The Boys’ Brigade
The Boys’ Brigade is one of the UK’s largest Christian youth organisations and is committed to the enrichment of lives by encouraging young people to reach their full potential through engagement in a range of enjoyable and developmental activities. Youngsters from four to eighteen gain skills, build confidence, make friends and learn to take on responsibility and make a real difference in their communities.
A wide range of activities ensure that there is something for all to enjoy, from games and crafts to five-a-side football and outdoor adventures. Each youngster is encouraged to develop their skills by gaining badges that recognise progress and proficiency in particular disciplines. Those in the Junior, Company and Senior sections also have the opportunity to take part in outward bound type residential weekends and, what is the highlight of the year for many, the annual under-canvas camp.
The 59th Birmingham Boys’ Brigade is part of the Birmingham Battalion and this provides an opportunity to take part in events, activities and sports with other Companies and forge new friendships.
Brigade meetings take place on a Wednesday evening during school term time and are divided into four sections according to age:
Ages 4 - 8 years • Wednesday 6.15pm - 7.15pm • Term Time
The youngest group – for school years 1, 2 and 3 – are the Anchor Boys: a name derived from the Boys' Brigade logo. Sessions start with a selection of games before heading to the classroom to get creative with the emphasis on fun - and gaining those first badges!
Ages 8 - 11 years • Wednesday 6.30pm - 8pm • Term Time
For school years 4, 5 and 6: Juniors take on challenges, embark on adventures and learn all about teamwork - not forgetting plenty of fun, games and enjoyment along the way.
Ages 11 - 15 years • Wednesday 7.15pm - 9.15pm • Term Time
At Company level the emphasis is on continuing personal development and engagement with the local community in activities such as helping with fundraising for local and international projects, whilst also enjoying active sports such as football and hockey, and wide interests that can be as varied as astronomy, conservation and cooking. Company members have an element of input into the programme and through their activities are able to work to obtain their President’s Badge.
Ages 15 - 18 years • Wednesday 7.15pm - 9.15pm • Term Time
The Seniors use their skills and experience to organise their own development programme either as part of a team or through individual projects. The ultimate goal is obtaining their Queen’s Badge - the most prestigious of all - which during the process will involve them in inspirational projects, in-depth discussion, the mentoring of younger Brigade members and the development of skills to prepare them for adult and working life.
The Aim of Boys’ Brigade:
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.
Boys’ Brigade Motto:
Sure & Steadfast - Book of Hebrews, Chapter 6, Verse 19.
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