27th Glasgow Company, the Boys Brigade
Kenmuir Mount Vernon Church
3 Sections catering for 3 distinct age groups are:
Company Section and Seniors
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BB and Scouts
The memory verses chosen by the founder on the membeship cards issued to boys were:
Ec. 12:1 - Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth.
Pr. 3:56 - In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.
The BB Moto : Sure and Steadfast
(Sir) William Alexander Smith in 1883 took the moto from Hebrews 6:19 (AV.)
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast
The BB Object : The advancement of Christ's Kingdom among boys, and
the promotion of habits of obedience, reverence, discipline and
self-respect, and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness.
Contact : Neil Buchanan the Company Captain
The boys of all sections within the Boys Brigade have worked hard throughout the 2016/2017
session. Further to the sponsored cycle, mid 2016, the boys have taken part in and achieved
The Anchor Boys
The Anchor Boys (aged 4 to 6 in classes P1 - P3) will resume on
Tuesday 6th September 2016 from 6.00pm - 7.00pm meeting weekly.
Contact : Elaine Mackay the Officer-in-Charge
Sponsored ‘Tin Run’ with the Junior Section to raise funds for the section and to make a
donation to help the homeless. The tins of food which were used were donated to Glasgow
City Mission at the conclusion of the event.
Glasgow Battalion Colouring Competition: various certificates achieved.
Learned about Robert Burns, St. Andrews Day and the Country Code.
Played a range of games to develop personal and team building skills.
The Junior Section
The Junior Section (Boys) (aged 7 to 10 in classes P4 - P6) will resume on
Tuesday 6th September 2016 from 7.00pm - 9.00pm meeting weekly.
Contact : Elaine Mackay the Officer-in-Charge
Meetings are on Tuesdays 7.00pm - 9.00pm Weekly
for Boys aged 7 to 10 in classes P4 - P6
Junior Section boys work through an Achievement Scheme that involves 5 sections:
5 Badges can be awarded each year as boys complete each of these Achievements.
This Achievement Scheme provides boys with an unique opportunity to learn new skills
and discover talents.that they may never have realised that they possess. But that
is mot all, because boys will make new friends as they take part in games, sport and
craft activities. There are also parties to be enjoyed, outings and an end of session
weekend camp. BB friends made at this early age often last a lifetime.
This year we have all been working very hard taking part in both District and Battalion competitions:
Eastern District Figure Marching: 1st Place.
The Junior Section held a Tin Run where they ran the equivalent of 10 miles to raise funds for
the section and managed to raise £ 423.17 - excellent effort by all.
Glasgow Battalion Figure Marching: 1st Place.
Glasgow Battalion Bible Knowledge: 1 x 1st; 2 x 2nd; 2 x 3rd for each of the 3 levels.
Glasgow Battalion Bible Reading: 2 x 1st; 2 x 2nd; 2 x 3rd; 1 x 4th for each of the 3 levels.
The seniors within the section took part in a sleep over at the Science Centre to mark the
100th Anniversary of the Junior Section within the Boys Brigade.
The boys thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the activities arranged throughout the night.
Section nights have also been very busy. The boys have been working hard towards their badges
and I am delighted to have been able to award all the boys with their Achievement Badges this
year. For these badges the boys have to cover a diverse range of subjects from across the five
sections of the programme : Body, Mind, Spirit, Creativity and Community which are designed to
challenge them both physically and mentally.
The Company Section and Seniors
The Company Section and Seniors (aged 11 to 17 in classes P7 - S6) will resume
on Friday 2nd September 2016 from 7.00pm - 9.30pm meeting Weekly
Contact : Neil Buchanan the Company Captain
The boys work through a 'Discover Programme' Achievement Scheme consisting of 3 main areas:
and on completion of various tasks, badges are awarded. A boy, in his first year,
can achieve a 'Compass Badge' by accumulating points from the Achievement Scheme. In
subsequent years, boys can participate in all three sections of the 'Discover Programme'
and to gain a complete level of badges each year a boy must accumulate 24 points.
There are two major awards available to boys, the 'Discovery Badge' (from year 2) and
the 'President's Badge' (from year 4) both of which require the accumulation of points
from the 'Discovery Programme'.but also these involve additional elements.
The ultimate award is the 'Queen's Badge', which is a mark of exceptional achievement
and indeed an acknowledgement, not just in the Boys' Brigade but outside of a young
persons ability to learn, be a leader and be a valuable team member - all excellent
The foundational activities of the Boys' Brigade include Religious Education and Drill
as these have been shown through the ages to instill discipline and respect for themselves
and others. After the hard, but enjoyable, work comes the fun with activities that
include sports, games, first aid, climbing, project work, physical fitness including
vaulting, learning to play the pipes or drums and.participating in competitions
within the company and against other BB companies.
