Coffee Morning 2017-2018

 

Our annual Coffee Morning was held in the church halls on Saturday 10th March 2018. As well as the usual bottle stall, groceries, raffle, hot rolls, silent auction & books stalls the senior boys were kept hard at work washing cars outside. For younger visitors there was games in the small hall too. After a very busy morning we raised just over 2,200 pounds for company funds. A big thank you to all family & friends who came along and supported the 5th or who donated items (or their time) for the morning's great effort!

Christmas 2017

 

Our Christmas night out was held at The Experience, Hillington on Wednesday 20th December 2017. After a bite to eat the boys & staff split into 2 teams for a game of Laser Tag, then we donned our race suits and helmets for 2 races on the Go-Karting track. Despite some hair-raising driving, some of it from the 5th staff as well as the boys, there were no injuries and everyone had a great time!

Quiz Night 2017-2018

 

After a couple of years absence our famous Quiz Night made a reappearance on Saturday 2nd December 2017. Friends, Family & Boys of the 5th gathered in the Large Hall for an evening of questions covering topics such as 'Celebrity Autobiographies', 'Sport' & 'Belgium or Not Belgium?'. A relaxed, but competitive evening was had by all who took part, with the added bonus of raising 300 pounds which was donated to church funds by the BB.

Morrisons Bagpacking 2017-2018

 

Saturday 18 November 2017 saw the boys and staff packing shoppers' bags at Morrisons Anniesland from 10am - 2pm. All the boys worked really hard and avoided packing the eggs at the bottom! Once all the money in the collecting buckets had been counted up a total of just over 500 pounds was raised for company funds. A big well done to all the boys who attended.

Remembrance Service 2017

 

The Annual Service of Remembrance was held in the church on Sunday 12th November 2017 and the boys were present complete with red poppy.

Beacon Bonanza 2017

 

The church held their annual fundraiser, 'The Bonanza' on Saturday 4th November 2017, as always the boys from the 5th were on hand on the Thursday & Friday evenings to assist people with carrying in any donations from their cars to the stalls inside. On Saturday itself the staff & seniors grabbed their sponges & brushes and got to work cleaning Bonanza visitor's cars whilst they were inside picking up a bargain or two. The hard-working car washers raised around 70 pounds from a morning's car washing. Well done to all who helped.

Cumbrae Cycle 2017

 

On a rather wet and windy Saturday 28th October 2017 the boys & staff travelled down to Largs and hopped on the ferry to the Isle of Cumbrae for a days cycling. After picking up our bikes from Bremner's we donned our waterproofs & gloves and cycled anti-clockwise around the island. The weather remained 'dreich' for the whole cycle and in many parts it became a test of the boys' strength & determination to battle headlong into the wind to reach Millport. All the boys reached the minibus and huddled inside to change, warm-up & tuck into their packed lunches. After post-lunch hot-chocolates at Fintry Bay tearoom we ventured back over on the ferry to Largs, a little earlier than planned, and spent some free time in Largs before heading back to Glasgow to warm-up!

The Boys and Staff before their cycle Cycling into the wind and rain

Enrolment Service 2017-2018

 

The first church parade of the new 2017-2018 session was held at our church on Sunday 17th September 2017. The Company Section boys & staff attended the morning service to mark the start of another BB year. The boys received their membership cards and re-affirmed their commitment to the BB for another session.

Summer Camp 2017

 

Our Weekend Camp was held at the 1st Glasgow's campsite, near Tighnabruaich, from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June 2017. 14 boys & 6 staff attended the action packed weekend! Leaving the church at 6pm on the Friday in the minibus we took the ferry from Gourock to McInroy's Point and arrived at Camp around 8.30pm. After organising the tents & rules for the weekend we ventured out into the midge-infested countryside for a few widegames. Following the twilight games everyone settled down to supper before lights out at 11.45pm.

boys and staff at Camp 2017 the tents and pitch at Camp 2017

After rising at 8am on the Saturday and a hearty breakfast at 8.30am the boys had a quick tent inspection before taking part in 'The 19 1/2 Steps', a widegame involving the boys being split into 4 teams and finding clues around the local area using a map. The clues eventually led the winning team to a member of staff, (some teams walked further than others - perhaps we need a map-reading class next session!) A game of football followed the widegame before lunch at 12.45pm.

A Golf Challenge after lunch proved popular and then we held a game of rounders before contesting 'The Cowal Open' - a game of Quoit Golf over 18 'holes'. The 5th Olympics followed tea, testing the Boys' speed, skill, strength & endurance over a number of gruelling events, the highlight of which was probably the tug-of-war. Following a great game of Ultimate Frisbee the boys put their brains into gear for a quiz at 8.30pm. As the light faded it was back outside afterwards for more widegames. After a full days-worth of activities the boys were keen to get to bed after supper at 11pm for a well-earned sleep.

