The Girls Association came about for a number of reasons.
The main reason was that Churches in London were struggling to find leaders for single sex organizations.
The Girls Brigade and the Guides are examples of Girls only Organizations and where leaders retired or moved away,
Churches were increasingly finding that they only had enough leaders to staff one organization.
Some leaders from the Boys Brigade particularly in London District were putting pressure on the Brigade Nationally
to allow girls to join, this was during the 1990s.
Despite the reluctance from the Brigade Nationally to recognize this, London District had a problem in that
Churches were deciding to carry out this work. As a result, London District formed the Girls Association. The
Association had a uniform similar to the boys with badges and awards. Insurance was arranged to allow the girls
to take part in the same activities as Boys.
As we entered the new millennium a new generation of leadership within the Boys’ Brigade were more open to the
inclusion of girls within the organisation and momentum and attitudes were shifting.
On 6th September 2008 after many years of campaigning, The Boys' Brigade voted on the inclusion of girls. The
vote was passed given the option to churches to have a Girls Association if they desired. Many churches across
the United Kingdom have responded to this and have started to work with Girls under the banner of the Girls Association.
Today many girls enjoy the activities and challenges of been a member of the Girls Association in the West Kent
Battalion, not every Company has a Girls Association but you will never be far away from a church that does!
Please check individual companies for details of your nearest Girls Association.
Our Company has included Girls for about 10 years now Girls are welcome in all 3 of our Sections.
We also have Lady Leaders in all 3 Sections.