Cadets ready for fun, action

St John Youth cadets will battle it out in Timaru tomorrow.

St John South Island region is holding its regional youth competitions at Mountainview High School, where more than 170 St John Youth cadets will converge from across the South Island.

St John Youth is one of New Zealand's biggest and fastest-growing youth programmes, with more than 5900 young people involved nationwide.

In the South Island alone, St John has more than 1800 Youth members aged between 6 and 18.

St John regional youth manager Michelle Brett said St John Youth had an emphasis on belonging, positive peer group involvement and role models.

"St John Youth programmes allow young people to develop their skills for caring for others, while assisting them to develop and build self-esteem. Above all - it's fun."

The competitions tested cadets' skills in several areas and in a variety of mock situations, such as leadership, teamwork, communication and first aid and marching, or drill, she said.

"It is a challenging and fun day for our young people."

St John has eight youth districts in the South Island: Aoraki (South Canterbury), Central Otago, Coastal Otago, Christchurch, West Coast, Canterbury, Southland, and Nelson-Marlborough. In all, more than 200 people will be involved during the weekend.

The prizegiving will be held at the Alpine Energy Community Centre in Temuka on Sunday, with special guest Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew.

The Timaru Herald