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  Version 1.0   Released: November 2007

     Boys’ Brigade
    Knowledge Badge
      - Interview -

                  The Boys' Brigade Queensland
The Boys' Brigade Queensland – BB Knowledge Badge (Interview)                             Candidate Resources

                   Global Fellowship of Christian Youth
                   The Boys' Brigade Australia (BBA) is part of an international, inter-denominational
                   Christian Movement of uniformed organisations with a worldwide membership in excess of
                   750,000 young people spanning 60 organisations across the globe.
                   In 1963, The World Conference of The Boys’ Brigade was born out of the international
                   department of The Boys’ Brigade United Kingdom. The objective of this new entity was to
ensure that ownership and the decisions of BB were shared internationally, rather than under the jurisdiction of
the UK alone.
In 2002, the World Conference underwent a name change and became known as the Global Fellowship of
Christian Youth. This change was to acknowledge the growing and diverse nature of the member youth
organisations. Member organisations range from those that work exclusively with boys and young men, to those
with boys, girls, teenagers and young adults between the ages of 5 and 25 years.
The aims and objectives of the Global Fellowship include:
          Assisting and advising on fundraising
          Sourcing and distributing information, ideas and resources
          Providing consultation in respect of core activities and programme development
          Working for the development of leadership and leader training
          Encouraging the exchange of leaders and youth
          Facilitating joint activities and contacts
          Offering a common global profile
          Promoting growth of membership by extension into new areas
Global Fellowship is an ecumenical organisation, whose members belong to many different denominations, and
it recognized by The World Council of Churches, the largest ecumenical church body in the world.
The Global Fellowship is split into ten ‘Regional Fellowships’:
          Pacific Region                                     Central & Southern Africa Region
          South East Asia Region                             West African Region
          South Asia Region                                  South East Caribbean Region
          European Region                                    Western Caribbean Region
          East Africa Region                                 North America and Bermuda Region

The Global Fellowship is run by an Executive Committee which comprises representatives from the various
regional fellowships. The day-to-day business of the Global Fellowship is handled by a Chief Executive. At
present, the Chief Executive is Mr Tim Pratt, who is based in Auckland, New Zealand.
For more information on The Global Fellowship, check out the website

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                    The Pacific Regional Fellowship
                    Australia is a member of the Pacific Regional Fellowship (the PRF). The PRF is a
                    Fellowship of those involved in the work of The Boys’ Brigade (BB) in a number of
                    different countries throughout the South Pacific area.
                    Member countries are linked through the PRF as equal partners, primarily for the purposes
                    of mutual support and encouragement. That involves a commitment to the sharing of skills,
experience and resources, and each country learning from all of the others.
The PRF was formed in 1962, originally incorporating organisations from throughout the Pacific and Eastern
Asian areas. Due to the size of the organisation in 1974, Malaysia, Singapore and the other northern countries
separated to form the East Asia Regional Fellowship.
The PRF currently links more than 20,000 members and leaders throughout the Pacific Region. Australia is
represented at this level by two members. Member countries and organisations are:
          Australia – The Boys’ Brigade                           Samoa (American) – The Boys’ Brigade
          Cook Islands – The Boys’ Brigade                        Samoa (Western) – The Boys’ Brigade
          New Zealand – The Boys’ Brigade                         Solomon Islands – The Boys’ Brigade
          Niue – The Boys’ Brigade                                Tonga – The Boys’ Brigade
          Papua New Guinea – The Boys’ Brigade                    Tuvalu – The Boys’ Brigade

The PRF attempts to:
          encourage wider BB fellowship amongst Boys and Officers in the region
          foster extension
          provide mutual assistance
The PRF meets every three years. Between meetings the work of the Fellowship is handled by a small Executive
Committee from one of the member countries. This responsibility is accepted from meeting to meeting on a
rotational basis around the Fellowship. At present the Executive is based in New Zealand.
BBA operates a ‘Pacific Extension Fund’ to assist in funding valuable extension in the Pacific. Money for this
fund comes from Australian BB Companies and Battalions. The money is used for the provision of field
workers, printed materials and all matters related to extension of the Movement throughout PRF.

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This is the level of the Movement where broad directions and policy are set. The main areas of national policy
development include training, uniform, promotional materials, program resource, national BB/GB relations and
future directions for the Movement in Australia. There are three bodies at the Australian level of the Movement.

The Australian Council
This is the overall controlling body of the Movement in Australia. Membership of this Council is open to all
registered Company Officers but rarely meets because of the difficulty and cost of organizing meetings. Its
purpose is to gather the Movement together for fellowship, discussion and review of the work of the Brigade.
The last meeting of the Council was held in Melbourne in 1990 to commemorate the centenary of Boys’ Brigade
in Australia. Participants also attended a special Church service at St Marks Anglican Church, Fitzroy where BB
actually started in Australia. The Council entrusts the running of the Movement to the Australian Executive and
may, on occasion, make recommendations to the Executive for consideration.

