The Cadet programme - Grand Prior Award
As a Cadet, you will be working towards your Grand Prior Award.
You can choose from over seventy different subjects to complete
your award. These range from first aid to fire prevention,
photography to sports.
You’ll work towards achieving a badge and
certificate in each subject at the Cadet Unit meetings. Units
usually meet once a week, and it takes around six weeks to earn
your first badge.
The Membership Award is your first step
towards joining St John Ambulance. It gives you an understanding
and a taste of what being a Cadet is all about, before you join one
of our Cadet unit. Badgers joining Cadets will already have this
through their Follow-Me Badger Award.
You must complete a certain number of subjects
to receive your bronze, silver and gold awards. Each subject in the
Grand Prior Award scheme is offered at three levels so that
everyone can participate at their own level.
- Complete eight subjects – Bronze award
- Complete 16 subjects – Silver award
- Complete 20 subjects – Gold award
- Complete 24 subjects – Grand Prior Award
As a Cadet, you can take part in over seventy
subjects from eight different categories to earn your awards:
First aid skills
From knowing how to start someone’s heart if
it has stopped, to other valuable life skills, this section
can help you stay up-to-date with the best first aid techniques and
gives you the ability to look after others.
This section improves your communication skills and helps you to
understand others. You could practice using a radio, learn sign
language, or build your IT and listening skills.
This activity helps you become more aware of
your surroundings, from accident prevention to fundraising. It is
here to help you understand more about your community.
Learn about looking after everyone - children and adults alike.
This element delves into everything: from care to fundraising, and
how to participate in and help your community.
This subject gets you to explore St John
Ambulance, learning about its past and future. Develop leadership
skills and find out what it’s like to provide first aid cover at an
What skills do you think you are lacking? How could you improve
and reach your potential? Learn to lead, to train others and how to
reach your goals.
From entertainment to photography, this gives you the
opportunity to get creative. Learn about crafts and music, and how
they can help you in everyday life.
Ever fancied knowing about different faiths,
nutrition, and your family history? If so, this is the subject to
look at. It covers everything from exploring and expeditions, to
cookery and food hygiene.