Spotlight on Kenya
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Spotlight on Kenya

Spring 2024
Charles Ng’ang’a

National Organiser, The Boys’ Brigade Kenya 

BBK Fact File 

  • The mission of BBK is to find and nurture young people into leadership and service based on Christian values.
  • BB was first introduced in Kenya in 1909 by Church of Scotland missionaries in central Kenya.
  • BBK works with five mainstream Churches: The Anglican Church of Kenya, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, the Methodist Church of Kenya, the African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa and African Christian Churches and School.

All our activities for Anchors, Juniors and Seniors are anchored in the ‘Four Squared’ Programme. The Anchors enjoy activities like singing, games, treasure hunts and Bible stories. Activities for Juniors include award scheme activities, hiking and annual camps. The award scheme is the main activity where Juniors can achieve 27 badges in total. 

The Seniors have a similar award scheme that has 15 badges to achieve, though more advanced in terms of the content. We have recently incorporated the President’s Award (the name for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Kenya) to the Seniors award scheme to give them an even more challenging and adventurous project. 

An important part of our award scheme involves interacting and supporting local communities. Some of the social activities we do include tree planting at public parks, campaigning against drug use, visiting homes for the elderly and children’s homes etc. 

Our Young Leaders (19–26-year-olds) as part of the East Africa Regional Fellowship have opportunities where they can meet, share ideas, skills and knowledge. Earlier this year around 500 young leaders gathered in Uganda for an unforgettable cross-cultural experience.

Looking to the future, we have taken up some of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implemented them as part of our programme, this includes SDG Goal 1 (end poverty). We are encouraging children and young people to have an activity that generates income for their household, e.g. rear chickens or have a kitchen garden. We would also welcome having more international interactions with BB Companies around the world.

Snapshots

A snapshot of what is going on in BB and Global Fellowship organisations around the globe:

1 Brigade Neenah International Trip

International Trippers from Brigade Neenah enjoyed a three-week visit to the UK & RoI, where they had the opportunity to take part in lots of activities, do some sightseeing and spend time with friends from 1st Bearsden. 

2 Working together in Thailand 

Members of 2nd Chonburi visited 2nd Nakhon Ratchasima, with the two Companies building relationships through team building activities, games and sports, as well as combining to serve through a Church tidy up.

3 KGVI goes international 

It was great to welcome two young leaders from the BB in the Bahamas to Carronvale House as they took part in our KGVI Youth Leader Training course. Shane and Joanel are pictured with Cllr John McMillan, Provost of East Lothian Council.

4 National Leadership Camp

In Singapore, 89 Seniors took part in a National Leadership Camp, helping them to develop a range of skills and qualities as they move into leadership.

5 Celebrating 140 Years in South Africa  

It was great to see Western Cape Battalion get involved in the BB’s 140 celebrations, holding a Juniors 140 Sleepover at the same time as 100+ groups across the UK were also doing so!