Building leaders program

Since 1900, the Brigade has provided a community center for youth where they can explore new ideas, develop new relationships with peers and adult mentors, and challenge themselves to achieve their goals and dreams.

The Building Leaders program is available for youth in grades 5-12. Brigaders develop their character and leadership skills for six years followed with an opportunity to put those skills into practice for two years as they co-lead a group of younger Brigaders.

Program Nights

The 2017-2018 Building Leaders program starts October 2, 2017 and runs through April 12, 2018. Youth attend Brigade on nights specific to their grade.
Brigaders who cannot make their scheduled night are welcome to come on another night - contact the Brigade office to learn more.

2017-2018 Schedule:
Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm - 5th & 6th Grade
Tuesdays from 7-9pm - 8th Grade & Company E (any grade level)
Wednesdays from 7-9pm - 9th & 10th Grade
Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm - 6th & 7th Grade
11th & 12th Grade - Co-lead program on their chosen night

Brigaders are placed in groups of 10-15 and experience a number of different physical activities, workshops, guest speakers, small group discussions and more!

Registration is $79 for the year if signed up by September 15, 2017; registration received after September 15th is $99 for the year.
Depending on available funding, scholarships may be available to those with financial need.

Register online OR download a registration form


Awards & Scholarships

Perfect Attendance - Awarded to Brigaders who attend 100% of their scheduled Brigade nights.

Brigade Medal - Members in good standing will receive a Brigade medal if they have good behavior and attend at least 50% of their scheduled Brigade nights.

Four Fold - Brigaders who demonstrate strength, balance and growth in the four areas - physical, social, mental and religious - will be eligible for a four fold award.  Additional requirements exist at some grade levels. Group leaders in consultation with Brigade staff (attendance, participation, wreath sales, behavior, etc.) determine who will receive a four-fold.  Brigaders who receive this award during all seven years of Brigade may be eligible for a post-secondary scholarship, as funds are available.

Object Award - This awards recognizes a Brigader's demonstration of the four traits (obedience, reverence, discipline and self-respect) contained in the Brigade Object. Each year, the leader and co-leader will select one Brigader from each small group to receive this award.

Wide Awake Leadership Award - Youth from each of the sophomore, junior and senior classes will be awarded a half merit scholarship to Brigade’s Leadership Training Conference at Onaway Island.  This scholarship is awarded for exemplary performance during the current Brigade year.

My Own Self (MOS) Project & Scholarships - At the start of their 12th grade year, Brigaders are invited to participate in a competition for post-secondary scholarships.  More information on this is mailed to seniors in the fall.

Sure & Steadfast Award - This award is given to senior Brigaders who demonstrate a strong commitment to Brigade programs both on their scheduled Brigade night and otherwise.  Recipients receive a half merit scholarship to Brigade’s Leadership Training Conference at Onaway Island.

Outstanding Brigader - The Outstanding Brigader award is the longest-standing award and the culmination of an entire Brigade career.  It is based upon all-around participation and performance during all seven years of Brigade, including camping at Onaway.  Recipients receive a half merit scholarship to the Leadership Training Conference at Onaway Island.