Let’s be clear, CSB is made up of men and women, boys and girls. The boys and men were involved with Christian Service Brigade. The women and girls were part of Pioneer Girls and Girls Alive. They are all Alumni.
So, how many potential alumni are there? Somewhere around 40k* in Canada alone since 1942.
Want to find some? Visit a regional Missions Conference and ask ten exhibitors if they know about CSB. Three of those men will tell you that they were involved. Brigade builds Godly Men. Those Godly Men build Christ-centred ministries around the world.
* The fine print: How’s your math? In 1985, there were 130 CSB units in BC south of Mackenzie. (There were additional units in the northern part of the province but they were in a different CSB region.) Many units had 30 to 50 men and boys involved, but some only had 10, but to be on the safe side, let’s say the average was 15 boys and leaders per group. That means that in BC alone in 1985, there were almost 2000 potential alumni. A new crop of boys and their dads(leaders) come along every five years. So, extrapolating over the 35 years of growth before 1985 and the 10 years of decline after it, we are looking at over 10,000 CSB alumni coming out of southern BC alone. Now, the Ontario was 150% the size of BC. And the rest of Canada added up to about the same as Ontario, so all across Canada from 1950 to 1995, there were somewhere around 40,000 CSB alumni.
In 2003, CSB Canada founded our alumni association: CSB Ambassadors. Over the years, it has been instrumental in gathering Brigademen for Celebration Banquets and other events. It has grown and it has waned, but it’s still here. Check it out…
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Who we are and what we do.
We are Christian men who have been involved in Christian Service Brigade units either as boys or as leaders at some time since our inception. Some of us are graduates of the Herald of Christ program. However, most of us were boys in Tree Climbers, Stockade or Battalion. Some were Noncoms – Lance Corporals, Corporals or Sergeants – as teenagers. Many of us were CSB leaders in our local churches across North America.
Now, we are joining with current leaders and staff to support the ministry that had an impact on our lives. We want you to join us in this special fellowship that has benefited from the Godly influence of Christian men who were our leaders in the days of the past.
Joseph Coughlin began Christian Service Squad in 1937 in the State of Illinois. A Sunday School teacher of teenage boys, Joe made a discovery which has affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of men and boys, worldwide.
Since the beginning, men and boys have interacted together in the pursuit of a Godly lifestyle. Each boy is mentored through his Christian walk by a mature Christ-centred man. The boy is challenged to grow physically, mentally, spiritually and socially. His mentor, a man of the local church, is selected for his upstanding qualities. “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52 ESV).
It is an old saying that a tree grows straightest when it grows up with others in close proximity. It is with this thought in mind that a child will grow up in the knowledge and acceptance of Jesus Christ as savior when guided by the provided by a Godly man.
If you of know anyone who was involved with CSB in Canada as a boy, young man, leader, or staff man, we want to hear from them. Why not get involved with us once again as we build God’s Kingdom. Send your email inquiries to Harold Browne at firstname.lastname@example.org
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