Sunday morning saw a few of the boys unwilling to leave the comfort of their sleeping bags but after some gentle persuasion, (an airhorn may have been involved), they managed to make breakfast at 8.30am before duties & tent inspection. The morning was taken up with another widegame, 'Contraband', which saw two teams trying to smuggle coloured 'moonshine' past a team of guards (i.e. the staff) who were armed with water bombs & water pistols. After lunch it was time to tidy & pack up camp before climbing into the minibus for the trip home after a very enjoyable weekend.

Annual Display 2017

 

Our 132nd Annual Inspection was held on Friday 12th May 2017 in the Large Hall. Our Inspecting Officer for the night was Alistair Burrow, Vice President of the Boys' Brigade. The evening kicked-off with the Opening Service and after being inspected by our Inspecting Officer a video created by Ewan, called ‘The Road To BB’ was shown.

You can view it via Facebook here:
The Road To BB Video

Next the drill squad took to the floor commanded by Charles, who won this session's Battalion NCO Drill Competition. Following this we had ‘Up & Over’, where the boys showed off their vaulting skills before finishing the evening's items with a game called ‘Knots & Crosses’. After the items the boys & staff re-formed for the Inspecting Officer's Remarks and then the Presentation of Prizes and Awards. Well done to all that took part and a big thanks to all the parents & friends who supported the boys & staff over the session.

Previous Sessions

 

Here are some other things we have done during previous sessions...

Climbing 2016

 

The boys & staff from the Company Section took a trip to Glasgow Climbing Centre at Ibrox on Monday 19th December 2016 for their Christmas Night Out. The group donned their climbing shoes & harnesses for an introduction climbing evening. All the boys & staff thoroughly enjoyed it.

climbing2 climbing1 climbing3

Fire Station Visit 2016

 

We visited Cowcaddens Fire Station on Friday 7th October and were given a tour by ex-5th member Iain around the station and appliances.

Blair in full fire-fighting kit The Boys & Staff at Cowcaddens Fire Station

The boys got to try on the fire fighting kit, got a thorough tour of a Fire Engine and all of the equipment carried in it, (and what it's all used for), before finishing up in the cab and checking out the breathing apparatus firefighters use. Thanks again to Iain for giving up his free time to show the guys round.

Summer Day Out 2016

 

We held our final trip of the session, our Summer Day Out, on Saturday 18th June 2016 to Loch Lomond. Eleven boys & 5 staff left Glasgow at 9am on a sunny June day and arrived at Balloch just before 10am to enjoy a day of canoeing, archery & cycling overseen by instructors from outdoor activity company Can You Experience. To start the days adventures the boys & staff climbed into canoes and paddled along the shoreline from Loch Lomond Shores to the bay in front of Cameron House Hotel. Here they stopped for lunch and then got the bow & arrows out for a spot of archery! After this it was back into the boats to return to Loch Lomond Shores. Remarkably no one capsized or fell in, so some boys decided to test the water temperature by taking a dip in the bay when they returned their canoes!

Canoeing Archery

After our canoeing adventure we donned our cycle gear for an afternoon of mountain biking around Balloch Country Park. Despite some tough uphills and some challenging downhills all the boys & staff made it back to Loch Lomond Shores in one piece! After a little free-time everyone hopped back into the minibus for the short trip back to Glasgow to end an action-packed day!

Here's a short video of our day, captured by Ewan during our adventures...

Clyde Cycle 2015

 

Saturday 24th October 2015 saw the boys & staff roll out their bikes and head west along the Clyde Cycle Path. We met up at the church at 10am and headed down through Partick to the Expressway underpass on to the cycleway on South Street. Following the cycleway through Yoker & Clydebank we arrived at Bowling just after 11.15am. After a wee break we headed back into Glasgow, veering left along the canal at Clydebank instead of the cycle path, arriving at the bottom of Cleveden hill around 1pm.

Clyde Cyle 2015

Senior Day Out 2014

 

As many of our Senior boys were leaving us at the end of this session we planned an extra day out for them on Saturday 21st June 2014! 5 seniors & 3 staff hopped in the minibus and took a trip to Dunbar. After a detour for some donuts at Krispy Kreme we arrive in Dunbar at 11am and headed for Belhaven Beach for a game of beach volleyball. Once we were suitably sandy we headed along to Foxlake Adventures for a session on their Foxfall obstacle course. Wearing wetsuits and helmets all the boys & staff tackled the obstacle course, without safety ropes, perched above a man-made pond!

