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                      TARGET AWARD NOTES


The motto of the Boys' Brigade is "Sure and Stedfast". This is taken from the bible's book
of Hebrews chapter 6 verse 19 (Heb 6:19).


The Object of the Boys' Brigade shall be the advancement of Christ's Kingdom
among Boys and the promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-
respect and all that tends towards a true Christian Manliness.


The Emblem was originally an anchor. It is inspired from the same passage as where the
BB Motto came from, Hebrews 6:19 which says "which hope we have as an anchor of the
soul, both Sure and Stedfast" With the union of The Boys' Brigade and The Boys' Life
Brigade in 1926, the red cross from the BLB's emblem was added to the anchor.

VESPER                                          THE LORD’S PRAYER

Great God who knowest all our needs,            Our Father in heaven,
Bless Thou our watch and guard our sleep,       Hallowed be Thy name.
Forgive our sins of thoughts and deeds,         Thy kingdom come,
And in Thy peace Thy servants keep,             Thy will be done,
                                                On earth as it is in heaven.
We thank Thee for the day that's done,
We trust Thee for the days to be,               Give us this day our daily bread,
Thy love we learn in Christ Thy Son,            And forgive us our sins as we forgive
O may we all His glory see.                     those who sin against us.
                                                Lead us not into temptation but deliver us
Amen                                            from evil.
                                                For Thine is the kingdom and the power
TABLE GRACE                                     and the glory forever.
Be present at our table Lord,                   Amen
Be here and everywhere adored,
His mercies bless and grant that we
May feast in fellowship with Thee.


The Boys' Brigade was founded on 4th October 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith at
the Free College Mission Hall at North Woodside Road, Glasgow. It was the first of all
uniformed organisations for boys and girls which has since spread over the world.
(meaning BB is the first ever UYO)

Our founder Sir William Alexander Smith was a businessman, part-time soldier and a
Sunday School Teacher in church. He devised a unique system of giving Boys an
organisation as part of the church based on the twin pillars of Christian Education and
Discipline. At the start of the 1st Glasgow Company (the first ever BB company), 50 Boys
joined (many out of curiosity) but 35 of them eventually stayed. In 1886 the first BB Camp
was held, which was in fact the starting of camping for young people.

Following the impact made by the The Boys' Brigade, other uniformed organisations were
started - Church Lad's Brigade (1890), Boys' Life Brigade (1899), Girls's Brigade (1902),
Boys Scouts (1908) and Girl Guides (1910). All of these organisations can trace the idea of
uniformed youth back to 1883 and Sir William Alexander Smith.

Our founder Sir William Smith was born on 27th October 1854 at Pennyland House,
Thurso, Scotland. His father and grandfathers before him has been officers in the Army.
Young William began work as a clerk in his uncle's business in Glasgow at the age of 15,
and while still in his teens he enrolled in the 1st Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers. He later
attained the rank of Major, commanded it's Mounted detachment, and left the Volunteers as
a Lieutenant-Colonel. He started BB in 1883, and in 1888 he became its full-time Brigade
Secretary, preferring the humbler appointment of Brigade Secretary to that of Brigade

He was knighted in July 1909 by King Edward VII for his work in The Boys' Brigade.
During a BB Executive meeting in London, Sir William A. Smith fell ill and two days later on
the morning of 10 May 1914, passed away.

An important Practice set by our founder was to spell Boy with a capital 'B'.


BB was introduced in Singapore by James Milner Fraser, an architect from Britain and a
former member of the 23rd Aberdeen BB Company and the 33rd London BB Company. He
started the 1st Singapore Company on 12th January 1930 at Prinsep Street
Presbyterian Church, with the help of ex-Sgt Quek Eng Moh of the 1st Swatow Company
from China. They got 12 Boys to join initially.

By the time the company was officially enrolled by Brigade Headquarters in London in
August 1930, the membership had risen to 40. The company Chaplain was the Rev William
Murray and Fraser's lieutenants were John McNeish and Dong Chui Sing. Bible class, drill,
concerts, first aid, swimming, fencing were examples of the core of the BB Syllabus initially.
The first camp was held in 1931 at the Singapore Volunteer Camp at Siglap.
By 1936 there were 6 Singapore BB Companies - a Battalion of 200 Boys in total. Fraser
served as Brigade President from 1936 to 1956. In 1940 he handed the captaincy of the 1st
Singapore Company to one of his Boys, S P Chua. By 1968 there were 28 companies in
Singapore. The President of the Republic of Singapore became our Patron in 1971.


The flag consists of two equal horizontal sections, red above white. In the upper left section
are a white crescent moon, and five white stars forming a circle. Each feature of the flag
has its own distinctive meaning and significance. Red symbolises universal brotherhood
and equality of man. White signifies pervading and everlasting purity and virtue. The
crescent moon represents a young nation on the ascendant. The five stars stand for
the nation's ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.


The state crest consists of a shield emblazoned with a white crescent moon and five white
stars against a red background. Like the Singapore flag, Red is symbolic of universal
brotherhood and equality of man, and white signifies pervading and everlasting purity and
virtue. The five stars represent the five ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and
equality. Supporting the shield are a lion on the left and a tiger on the right. Below the
shield is a banner inscribed with the Republic's motto, Majulah Singapura. The lion
represents Singapore itself and the tiger, the island's historical links with Malaysia.


Mari kita rakyat Singapura
Sama-sama menuju bahagia
Cita-cita kita yang mulia
Berjaya Singapura

Marilah kita bersatu
Dengan semangat yang baru
Semua kita berseru
Majulah Singapura
Majulah Singapura


We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
progress for our nation.
                    OFFICERS’ APPOINTMENTS 2005
Captain                           Mr Jonathan Ng, LTA
Officer Commanding (OC)           Mr Ivan Sim, 2LT
Deputy OC                         Mr Daniel Leong, 2LT
Sec 1 Officer-In-Charge           Mr Jarret Kan, OCT
Sec 2 Officer-In-Charge           Mr Wesley Cheong, 2LT
Sec 3 Officer-In-Charge           Mr Ivan Sim, 2LT
Sec 4 Officer-In-Charge           Mr Ivan Sim, 2LT
Seniors Officer-In-Charge         Mr Ivan Sim, 2LT
TA 1 Officer-In-Charge            Mr Simon Lai, OCT
TA 2 Officer-In-Charge            Mrs Gina Ong, OCT

Training Officers                 Mr Simon Lai, OCT (Sec1 TO)
                                  Mrs Gina Ong, OCT (Sec1 TO)
                                  Mr Andre Foo, 2LT (Sec 1 TO)
                                  Mr Allan Lee, OCT (Sec2 TO)
                                  Mr Matthew Kwan, OCT (Sec2 TO)
                                  Mr Nicholas Chen, OCT (Sec3 TO)

Instructors                       Ms Esther Guo (Sec4 Instructor)
                                  Ms Simone Erasmus (Sec4 Instructor)

Awards Officer                    Mr Simon Lai, OCT
Band Officer                      Mr Daniel Leong, 2LT
Christian Education Officer       Mr Allan Lee, OCT
Drill Officer                     Mr Ivan Sim, 2LT
Missions Officer                  Mr Wesley Cheong, 2LT

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