Young People


Badgers are the youngest people in St John Ambulance Northern Ireland

Badgers are the youngest people in St John Ambulance (NI), aged 5-10. Our Badger Setts are all about fun, adventure, and learning first aid.

What do Badgers do?

Badgers usually meet once a week for around 90 minutes. Badgers take part in fun activities working towards their Super Badger Award.

To gain the Super Badger Award, Badgers must complete nine of the themed Badger subjects. Our Badger programme covers a wide range of subjects and activities, from first aid to communication skills, to healthy living and being safe. All the subjects have been written by St John people with the aim of Badgers in mind and to support children through their learning and development journey.

Within the first few weeks of joining, Badgers take the first step on this journey by achieving their Welcome Award.

As Badgers complete each subject, they receive a certificate and a subject badge to wear on their uniform, while a Stage Award is also presented for every three subjects completed.

Three subjects

Bronze Award

Six subjects

Silver Award

Nine subjects

Super Badger Award

The Badger Uniform

Badgers wear the following uniform, which is available to purchase directly from our suppliers via a designated online portal.

  • SJA Polo shirt
  • SJA Sweatshirt
  • Baseball cap (optional).

Badgers wear their uniform with black shoes and black trousers or skirt. Black socks are worn when wearing trousers, and white socks or black tights when wearing a skirt.

When you are ready to order uniform, your Sett will be able to provide you with the details needed to access the website. Financial assistance is also available if required.

Next steps

The first step to becoming a Badger is to find your nearest Sett. Setts are currently located in:

  • Armagh
  • Banbridge (Opening 2023)
  • Bangor
  • Ballymena
  • Carrickfergus
  • Derry /Londonderry
  • Downpatrick
  • Enniskillen
  • Larne (Currently not operating)
  • Lisburn
  • Newtownards

Lots of young people want to join Badgers and you may have to wait for a space to become available before you can start your journey. If your local Sett has a waiting list, parents and other adults might want to think about what they could do to help out. Regardless of skillset or availability, there’s an opportunity for everyone to contribute.

Badgers is open to all, and we can usually tweak things to make sure everyone can join in the fun. If you have any questions about accessibility, chat with your local leader as soon as possible.

Too old to join Badgers? Why not join Cadets instead?

Register Your Interest

I am interested in becoming a Badger

Applicants should provide contact details of a parent or guardian