Hello from all of us at 1st Cowal.
First of all, we hope you had a superb summer break. We are excited to be gearing up to welcome you all back on WEDNESDAY 1st September
In this update we will be giving you an overview of our plans for the next few weeks and beyond, as well as some updates on meeting times, locations and Subs.
When & Where
Our first meeting of the year will be on Wednesday 1st September @ 6pm
This half-term, we will be moving to St. Johns Church in Dunoon. Entry will be by the doors on Victoria Road (opposite Hanover Street Car Park)
On 1st September, section times will be as below;
Anchors – 6pm till 7pm
Juniors – 6pm till 7pm
Company – 6pm till 7:30pm
From Wednesday 8th September our meeting times will be changing;
Anchors – 5:30pm till 6:30pm
Juniors – 6pm till 7pm
Company – 6:30pm till 7:30pm
Our Leaders for 2021/2022
You will be pleased to know our leaders have not changed;
Officer In Charge – Company & Seniors
Leader in Charge – Anchors
Leader in Charge – Juniors
Helper – Church Representative
WE ARE RECRUITING
We are recruiting volunteer leaders – the more leaders we have, the more young people we can welcome.
If you or anyone you know can volunteer an hour of your time each week, every other week – or how often you can, then please register here;
The 1st September will be a relaxed welcome back with games and chatting to ease back into our Wednesday evenings
Our Leaders are all working on a programme for the next few weeks and we will share as we can.
We will also be adding in a few new things for this year;
For the first time in nearly two years, we will be holding a Presentation Evening for all our young people and families on
WEDNESDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER
We will share more details about timings, guests and arrangements in the next couple of weeks
A key part of our programme is around Faith Development.
To support this we will be reintroducing this year Church Parades –
On 4 Sundays a year, our young people will attend a church service at one of the local churches. The services will be;
– Remembrance Day
– Christingle / Carol Service
– Palm Sunday
– Harvest Festival / Thanksgiving
More information on these will be shared as we get closer – and whilst attendance is not compulsory, attendance at these is required to successfully achieve the relevant awards.
We don’t want to give away all the tricks up our sleeves but plans are afoot for new exciting activities this year including walks, sleepovers, day trips and much much more.
As plans start to get finalised we will keep you updated with dates and times and all the other necessary information. WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
Many of you will know that normally the 1st Cowal would charge £2 per week Subs – a sort of membership fee. Due to COVID-19, we decided to suspend the charges earlier this year to get more young people back outdoors and engage in activities safely.
Over the Summer, the Board of Trustees approved a revised Subs amount.
From 1st September, Subs will be £1 per week
We have a number of options available to you to pay – you can pay by cash, card or direct debit – we can be as flexible as needed.
- Weekly – pay weekly when you arrive
- Termly – pay at the start of each term (£12.33 per term)
- Yearly – pay for the full year upfront (£37 per year)
If you have any questions or concerns about Subs please contact Jamie to chat through.
Online Brigade Manager (OBM)
We ask that Parents log into Online Brigade Manager (OBM) and check your child’s records are correct and all your contact details are up to date.
If you cannot login or would like help with this, then come along on Wednesday 1st September and Jamie will be more than happy to help.
It is really important these details are checked regularly to ensure we have the correct information to keep you up to date and can contact you in an emergency.
If you prefer, paper forms will be available to be completed on Wednesday – just speak to Jamie.
This year we will be increasing our use of Social Media to advertise what we do, but most importantly to keep you as parents connected to what we get up to each week.
We also have a private Facebook group just for our parents and young people where we will post updates and photos (where we have permission in OBM) of what we get up to each week
So follow us, join the group and get involved with the conversation!
That’s a wrap…
That is it for this update folks,
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out and get in touch;
1st Cowal Boys’ Brigade & Girls’ Association
The 1st Cowal Company Boys’ Brigade is a Charity Registered in Scotland: SC050657