History of the Boys’ Brigade

This picture shows the founder of The Boys’ Brigade; Sir William Alexander Smith.  Smith was born in Thurso on 27th October 1854 and started the first BB company in Glasgow on 4th October 1883. 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”

Key Dates

1854 – William Alexander Smith born (27th October)
1883 – BB Founded in Glasgow (4th October)
1886 – First BB Camp (Tignabruaich)
1908 – Scout Movement Formed (by Baden Powell, developed from the BB)
1909 – William Alexander Smith knighted (July)
1914 – Sir William Alexander Smith died (10th May)
1917 – Boy Reserves started
1924 – Founding of the 5th West Bromwich Boys’ Brigade Company
1926 – Amalgamation of The Boys’ Brigade with The Boys’ Life Brigade
1933 – Jubilee Celebrations
1976 – World Conference (of The Boys’ Brigade) formed
1983 – Centenary Celebrations
1993 – Junior Section 75th Anniversary (previously called ‘Life Boys’)
2002 – World Conference renamed to Global Fellowship of Christian Youth
2004 – 150th Anniversary of the Founder’s birth
2008 – 125th Anniversary of The Boys’ Brigade
2011 – 125th Anniversary of Camping in The Boys’ Brigade

125 Years of Boys’ Brigade

The 5th West Bromwich Company celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the founding of The Boys’ Brigade over the weekend of the 11th and 12th October 2008. Saturday 11th October 2008 The whole company went to an adventure centre, (the Old Vicarage Adventure Centre at Stottesdon), where they took part in many activities including orienteering, gladiator …

5th West Bromwich Company Captains

The Company was formed in 1924, by Harry Rowley who became the first Captain, and remained in that position for a period of 10 years. The Captaincy was then taken over in 1934 by a gentleman by the name of Wilf Jones. Unfortunately we know little of him and have no photographs of him. Three …

History of camping at the 5th

The annual camp has always been a very important part of the 5th’s year, if not the highlight of most years. It has been the source of great friendships and fellowship for both boys and officers alike, and given the staff the opportunity to continue the work of the Boys’ Brigade at close hand. The …

Camp from 1926 onwards – (with photos)…

Our first Camp was in 1926 at Bromyard, Kent. We have been on over 80 camps since then and camp is still the best part of the year for most members. If you click on the camp year below with a link you will be taken to a page with a photo from that year. List …

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