Beach Volleyball Foxfall Surfing

Once dried we grabbed some lunch and travelled back to Belhaven Beach to pull on another wetsuit for a couple of hours of surfing. All the seniors thoroughly enjoyed the lesson, most even managing to stand up on their boards by the end of the lesson! After fighting our way out our wetsuits we headed into Dunbar for dinner, a chippy, then back to the beach for a game of football before returning home after a long, action-packed day!

Summer Day Out 2014

 

We held our final all-age trip of the session, our Summer Day Out, on Saturday 14th June 2014 to Aberfoyle. Fifteen boys & 5 staff left Glasgow at 8.45am on a sunny June day and arrived at Loch Katrine just before 10am to enjoy a day of cycling. The boys & staff hired bikes from Katrine Wheelz at the end of Loch Katrine and spent the 4 hours cycling around the banks of the loch, stopping for lunch and an ice cream at Stronachlachar!

Lunchtime at Stronachlachar Waterpark in Loch Katrine

After our cycle adventure we headed back over the Duke's Pass to Aberfoyle for a quick game of football and then onto the Water Park at Kinlochard. Here the boys, (& some staff), donned wetsuits and waded into Loch Ard to spend a couple of hours of fun on the inflatables on the loch. After drying out everyone hopped back into the minibus for the short trip back to Glasgow to end a great day!

Bute Cycle 2012

 

The boys & staff took a trip 'doon the watter' on Saturday 6th October 2012, donning their cycling gear for a tour around the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. We all piled into the minibus and drove down to Wemyss Bay, arriving around 10am and got the ferry over to Rothesay, (many thanks to CalMac for their help). Once in Rothesay we headed to the Bike Shed and hired bikes to cycle around the south of the island. Splitting into 2 groups the boys & staff pedalled the 8 miles down to Kilchattan Bay for a spot of lunch.

After lunch we followed the coast road round for 11.5 miles and reached the Ettrick Bay tearoom for some energy restoring cake! Some hasty boys had covered a few miles more than everyone else by this point due to them taking the wrong turning at a junction and arriving in Rothesay at 2pm! Some confused phone calls later relayed the information that they had to return along the road to meet up with the rest of the group, meaning they had covered an extra 5 miles! To further add to the excitement no less than 4 boys received punctures on this part of the route and some very helpful assistance from the man at the bike shop meant all were able to make it to the tearoom on a working bike!

All but one member of the group made it the 20 miles to Ettrick Bay, Mr Cumming felt it best to take a shortcut back to Rothesay and collect the minibus! From the tearoom the older boys hopped back on their bikes and cycled back to Rothesay via Port Bannatyne, (another 5 miles), whilst the younger guys climbed into the minibus. After returning the bikes to the hire shop we made a dash for the ferry, returning to the mainland and arriving back in Glasgow around 6.30pm. A great day was had by all and the weather was kind to us, dry & not too cold all day!

(l to r): Our route around Bute, the boys & staff before setting off and which way at the junction?

Trip to Seil 2012

 

The boys & staff headed to Seil, near Oban on Friday 15th June 2012 for an overnight stay in Seil Village Hall in the village of Ellenabeich. Arriving at 9pm the boys managed a game of football before dark, followed by supper, (hot dogs), and an Olympic-themed quiz. Saturday morning brought wet and windy weather, not great for any outdoor activites however after donning the waterproofs the boys managed a treasure hunt around the village before a bracing hike up the hill overlooking the island of Easdale and the other nearby islands. After lunch in the hall we headed off to Seafari, a 2-hour powerboat tour around the islands of Scarba & Jura taking in the wildlife along the way. Due to the conditions the sea was nice and choppy, providing pletty of bumps and spray for the passengers! Despite the weather all the boys & staff thoroughly enjoyed the trip and returned home tired but happy on the Saturday evening.

outside the village hall preparing for Seafari The 'Celtic Nomad' speeding past

(l to r): The boys & staff outside Seil Village Hall, preparing for Seafari and out on the water in 'Celtic Nomad'

BBC Filming 2012

 

Friday 24th February saw Ian Hislop and a camera crew attend our normal parade night to film what we do. The crew filmed the opening parade, drill & trampolining for a forthcoming BBC2 television series about Britain through the centuries and the role the Boys' Brigade played in the moral and physical character building of young men. As well as filming the activities Ian interviewed a few of the boys, asking them what they enjoy about the BB and how it plays a part in the building of their character. The programme called "Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip" is due to be shown on Tuesday 9th October from 9-10pm on BBC2.

BBC Filming with Ian Hislop

The boys & staff with Ian Hislop