Our Youth programmes helps teach our tamariki (children) and rangatahi (youth) the first aid and life skills they will have forever.

young youth members talking

The Youth programme is safe, social and supportive. Your child will gain leadership skills, create friendships, and learn how to care for others. But most importantly, they’ll have fun!   

young youth member


Confidence and self-esteem come with learning new skills. Watch their confidence grow as they learn to care for others.

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Your child will learn first aid and valuable life skills fit for their age, in a fun and engaging environment. 

youth leader with young members

Giving back

We encourage young people to give back to their community, and we love to see how much they
learn from being part of it.

Penguin Programme (5 to 8 year olds)  Primo the Penguin

Our penguins meet once a week, learning through fun games and activities that teach honesty, courage and fair play. If they work hard and get nine badges, they'll be Super Penguins!

Follow Primo the Penguin to learn more!

Youth penguin playing tug of war
"We have lots of fun, new experiences and new friends. I have been on two camps. We stayed up late and fed the fish at night!"
 - Penguin

Cadet Programme (8 to 18 year olds)

Our cadets learn first aid and emergency training, develop leadership and decision-making skills. Cadets meet once a week and are grouped according to their age and needs. They work towards getting badges, with the goal of earning their Grand Prior's Award.

Learn more about cadets

Youth penguin playing tug of war "I have had a lot of experiences I wouldn’t otherwise have had. I’ve got friends in heaps of places – kids I would never normally meet. It’s great catching up with them at the camps." - Cadet 



Want to know more about the Youth programme?

We have a website dedicated to our St John Youth programme, where you can learn everything you need to know and find a Youth division near to you.

Visit the Youth programme website

Would you like to volunteer?

We’re always looking for adult volunteers, so if you are passionate about youth development and would like to help, please get in touch.

Become a youth leader

Looking for a programme for your school?

We also offer different school programmes to help build strong, resilient tamariki with the life skills to make a difference in their communities.

Learn more about our schools’ programmes


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