St John Ambulance Cadets

Cadets in a new uniform

10 – 17 year olds can join one of our Cadet units, which operate throughout the country. At Cadets it's all about fun, adventure and community.

Cadet programme

Guided by youth leaders, Cadets take part in an interactive and full programme, working towards their Grand Prior Award. The programme enables young people to learn important life skills in a fun and safe environment, but with challenge and excitement appropriate to their age.

Cadets can choose from over seventy different subjects to help complete their award. These range from Fire prevention and Photography, to Sports and first aid.

Younger Cadets learn first aid skills through our training course for young people while older Cadets can undertake a community first aid or first aid at work course. Cadets can put their first aid and other communication skills into practice by providing first aid to the public at events or teaching first aid to other young people and adults.

Costs involved

St John Ambulance is a value for money way of offering young people a wide variety of fun, challenging and exciting activities that help them to learn life saving first aid skills.


All units in England charge a fixed annual subscription of £72 which can be paid annually or monthly. The payment covers costs such as leader training, keeping young people safe and the price of equipment, certificates and badges.

There is usually an extra charge for special events such as camp, and subscriptions do not cover the cost of uniform.

Financial assistance

No young person will be excluded from St John Ambulance if they cannot afford to pay for either uniform or subscriptions. For more information, please contact the leader of your local unit.

The next step

If you would like to join the Cadets, either complete the online form or call 08700 104950.

Live outside England, Channel Islands and Isle of Man?

Unfortunately we are only able to deal with enquiries for England, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. You can find out about becoming part of the team in other locations.

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