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Recognising Achievement for 2019-2020 Session


Recognising Achievement for 2019-2020 Session

26th June

Things certainly haven’t turned out the way we would have expected them to at the start of the session, but it’s important that we continue to look for ways to recognise the participation and achievements of our children and young people this session.

It has been great to see some Companies holding virtual awards nights and displays, with children and young people, parents/carers, church members and supporters coming together to celebrate the achievements of the session. 

1st Tewkesbury Awards Night
“Awards Night 2020 completed, and what fantastic occasions the two events for Anchors + Juniors, and Company + Seniors were. Great to be joined by nearly 90 connections across the 2 separate Awards events, along with the brand new Mayor of Tewkesbury. #BBatHOME medals gained, new nights away badges awarded and promotions to new sections and new ranks made….with very nearly 100% attendance from all sections!”

If your Company has not done so yet, perhaps you could consider running a virtual awards night or display before the end of the session, even if you have not been able to meet, this could be a really significant engagement with your members and one that gives confidence that you’ll be back meeting again as soon as it is possible to do so.

There are lots of different ways you could do this, here are some ideas to get you going:

  • Zoom – Inviting members, parents/carers etc on to the video conferencing platform will allow you to fully interact, and is a great way to host your Awards/Display. You can find advice on how to use Zoom at boys-brigade.org.uk/virtualsessions/.
  • Facebook Live – If you have a Facebook page perhaps you could use Facebook Live to announce and virtually present the awards. This could be followed up by leaders dropping off awards (following current social distancing guidelines) to the various recipients.
  • Pre-recorded Video – Leaders could record messages and virtual presentation of awards and post this on social media or share with members. This could be followed up by leaders dropping off awards (following current social distancing guidelines) to the various recipients.
  • Drop Off Awards – Leaders could individually make doorstep presentations (following current social distancing guidelines) to young people and ask them to share a photo with their award which you could later share with the wider Company.

25th Stirling Annual Display
The 25th Stirling Company held their Annual Display online this year, following on from the weekly virtual sessions they have been running for members during lockdown. But, they didn’t just announce the winners or present the awards virtually, but had a team out delivering the awards to the winners whilst the Display was being streamed LIVE on social media. They presented the awards on doorsteps across Dunblane and captured some great photos of boys and parents/carers looking very proud! Another fantastic example of the BB adventure continuing during these challenging times!

If your Awards Night or Display is usually an event which showcases the talents of young people and leaders, why let this session be any different, encourage your members to send in videos of them showcasing their talents, or encourage as many as possible to get involved with a collective video, such as the ‘Toilet Roll Challenge’ videos that have been going around during lockdown. A fresh summer twist on this is a ‘Water Fight Challenge’ where members get soaked by a bucket of water being thrown over them before they pass it on by throwing a bucket of water over the next person – try it out with your group! 

If you don’t have the opportunity to do so before the end of the session, do consider how you you’ll recognise the achievements of your members early in the new session.

Don’t forget BB Supplies is operating as normal and you can order certificates, medals, trophies and more online at shop.boys-brigade.org.uk/

You can also find certificates that can be downloaded at boys-brigade.org.uk/recognising-achievement/ and boys-brigade.org.uk/programme/

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