• Introduction
  • How it works
  • Grand Prior's Award
  • Achievements
  • Opportunities
  • Uniform
  • Membership
  • How to Join
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Cadets are the largest group within St John Youth. Since the programme is for all young people aged 8 to 18, cadets are grouped into various levels for training, competitions, events, camps and even social activities. We also have many mixed activities for senior cadets to take the lead and provide role models for junior cadets to aspire to. So although we cover a lot of ages - don’t panic! Cadets enter levels based on their age and unique needs.

Levels in the Cadet Programme. Junior: Green level (8 - 10 years); Intermediate: Blue level (11 - 12 years); Senior: Gold level (13 - 18 years).
How it worksYouth Divisions. Cadets meet once a week during the school term at their local division. Every divisionhas a unique programme to suit your needs and interests, so there is a lot of variety. Additional opportunities. Outside the exciting activities that happen in a division, there are heaps of other activities throughout the year for cadets to meet new people, learn new things and have loads of fun. This is a big list, so we’ll cover the many social, adventure, competitive and travel opportunities later in the tour.

Our programmes are run by leaders. These are volunteers who are carefully selected 
on their suitability and skills with young people. All leaders go through a strict recruitment process and must meet all the requirements of our Child Protection Policy.
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Grand Prior's Award
The main curriculum of the cadet programme is the Grand Prior’s Award where cadets set goals and achieve in a variety of areas. There are 27 subjects available which gives a lot of options for cadets to choose from. although the ‘GP’ award is a real challenge, it is very rewarding. The award is revised every year and is one of the best educational youth programmes in the world. Learning objectives are built on the New Zealand Education Curriculum to ensure that cadets are given an edge outside of school and that we don’t overlap what is done in the classroom.

AchievementsBecause the Cadet Programme is so diverse, there are many ways to achieve in St John Youth.Once a cadet completes 12 gold level badges, they will achieve their Grand Prior’s Award. This is the ultimate in St John Youth and is presented by the Governor General.Enter St John Competitions where you will handle emergency situation scenarios with acting patients, fake blood and even explosions! Compete with cadets in your division, region, country and even internationally.There are many honours in the Cadet Programme from being part of a Colour Party to the most valued roles such as Cadet of the Year. Be nominated for one of our high-calibre training courses, earn rank to become a leader in St John or get recognised for serving your local community.

St John Youth offers many different opportunities for young people to challenge themselves. The only limit to what you can achieve is how far you are willing to go! Outside your weekly divisional meetings, there is an assortment of possibilities for all ages..


MembershipMember donation. St John asks parents or caregivers for a donation towards their child belonging. This is a contribution towards the general running costs of attendance such as stationery, hall hire and badge resources).

Hidden costs. Not only is St John Youth very affordable, there are no hidden costs as part of your membership. Your sew-on badges, certificates, and badge material is all included in your annual donation.
How to join
So long as there is a division in your area, it is very simple to become a member of St John Youth
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