The Boys’ Brigade – Faith in young people

Since 1883, the Boys’ Brigade (BB) has shared the Gospel with millions of children and young people. Today, we are passionate about partnering with churches to build bridges into local communities and to engage a generation with a message of hope rooted in Jesus. Through the BB, children and young people get involved in local churches by means of weekly groups, residentials, special events, community projects and training programmes. These activities are led by thousands of volunteers, who are trained and supported to work as effective children’s and youth workers in a Christian context. Whilst our work is in the UK and Ireland, we are part of a worldwide organisation reaching over one million children and young people.

The Boys’ Brigade wants to…


We are all aware that over recent years many churches have experienced increasing difficulties in getting young people through their doors. Yet each week, the BB works with thousands of young people and, for many of them, this is their only connection with the Church.


  • If you want 16 year olds in your church, you need to start with 5 year olds.
  • If you provide age-appropriate activities, then children and young people will keep on coming.
  • If you get children and young people coming to church and church events, the rest of their family and friends could follow.


“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering.”

We are stronger when we work together for the Kingdom of God, and that’s why the idea of partnership is really important to us.


The BB has a proven track record. It has a recognisable name as a safe place that parents can trust. By partnering with your church, we can help you reach out to children and young people not only in your church, but also in your local community. We want to be your partner in outreach. Therefore, as an organisation, we are flexible to the needs of your church. The BB belongs to the church, and we hope that what happens during the week will be seen as just as important as what happens at the weekend!

Whilst the Boys’ Brigade was originally set up for boys, churches can now set up units for both boys and girls. 

Since January 2013, we have been supported by the Government’s Social Inclusion Programme, which is administered by the Youth United Foundation. This funding has enabled us to employ development workers in 10 areas of England, where we have partnered with churches to engage with children and young people. During 2013, we registered 80 new BB units, and brought over 1000 young people into the fellowship of a local church.  During 2014, we want to build on this progress and form partnerships in many more areas where the need for Christian Youth Work is just as great.

If you are keen for your church to reach out to more children and young people in your community, please do contact us. We will be delighted to send you further information and arrange for a member of staff to visit you to discuss how the BB can partner your church in its mission.

For more information, contact:

The Boys’ Brigade

Felden Lodge
Hemel Hempstead

Tel 01442 231681 ext 212


You can also visit our website at We look forward to hearing from you.

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