Boys' and Girls' Brigades hold annual awards in Beaudesert

AWARDS: Bonnie Stegemann from Cedar Vale took home the Brigader of the Year trophy. Photo: Supplied

AWARDS: Bonnie Stegemann from Cedar Vale took home the Brigader of the Year trophy. Photo: Supplied

THE Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades of Beaudesert proudly received their badges and certificates at the annual awards night on December 1 at the Beaudesert Baptist Church. 

Most of the 40 members received badges and certificates earned throughout the year and some also took home trophies.

Bonnie Stegemann from Cedar Grove, who took home the Brigader of the Year trophy for the second year in a row and the age unit trophy winners were:

  • Matilda Hanson, Cadets
  • James Patterson, Anchors
  • Abigail Jones, junior girls
  • Samuel Stegemann, junior boys
  • Tobias Thompson, senior boys
  • Atarah Lily-Thompson, Pioneers

Also in attendance was Girls’ Brigade State Commissioner Heather Richards, from Rockhampton.

Mrs Richards said she was impressed with the Beaudesert group.

“It has been inspiring to see so many young people in a rural setting drawing from the wealth of experience of one of the finest leader teams that I have seen, making friends, having fun, developing new skills, building faith and living healthy lifestyles,” she said.

Boys’ Brigade captain Kenneth Evans, who relinquished his position to Lenko Amadio on the night, said it felt like the right time to hand the leadership over to someone younger.

“Len is the same age now as Sir William Smith was when he founded the Boys’ Brigade in 1883,” he said.

“I have been involved with brigades all my life, since the age of eight and now I’m 62.

“I will still be very much involved as a leader and look forward to working as one of Len’s team for many years to come.”

Mr Evans said the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade was a vibrant and growing group with a good mix of boys and girls coming from Jimboomba, Rathdowney and the Gold Coast as well as Beaudesert.

“We have about 40 turn up every week, ranging in age from aged five to 18,” he said.

“Depending on their ages we have a range of activities that help them become better citizens, encourage a sense of community and give them leadership skills.

“We also do outdoor adventures and sporting activities like camping, canooing, archery and bushwalking.”

Mr Evans said being involved with Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades also leads to lifelong friendships.

“Some of my best mates are people I met in Brigade when I was a child,” he said.

The Beaudesert Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade meets every Friday during school term from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Baptist Church hall in Eaglesfield Street and the 2018 program starts on February 2.