Badgers birthday bash
Youngsters from all over the
UK took part in the fun and games at LEGOLAND®
Windsor on Sunday 21 September to celebrate 21 years of St John
Ambulance Badgers and
the birthday of their mascot Bertie.
Excited young people had their photo
taken with Bertie and enjoyed a slice of birthday cake. Party goers
also had a chance to go on rides such as the rollercoaster
and log flume and watch theatre shows, live action
displays and take part in the a’maze’ing labyrinth.
In total 800 Badgers with family
members attended the event and each were given a special
St John Ambulance booklet to keep as a memento. They could get the
booklet signed in different areas of the park by performing
activities such as reciting a joke or song or spotting Bertie
Badger among the Lego figurines.
It was fantastic to see so many young people joining together to celebrate the Badgers being 21 years old. I hope there are many more anniversaries of the Badgers to come
Chief Commissioner Youth, St John Ambulance
The Badgers were set up in 1987 for 6 to
10-year-olds when adult members called for a youth group for
younger children, as Cadets for 10 to
17-year olds was already a great success. It soon expanded to allow
five-year-olds to join too.
Like the Cadets, Badgers meet weekly and go on
residential camps where they learn all about new
subjects, varying from Hungry Badger which focuses on continental
cuisine and cooking, to Safety Badger which teaches young people
about road safety and personal safety – with lots more in
Sarah Holmes, Chief Commissioner Youth at St
John Ambulance, said: ‘Bertie’s birthday was a memorable day and we
were glad so many Badgers could join us. Badgers is all about young
people having fun, making friends and learning new things and
that’s exactly what the day was all about.
'It was fantastic to see so many young people
joining together to celebrate the Badgers being 21 years old. I
hope there are many more anniversaries of the Badgers to come.’