Events in the 1st Woodley Boys' Brigade



Every year in August, the oldest Juniors go with Company and Senior Sections for a week camping in tents.
In recent years, we have been to Bournemouth, Wareham, Eastbourne and the New Forest.

Usually the site offers activities such as climbing walls, abseiling, archery, rifle shooting, high-ropes and bridge building, under the supervision of quaified staff. We also go to the beach, and visit other off-site attractions including theme parks, Bovington Tank Museum, Laser Quest, water parks and the cinema.

Meals are cooked in the camp kitchen but we will sometimes use a barbecue!

Inter-tent sports and games are also popular, with prizes on offer at the end of the week. Many remember camp amongst the highlights of their experience in BB.


1st Woodley is an operator of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme, and boys go away 2 or 3 days each year for the expedition part of the award. This is usually in the New Forest, but we have also visited Oxfordshire, as well as camping more locally near Wargrave.

Boys sleep in light-weight tents, do their own cooking on gas-powered trangia stoves and practice map and compass skills through woods and open moorland. After-dark wide games are a major attraction.

Duke of Edinburgh awards can be gained with the BB to Bronze and Silver levels, and are highly valued on Personal Statements and Job Applications.


Once a year, usually in May, the boys of all sections invite parents and friends to an evening event at Christ Church. Awards and badges are presented for achievements over the year and boys present a series of display items - some with parental participation! Items have included team games, musical numbers, reconstructions of events, humorous sketches, dramatised Bible stories and tent-pitching demonstrations!


As part of Christ Church the BB are invited to take part in one YPS each term. Usually, boys rehearse and put on a scripted drama, portrating Bible events in a more modern setting, and with some humorous punchlines! All of the youth organisations in the Church take part - some joining the band for the morning! The service concludes with squash and biscuits or cakes in one of the church halls.


In years gone by the BB have entered a float and the Company band in the procession, but more usually now our participation is restricted to a stall in the carnival field. Recently, the stall has been a football game, challenging boys and girls to score "goals" by kicking the ball through holes in a wooden framework.