Australian Executive
This body is made up of national Office Bearers (President, Executive Chairman, Executive Director, Treasurer,
and Operations, Training, Finance, International Directors) who are elected tri-annually, along with
representatives from each State/Territory. The representatives from each State/Territorial Council are elected
annually on the basis of one 'rep' for every 30 registered and active Companies, with a minimum of 2
representatives from each State and 1 representative from each Territory. This committee is the major decision
making body at the national level and is charged with the task of running the Movement at Australian level. The
Australian Executive meets at least twice a year. Between meetings the business of the Executive is conducted
by tele-conference, as required, by a sub-committee known as the Management Committee.

Management Committee
This committee has a membership of the national directors and is charged with responsibility for dealing with
administrative matters that arise between meetings of the full Executive. It reports to the Australian Executive.

Office Bearers of the Australian Executive
Use the internet to research and fill in the following information:
      Executive Chairman
      Operations Director
      Training Director
      International Director
      Finance Director
      Executive Officer
                                       His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC
      Australian Patron
                                       Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
                                       Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia
                                       Moderator-General, Presbyterian Church
      Honorary Vice Patrons            President, Uniting Church in Australia
                                       President-General, Baptist Union of Australia
                                       Federal Conference President of the Churches of Christ

More information about BB Australia can be found at:

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Pan Australian Camps
Every three years BB Australia conducts a national/international camp called the Pan Australian Camp. These
camps bring together campers from around Australia and the wider BB world for a time of fun and fellowship.
The first PA Camp was held in Narrabeen, in New South Wales, in January 1963. Since this first camp, PA
Camps have been held every 3 years. Camps have been held at:
      16th     Phillip Island, Vic    Jan 2008
      15th     Stanwell Tops, NSW Dec 2004 – Jan 2005
      14th     Canberra, ACT          Jan 2002
      13th     Brisbane, QLD          Jan 1999               600+ Campers
      12th     Perth, WA              Dec 1995 – Jan 1996 600+ Campers
      11th     Newcastle, NSW         Jan 1993               600+ Campers
      10th     Brisbane, QLD          Jan 1990               900+ Campers
      9th      Adelaide, SA           Jan 1987               700+ Campers
      8th      Canberra, ACT          Dec 1983 – Jan 1984 1400+ Campers
      7th      Melbourne, Vic         Jan 1981               800+ Campers
      6th      Perth, WA              Dec 1977 – Jan 1978 600+ Campers
      5th      Devonport, Tas         Dec 1974 – Jan 1975 1000+ Campers
      4th      Rabaul, PNG            Dec 1971 – Jan 1972 400+ Campers
      3rd      Stanwell Tops, NSW Jan 1969                   600+ Campers
      2nd      Southport, QLD         Jan 1966               600+ Campers
      1st      Narrabeen, NSW         Jan 1963               300+ Campers

More information about Pan Australia Camps can be found at:

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This is this level of the organisation that 'delivers' the resources and support to the Companies and the leaders at
the 'front line' of BB. The state body has prime responsibility for support, encouragement and guidance of the
Movement and its members within each State/Territory. It has the opportunity to 'direction' the Movement
according to National policy and implementing policy change (uniforms etc) when required.
The State body exercises both oversight and support of Companies, while at the same time affirming the local
church's role in the Company to be one of ownership and the provision of guidance and adult leadership.
The Brigade in Queensland currently consists of 33 companies (local groups) organized into 9 regional
groupings called Battalions or Groups. The Movement has a current state-wide membership of about 1073 Boys
and 300 registered leaders (Officers).

Roles and Responsibilities at State Level
The major role for BB at state level has traditionally been to support the local Company by the provision of
training, uniform supplies, achievement schemes, promotion materials, advice and support.
More specifically, these State level responsibilities involve:
  Provision of the distribution outlet for uniforms and supplies to Companies.
  Organizing activities and events at State level that would not possible without the combined resources and
  talents of the Companies
  Administration of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and Queen's Badge qualification standards for Queensland
  Delivery of resources support for all sections within the companies.
  Support for the district groupings of companies called Battalions and Group Councils.
  Promoting BB to the public and to prospect churches wishing to start companies.
  Provision of communications to Companies and Officers on the activities of the Movement, both in
  Queensland, nationally and on the world scene.
  Managing the financial resources of the Movement in Queensland to enable these responsibilities to be
  carried out.
  Delivery of basic and specialized training to Officers and leaders in the companies.
  Provision of Young Leader training including Young Leader Development Program (Leadership stages 1, 2
  & 3), Senior Boys Weekends and Drill Training Weekends.
  Administration of Officer training and guiding participants through the various stages to registration.

