The Church Lads’ Brigade (C.L.B.) was founded in 1891 in London, England. Through the efforts of a young Newfoundlander, Harold Blackler, a CLB Company was started in St. John’s in 1892 - the first CLB overseas unit. Today, the CLB in Newfoundland has over 1000 members in 22 companies spread across the Avalon Peninsula, from St. John’s to Whitbourne, and one company on the Bonavista Peninsula in Trinity East/Port Rexton.
Through educational, recreational and social activities, the Brigade aims to help youth develop the necessary skills to become future leaders.
Who can Join?
Membership in the CLB is open to all youth, male and female. The CLB is divided into five age groups:
- Little Training Corps (LTC) - Ages 5 - 6
- Young Training Corps (YTC) - Ages 7 - 9
- Junior Training Corps (JTC) - Ages 10 - 12
- Senior Corps (SC) - Ages 13 - 18
- Officers - Ages 19+
What does the CLB do?
The CLB offers a variety of programs to participants.
Summer Camps - The CLB holds three week-long summer camps each year at Mint Brook Camp near Gambo. It has been shown that members who go to camps stay on longer in the Brigade and advance through the ranks. Approximately 170 young people benefited from summer camps in 2009. Activities at camps are geared to the age of the participants and include:
- Target shooting with air rifles
- Orienteering & Wilderness Survival