Like the Seniors Section, the Brigader Programme is also based on the ‘PSALT File’ and is centred on achievement of the Brigader Brooch. This is the highest company award a girl can achieve and is awarded to those who gain 40 points from the Brigader Programme over a minimum three year period. Points towards this award are gained in four stages (ten points for each stage). A coloured Triangle Award is presented on completion of each of the first three stages. The Brigader Brooch is awarded on completion of the fourth stage.
The ‘PSALT File’ (Practical and Spiritual Applications for Living Today)
The PSALT File was first issued to all companies when launched in 2002 and then was revamped in 2014. Both versions are available to view and download in the leaders section of this website. The New (2014) PSALT Files are also available to purchase from the GBNI Shop.
The aim of the PSALT File is to encourage girls to see the relevance of God’s Word as it is applied throughout the GB programme and in every aspect of their day to day lives.
The PSALT File provides various topics for leaders and girls to choose from, including suggestions on how to approach the topic, activities and ideas for including a spiritual application for each topic.
The PSALT File is a resource file rather than a syllabus and should be used with flexibility, depending on individual company situations.
In line with other badgework in GB the programme covered to attain Brigader Triangles and ultimately the Brigader Brooch must be balanced and cover work in - Spiritual, Physical, Education and Service.
Spiritual: GB Scripture Course, discipleship course, mentoring.
Physical: Dodgeball, hockey, athletics.
Educational: Cooking, fashion, my body.
Service: Charity work, running an event, use your voice, advocacy.
Brigader Triangles and Brigader Brooch
Girls in the Brigader section (girls aged 14 - 18) of GB work towards attaining their Brigader Brooch. The Brigader Brooch is attained after a minimum of three years, after a girl has been awarded her three Brigader Triangles.
|Stage 1 = Blue Triangle
|Stage 2 = White Triangle
|Stage 3 = Green Triangle
|Stage 4 = Brigader Brooch
- A total of 40 points earned over a three or four year period is required to obtain a Brigader Brooch.
- No more than 14 points may be gained in one year. (In exceptional circumstances permission may be given by GBHQ to permit a girl to gain 16 points in order to complete the award.)
- At least six points must be from each of the four sections -Spiritual, Physical, Education and Service.
- Each subject covered is worth two points, with the exception of the annual GB Scripture course which merits four points providing a girl attends at least 80% of the course. A girl with less than 80 % attendance should be awarded only two points for the Scripture course.
Companies are no longer required to submit Brigader Progress books to GBHQ.
Wearing Brigader Section Awards
- 125th Anniversary badge, if applicable is to be worn on the sweatshirt at the point of the 'V'.
- Endurance Award, if applicable, worn on right side of sweatshirt, beside ribbon.
- All other badges to be worn on an armband until award of the Brigader Brooch.
Example of a Brigader armband, prior to award of Brigader Brooch
Positioning of Badges after Brigader Brooch has been Awarded:
Awards worn on armband as above, but remove the Open Bible Award, and wear on award ribbon.
The award ribbon is worn on the sweatshirt, on wearer's right side. The ribbon is to be level with the top of the embroidered GB crest on the sweatshirt.
Awards to be placed on ribbon in the following order:
- Open Bible Award (top).
- Brigader Brooch Note - If the Queen's Award is attained, it will replace the Brigader Brooch on the ribbon and the Brigader Brooch is transferred back to bottom left corner of armband.
- Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award, if gained (removing Silver Award from armband)