Latest post: ‘Carry on Camping’: The Bristol Boys’ Brigade during the First World War by Chris Spackman

When news of the outbreak of the First World War broke several Boys' Brigade Companies were on their annual summer camp. For the vast majority of these Companies their 1914 camping expedition would be their last until the resolution of hostilities. Despite the historiographical consensus maintaining that camping was a key attraction for young people joining youth movements, participation in this branch of Company work was severely reduced during the war years. Thus, this negated the possible influence this activity had on membership at the time. The loss of expertise and direction of group leaders who were required for the war effort, and military restrictions imposed on sites for... read more