WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
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.
Here is a video from the Jubilee celebrations in Glasgow in 1933, when Prince George visited. The video was captured by Pathe - just look at the number of boys and officers on parade.
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
The story of the Boys' Brigade 1883-1983
The book 'First for Boys' (download here) is for the BB Boys of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Boys of yesterday will recall many of the events described here, perhaps through rose-coloured spectacles! The Boys of today must make the Brigade of tomorrow, and the Boys of the new and unknown BB century should be proud to learn of their roots.
This book is but a glimpse of the Movement which was and is 'First for Boys'.
'First for Boys’ was written by Donald M. McFarlan.
Officers of the 1st Glasgow Company 1885
Sir William Alexander Smith