YOUNGSTERS in Stirling and Clacks Boys' Brigade are on a high after a £50,000 revamp of the group's programme.

The revitalised programme incorporates several key themes, including activities and learning about social issues such as ocean protection and human rights.

Fraser Boyd, secretary for the seven companies in Stirling and Clacks, said: "We're getting great feedback about how much the leaders and boys are enjoying the new programme.

"With the new format, the activities are always up-to-date, relevant and engaging and easy to plan, while really building on skills and enjoyment for the boys who experience the programme each week."

John Sharp, director for Scotland at The Boys' Brigade, added: "The work of [the organisation] is about seeing young people learn, grow and discover.

"Our new programme is aimed at supporting young people by promoting citizenship, encouraging volunteering and leadership, developing self-confidence, building resilience, promoting healthy and active living, building lasting relationships and supporting learning.

"We've talked to members and their parents and we know what they want to get out of their involvement with The Boys' Brigade.

"Our new programme has been designed to enable that learning and to then encourage young people to take action."

The Boys' Brigade was founded in Glasgow in 1883, and has grown into an international organisation working with millions of young people aged 5-11.

The group supports thousands of children in Scotland.

Anyone looking for The Boys' Brigade's help with a local project should phone 01324 562 008, or alternatively email