There is also an opportunity to attend a weekend camp based on the boy's committment
throughout the session.
Glasgow Battalion Novice Drill: Joint 1st Place 27th Glasgow and 190th Stepps.
We again visited the Glasgow Climbing Centre where the boys were encouraged to attempt more
difficult climbs than the previous year. The boys seemed to enjoy the occasion and there was
a visible sense of achievement by the end of the night.
Glasgow Battalion Contest Drill: 2nd Place 27th Glasgow.
Glasgow Battalion Cross Country: 4 boys entered but no individual prize was won; however,
their joint effort gained them 1st place Junior Team.
Glasgow Battalion Swimming Gala: 2 boys entered the gala and gained individual medals in
Freestyle and also gained 2nd place in the team Open Relay event.
We took part in a joint Go-Karting night at Hillington with the 94th (1st Shettleston Company)
where around 20 boys and officers took part in an evening of racing.
The President's Badge
This year we also have a boy who has gained his President's Badge :
Corporal Dylan Birrell.
27th Glasgow Company Boys Brigade - Company History
On the 27th October 1854, William Alexander Smith was born in Pennyland House, Thurso in the north of Scotland. His father was an officer in the dragoons and so William had a reasonably strict upbringing. When his father died, he was only 13 years old and moved to Glasgow to be brought up by his uncle and he served as an apprentice in his uncle's business. As he grew, he started his own business with a brother and became a reasonably successful businessman. He also joined the Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers, the YMCA and the Free Church where he became friendly with the Rev George Reith.
In 1883 at the age of 29, William Smith was taking a Sunday School class and noticed that the children he was addressing seemed to be restless, bored and lacked discipline. On this, all the principles of his own upbringing came together and he decided that something had to be done so, on the 4th October, 1883, “The Boys Brigade” was founded with the first company being formed at the Free College Mission Hall in Glasgow. The original company operated there for 90 years.
In July, 1909, William Alexander Smith was knighted for his pioneering services to youth work and was known thereafter as Sir William Alexander Smith.
On 17th May, 1886 the 27th Glasgow Company was formed at Dennistoun U.P. Church.
It disbanded in 1891 after 5 years.
On 9th December, 1895 the company resumed at the Free St James’ Church, London Street where it remained until 1929, at which point it moved again to St James’: Glasgow Cross Church. Unfortunately, in 1939 the company disbanded once more.
However, in 1940, the 27th moved to Kenmuir Parish Church where George Cameron was Captain of the company. Captain Cameron remained in charge for 25 years until 1965.
In 1965, Captain Jack Dalrymple took over the running of the company and was greatly respected by the boys who passed through the ranks.
During this time, there were 56 boys in the company section alone. The company was very active at both District and Battalion level, taking part in a range of activities including Religious Education, Drill and Band Competitions, Football, Athletics and Swimming. The 27th used to lift a large number of trophies across the board which was due to the commitment of all the officers at that time.
Captain Dalrymple remained in charge for 34 years until 1999.
In 1999, Jim Plenderleith became Captain of the Company. Unfortunately, during this period the company suffered a considerable number of losses with many boys focusing on other activities. This resulted in only 5 boys remaining in the Company Section.
Captain Plenderleith remained in charge for 15 years until 2014 when all but one officer retired or resigned from the company.
In September 2014, Neil Buchanan, who served with the company as a boy and junior officer, took on the role of Captain of the 27th Glasgow Company with the intention of building on the existing 5 boys in the company section and a reasonably healthy Anchor Boy and Junior Section.
The Boys Brigade and the Boy Scout movement
Source - Wikipedia June 2016
In the early 1900's,the Boys' Brigade companies used manuals on scout
training (Souting for Boys by Baden-Powell) in their programmes.
In May 1903, Robert Baden-Powell (later Lord Baden-Powell) became a
vice-president of the Boys' Brigagde. He promoted the idea of scouting
and outdoor pursuits in the Boys' Brigade and other boys' organisations and
schools. The Boys' Brigade formally began its boy scout scheme in 1906.
Scout badges (Silver second class & Gold first class) were awarded in The
Boys' Brigade and there were specialised Boys' Brigade Scout sections,
which operated as part of a BB Company, but met at different times to train
in scouting. They wore khaki or blue uniforms with neck scarves.
In 1907 Boys of the Bournemouth & Poole Battalion of The Boys' Brigade
participated in an experimental camp on Brownsea Island in 1907 run by
Baden-Powell. This camp was not only for boys in the Boys' Brigade but
other school and locally disadvantaged children.. Although not intending to
form a separate organisation, this 1907 BB camp heralded the birth of the
Boy Scout movement and Baden-Powell became the Chief Scout in that year..
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