St John Ambulance

St Johns Ambulance

St John Ambulance’s programmes, Badgers and Cadets give young people the opportunity to learn first aid alongside other important life skills. They operate throughout England.

Badgers – aged 7-10

Anyone aged 7-10 years old can join one of the many Badger Setts which operate throughout England. At Badgers it’s all about fun and adventure!

Badgers can:

  • Learn first aid
  • Go camping
  • Do arts and crafts
  • Take part in team games, and much more!st john 3

Badgers usually meet once a week for around an hour and a half. They take part in a lively programme, working towards their Super Badger Award.

Badgers can choose from fifteen subjects to help complete their award, such as Adventure Badger, Badger First Aider and Wild Badger.


A badge and certificate is awarded for each completed subject. Badgers can keep their own record of what they have achieved in their Badger Passport. Once Badgers have earned 12 badges, they receive the Super Badger Award.

The final step for all Badgers is to help plan and take part in their Moving-on Ceremony, before moving to Cadets.

Cadets – ages 10-17

Young people aged 10–17 can join one of our Cadet units, which operate throughout England. These are a great way for teens and young people to take part in volunteer work and learn valuable life skills.

As a Cadet, you’ll take part in a full and interactive programme, working towards your Grand Prior Award and volunteering at events.

You can:

  • learn first aid skills
  • Volunteer within your community by providing first aid cover at public events, such as football matches and music festivals
  • learn leadership and public speaking skills by teaching first aid to other young people
  • spend time on weekend residential camps packed with activities, and have the opportunity to compete in international first aid competitions.

Youth leaders

Can you inspire the next generation of life savers?

As a volunteer youth leader with St John Ambulance you’ll support young people in learning first aid and help them gain new skills, experience and qualifications along the way. You’ll encourage and inspire young people from all walks of life to develop their potential.

You’ll be given all the support you need to excel, including access to outstanding training in youth work.


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