Background of the Boys
William Alexander Smith was born on 27 October 1854 at Pennyland
House, Thurso, Scotland. His father and grandfather had been officers in
the Army. Young William began work as a clerk in his uncle's business in
Glasgow at the age of 15 and in his teens enrolled in the 1st Lanarkshire
Rifle Volunteers. He became a Major, commanded its Mounted
detachment and left the Volunteers as a Lieutenant Colonel.
William A. Smith started The Boys' Brigade in 1883 and became its full
time Brigade Secretary. King Edward VII knighted him in July 1909 for his
work in The Boys' Brigade. During a BB Executive meeting in London, he
fell ill and passed away two days later on the morning of 10 May 1914.
Hence, Founder's Day is observed on the last Sunday of each October.
Our mission and vision
• We are first for youth
• We provide fun, meaningful and challenging
• We are committed to serve the community
• We are serve and led by volunteers
• We are enterprising, in tune with our changing
• To nurture youth, based on Christianity, values
to lead and serve
•Weekly practice, Jan –Dec
•Camps and Competitions organised by BB
HQ (Feb –Oct)
How does the Boys Brigade’s activities affect the