The core work of GBS is done by the Church, Company, Division and Executive Groups who meet at least 3 times per year to plan events, trainings, etc. relating to their particular remit. The Executive is responsible for setting policy and strategy for all aspects of GBS.
Church is key to the existence of Girls' Brigade as a company cannot start without the endorsement of a Church or Mission. GB is a Christian organisation that should sit comfortably within the mission arm of all Churches but it is solely at the discretion of the Minister and governing body as to how they utilise GB, and to what extent, as a formal part of their outreach to young people. We are pleased that most Churches welcome GB as active partners in sharing the Good News of the Gospel with girls and young women and, for many, GB is their first link to faith based activities.
When a Church or Mission decides they want to start GB work it is they who are responsible for selecting and appointing all leaders to ensure they meet the requirements of their denomination. GBS commisions and accepts leaders on the recommendation of the individual Church when recruitment procedures, including PVG Scheme membership have been completed satisfactorily.
Each company requires to have a Chaplain, although not always the Minister, and they along with their governing body, are responsible for the wellbeing of the GB company both pastorally and practically. It is important that all GB companies are an integral part of the life of the Church and not just an organisation which uses its premises. Chaplains are also part of the company staff as commissioned leaders.
A Company is where girls come together and where the real work of GBS takes place each week. Each company is enrolled by Executive following recommendation from the Church or Mission and is attatched to a Division.
Each company has a Captain, appointed by the Church, who is the person responsible for ensuring the company is well run, programmes planned and delivered properly. The Captain is supported by the Chaplain and fellow leaders who are commissioned as Lieutenants and they work with the girls in various sections each week. As from 2016 all non-commissioned officers are known as Trainee Leaders, of which there are several different levels. Trainee Leaders may be parents or adults who want to help support the work of the company while others are training to become commissioned leaders.
Companies comprise 3 sections; Explorers, Juniors and Brigaders who meet each week to explore their own particular programme. Sometimes they join together for special events at Christmas or on a trip to an activity centre. Companies meet on a night of their choice, usually in a church hall but sometimes in a school or other local hall.
A Division is a geographical grouping of 5 or more companies in an area which exists to bring together local companies for a variety of purposes, including training, events and competitions. Currently, GBS has 19 Divisions across Scotland.
Each Division appoints a Commissioner who is responsible for the running of the Division. The Commissioner is also the key link between Companies and the Executive. The Commissioner is supported by a President, Secretary, Chaplain, Treasurer and Deputy Commissioner, where appropriate. There will also be a Training Co-ordinator along with Queen's Award and DofE Co-ordinators if companies are involved in these awards. These roles form the basis of a Divisional Executive which promotes and supports the work of the Division and GBS.
Divisions offer various events, training, etc. throughout the GB year, sometimes in partnership with other Divisions nearby. All leaders in a Division are eligible to attend meetings which are held on a monthly or bi-monthly basis with an AGM every year.
The Executive is the management body of the organisation; responsible for making and implementing all policy decisions throughout Girls' Brigade Scotland.
Executive meets regularly to discuss the managment and the strategic directions and development of GBS. The majority of members are serving GB leaders at local level, many of whom are also involved with GBS via Divisional and National roles. This ensures that all decisions are made with a sound knowledge of the organisation created through personal experience and constant contact with GBS members.
The President, two Vice Presidents and a Treasurer are elected and can serve for up to 6 years. Six elected members serve for a period of 3 years; the same period served by a National Chaplain. Other members, including youth reps, can be co-opted. The Chief Executive is a non-voting member employed by GBS to provide advice and guidance to the Executive and is responsible for the overall management of GBS and the staff team.