The Boys' Brigade has been around for more than 110 years and is part of the boyhood experience of many adults. We resist the temptation to live in the past because our function is to serve today's young people.
Our Founder, Sir William Alexander Smith, included in our Object "The Promotion of habits of Obedience, Discipline, Self-Respect and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness" and that has not been changed.
What has changed is how we go about promoting that object. We recognise that the influences surrounding our young people are not always helpful and that too many lose control at great cost to themselves, their families and the community. The answer is to catch the energy and enthusiasm of youth and to channel it purposefully.
The Boys' Brigade develops a boy's awareness of his own community and creates opportunities for service.
The Boys' Brigade develops latent leadership qualities so that boys become contributors to the life of their community - not just takers.
The Boys' Brigade encourages boys to get involved in their Company, their Church and the community, and this involvement means taking responsibility for what happens.
The Boys' Brigade does not confine itself to the well motivated and prosperous young people. It offers support and interest to the less fortunate and recognises the value of adult interest as young people develop.
The Boys' Brigade is staffed by unpaid officers with only a small core of full time staff. The officers give of their time to provide the activities within our local unit - the Company, which itself is part of the local Church.
Each company is split into a number of groups. To find out more about how each section operates follow the appropriate links to the left:
The Boys' Brigade is also a member of the World Conference.
If you are interested in joining The Boys' Brigade, either as a Boy or as an officer, please contact your state headquarters.
Peter Shave (9 Jun 2006)