A TEAM of whizzkids has scooped a top award for their dedicated service.
Four members of the Boys’ Brigade in the East Durham Batallion have achieved the Boys’ Brigade top award of the Queen’s Badge.
In front of a packed audience at Chester-le-Street Methodist Church, Daniel Miller, Jack Rowell and Chris Winn, of the 1st Chester-le-Street Company, together with Andrew Berston, of 16th East Durham Company in Fulwell, were presented with their awards.
Hannah Bayman, of BBC Look North, presented the youngsters with their awards at a combined Circuit Harvest Festival and Presentation Service at the church.
Hannah worked with Daniel in his role as Whizzkidz ambassador when Daniel and several other Whizzkidz visited the BBC studios.
Hannah kept in touch with the group and when asked if she would be willing to present the awards, she agreed.
In order to gain the award, boys must first gain the President’s Badge, usually when they are 15 years old and have been in the company for at least a year.
Then the Queen’s Badge award takes a further minimum of 12 months to complete, typically 18 to 24 months, and requires members to take an active part in the Boys’ Brigade, as a junior leader, as well as being active in the church and community.
At the same time they must develop, or take on new, physical skills and interests, and may also take part in expedition work, which if completed makes them eligible for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award.
In addition, to this they must also complete a Skills based course and a weekend residential course, keeping a log of all their activities.
Derick Lawson, captain of 1st Chester-le-Street Boys’ Brigade, said: “Apart from the work involved in gaining this award, it is also worth noting that these young men first joined Boys’ Brigade at the tender age of five.
“They have also been members for the last 12 years, over two-thirds of their lives, indicating their commitment and dedication.”
For more information on the Boys’ Brigade, visit www.boys-brigade.org.uk.