The Queensland State Council
The Brigade in Queensland is controlled by the State Council, which meets at least once a year and is made up
of the registered Officers from all companies. The Council operates within the framework of a Constitution.

State Executive
During the year, between Council meetings, the affairs of the Movement are conducted by the State Executive.
The Executive comprises all the Office Bearers of the Council and a number of Directors and is elected annually
by the Council. Each Executive member looks after a specific area of the work of the Movement in Queensland,
e.g. Training, Development, Finance and Operations (refer Office Bearers). The Executive Officer as a paid
servant of the Movement reports to the State Executive.
Local companies contribute to maintaining a central support facility located in Kelvin Grove, Brisbane that
supports the Movement throughout Queensland.

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Office Bearers of the Queensland Council
Use the internet to research and fill in the following information:
      Deputy Presidents
      State Chaplain

      Representatives to
      Australian Executive

      Executive Officer
                                       Her Excellency Mrs Quentin Bryce, AC
      Australian Patron
                                       Governor of Queensland

      Honorary Vice Patron             The Honourable, Sir Llewellyn Edwards AC

Structure of the Boys’ Brigade Queensland at State Level

                    Executive Officer                                         Chaplain

                    Deputy President                                   Deputy President
                      (City Focus)                                     (Country Focus)

       Battalions & Group Councils                                    Battalions & Group Councils

       Training              Operations           Development         Property               Finance
       Director               Director              Director          Director               Director

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The State is further divided into Battalions or Group Councils. These are principally geographical divisions and
their main purpose includes:
          Mutual support and fellowship between member Companies.
          Organising Battalion events to foster fellowship between Companies and the Boys as well as
          a sense of friendly competition.
          Promoting the Brigade within the local area
Each Battalion/Group Council elects Office Bearers annually to manage its affairs for the year. A minimum of
six Companies in close proximity is required to form a Battalion.
Group Councils operate in much the same way as Battalions but without the minimum membership
requirements of Battalions. They are usually found in country and regional areas.
Battalions/ Group Councils in South-east Old at present are:
          No1 Brisbane Battalion        Inner and western Brisbane suburbs
          No2 Battalion Qld             South-west Brisbane suburbs, Logan, Beenleigh and Gold Coast
          No3 Brisbane Battalion        Northern Brisbane suburbs, Pine Shire and the Sunshine Coast
          John Oxley Battalion          South-east Brisbane suburbs, Bayside, Redlands, Gold Coast
          West Moreton Group            Ipswich and surrounds
          Wide Bay Battalion            Maryborough, Bundaberg, Gympie, Rockhampton
          Darling Downs Group           Toowoomba, Dalby, Warwick

Your Local Battalion/Group Council
The office bearers of your Battalion/Group Council are normally elected annually. Fill in the table below to
outline the office bearers of your Battalion/Group Council:

                Position                          Name                          Home Company
        Deputy President

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                                   THE COMPANY
The Company is the level where the action happens! It is an integral part of the youth and children’s ministry of
the local Church and complements the work of other groups in the Church such as the Children’s Church,
Sunday School, non-uniformed youth groups, etc. Each Company must be a ministry of a local Church.
The Church is responsible for resourcing the Company, in staffing, equipment and finances. Trainee Officers
require local Church endorsement prior to registration being approved by the Brigade. Most Companies meet
weekly and on varying weeknights.
The Company runs programs for boys between 6-18 years of age. A Company is divided into 3 Sections:
          Anchors (formerly Anchor Boys)
          Juniors (formerly No.1 Section)
          Seniors (formerly No.2 Section)
Registered leaders are referred to as Lieutenants or Warrant Officers while the Company leader is nominated as
the Captain. The Captain, as leader of the Officer team, has oversight of all Sections, including financial and
administrative matters. Section leaders, called Officers-in-Charge (OIC), are appointed to head up the leadership
team in each Section. The Captain may also act as an OIC. The local Pastor, or their appointee, usually takes on
the role of Chaplain, overseeing the spiritual side of the program and relating to the Boys and their families.

Anchors (formerly Anchor Boys)
The Anchors Section usually caters for boys in Grades 1 and 2 at school (6-7 years). The uniform is more casual
than the older Sections and has a basic nightly program built around games, craft, devotions and storytelling.

Juniors (formerly No.1 Section)
The Juniors Section caters for Boys in Grades 3 to 6 at school (8-12 years). Boys wear a more formal uniform,
similar to that worn in the Seniors Section. A varied program helps to develop the boys in their spiritual,
educational, social and physical development. The Achievement Scheme gives opportunity for the boys a
number of awards throughout their time in the Section. The Section is divided into 4 year-level groups for
achievements and into multi-age groups for parade and games, etc.

