The Geraldton Boys’ Brigade start their 2020 activities with a meeting tomorrow night — and two brothers will have special medals to show their mates. Mitchell and Justin de Vries of Greenough were recipients of the Queen’s Badge and the William Alexander Smith award respectively for 2019. WA Governor Kim Beazley made the presentations. Geraldton youngster Peter Davies was also presented with the same award as Justin. The Queen’s Badge is the highest award in the Boys’ Brigade. Mitchell, 19, is an apprentice electrician, while Justin, 17, is in his final year of secondary school. Boys Brigades is a ministry of the Anglican church. “The awards are great recognition for the boys and what they have achieved,” Reverend Eion Simmons, captain of the Geraldton Boys’ Brigade, said. “Over their time in the brigade, boys earn badges for the various stages they have reached. There is an increase in difficulty. Badges are given for different degrees of leadership and, among other things, include bushcraft skills, scriptural knowledge, sport and involvement in the community.” The Geraldton Boys Brigade has three age groups: Anchors (pre-primary), juniors (primary school) and seniors (high school). Activities include cooking, craft, games, badge work, camping, hiking and outings.