Thoughts

 
John Boon
Group Leader

Now retired after over 30 years as a Social Worker, involved in all areas of society and its problems, John works as a full time voluntary Boys Brigade Captain and has for 45 years. as well as being husband and carer to Enid.

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People’s Thoughts on 2nd Witham Boys’ Brigade

No Group or gathering of people would be the same without full knowledge of their history. Below is the full text of my speech, at the 30th. Birthday celebration in September 2002. Much of it was not said, but it will give insight into our past and why we are here now !

Tyler aged 13 years

Hi my name is Tyler and I have been at BB since I was five and I am now thirteen. BB has opened so many opportunities for me and helped me do things that I thought I could not do. Like when BB did a five mile sponsored bike ride with the Mayor.

It has also helped me to make new friends and enjoy life more. It has given me a chance to do things like staying in a old nuclear bunker. I took part in the Waltham Walk in which me and my fellow team mates had to walk 16 miles (we ended up doing more). We also had to work as a team at the checkpoints to figure where we had to go next and do a team challenge.

We have our own land at Twinstead near Halstead where we do conservation work, I have been there on many occasions and have enjoyed making dens, and helped horse logging. There is a forest, a lake and lots of species of wildlife.

Every few years we go on a camp. We do allsorts of things like archery climbing, kayaking, and canoeing. At the 2011 camp in Eaton Vale I did something I thought I would never do. I got the best score In archery in my group. I was up against boys older and a lot more experienced than me. I had only ever done archery once before. I got 28 out of 30 in three arrows (I got two tens and a eight). The camps are one of the best parts of BB. You can camp in tents outside or stay in dormitories. This  is good because you have a choice of where you sleep.

I enjoy everything at BB from the camps to the badgework. You can chose what to do in badgework which can make it a lot more enjoyable.  Kayaking has to be in my top five enjoyable things I have ever done in BB so far because you can go so fast in a kayak with so little power which means you can race each other. 

If you like to do once in a life time things join BB. I now volunteer at the Anchor Boys group which is the youngest section and help them to have a good positive time at BB. I am still a boy myself but I am in Company Section (Teen group)which has opened even more opportunities. BB makes me feel happy and also in my view is a great place to go weekly. It has made me happy because I have made many friends there which I am now at school with. All the staff are friendly and when you start they help you get used to everything and everyone there. They ask our opinion there and what we want to do when we go out on trips. There will always be something for you to do there.

Thank you for reading my Blog.

Yours sincerely Tyler Pavitt 

  


Leigh, 16

Hi ! I am Leigh and 16 years of age. I have been a member of 2nd. Witham for 10 years. I was asked to write about the following questions:

What do you get out of Boys’ Brigade?

When I first started going to BB I found it fun, as it was a good place to socialise. It still is but since I have become more involved the more I seem to get out. When I go to a badge work session (because I often run them) I find them enjoyable and interesting as I am learning or doing something. When I lead a group I found just as good because I get to know people

A Parent’s View of 2nd Witham Boys’ Brigade

The 2nd Witham Boys’ Brigade (2nd. Witham BB) has been open in Witham for 29 years and currently caters for boys aged from 5-21 years. According to their age, boys are placed in the appropriate section when they join (Anchor Boys 5 - 7 years old, Junior Section 8-11 years old, Company Section 12-15 years and finally Senior Section). My 13 year old son attends Company Section on Friday evenings and my 8 year old son attends Junior Section on Wednesday evenings. During the course of the evening the boys participate in badgework and are also involved in many outings and

Sam

Hi my name is Sam. I have been coming to BB on and off since I was about 11. I’m 19 years old now. Over those years I haven’t been what you’d call the perfect BB member. Although going on and off, this has given me the perspective of life inside BB and outside BB.


Outside of BB there was a distinct lack of opportunity, and good things to do that I wouldn’t normally have the chance to do. I also found it increasingly difficult to carry on my life as a Christian. I did get into a lot of things I shouldn’t of done, and turned my back on God. In time I had become someone who I really didn’t want to become.


When I did return to BB it wasn’t because I wanted to, it was mainly because a friend asked me along. I think I went because I had nothing else better to do. I realised what I had missed by leaving. This certainly did help me to stop turning my back on God, but it did take time and plenty of it. My problems still come back to haunt me but I’ve got God now, and friends within BB (as well as elsewhere) to help me.


I have learnt and experienced many things within BB that I would not of normally done. I currently have a level 2 basketball coaching course and aim to complete my level 2 by January 2004. I have enjoyed my time greatly in BB, and glad that it still continues to run.
Further update - November 2006 - Sam is currently working back in Witham, as a Church based youth worker. He spends time as coach with our boys, on basketball and football on Mondays and Wednesdays.

