Summer Day Out 2023


We held our final trip of the session, our Summer Day Out, on Saturday 10th June 2023 to Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch. The boys and staff enjoyed a day of mountain biking & kayaking - overseen by fantastic instructors from Clyde Muirshiel Park. The weather was excellent so some boys decided to test the water temperature by taking a dip in the bay when they returned their kayaks!

Taking in the View Kayaking Cooling Off

End of Session Games Nights


We spent the last 2 Friday nights of the 2022-23 session outside at 'sun kissed' Jordanhill for loads of fun & games. The newly promoted Junior Section boys joined us too for games including Pursuits, Colour Clash, Ultimate Frisbee, Scatterball, & Kabaddi.

Scatterball Games at Jordanhill

Open Evening 2023


We held our 'Open Evening' on Friday 19th May 2023, where the boys showcased some of the activities and skills they had learned during the 2022-2023 session. After a short opening, we did a spot of Drill, some trampolining and then Lyric Battle Dodgeball. We closed the evening with the Presentation of Awards where we were delighted to present Andrew with his Queens Badge.

Company on parade Lyric Battle Dodgeball

Coffee Morning 2022-2023


Our annual Coffee Morning returned on Saturday 4th March 2023. As well as the usual bottle stall, groceries, raffle, hot rolls & silent auction the senior boys were kept hard at work washing cars outside. After a very busy morning we raised over 1,400 pounds for company funds. A big thank you to all family & friends who came along and supported the 5th or who donated items (or their time) for the morning's great effort!

the coffee morning in fill swing seniors car wash

Quiz Night 2022-2023


Our famous Quiz Night made a welcome reappearance on Saturday 21st January 2023, after a 3 year absence! Friends, Family & Boys of the 5th gathered in the Large Hall for an evening of questions covering topics such as 'Scotland - Home or Away', 'Culture By Numbers' & a music round played on the kazoo! 16 teams took part in a relaxed, but competitive evening. Thanks to all for taking part.

a full hall of quizzers! a tasty fish supper

Christmas 2022


The boys & staff from the Company Section took a trip to Laser Combat, Clydebank on Thursday 8th December 2022 for their Christmas Night Out. The suited up for an evening of laser tag fun. All the boys & staff thoroughly enjoyed it.

the boys and staff ready for action ready for the first game

Seniors Night 2022-2023


Our Seniors prepared and led our Friday parade night on Friday 18th November 2022. The challenge was to deliver an entertaining & full evening for the rest of the boys. Andrew, Christopher, Cameron, Alexander and Thrinei did really well with plenty of games (including Hide & Seek, ladders, Gaga ball, timebomb & unihoc corners).

gaga ball timebomb

Beacon Bonanza 2022


The church held their annual fundraiser, 'The Bonanza' on Saturday 12th November 2022, as always the boys from the 5th were on hand on the Thursday & Friday evenings to assist people with carrying in any donations from their cars to the stalls inside as well as washing cars on the day itself. Well done to all who helped.

carwashing more carwashing

Previous Sessions


Here are some other things we have done during previous sessions...

Summer Camp 2022


Our Weekend Camp was held at the 1st Glasgow's campsite, near Tighnabruaich, from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June 2022. 15 boys & 6 staff attended the action packed weekend! Leaving the church at 6pm on the Friday in the minibus we took the ferry from Gourock to McInroy's Point and arrived at Camp around 8.30pm. After organising the tents & rules for the weekend we ventured out into the countryside for a few widegames. Following the twilight games everyone settled down to supper before lights out at 11.45pm.

tents ironman sailing

After rising at 8am on the Saturday and a hearty breakfast the boys had a quick tent inspection before donning their sailing gear and heading for Carry Farm near Kames to visit Tighnabruaich Sailing School. We split into 2 groups and the first group headed out sailing with the School's qualified instructors whilst the rest took part in an Ironman on the grassy shore. After a BBQ lunch the groups swapped round! After returning to Camp and a well earned tea a hotly contested game of rounders followed, with The Cowal Open Quoit Golf competition next. As the light faded it was time for more widegames - cut short by a heavy shower of rain. After a full days-worth of activities the boys were keen to get to bed after supper at 11pm for a well-earned sleep.

Sunday morning saw a few of the boys unwilling to leave the comfort of their sleeping bags but after some gentle persuasion they managed to make breakfast at 8.30am before duties & tent inspection. The morning was taken up with another couple of widegames, 'Mission Improbable', involving the boys being split into 4 teams and solving puzzles around the local area using a map, followed by 'Contraband', which saw two teams trying to smuggle coloured 'moonshine' past a team of guards (i.e. the staff) who were armed with water pistols. After lunch there was just time for a game of Seniors v Juniors football before tidying & packing up camp then climbing into the minibus for the trip home after a very enjoyable weekend.

Session 2021-2022


Our 2021-2022 session was slightly restricted due to covid regulations, despite that the fun continued on Friday nights!

