Youth Development

Young people are an important part of St John bringing boundless energy and enthusiasm. In return they take away important lifesaving first aid skills; as well as life skills including teamwork, communication and organisation, whilst building confidence and self-worth.


Our Youth Development program is designed for everyday kids. Whilst the emphasis is on first aid we also develop leadership and social skills, bring opportunity to form friendships, give time to help others, experience a sense of achievement and learn skills for life.


CADETS (ages 11 to 17) work towards becoming Preliminary first aiders, and then it’s hands-on learning through proficiency badges, competitions and camps, and practising first aid skills as part of a supervised team at public events.

YOUTH MEMBERS (ages 18 to 25) are able to broaden skills and improve personal attributes, particularly in learning more advanced first aid skills. Then there’s the opportunity to undertake comprehensive leadership training.


There is a lot more to being a St John Cadet than First Aid:

  • Awards and Competitions
    Earn proficiency badges, aim for the Grand Prior’s Badge, opportunities to achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards and achieve recognition for attending public events as a first aider.
  • SACE Units
    Youth (aged 14 years and older) can work towards obtaining Stage 1 SACE Units by volunteering in the community as a St John Cadet.
  • Recreational Camps Develop your leadership and social skills, and experience team bonding in a fun team environment at the annual St John Proficiency Camp. Attend the annual Angaston Camp and meet St John Cadets from other states at the National Cadet Camp.
  • Public Events Attend first aid events and assist in treating casualties under adult supervision and participate in the ANZAC Day Vigil, Dawn Service and March.

Through fun and fulfilling activities our Cadets gain new skills and find new career opportunities they might not otherwise have considered. St John Cadets make a positive contribution to the community, and the skills learnt in leadership and decision-making look great on university or career applications.


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Video Produced by Peter & Andre Gdodakis.


Check out the National St John Cadet website for heaps of information....


In the Media 

ABC’s Behind the news report on the St John Cadet Program


Safeguarding in St John 

Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Persons Handbook (pdf)
St John Ambulance Australia SA Inc is an organisation that seeks to provide and maintain a safe working environment for all members and the broader community. These guidelines support the Child and Vulnerable Persons’ Protection Policy and provide the framework to help us ensure best practice.