Glasgow Boys’ Brigade

Glasgow Boys’ Brigade

At a glance

Causes

  • Young people

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Regional

Objectives

The Boys' Brigade is one of the biggest Christian Youth Organisations in the UK & Republic of Ireland, committed to seeing lives enriched by supporting children and young people to reach their full potential by providing opportunities to meet together and engage in a range of fun and developmental activities and experiences.

There's something for every young person whether it's camping or kayaking, first aid or five a side. Members develop skills, build confidence, make friends, take responsibility and are encouraged to make a real difference in their communities - sharing the values that make us who we are.

Our object:
The advancement of Christ's kingdom among boys and the promotion of habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self-respect, and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness"

The Boys' Brigade began here in Glasgow in October 1883, and quickly spread around the UK. It was on 12th October 1885 that the twelve Glasgow Companies held a meeting to form the Glasgow Battalion.

140 years later Glasgow Battalion comprises 45 Companies operating in Glasgow and East Kilbride, the role of a Battalion is to promote the interests of the Brigade in its area by organising activities for members; by the provision of support, training and opportunities for fellowship for Leaders; and by seeking opportunities for development of the Brigade to fulfil its Object better.

Activities

Our programme runs from age 4/5 thought to 18.

In the 4/7 age - Anchors - we seek to build firm foundations, establish a group identity and nurture responsibility. Our youngsters do lots of different activities which include crafts, music, games, sports, making friends, prayer, and Bible stories. The Anchors programme is organised into six programme zones of Get Active, Get Into the Bible, Get Creative, Get Learning, Get Adventurous and Get Involved, through which the children have the opportunity to gain awards.

 

Juniors aged 8 - 10 have fun-packed sessions full of challenges, games and activities, usually ones that they have suggested themselves. We cater for just about every possible interest and at the same time support them to look beyond themselves. The Juniors programme is organised into six programme zones of Get Active, Get Into the Bible, Get Creative, Get Learning, Get Adventurous and Get Involved, through which the children have the opportunity to gain awards.

 

At Company age 11-14, It’s all about young people learning new skills, making their own decisions and then achieving their personal goals. The Company programme is organised into six programme zones of Get Active, Get Into the Bible, Get Creative, Get Learning, Get Adventurous and Get Involved, through which the young people have the opportunity to gain awards. Young people can get involved in anything from helping others in their local community to playing sports, trying out adventure activities or being creative through dance or art – there’s something for everyone! There are also opportunities to go away on camps and residentials, which are often the highlights in the annual programme. We also promote the Duke of Edinburgh awards.

 

Moving on from the Company age group our Seniors (15-18) are all about young people planning and delivering their own programme. A wide range of topics focus on building life skills, encouraging recreation and leisure pursuits and being an active citizen with the programme split into projects and challenges allowing young people to dip in and out as time allows. Each year young people can gain awards based on their participation in the programme. In addition to this young people can start out or continue their journey through our Major Awards Programme: - Duke of Edinburgh/President's/King's Badge.  

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