The boys found a new favourite game during the first half of the session, Gagaball - a version of dodgeball involving an octagon of tables! The boys also took part in the 5th's version of 'I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!', where the boys tried their hand at various bushtucker trials, yuk! We held a joint, all-sections 10-pin bowling night to round off the end of 2021.

Gagaball I'm a Celebrity 10-Pin Bowling

Another new game made its debut at the start of 2022, Hungry Hippos, a real-life version of the boardgame - involving some rope and a few skateboards! We got into the Winter Olympics during February with a spot of curling. To celebrate Pancake Day we whipped up some coloured batter for some pancake art.

Hungry Hippos Curling Pancake Art

Whitewater Tubing 2021


BB Glasgow arranged another excellent afternoon of watersports at Pinkston during July 2021. This time the boys were tubing down the man-made whitewater course. There were plenty of thrills & spills as the boys were swept downstream. Hold on tight!

Starting out Hold On Running the rapids

Morrisons Bagpacking 2019-2020


Friday 20th December 2019 saw the boys and staff packing shoppers' bags at Morrisons Anniesland from 5.30pm - 8.30pm. All the boys worked really hard and avoided packing the eggs at the bottom! Once all the money in the collecting buckets had been counted up a total of over 400 pounds was raised for company funds. A big well done to all the boys who attended.

the boys after their bagpacking at Morrisons

Trip to Seil 2018


The boys & staff headed to Seil, near Oban on Friday 1st June 2018 for an overnight stay in Seil Village Hall in the village of Ellenabeich. Arriving at 9pm the boys managed a game of football before dark, followed by supper, (hot dogs), and an World Cup-themed quiz. Saturday morning brought warm but foggy weather, not great for our early morning trip with Seafari, a 2-hour powerboat tour around the islands of Scarba & Jura taking in the wildlife and Corryvreckan whirlpools along the way. After our tour and a belated breakfast the boys managed a bracing hike up the hill overlooking the island of Easdale and the other nearby islands and also a treasure hunt around the village. Despite the foggy weather all the boys & staff thoroughly enjoyed the trip and returned home tired but happy on the Saturday evening.

outside the village hall preparing for Seafari The 'Celtic Nomad' in the fog

(l to r): The boys & staff outside Seil Village Hall, preparing for Seafari and out on the water in 'Celtic Nomad'

Cumbrae Cycle 2017


On a rather wet and windy Saturday 28th October 2017 the boys & staff travelled down to Largs and hopped on the ferry to the Isle of Cumbrae for a days cycling. After picking up our bikes from Bremner's we donned our waterproofs & gloves and cycled anti-clockwise around the island. The weather remained 'dreich' for the whole cycle and in many parts it became a test of the boys' strength & determination to battle headlong into the wind to reach Millport. All the boys reached the minibus and huddled inside to change, warm-up & tuck into their packed lunches. After post-lunch hot-chocolates at Fintry Bay tearoom we ventured back over on the ferry to Largs, a little earlier than planned, and spent some free time in Largs before heading back to Glasgow to warm-up!

The Boys and Staff before their cycle Cycling into the wind and rain

'The Road To BB'


As part of our 2017 Annual Display Ewan, one of our NCOs, created a short film called 'The Road To BB' showing what we get up to at the 5th. You can view it via Facebook here:
The Road To BB Video

Senior Day Out 2014


As many of our Senior boys were leaving us at the end of this session we planned an extra day out for them on Saturday 21st June 2014! 5 seniors & 3 staff hopped in the minibus and took a trip to Dunbar. After a detour for some donuts at Krispy Kreme we arrive in Dunbar at 11am and headed for Belhaven Beach for a game of beach volleyball. Once we were suitably sandy we headed along to Foxlake Adventures for a session on their Foxfall obstacle course. Wearing wetsuits and helmets all the boys & staff tackled the obstacle course, without safety ropes, perched above a man-made pond!

Beach Volleyball Foxfall Surfing

Once dried we grabbed some lunch and travelled back to Belhaven Beach to pull on another wetsuit for a couple of hours of surfing. All the seniors thoroughly enjoyed the lesson, most even managing to stand up on their boards by the end of the lesson! After fighting our way out our wetsuits we headed into Dunbar for dinner, a chippy, then back to the beach for a game of football before returning home after a long, action-packed day!

BBC Filming 2012


Friday 24th February saw Ian Hislop and a camera crew attend our normal parade night to film what we do. The crew filmed the opening parade, drill & trampolining for a forthcoming BBC2 television series about Britain through the centuries and the role the Boys' Brigade played in the moral and physical character building of young men. As well as filming the activities Ian interviewed a few of the boys, asking them what they enjoy about the BB and how it plays a part in the building of their character. The programme called "Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip" is due to be shown on Tuesday 9th October from 9-10pm on BBC2.

BBC Filming with Ian Hislop

The boys & staff with Ian Hislop