This year the Junior Section of the Boys’ Brigade is 100 years old! Up until 1917 only boys of 12 or over were catered for but in September of that year boys aged 8-11 were included in the Boy Reserves. Boy reserves became Life Boys in 1926 and then the Junior Section in 1966. A temporary name which has stuck ever since.
To celebrate the centenary a whole host of events are being held throughout the year. In London a special celebration, “Juniors 100 camp and fun day” was organised for 24th/25th June in the Scout Park in North London (the irony).
Our battalion organised for all the companies to join together to attend the fun day and travel by coach from Morden Park Baptist Church. Ed, Kim and I and 8 Juniors signed up for the day.
Our boys were allocated to the red team and so the morning session was spent enjoying a range of activities Sumo wrestling, bungee running, football skills, pistol shooting, craft. Rock climbing, inflatable cliff jumping.
Then a break for a picnic lunch and the afternoon competing in It’s a Knockout with various relays, obstacles, water races. They did get very wet!
Then the boys had a go at laser tag where Ed had volunteered all day. First time we had seen him since 10 am.
Finally we came together for a time of celebration, worship and praise (and a magician) before releasing 100 Junior 100 balloons. Then home for some much needed R&R (so pleased we had the minibus and no long bus and tube journey)