For most Cadets, learning and practising First Aid techniques remains the main reason for joining St John Ambulance. However, since 1931, they have also been able to complete a range of other subjects to achieve their Grand Prior’s Award. The scheme was designed to encourage the attainment of a wide range of proficiency subjects including First Aid, Home Nursing, Camping and Nature Study. To achieve their Grand Prior Award, Cadets had to complete 12 subjects through which, it was hoped that they would become responsible citizens whilst also having fun. Whilst many of the subjects have changed, Cadets are no longer taught Aeroplane Accident Aid or Air Raid Precautions, others such as Safety First and learning about the charity’s history remain.
Whilst the training undertaken by Cadets has changed drastically across the last century, the First Aiding mission remains the same. Cadets continue to learn life-saving skills, as well as participating in a range of other subjects including Communication, Adventure Skills and Casualty Simulation.
From the collection:
Grand Prior’s Award badge
The Grand Prior’s Award was first established 1931 and is presented to Cadets who achieve proficiency in 12 subjects including communication, care, and life and social skills. Cadets have spoken of their hard work in achieving this accolade and wearing this badge on their uniform with pride.