A focus on first aid, healthcare, leadership and general life skills
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.
Cadets meet once a week during the school term at their local division. Every division has a unique programme to suit your needs and interests, so there is a lot of variety.
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.
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 29 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 Grand Prior's Award is gained by completing 6 compulsory badges, 6 badges of the cadet's own choice, and 100 hours of comunity service. Once the 12 badges and community service is completed, the Grand Prior's Award is completed and awarded at a ceremony in the presence of the Governor General.
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.
Because the Cadet Programme is so diverse, there are many ways to achieve in St John Youth.
- Once a cadet completes 12 gold level subjects, 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!
- 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.
- Overnight stays and camps
- Courses and training workshops
- Fun days and social functions
- Competitions and first aid scenarios
- Adventure activities
- Drill and formal ceremonies
- Operational events alongside St John Events personnel
- Travel opportunities
- and much more!
The donation requested is: 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.
$10 a term ($40 a year) for the first family member;
$5 a term ($20 a year) for each additional family member.
We may charge extra activity fees for camps, visits or other activities on a case by case basis.
A non-refundable contribution of $50 is required before we can issue a uniform. The uniform remains St John property and must be returned in a good condition upon members leaving the organisation.
* St John has funds available to meet costs in cases of hardship
Our cadet uniform includes:
How to Join
It's easy to become a member of St John Youth.
We recommend using the Youth Map to find your closest division that meets on your preferred night. Come along and visit to see if the Cadet Programme could be right for you.
Even if you might have already decided you want to join, we encourage young people to come along a couple of times and only join when you are absolutely sure you want to.
You can download the enrolment form by clicking HERE, or you can pick one up at your local division.