Girls' Brigade

Meets during school term times:

Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:30pm (Explorers & Juniors)

Tuesdays 7:30pm – 9:00pm (Seniors & Brigaders)

 

1st Clacton-on-Sea Girls’ Brigade Company was established in 1922. Currently, there are approximately seventy girls in our company, with quite a large group of seniors (age 11-14), which is encouraging.

Each section continues work towards their badges. Last year’s topics included: team games, outdoor safety, cookery, Bible Study and sign language.

Motto, Aim & Principles

In all activities the girls take part in we try to ensure that we incorporate our motto, aim and principles which are:

Motto:  “Seek, Serve and Follow Christ”

Aim: The aim of The Girl’s Brigade, being a Christian organisation, international, and inter-denominational, shall be:-

To help girls to become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and through self-control, reverence, and a sense of responsibility, to find enrichment of life.

Principles:

– The Brigade acknowledges Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, according to the Scriptures, and seeks to fulfil its aim to the glory of one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

– The Brigade witnesses to the standard set by Jesus Christ and gives positive teaching on the Christian attitude to life.

– The Brigade promotes a just society where all people are equally valued.

Company Sections

The company is divided into four sections, dependent on age. These are:

Explorers – Ages 4 – 8 – Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Juniors– Ages  8- 11 – Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Seniors – Ages 11 – 14 – Tuesdays 7:30pm- 9:00pm

Brigaders– Ages 14+ – Tuesdays 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Attendance Awards

Girls can also gain attendance awards in the form of badges which are pinned to the armband along with the Circles:

  • Company Service – gained by attending 75% of Company nights.
  • Church Service – awarded to girls who regularly attend a Church or Sunday School.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The award is split into three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. This award can be worked for through various organisations and schools.

Each level is then split into four sections – Physical Recreation, Skills, Service and Expedition, with an additional section of Residential for the Gold Award.

The Award takes a lot of time, hard work and determination to complete, from six months – two years per award depending upon the level.

We have had many of our Brigaders complete the Gold Award and we are very proud of them all. It is a great achievement for them. This entitles them to wear the Gold Award Brooch.

Explorers Section

Our Explorer section are aged between 4 and 8 years. We generally have around 25 Explorers in our Company. Their uniform consists of a red polo shirt, navy tunic, navy sweatshirt, white socks and black shoes. The girls are divided into four groups:

  • Yellow Group (4-5 years)
  • Red Group (5-6 years)
  • Blue Group (6-7 years)
  • Green Group (7-8 years)

Girls of Explorer age are becoming aware that there is much in life is unknown to them, and our programme, the symbol of which is a star, helps to guide them as they grow.

Explorer Stars

The Explorers work for badges (stars) from the age of five. There are three levels of stars – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each star is split into four sections – Spiritual, Physical, Educational and Service, and it takes an Explorer approximately a year to complete each star, with a minimum of two hours teaching per subject (or section).

Junior Section

Our Junior section are aged between 8 and 11 years. We usually have around 20 girls in this Section. We wear a uniform consisting of a white shirt with red tie, navy skirt, navy sweatshirt, white socks, and black shoes.

Junior Circles

Junior badges are called Circles. There are three Circles which can be earned by each girl, and it takes a year to work for each Circle.

Each Circle is split into four sections; Spiritual, Physical, Educational and Service. All four sections need to be completed, each involving a minimum of three hours teaching, for a Junior to receive a Circle.

Senior Section

Our senior section are aged between 11 and 14 years. We generally have around 20 Seniors in our Company. We wear a uniform consisting of a white shirt with blue tie, navy skirt, navy sweatshirt, white socks or black tights, and black shoes.

Senior Circles

Senior badges are called Circles. There are three Circles to be earned (one per year), each involving a minimum of three and a half hours teaching. Each Circle is split into four sections; Spiritual, Physical, Educational and Service. All four sections need to be completed receive the badge.
Brigader Section

Brigaders are the girls who are over 14 years. We have around 6 young ladies in this section. We wear a uniform consisting of a white shirt with red and blue tie, navy skirt, navy sweatshirt, black tights, and black shoes.

Brigader Triangles

Brigader badges are called Triangles. There are three triangles; white, green and blue; which can be earned. It takes approximately a year to work towards each triangle. For each triangle five subjects, containing a minimum of four hours work, must be completed. Subjects are chosen by the Brigader but must contain one from each of the four sections – Spiritual, Physical, Educational and Service plus a fifth subject selected from any one of those sections.

Brigader Brooch

After all three triangles have been awarded, the Brigader begins work for her Brigader Brooch.

Young Leaders

Brigaders can also become Young Leaders, working for Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Levels. Upon successful completion of each level a badge is awarded. Girls have to be in Year 10 at school to begin their training. They need to study various modules chosen from: Communication; Faith Issues; GB Foundations; Preparing, Planning and Delivery; Team Work; Practical.

To achieve Foundation Level four modules need completion. Five are completed to achieve Intermediate Level. Advanced Level requires six modules plus demonstration of ongoing participation in the Christian Faith. All three Levels require completion of one module from Faith Issues as well as Practical Work.

All Young Leaders are asked to help within the company at various levels, from the Explorers to Brigaders. They are of tremendous help to all the Officers and Leaders, and we are very proud of our Young Leaders and of the help and time they give.

Attendance Awards

Girls can also gain attendance awards in the form of badges which are pinned to their armband along with the Stars: –

  • Company Service – gained by attending 75% of Company nights.
  • Church Service – awarded to girls who regularly attend a Church or Sunday School. Our own Sunday School, is held on Sunday mornings from 10:30am until 11:45am.

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