Both Liz and I decided very early on that we would enroll our sons for the Boys Brigade. Our church already has a chapter and we had heard plenty of positive testimonies from other parents of the benefits of the program.
Nic was initially attracted by the uniform but as he started attending the program, it dawned on him that there was a lot of discipline and drilling involved and he started to resist going. 3 months later, he’s getting a bit better but will still throw the occasional “I don’t like boys brigade” curve ball to try and wheedle his way out of the Saturday program.
There’s really a lot to admire about the objectives of the movement which are “Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-respect and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness.” Given half a chance, Nic would rather vegetate in front of the TV or play his PS2 games than interact with real kids so we felt that sending him to Boys Brigade would help mould his character and make him “bold as a lion”(Prov 28:1).
In between the regular Saturday Parades, there are also fun activities organized for the kids like the recently concluded KL Bird Park race and the soon to come visit to a Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra performance.
Much must be said too about the dozens of adult volunteers who sacrifice their time and energy to take care of our kids. Kudos especially to the Pre-Junior team of Karen, Helen, Wee Lee, Lee Henn and the many others whom I still don’t know your names – God bless you folks richly for your wonderful work!
Oh, and even though it is called “Boys” brigade, girls are equally welcome to enroll, so if you have kids aged 7 and above and you want them to try out BB, do give me a shout and I’ll put you in touch with the relevant folks in charge. Or click here for more information.