Company Section BB is for boys in P7 to S3 and meets alongside our Senior Section on both Fridays and Sundays. Attending on both days regularly is an expectation of membership, whilst we also offer other activities on Mondays and Wednesdays (see below).
On a Friday evening, we meet from 7.45-10.00pm in Dunblane Cathedral Hall, for a scheduled programme which includes physical activities (e.g. volleyball, gymnastics, dodgeball, circuit training), life skills and badge activities (e.g. digital animation, wilderness first aid, DIY skills, drill (marching), cooking) and some social time in tuck shop, as well as our opening devotions and inspection – a time to think about what the BB and Christianity are about.
On Sundays, we alternate between an evening bible class and games night (7.30-9.00pm) and a morning bacon-roll bible class (9.20-10.00am) to give boys who might have other activities the chance to attend on Sundays as often as they can. These meetings are at St. Blane’s Hall, where, on evening meetings, we offer big-screen Xbox games, table tennis, pool and chess club following the half-hour bible activity, which is always interactive and thought-provoking. After Sunday morning meetings, we often go for a hike, adding to our extensive outdoors programme.
On Tuesdays, we have basketball or badminton at Dunblane High (8.00-9.00pm) and on Wednesdays, our band meets (6.45-7.30pm for learners, 7.30-9.00pm for main band) where you can learn a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument (provided by us) if you commit to signing up.
Throughout a typical year, we’ll also get involved in local and national team and individual competitions, such as 5-a-side and 11-a-side football, table tennis, badminton, chess, Masterteam quiz, basketball, swimming, water polo, athletics and more. We help out in the community and wider church and do fundraising events such as sponsored walks, ceilidhs, bag-packing, band concerts, etc. We have several residential opportunities, including our popular outdoor centre weekend with the Abernethy Trust in November and our week-long summer canvas camp the first week of the summer holidays. We have a big focus on the outdoors, and get boys out in the hills and on their bikes as often as possible. We are the current champions of the BB’s national hiking competition, The Kilbryde Hike, and encourage boys to train for a take part in such events.
Boys in S3 who have achieved their 14th birthday may register through BB for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Bronze) after a 3-month trial period at BB. We also offer progression to Silver and Gold Awards when boys join the senior section.
Joining the Company Section is a big commitment and, with our very healthy numbers, we do stress that to really get the full value from BB, boys need to take part not only on Fridays and Sundays, but also in the additional activities that are offered, such as competitions, hikes, community service opportunities, etc. We suggest coming along for a few weeks to see how you like it – we know you will, but also try to get an idea of what your friends do that makes the BB experience so great for them.
For more information, call Paul Christmas, BB Captain on 01786 823192. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you decide to come along with a friend on a Friday or Sunday for the first time, we do need a consent form signed by a parent/carer.
Important information and enrolment forms etc can be found on the enrolment page.