The Girls’ Brigade is an international and interdenominational Christian youth organization. It was founded in 1893 in Dublin, Ireland.The modern organization was formed as the result of the amalgamation of three like-minded and similarly structured organizations in 1964. These organizations were the Girls’ Brigade of Ireland (1893), the Girls’ Guildry of Scotland (1900), and the Girls’ Life Brigade of England (1902). The International Headquarters are currently based in Glasgow.
The organization operates in over 60 countries worldwide and is divided into five Fellowships: African, Asian, Caribbean and Americas, European, and Pacific. International Conferences are held every four years, this has been happening since 1998 when the conference was in Australia. It was in Thailand in 2002 and Northern Ireland in 2006. The Queen Mother and Princess Alice were Girls’ Brigade’s patrons until their deaths in 2002 and 2004 respectively. There are, at the moment, no living patrons.
Girls’ Brigade principles and motto:
The Girls’ Brigade’s principles are as follows:
1. The Brigade acknowledges Jesus Christ as Savoir and Lord according to the Scriptures and seeks to fulfill its aim to the glory of one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
2. The Brigade witnesses to the standard set by Jesus Christ and gives positive teaching on the Christian attitude to life.
3. The Brigade promotes a just society where all people are equally valued.
The motto of the Girls’ Brigade is:
“Seek, Serve and Follow Christ”
To help girls become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and through self control, reverence and a sense of responsibility to find true enrichment of life”. Because of the youth development aspect of its work
Girls’ Brigade programme:
The GB programme follows four themes:
The Spiritual, Physical, Educational and Service.
These words spell SPES which is Latin for Hope. It was said that each girl in Girls’ Brigade was a hope for the future. Also the girls are encouraged to participate in activities other than just badge work.
Girls cannot carry onto the next section of Young Leaders Training without completing the previous section. They may however start at a slightly older age. However if someone joins Girls’ Brigade later in life and has not previously participated in Girls’ Brigade they can complete Officer Training in order to gain Leader status.
The vision of the Brigade is: “The Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade will be recognized as the center of excellence for youth character and leadership development.
The Brigade mission is: We Build Leaders.
OUR VALUES STATEMENT:
Is the foundation for and the guiding principle of the Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade, clearly defining our aspirations and expectations as employees and volunteers.
COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE:
We are committed to achieving our collective goals and will clearly communicate personal responsibility and accountability to each employee and volunteer. We welcome creativity, innovation and inspiration as effective tools for continuously improving the Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade programs.
COMMITMENT TO SERVICE:
We are building leaders by exceeding the expectations of the youth we serve, through proactive and flexible presentation of our leadership development programs. We recognize the diverse interests and expectations of our community.
We acknowledge the importance of all aspects of an issue being heard before resolution is sought. Open minds, hearts and communication will be used to resolve any issue in a fair and honest manner.
COMMITMENT TO RESPECT, TRUST AND DIGNITY:
We realize that respect and trust are fragile and must be continuously earned not demanded. We will live our values by conducting ourselves according to the highest professional and ethical standards.
COMMITMENT TO GROWTH AND WELL BEING
We will encourage and honor the spirit of the individual, the team and the organization in order to attract and retain the most innovative, inspiring and dedicated staff and in our community. We will encourage these individuals to maintain a healthy balance between their personal and professional priorities, thus enhancing their success and pleasure in making the most creative and effective use of available time and resources.
We will always remain aware that we, as an organization, compete with many other attractive options for the time and energy of our youth and our volunteers. Competition creates opportunities for growth and improvement, for those who serve and those who are served.
The Boy’s and Girl’s Brigade of Rwanda Emphasizes the Four-Fold was of life:
1. Good Physical
Boy’s and Girl’s Brigade of Rwanda Beginnings:
Building Character and instilling Youth with wholesome values was the goal of the first Leaders in 1998 and remains unchanged today.
The Brigade Works’:
Proven Results: The Boy’s and Girl’s Brigade of Rwanda outcome measurements show inspiring findings.
The boy’s and girl’s brigade board of directors consists of over 20 men and women.
The Boys and Girls Brigade of Rwanda currently doesn’t have employees.
Partner with Brigade to Create opportunities
The Boys’ and Girl’s Brigade is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
In addition to a 7-year character development and leadership training program, Brigade also offers a variety of activities and Hobby Clubs that help to encourage the development of character and leadership.
The object of the Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade shall be the advancement of Christ’s kingdom and the promotion of habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self-respect.
Boys’ and Girl’s Brigade Programs:
More than 850 youth throughout the BGBR participated in the 2009-2010 training.
6th Grade Program:
The 6th grade Brigade program focuses on 4 character trait areas of sportsmanship, respectfulness, responsibility and cleanliness.
7th Grade Program:
The 7th grade Brigade program focuses on attitude, helpfulness, initiative, and trustworthiness character traits.
8th Grade Program:
l aspects of Brigade’s Four Fold, I dare you philosophy, become the action plan for 8th grade programs and activities.
9th Grade Co-Ed program:
The 9th grade Brigade program focuses on leadership training and moving beyond the exploration and experience concepts of the younger grades.
10th Grade Co-Ed Program:
The 10th grade program prepares Brigaders for their remaining 2 years in Brigade where they will be co-leaders to a group of their younger peers.
11th & 12th Grade Co-Leader Program:
As 11th & 12th Graders, “Brigaders” have the opportunity to execute and put into practice all of the skills they have learned over the last 5 years.
The Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade is truly an international organization that has spread around the world since its formation many years ago.
We have periodic workshops abroad which provide our brigade members the opportunities to experience new cultures and develop lifelong friendships with other “brigaders” around the world.
These unique international experiences provide members of our Brigade family lifelong friendships and forge strong relationships between our Brigade and others.
Each year one senior male and female receives the Outstanding Brigader Award – the highest award a Brigader can receive.
Christmas Giving Program:
Brigade Provide a memorable Christmas for over 10 areas Children and their Families
Join Brigade today as a volunteer and become a part of the winning team… a character and leadership development program with a history of serving youth for more than 10 years in Rwanda.
How to Volunteer Boys’ and Girl’s Brigade:
Registration as a Volunteer is a 2-step process and involves a background check. To volunteer, simply fill out the forms and submit them to email of Brigade and Girl’s Brigade of Rwanda ( email@example.com).
Feel a sense of accomplishment. Contribute to the community. Meet new people and learn new skills. There are many reasons to volunteer at Boys’ and Girl’s Brigade.
Brigade has a variety of volunteer opportunities for both youth and adults.
Today, Brigade serves over 3500 young and adult people in Anglican Church of Rwanda in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment, providing opportunities that change lives and create the leaders of tomorrow. Your financial support is vital to Boys’ Brigade’s ongoing success. Simply put, we cannot do it without you.
How to Donate:
Donations to Boy’s and Girl’s Brigade of Rwanda are accepted on the phone or by mail.
+250-788-358-068, +250-788-306-462 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Planned Giving and Bequests:
As a special friend of Brigade you may choose a bequest in your will or living trust as your ultimate charitable gift to help continue the programs you have been supporting over your lifetime.