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.
We also operate as a Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) centre, providing our members theopportunity to participate in this nationally recognised award in adition to the Brigade's advanced awards. Boys aged 14 and above can participate across all three levels of the award - Bronze, Silver and Gold.
We are fortunate to have a number of officers qualified to instruct/supervise the expedition requirements of award as well as mentor through the other award requirements. The DofE session normally commences in January with weekly theory classes (map reading, compass skills, saety, etc, leading to pratcice days walks and ventures, and concluded with an in dependent assessment.
Need to use a minibus? If you're a 'not for profit' organisation then you may be able to use our minibus to fullfill your programme/activity requirements.
We're fortunate to own our own Ford Transit (2013) 17 seater minibus (driver+16 passengers), which we use to help deliver and expand our programme of activities offered to our members. Camps, trips, excursions, visits, football & rugby matches, golf outings - the list is endless. We also have a trailer that helps for transporting lugguage during longer distance camps/trips.
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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.
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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