>Do you think there is a God and if so, does He care about you?


The Boys’ Brigade is a Christian organisation dedicated to helping young people become a Christian but in doing so, we at 2nd. Witham want our young people to experience God for themselves, not through our eyes or our experience, as staff!


Here’s what an 18 year old, Kevin says,
” Through The Boys’ Brigade, at 2nd. Witham, I finally became interested in Christianity. After about 8 years of being ‘religious’ but never going to Church, unless I could avoid it, I went on a summer camp at Dartmoor, in 1995, I found out for myself what God is really about. I became a Christian a month or so after the camp, just before starting at Southampton University. I attend Bethel Church on the Sundays I am home in Witham, but all the staff at BB really helped me in my Christian life and I’m grateful to everyone there…...” Kevin currently lives in the south and works for the government on Connexions Service but lives away from home. he contacted us again at Christmas 2005.


So what is a Christian ?
A Christian is a person, who believes in God and his Son, Jesus Christ. They believe God created the world and us! A Christian has accepted the fact that we all sin, ( do wrong things) - see the Bible and the book of Romans, in the New Testament - chapter 3 and verse 23. Because of this we are seperated from God . If we stay in this sinful condition, we separation from Him forever.(See Romans chapter 6 and verse 23) But God by sending His Son, ( see Romans chapter 8 and verse 2 and 3 3), to be our in our place of punishment, we are free from our sin and eternal death. Jesus’ death on the Cross and His continued work on our behalf since He rose again from the dead, show God’s real love for each of us! ( see Romans chapter 5 and verse 8) When we say a real “sorry” for our sins, trust in Jesus’ finished work, we become a Christian and become one of God’s children. ( See Romans chapter 10 and verse 9) - the separation from God is gone! We are saved!


Our separation from God is replaced with a warm, friendly relationship with Jesus, ( see 1 John chapter 5 and verse 20). All you need to do is to ask God into your life, through prayer! This is for everyone - not just BB members! If you want some help, or have a question, please e mail me!


The Boys’ Brigade can show you WHO really God is - but you must look also!


God’s Creation is all around you - look out and look up at it!


Don’t be put off by what others say - talk to an Officer or Church friend about it.


Read God’s Word - The Bible - it has all the answers you need - but get help finding your way around!


Spend some time praying with God, and if possible, with friends.


Tell someone you know about what you feel, believe and have done.


Get involved with the Church either through BB or other youth activity. If you want to e-mail us and tell us about it, 2witham@boys-brigade.org.uk

What Boys’ Brigade has done for me

Hi my name is Sam. I have been coming to BB on and off since I was about 11. I’m 19 years old now. Over those years I haven’t been what you’d call the perfect BB member. Although going on and off, this has given me the perspective of life inside BB and outside BB.


Outside of BB there was a distinct lack of opportunity, and good things to do that I wouldn’t normally have the chance to do. I also found it increasingly difficult to carry on my life as a Christian. I did get into a lot of things I shouldn’t of done, and turned my back on God. In time I had become someone who I really didn’t want to become.


When I did return to BB it wasn’t because I wanted to, it was mainly because a friend asked me along. I think I went because I had nothing else better to do. I realised what I had missed by leaving. This certainly did help me to stop turning my back on God, but it did take time and plenty of it. My problems still come back to haunt me but I’ve got God now, and friends within BB (as well as elsewhere) to help me.


I have learnt and experienced many things within BB that I would not of normally done. I currently have a level 2 basketball coaching course and aim to complete my level 2 by January 2004. I have enjoyed my time greatly in BB, and glad that it still continues to run.
Further update - November 2006 - Sam is currently working back in Witham, as a Church based youth worker. He spends time as coach with our boys, on basketball and football on Mondays and Wednesdays.

>BB has got me spending more time with other people other than my friends which I dont spend much time with them as they either work,don’t like going out because of confrontations from other people in the street, or they get negative about nearly everything.
BB has got me to know people who i think are really cool guys like John Luke,James P., Ross P,Liam M, Matt West,Keith Meredith and John Boon who is good to make fun of.
Going to BB has got me into some new interest like powerboating and bastketball.
Also going to BB has got me to fill up my week more, by helping out on a Tuesday and Wednesday and being a member on Friday.It has also helped me to do more things at the weekend, where I have nothing to do, such as powerboating and weekend camps.
By James Toddington a Senior at 2nd witham BB