LEADER - OFFICER
|HOW TO BECOME A GIRLS' BRIGADE OFFICER|
Information for Brigaders & Warrant Officers -
Brigaders - You should speak to your Captain about Leadership Training courses in your area. For details of what Leadership 1, 2 and 3 courses are about, see the Brigader page. Once you have successfully completed Leadership 3 you will be a Warrant Officer and can then progress to Basic Officer Training.
Warrant Officers - As a Warrant Officer you will have successfully completed the Leadership 1, 2 & 3 courses and this will allow you to undertake a shortened version of the Basic Officer Training, as some of the course content will have been covered in the earlier training sessions. Ask your Captain to find out about the Basic Officer Training courses in your area. (There is a Divisional Training Organiser for each Division and she'll keep your Captain up to date with which trainings are running and when. )
... See the FAQs below for more information.
Information for people outwith the Organisation -
If you wish to become a GB Officer, you should apply to the Captain of the Company you wish to join who will then arrange the necessary paperwork.
The most practical route is to register as an Auxiliary Helper with the Company and complete the necessary checks and forms for that position. Once all these checks are satisfactorily completed this allows you to work with the GB Company as an Auxiliary Helper, while you undertake your Basic Officer Training, (which can take up to a year).
On successful completion of the Basic Officer Course, and on the recommendation of the Church your Company belongs to, you can be commissioned as an Officer in the Girls' Brigade.
... See the FAQs below for more information.
What's the difference between an Officer and an Auxiliary Helper?
Every Company requires at least two Commissioned Officers for insurance reasons and cannot be run wholly by Auxiliary Helpers.
Is there an age limit? - Yes , you cannot be commissioned as an Officer in the Girls' Brigade before the age of 18, and you cannot become Captain before the age of 20. However at present there is no upper age limit to becoming an Auxiliary Helper, an Officer, or a Captain in Girls' Brigade Scotland, you just need to be young at heart!
Do I need to fill out forms to become an Officer? - Yes, four forms as detailed below;
Do I need to provide references to become an Officer? Yes, at the very start of the process you will be asked to supply the names and contact details of two individuals who can testify to your character. (These should be independent individuals, e.g. teacher, doctor, employer or minister, not friends or relations.)
I've filled out the Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Check Form, can I work with the girls now? - No, you cannot work with the girls, even in a supervised capacity, until notification that a satisfactory check has been received, by the Church.
Do I, or my Company need to pay a membership fee to GB HQ on my behalf? - Yes. The annual Membership fee paid to GB HQ ensures that you are covered by public liability insurance. It is a set fee for all members of Girls' Brigade Scotland and it is between you and your Company whether you pay it or they pay it for you, but it must be paid.
Do I wear a uniform? - Yes, the Uniform for a GB Officer is the suit, however you can wear a white GB polo shirt, navy GB sweatshirt, and navy joggers or trousers for activities. (See Mail Order - Officer's Uniform for details, prices and photographs) Your Name Badge should be worn at all times when working with the girls.
Can I attend Divisional / National GB meetings? - Yes, you will be made most welcome
Can I be elected to Divisional / National posts? - Yes
Can I take part in Divisional / National events and trainings? - Yes (Take part? Don't stop there- you can help organise them!)
Can I do camp / camp co-ordinator / canvas camp training? - Yes
|ABOUT GB BASIC OFFICER TRAINING - WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?|
Basic Officer Training is there to give you the skills you will need for all aspects of your service as a Girls' Brigade Officer.
Obviously this will vary from Officer to Officer and Company to Company, so you are assigned a tutor, (a commissioned GB Officer from a Company other than your own - to give you another viewpoint) who will work out a programme with you, best suited to your needs and help you through each aspect of your training.
The training is presented in modules which means the format can be flexible to suit your circumstances and how you learn; open learning; evening sessions; weekend sessions; can be discussed and agreed between yourself, your Tutor and your Divisional Training Organiser. Some modules may only be a half hour training session, some will be things you do in your own time, some may be an event you attend and some may be things you have already done!
Don't be put off, there are no exams and you don't need to be academic, the training is about you being equipped with the practical knowledge and skills you will need as an Officer.
To complete Basic Officer Training you must earn 25 credits, these are made up from:
(Page checked & updated 18/08/06)