We are a Christian youth organisation, equipping leaders to make a difference in the lives of children and young people from all communities, all faiths, and none.
The Northern Ireland Boys’ Brigade is a dynamic, flexible, and inspiring Church ministry that offers out of school activities for the age group 4 – 18 in over 240 Church Groups across all six counties in NI. BB is a ministry of the local church available in many faith denominations in NI.
BB welcomes children and young people from all communities, all faiths, and none. BBNI groups are run locally by trained, dedicated and caring church volunteers who are committed to creating a safe and fun environment for every child and young person.
We aim to help children and young people grow in confidence, gain a sense of belonging as part of a team, try new things, develop new skills, discover their potential, and learn about God’s love.
BBNI members enjoy age relevant games, crafts, outdoor pursuits, DofE awards, music, sports, Bible teaching, and more. They also take part in camps, outings, and other events throughout the year.
Groups usually meet in the evenings from September to April each year. Many also run an informal summer programme with outdoor activities included. All members earn badges and other awards, and rewards appropriate to their age group.
We help Churches to identify volunteer BB leaders to provide a modern, relevant, flexible children and youth ministry for the children and young people in their local communities.
We train, equip, inspire, and encourage BB leaders by:
The Object of The Boys' Brigade is...
Did you know the Boys’ Brigade was formed in Glasgow in 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith. It has since spread across the world with BB groups in North America, the Caribbean, the Pacific, Africa and Asia. Boys’ Brigade was formed in Northern Ireland in 1888 – that’s over 130 years ago!
September 2023 marked a new era for the organisation in Northern Ireland with the formation of The Northern Ireland Boys’ Brigade BBNI. Rooted in Christian faith and built around the same objective, The Northern Ireland Boys’ Brigade is self-governing and independent of The Boys’ Brigade UK & ROI. The task is unfinished, and we continue the work of Sir William Alexander Smith who said:
The Northern Ireland Boys’ Brigade…