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About the Boys' Brigade

The Boys' Brigade is the oldest uniformed youth organisation in the world and provides a balanced programme of activities for children and young people from 5 to 18 years old, many of whom would otherwise have no connection with the Church.

Where we came from

Portrait of the Founder of the Boys' Brigade Sir William Alexander Smith

The Boys' Brigade was founded in Glasgow on 4th October 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith. From this one Company formed in Scotland the BB has grown in to a world wide movement having worked with millions of children and young people for over a century and in 2008 we celebrated our 125th Anniversary.

A full and detailed history of The Boys' Brigade called First For Boys written by Donald M. McFarlan can be found on the national Boys' Brigade website.

What we do today

To learn more about the activities and adventures we offer today click on the relevant section for you or your childs' age group from the table below.

  Ages: 5 — 8 Ages: 8 — 11 Ages: 11 — 15 Ages: 15 — 18
Section: Anchors Juniors Company Seniors
Leader: Theresa Strachan Iain Strachan Phil Lowles Barry Precey

Our Object

The Object of The Boys' Brigade is:

"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."

Our Founder Sir William Alexander Smith, included in our Object "The Promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, 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.

Boys' Brigade emblem - an anchor

Our Motto & Emblem

Our emblem is an anchor. The Boys' Brigade Motto is:

'Sure & Steadfast'

The motto is taken from the Bible,
the book of Hebrews, Chapter 6, Verse 19.

The history of 3rd Basingstoke Boys' Brigade

Camp pic from the Archives

Click this link to read about the history of our company. Maybe some of you reading this remember the history because you were part of it or maybe you are in one of the photographs in our Photo Gallery. Please click this link to visit our Ex-Members page.