About

The Boys’ Brigade in London works with over 1700 children and young people to enable them to live life to the full.

All our groups are staffed by local volunteers who have faith in young people and by partnering with a local church they support our members to reach their full potential. Our work with children and young people is only made possible thanks to our volunteer leaders who give their time so generously.

There’s something for every young person whether it’s camping or kayaking, first aid or five a side. Members develop skills, build confidence, make friends, take responsibility and are encouraged to make a real difference in their communities – sharing the values that make us who we are.

Our Vision, Mission & Values

Our vision, mission and values were launched in the summer of 2020 to compliment our object and clearly set out what we aim to achieve.

Our Vision

Our vision is that children and young people experience “life to the full”.

Our Mission

The Boys’ Brigade has faith in young people and provides them with opportunities to learn, grow and discover in a safe, fun and caring environment which is rooted in the Christian faith.

Our Values

Caring

The Boys’ Brigade is a family. We believe in building loving, caring and inclusive relationships, as well as creating a safe and fun environment that is supportive and nurturing. We are responsive to the needs and aspirations of others regardless of ability, identity or background.

Inspiring

We seek to inspire children and young people, challenging them to live their lives in the fullest sense. We also believe in peoples’ abilities to inspire and act as positive role models to others.

Faith

We are a Christian youth organisation and our work is rooted in the Christian Faith. We have a hope in Christ as our anchor that sustains us throughout life (Hebrews 6:19).

Trusting

We are honest and trustworthy. We seek to empower children and young people to participate and to lead, believing in their skills, abilities and ideas.

Our History

The Boys’ Brigade was founded in Glasgow on 4th October 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith. The enthusiasm of local leaders to provide opportunities for young people resulted in one local group in Glasgow being transformed into a worldwide movement that currently operates in over sixty countries around the world.

The first Boys’ Brigade Company in London was founded in 1885. The organisation quickly grew and, in 1901, the London District of The Boys’ Brigade was formed to support these local groups.

The original object of The Boys’ Brigade was “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.” This object hasn’t changed over the years and remains the object to this day.

Our Structure

The Boys’ Brigade in London is run by a team of dedicated volunteers and a member of paid staff. Please contact us if you would like to get in touch with the trustees or staff in London.

The Boys’ Brigade UK & RoI

The Boys’ Brigade in London is part of the organisation in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. For more information about The Boys’ Brigade in other areas of the UK, please visit www.boys-brigade.org.uk.