Youth development

Our youth development program provides opportunities for young people to learn and grow.  Underpinning our program are a range of skills and attributes which aim to develop team skills, communication, confidence, problem solving capability and personal resilience. 

Our Cadet program, for members between 8 – 18 are led by adult members with an interest in working with children. The program supports the growth of young people by providing activities and experiences that encourage greater self-esteem, confidence and improved interpersonal skills.  A highlight for our training program is our Annual First Aid competition, where members attend to a mock scenario, with the state champions representing South Australia at the National Competition in some categories.

Our first aid program is enhanced through courses in topics including Emergency Management, Cookery and Nutrition, Family Care, Communication and Public Relations. Additionally we hold a number of camps each year within South Australia, along with the National Cadet Camp, hosted in a different State or Territory each January.

 Making a difference

Whilst the emphasis is on First Aid our youth also develop leadership and social skills through a progressive series of programs and activities:

  • Develop self confidence
  • Learn vital first aid skills with other young people
  • Attend first aid duties
  • Assist injuries and illnesses in a supervised environment
  • Enhance career opportunities, particularly in the healthcare sector
  • Gain credits towards SACE
  • Attend recreational camps and leadership courses
  • Meet new people and make lifelong friends
  • Provide the community with an invaluable service

St John has a lot to offer young people, but most of all being a St John Cadet is about having fun!


All training is free and once qualified a St John uniform is provided.

Get involved

Find out more about becoming a St John Junior or Cadet.