22nd LUTON COMPANY - THE BOYS' BRIGADE 

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THE BOYS' BRIGADE

  
Where we started.

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 well over a century.

  
First for Boys.

You can also read more detail about the BB's history in "First for Boys", a book detailing the history of The Boys' Brigade. The book was prepared for the centenary in 1983. Read First for Boys online.

  
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
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
 

  
What are we doing today?

Each week The Boys' Brigade works with thousands of young people, many of whom have no other connection with the Church. Today we are working with over 60,000 children & young people in over 1500 companies (groups) in the UK & Republic of Ireland every week.
The Boys' Brigade provides a balanced programme of activities for children and young people from 5 to 18 years old. These resources have been developed to help volunteer youth leaders work in a relevant and creative way. We hope through these programmes they will be able to make a positive contribution to a young person's life and be able to share their faith.

Our work is split into age groups as follows:
Anchor Boys - for Boys aged 5 to 8 years
Junior Section - for Boys aged 8 to 11 years
Company Section - for Boys aged 11 to 15 years
Seniors - for young men aged 15 to 18 years
Amicus - for young people aged 14 to 22 years
 

  
Where have we come from?

The Boys' Brigade has been around for 125 years and in 2008 we are celebrating our 125th Anniversary. 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.
 

  
Around the World

The Boys' Brigade operates all over the world with over half a million members worldwide. The Boys' Brigade is a member of the European Fellowship, and of the Global Fellowship the body which unites The Boys' Brigade around the world.

  
The Object of The 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."

  
The Boys' Brigade Motto

'Sure and Stedfast'

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

This information has been copied from the Official Web site of The Boys' Brigadewww.boys-brigade.org.uk