The Boys' Brigade is the world's oldest running uniformed youth organisation and was founded in Glasgow by William Alexander Smith on 4th October 1883. He was a part time soilder and Sunday School Teacher and established Boys' Brigade on the twin pillars of discipline and religion. BB were the first uniformed group to take boys camping in 1885 and one of the first organisations involved in the D of E Award on it's introduction in 1956. Baden Powell was a BB Vice President and first developed his ideas for Scouting while involved with the movement, the first 'Scout Camp' on Brownsea Island in 1907 was made up largely of Boys' Brigade members.
Boys' Brigade first came to Tewkesbury in 1905 but lasted only a few years, it restarted in 1956 and has been very active over the last 60 years with 1,000's of young people being part of it. Today we have over 70 members and take part in a wide range of local, district and national events.
There are over half a million members involved in BB around the world and more than 50,000 young people in the UK who meet each week to benefit from all our organisation has to offer. In Gloucestershire there are 10 BB Companies and a very active programme of competitions and events.
The Pioneers of Youth Work
133 Years on, Still going Strong - 1883 to 2016
Sir William Alexander Smith,
Founder of the Boys' Brigade
Colin Durrant, Founder of the 1st Tewkesbury Company