One-Time or Lifetime

Become a Volunteer

While volunteering can be a one-time event, for many, it evolves into a lifetime experience. To prioritize the safety of the youth we serve, the Boys & Girls Brigade has established a policy to screen all potential volunteers through a criminal history background check. This check aims to ensure that applicants have no history of violent and/or sexual crimes. We value your understanding and cooperation with this policy, and we extend our gratitude for submitting the completed background check form. Together, we create a secure and nurturing environment for our community.

Become A Volunteer

1. Complete A Background Check

It is the policy of the Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade to screen all potential volunteers by conducting a criminal history background check. Brigade does this to protect the safety of the youth we serve. The primary focus of this background check is to ensure that applicants do not have a history of violent and/or sexual crimes. We appreciate your understanding of this policy and thank you for submitting the completed background check form.

2. Review Volunteer Opportunities (Below)

Join us in shaping a positive environment through workshops that ignite curiosity and physical activities that foster well-being. As a volunteer, you’ll play a vital role in guiding students, fostering teamwork, and contributing to a vibrant learning community. Discover the joy of making a difference in the lives of young minds while gaining valuable experience.

3. Register As A Volunteer

Ready to make a positive impact? Register as a volunteer and join our team to help facilitate engaging workshops and exciting physical activities that inspire growth and learning. Your commitment as a volunteer will contribute to creating a supportive environment where students can thrive.

Volunteer Opportunities

Downtown Programs

Group Leaders (weekly commitment October to early April)

Mentor an 11th or 12th grade Co-Leader as they put leadership skills attained into practice with a small group of their younger peers. Group leader’s primary role is to get to know and build a positive relationship with the Brigaders in your group as they go through the different activities and workshops offered.

Workshop Leaders (6-10 night commitment October to early April)

Guide youth in a variety of hands-on workshops including woodworking, metalworking, stained glass, ceramics, beading, scrapbooking, leathercrafting, and more. We are always looking for new ideas!

Physical Activity Leaders (flexible to weekly commitment October to early April)

Guide youth in a variety of energetic activities including riflery, archery, climbing wall, yoga, and more.

Office Leaders (flexible to weekly commitment October to early April)

Help is needed weeknights in the office answering phones, providing customer service, and performing light paperwork and projects.

Discover Mini Series Leaders (flexible according to leader availability)

An opportunity for Brigaders to learn higher-level skills over the course of the Brigade year. Clubs typically meet weekly. A few current examples include welding, woodworking, small engine repair, model railroad, rifle, and archery.

Discover Breakout Chaperones (flexible according to planned activities)

One-time events for Brigaders to participate in throughout the year. The events usually last a few hours.

Volunteer Focus Areas
Have a passion for any of the following subjects? We’d love to have you share your expertise in any capacity based on your willingness and availability.


  • Stain Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Glass Fusion
  • Wood Burning
  • Screen Printing
  • Tie-Dye
  • Leather Working
  • Copper Enameling
  • Painting


  • Metalwork & Welding
  • Woodworking
  • Small Engine Repair


  • Yoga
  • Archery
  • Team Games in the Gym
  • Rec Hall Games (pool, foosball, etc.)
  • Climbing Wall Facilitators & Belayers


  • Escape Room Facilitator
  • Dungeons & Dragons/TTRPG
  • Cooking
  • Baking


  • 3-D Printing
  • Glowforge Laser Cutting
  • Plasma Cutting
  • CNC Machinery
  • Music Technology & Sound Mixing
  • Music Lessons
  • Photography
  • Videography

Not seeing a skill you’d love to share with the Brigade? Let us know! We are always open to new skills and talents to share with our Brigaders!

Volunteer at Camp Onaway

Embark on an adventure with Brigade on our picturesque 6.5-acre island nestled near Waupaca, amidst the breathtaking Chain O’Lakes, this summer! Our vibrant summer camps, designed for both boys and girls, are led by a team of enthusiastic volunteers. Join us in facilitating team games, water sports, and a host of relationship-building activities. Whether you can commit to the entire week, a weekend, or just a single day of fun, we welcome your involvement. Explore the 2024 camp schedule to discover the perfect camp for your volunteering journey.

International Opportunities

As the world’s largest Brigade and a proud member of a global organization, we offer a range of international opportunities. Explore the possibility of hosting international guests, attending camps abroad, and participating in enriching workshops worldwide. Discover more about our international initiatives. For details on upcoming global opportunities, please reach out to Janie Anderson at janderson@bgbrigade.com. Your international adventure awaits!

Questions About Volunteering?

Please call (920) 725-3983 or email the brigade@bgbrigade.com.