It’s important that we recognise the participation and achievements of our children and young people as they get involved with #BBatHOME.

In the first instance we want to encourage leaders to build this into awards children and young people are already working towards (where they are all ready a BB members) through the core programmes for age groups. But we also want to encourage leaders to consider additional ways they could recognise achievement, read on to find out more . . .

Continuing to work towards Age Group Awards

Through the #BBatHOME programme existing members can continue to work towards awards for their age group. All of the activities in the #BBatHOME programme are linked to an Activity Area for the Anchors and Juniors programmes, and for Company/Seniors, you should link activities (and relevant ‘Activity Areas’) to the appropriate ‘Programme Zone’ (i.e. ‘Get Active’ would directly link to ‘Recreation’ Zone and ‘Get Involved’ would directly link to ‘Community’ Zone in the Discover Programme). Leaders are encouraged to seek evidence that a particular activity has been completed by asking for a photo/video/etc. Leaders can continue to record activities completed using the record card or recording keeping functionality on OBM.

Whilst you are not meeting face to face you might want to ensure that young people still receive their awards when they gain them by presenting them digitally. To enable this to happen leaders can access digital versions of all awards by clicking here (downloads a ZIP file). 

Certificates

We have produced a range of certificates which can be used to recognise achievement, all are branded for the relevant age groups and feature the #BBatHOME logo.

The certificates have been produced so you can easily customise them yourself on screen in any compatible PDF software (i.e. Adobe Acrobat).

Download: Anchors Certificate / Juniors Certificate / Company/Seniors Certificate

Points Competition

Another way of recognising achievement and encouraging participation in the programme is to run a points competition, this could be done in a variety of ways, including on a weekly or monthly basis, per age group or across the whole Company, etc. Be sure to share the updated points chart on a regular basis to keep children and young people engaged. You should also consider what prizes (if any) you will want to present, these could potentially be mailed out during the lockdown where appropriate or presented once you re-commence face-to-face meetings.

Medals

To support leaders in recognising achievement outside of the existing awards, BB Supplies will shortly (available from 1st May 2020) be offering a range of #BBatHOME medals which can be presented to children and young people.

There will be Bronze, Silver and Gold medals featuring the #BBatHOME logo with a blue ribbon.

It will be up to leaders to decide how you present these, as there will be no set criteria, ideas we on how these could be used include presenting them for completing a specific number of activities (i.e. 10 activities = Bronze Medal, 20 activities = Silver Medal, 30+ activities = Gold Medal) or based on completing a  percentage of activities – but it is up to you how you use these.

To order go to shop.boys-brigade.org.uk

 

We have introduced participation medals – bronze for completing 50% of activities, silver for 65% and gold for 80%. We’ll be adding up the points throughout the whole time we are running #BBatHOME and then awarding the medals when we are able to meet again. On top of that, we will also present a trophy for each section for the boy who completes the most activities overall. Finally, we also have a weekly competition and small prize for each section. 

These encouragements have proved to be very popular with our boys and we are seeing over 40 boys taking part across all our age groups. Parents have commented that the boys are really appreciating having something positive to work towards during these uncertain times.

Joe Harrison, 11th Northampton