The BB Mountaineering Club, founded in 1965, consists of past and present members and friends of The Boys' Brigade, from all parts of the country, interested in all types of mountain based activities. These include all aspects of mountaineering, including hill walking and rock scrambling, rock climbing and abseiling, via ferrata, alpine climbing, winter mountaineering, snow and ice climbing as well as mountain biking and, in earlier years, skiing.
We have produced an A4 trifold publicity handout that explains what the Club is about and what it has to offer to BB companies and leaders.
The BBMC regularly organises meets which are usually either day walks or weekend meets in the mountains of England and Wales or occasionally longer meets in the highlands and islands of Scotland and in the Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees.
Because Club meets are open to members of the Boys' Brigade (and Girls' Association) who may be under 18, all adult members of the BBMC, if they are not already registered as leaders in a Boys' Brigade Company or Battalion, are required to register as "national" leaders with BB Headquarters to comply with the The Boys' Brigade Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. This means that all adults members of the Club will have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (which has replaced the Criminal Records Bureau Check).
The Club maintains a Leaders' List of those members qualified to lead particular activiities. These qualifications include the BB's Expedition & Outdoor Leadership Advanced Certificate as well as nationally recognised qualifications such as Mountain Leader (Summer), Hill and Moorland Leader, Expedition Leadership, DofE Accredited Assessor, Rock Climbing Instructor and Mountain Bike Leader.
The Club regards the training of Leaders and potential Leaders (both formally and informally) as one of its main functions. It regularly organises training courses in navigation and outdoor first aid.
DofE Award Scheme
Every year, the club organises training courses that are suitable for training Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme participants in navigation skills up to Gold level. The Club hopes to further develop its DofE activities over the next year or two.