Object Motto & Emblem

The Motto

When William Smith was designing the Boys’ Brigade Motto and Crest, he referred directly to the Authorized King James Version of the Bible, from the Epistle to the Hebrews; Chapter 6, Verse 19. ‘’Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul both sure and stedfast’’, retaining the old spelling of the latter word. Today, some parts of the movement have adopted the modern spelling of ‘’steadfast’’, whilst others continue to use Original Anchor the original spelling.

The Emblem

The Crest was originally a plain anchor, bearing the Boys’ Brigade motto with a capital ‘’B’’ on either side. Upon the merger between the ‘’Boys’ Brigade’’ and the ‘’Boys’ Life Brigade’’; in 1926, the red Greek cross was placed behind the anchor to form the current Emblem. The cross originally formed part of the emblem of the Boys’ Life Brigade.

The Object

The object of the Boys’ Brigade is The advancement of Christ’s Kingdom among boys and the promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self – Respect and all that tends towards a true Christian Manliness. Except for the addition of ‘’Obedience’’ in 1893, the object has remained unchanged from the beginning.