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About Us

3rd Basingstoke Boys’ Brigade Company was founded in 1965 and is still thriving right up to the present day. If you would like to know more about our company’s history click here.

The Boys’ Brigade is the oldest uniformed youth organisation in the world and provides a balanced programme of activities for children and young people from 5 to 18 years old, many of whom would otherwise have no connection with the Church.

There’s something for every young person whether it’s camping or kayaking, first aid or five a side, music or crafts. (Activates vary). 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.

Boys’ Brigade Explained


Our Vision explains why we do what we do.

Is that children and young people experience “life to the full.” (John 10:10).

Our prayer and hope that children and young people experience life to the full through coming to know Jesus for themselves.


Our Mission explains what we do.

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 describe who we are and what we believe…


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).


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.


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.


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

The Boys’ Brigade Object

The Object of The Boys’ Brigade is:

“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.”

Our Founder Sir William Alexander Smith, included in our Object “The Promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-Respect and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness” and that has not been changed.

What has changed is how we go about promoting that object. We recognise that the influences surrounding our young people are not always helpful and that too many lose control at great cost to themselves, their families and the community. The answer is to catch the energy and enthusiasm of youth and to channel it purposefully.

Our Motto & Emblem

Our emblem is an anchor. The Boys’ Brigade Motto is:

“Sure & Steadfast”

The motto is taken from the Bible,
the book of Hebrews, Chapter 6, Verse 19.

Out Patron

Until her passing in September 2022, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II served as our Patron.


01256 329616


3rd Basingstoke Boys' Brigade
St Andrew's Methodist Church
Western Way,
RG22 6ER.


The object of the Boys Brigade is: "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"

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