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Youth Leader Training

The Coleraine & District Battalion will be hosting a non-residential Youth Leader Training (YLT) course. The programme will run over two Saturdays at Macosquin Presbyterian Church Hall.
  • Saturday 14th March 2009
  • Saturday 21st March 2009
  • Courses will commence at 9.45 AM and end at 8.00 PM.
To fulfil the course requirements, attendance at both sessions is required. To be eligible for Youth Leader Training an applicant must be at least 18 years of age. Registration forms can be downloaded from Northern Ireland District website. Click here.

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Northern Ireland District Camp 2009

The 2009 Northern Ireland District Camp will take place at Crawfordsburn Country Park on the southern shores of Belfast Lough. There is an excellent infrastructure for the size of camp we anticipate with a wide range of activities available on-site or near-by.


We anticipate arrivals between 6.00pm and 8.00pm on Tuesday 30 June, with the first activity at 8.30pm. Camp will close at 2.30pm on Sunday 5 July.


The programme will include: Watersports, canoeing and raft building; Adventure activities abseiling, orienteering and pioneering; Competitions go-kart racing, archery, and par 3 golf; Sports, football, softball, volleyball, etc... and a few visits to local places of interest.


In order that no one will be overwhelmed by the numbers we are expecting at camp, there will be a number of ‘villages’ with about 40 boys and 8-10 staff in each. Most of the activities will be on a village basis, but there will be times each day when the whole camp will meet together.


These will be an important part of camp life. In the mornings there will be a short time of worship to begin the day’s programme; in the evening a fast-moving and varied programme is being arranged.


Meals will be provided centrally. To allow off-site activities and save time, packed lunches will be provided as appropriate. There will also be tuck shop facilities on site.


£121 per person, which includes all camping costs, food and activities. We are asking for a non-refundable deposit of £31 per person to be paid by 28 February, followed by three payments of £30 by 31 March, 30 April and 31 May respectively.

Anyone interested should contact their Company Captain for relevent registration forms. Leaders should contact Rathmore House directly. 

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Reception by the Mayor of Coleraine

On Thursday 26th February the Mayor of Coleraine Borough Council will hold a reception for the Coleraine and District Battalion in honour of the 125th Anniversary of the Boys' Brigade.

Arrangements: Boys and Officers in full uniform are asked to meet at the Cloonavin Council Offices, Portstewart Road (click here for map) no later than 7pm and refreshments will be served. Companies are permitted to send a party of five, at least one Officer and hopefully at least one boy from each section. The evening will last approximately 11/2 hours.

For further information contact Alan Morrison (Battalion Secretary) via his or the battalion email address.

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