Seniors (formerly No.2 Section)
This Section is for Boys in Grade 7, or higher, at school (12-18 years). Many Companies divide their Seniors
Section into two sub-groups 12-14 years old and 15-18 year olds. Most Companies have multi-age Squad
groups for parades and competitive physical activities. Awards in the form of metal badges can be gained
through the Seniors Awards Scheme. Camps, expeditions and lots of physical activity characterize the program.
The uniform for this section is formal with long trousers replacing the shorts worn in the Juniors Section.

Your Company
Fill in your Company’s leadership team in the table below:
      Company Name
      Parent Church
      Company Administrator
      Anchor Boys OIC
      No1 Section OIC
      No2 Section OIC

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Minimum BB Age for Commencement of Award Level
Group/Award Title                        1        2         3         4    5
   Scripture Knowledge                   12      13        14         15   16
   Service to the Community              12      13        14         15   16
   Citizenship                           15      16        17         18
   Six Month Service                     12
   Preliminary BBK Certificate           13
   BB Knowledge Certificate              14
   BB Knowledge Badge                    16
   Skills                                12      13        14         15   16
   Hobbies                               12      13        14         15   16
   Environmentalist                      12      13        14         15   16
   Expedition                            12      13        14         15   16
   Physical                              12      13        14         15   16
   Sportsman                             12      13        14         15   16
Leadership Certificates
   Red                                   14
   Blue and Above                        15
The Queen's Badge                        16
* A Boy's BB Age is the age that he attains during that year (eg if a Boy turns 15 during a particular year his BB
  Age for that year is 15).
* Work commenced in one session may be carried across into the subsequent session(s). A session runs for a
  calendar year (1 January until 31 December). The next level of an award may be commenced immediately
  upon completing the previous level providing that the minimum age requirements are observed.

Private First Class Requirements
A Boy may be recognized as a Private First Class if he has met the following minimum requirements (shown by
wearing a Blue Lanyard on the Left arm):
    has a One Year Service award at silver level
    has completed at least one weekend leadership course conducted at Battalion or State level (or
    is recognised by the Captain as making a positive contribution to the Company.
    has at least 15 points from the Activity Awards with the following minimum points. (2 extra
    points required can come from any award)
         Core Group
            Scripture Knowledge                            2 points
            Service to the Community                       2 points
         Skills Group                                      3 points
         Outdoor/Adventure Group                           3 points
         Physical Group                                    3 points
         Additional Points                                 2 points

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Queen's Badge Requirements
When determining the points gained towards Private First Class and The Queen's Badge the number of points
gained equals the total number of levels achieved within a group eg level 1 = 1 point, level 2 = 2 points.
Therefore, a Boy with Level 3 of an award has 3 points. If he has two Awards within a group eg Hobbies Level
3 and Skills Level 2 he has 5 points in the Skills group.
    at least three One Year Attendance Badges at Silver level
    either a Green or White Leadership Braid
    at least 25 points from the Activity Awards with the following minimum points gained (extra
    points required can come from any award)
         Core Group
            Scripture Knowledge                         3 points
            Service to the Community                    3 points
            Citizenship                                 2 points
            BB Knowledge Badge                          1 point
         Skills Group                                   4 points
         Outdoor/Adventure Group                        4 points
         Physical Group                                 4 points
         Additional Points                              5 points
A Boy will be eligible to be awarded A Queen's Badge upon gaining awards in all categories at the levels
indicated in the table below. In addition he must have his Captain's recommendation that he is a worthy
It is desirable that assessment of awards at Level 3 and above be carried out by a competent person who is not
the instructor. The Boys' Record Book must be submitted to the relevant State Director along with the official
application form for The Queen's Badge.
A Boy may continue to work towards this award until the end of the session in which he turns 18 BB age.
Where a Boy 18 BB age needs to complete award work for The Queen's Badge after the State's closing date for
applications in that year, with the approval of the State coordinator, he may complete that work by 31 December
so that he would be eligible for the award. The presentation could then take place at the following year's award
ceremony or at another time agreed to by the State coordinator.

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The following sections are to be studied for the BB Knowledge Interview in addition to the information
provided in the publication.

        Section                                 Page
      BB Object and Motto                       3
      Basic History facts                       4
      Leadership positions                      9
      Uniform                                   11
      Wearing of Awards                         12
      On being a Senior                         13
      On Being an NCO                           14
      On Being a Squad Leader                   15
      The Award System overview                 18
      Award Summaries                           19/20
      Badge level Requirements                  20-24

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