St John Youth programmes help young New Zealanders to develop first aid, health care, leadership and life skills. Penguins are aged 6 to 8, Cadets are aged 8 to 18. These programmes are fully funded by donations.

Leadership, life skills and fun

The development programmes we run for young people - ages 6 to 18 - have the right balance of education and fun. We focus on teaching first aid, health care, leadership and life skills, but we also make sure that our youth members look forward to their time at St John. There’s a lot of laughing, as well as a lot of learning.

Young people who experience our programmes gain confidence and empathy, as well as knowledge and leadership skills. Some continue their relationship with St John when they become adults. Encouraging volunteering from a young age is an important ethos in St John Youth.

St John Youth promotes education in a fun environment

St John Youth promotes education in a fun environment

Penguin programme for 6 to 8 year olds

Our Penguin Programme is headed by Primo the Penguin, a mascot who makes sure everyone’s having a good time. Children meet once a week during the school term to learn basic first aid and other practical life skills. The programme encourages common sense, honesty, self-control, courage and a sense of fair-play.

Penguins follow a course of nine badges, each divided into main topics. For each badge that’s completed, the child is awarded a colourful sew-on badge and matching certificate.
Find out what it’s like to be a St John Penguin >>

The programme covers a wide range  of ages - from 6 - 18 year olds

The programme covers a wide range of ages - from 6 - 18 year olds

Cadet programme for 8-18 year-olds

Belonging to the Cadet programme develops leadership and decision-making skills, grows a powerful sense of responsibility, builds self-esteem and encourages a caring attitude to the environment and community. Cadets also receive training in first aid and emergency skills.

Cadets meet once a week during the school term. All cadets participate in the 'Grand Prior's Award Scheme', where they work towards badges in various subjects. There's a wide range of courses to choose from - some are compulsory, others can be selected to reflect personal interests.

Find out what it’s like to be a St John Youth Cadet >>


Opportunities for adults who want to teach
St John Youth divisions and activities are run by volunteers. If you’re an adult with teaching or childcare experience, or simply an urge to help out, we’d like to hear from you.
Read more about becoming a St John Youth Leader >>


Find out everything you need to know about St John’s youth programmes
We have a website dedicated to our youth programmes.
Visit the St John Youth website >>

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