities that I had.

What is your highlight of your time in BB so far?

It’s got to be KGVI. Getting to experience KGVI as an attendee is something that I am exceptionally proud of, and something that had a huge impact on my life. It allowed me to gain so many skills and grow not only as a BB leader, but also as a person.

I was also fortunate enough to do it all again as part of the Staff Team this year. It was a really fulfilling experience to see the group of young people thrive and make the most of their experience, and personally I was able to gain a lot and take some more steps in my own leadership journey.

KGVI really is an indescribable experience, and one that anybody should really grab with both hands should they get the opportunity.

What do you do when not at BB?

I am about to start a new job as a Trainee Solicitor. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music and playing my guitar. I also enjoy going to the football with my brothers and I’ve recently started playing golf occasionally.

How would you describe the BB in three words?

Adventure, fun, fellowship.


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