The 212th Glasgow is part of Springburn District of Glasgow Battalion, the first and oldest Battalion in the Boys' Brigade.
Based in Bishopbriggs and attached to Cadder Parish Church, the 212th has been operational in Bishopbriggs since 1970 and has a combined company strength of approx 80 boys across four sections - Anchor Boys (5-7 years); Junior Section (8-10 years); Company Section (11-14 years) and Senior Section (15-18 years). Each section follows the Brigade's achievement programme, which ultimately culminates in the chance for boys to work towards the Queen's Badge - the highest award in The Boys' Brigade
And for members of the 212th aged 14 and above their is opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Sections meet on a weekly basis in Cadder South Halls, Bishopbriggs from August through to May/June.
Our Captain is Linda Ritchie and she is assisted by other officers & helpers numbering approximately 16.
On 13 February 1970, the 212th first met at Cadder Parish Church South Halls, Bishopbriggs and was enrolled after 5 trial meetings on 26 March 1970.
Since 1970 the 212th has been led by five captains:
1970-84: William Carmichael
1984-92: Stephen Mitchell
1992-98: James Muir
1998-2012: Gregor Steele
2012-date: Linda Ritchie
The first section to commence activities was the Junior Section, followed by Company Section in August 1970 and Anchor Boys (then Shipmates) the following year. In 1971, the Company Section held their first summer camp at Anstruther.
Following this first camp, the 212th has maintained this tradition and held an annual week long summer camp for Company/Senior Sections. every year since - we're fast approaching number 50!!
For around 30 years these were canvas camps, and more recently, residential centre based camps, across the UK. On two occasions we have venturedfurther afield to Brittamy in France (1996) and Costa Del Sol, Spain (2015).
Camp, regardless of its format, is still the most anticipated event in the BB calendar. Company Section Summer Camp 2019 heads back to our favoured destination(s) of Consiton and Kirkham for 8 nights/9 days attheend of June.
Junior Section boys also enjoy their own weekend camp towards the end of the BB session in May each year, across a choice of residential centres in Scotland. For 2019, they are heading back to the Cairngorm Christian Centre at Kincraig.
And our Anchor Boys, whilst too young for overnight stays, not to be out done, they have an annual summer day trip. For 2019, they are heading off the Heads of Ayr Farm Park.
The 212th is fortunate to own (and maintain) a minbus - purchased in January 2016, after a period of successful fundraising.
A Ford Transit LWB 17 seater (driver+16 passengers) minibus, it is used to assist in the delivery and expansion of the 212th's programme of activities offered to it's members. Camps, trips, excursions, visits, football & rugby matches, golf outings - the list is endless. In January 2017, we also purchased a trailer (for transporting lugguage during camps/trips). .
Whilst primarily for the benefit of the 212th, the bus is available for use by other local charity/not-for-profit organisations on a self-drive basis. For enquiries on using our minibus and to check availability, complete the enquiry form on the Contact Us page or email: email@example.com.
Twinning/partnership arrangements with another part of our worldwide family are encouraged by the Global Fellowship. This can have some brilliant benefits: a better understanding of the worldwide family of which we are all a part; an insight into the lives of young people in other pars of the world; and an opportunity to learn from each other.
The 212th has a twinning/partnership relationship with the 106th Accra in
Ghana, which is led by Captain Vincent Nyumutsu.
You can keep update with what's happening at the 106th via their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/106thAccra
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