youth awards

Activities and Awards

Young people aged five to 24 can participate in our youth activities and awards programmes. These are a great way for young people to take part in volunteering and learn valuable life skills.


Cadet Award Scheme

The Cadet Award Scheme aims to provide a wide variety of interests and activities for young people aged 11 and over. The President’s Award followed by the Patron’s Award.


Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is open to young volunteers from 14 years of age up to adult members under the age of 25.


Youth Challenge

St Andrews First Aid teaches valuable life skills to young people by training them in first aid.

The competition tests young people’s first aid knowledge, communication skills and teamwork. First aid is not only a vital life skill, it also improves self-esteem, develops confidence and fosters a sense of belonging.

The competition is a great way for young people to strengthen their knowledge while having fun. We use acting casualties who demonstrate a variety of everyday emergencies.

The aim of the competition is to raise awareness and standards for first aid training and to encourage young people to develop life-saving first aid skills. The lifesaving techniques they learn in a practical situation could one day save someone in a real life scenario.
Participants will demonstrate their ability to perform key first aid techniques and take appropriate action based on scenarios. By demonstrating their skills along with their peers in realistic situations, children develop the confidence to save a life and have fun at the same time.


Cadet Challenge

This challenge is a light-hearted competition that is open to all Cadet Sections. The Cadet Challenge consists of 15 tasks, all of which assist cadets with developing life skills, working as part of a team and taking their own initiative.


Saltire Award

The Saltire Awards are the new Scottish awards designed to formally recognise the commitment and contribution of youth volunteering to voluntary organisations.

Supported by the Scottish Government, the Saltire Awards enable young volunteers to record the skills, experience and learning gained through successful volunteering placements provided by local and national voluntary agencies.

The Awards are split in to four sections – The Challenge, The Approach, The Ascent and The Summit, and achievement is recognised in the form of Saltire Award certificates and Young Scot reward points.