About Us - Col. Michael Allen Division (Victoria)
We are Col. Michael Allen Division 61c (Victoria) of St. John Ambulance, a first aid-based youth program in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Our Division was formed May 1st, 1977 and has been providing first aid and leadership development opportunities for youth aged 6 to 18 ever since.
St. John Ambulance's Youth Program provides coordinated and progressive opportunities for young people to become valued and vital members of the community. It enables development of their social, physical, emotional, intellectual, moral and cultural skills and behaviors. By combining first aid and youth-oriented activities within St. John, we hope to develop self-reliant and self-confident young people who will become responsible members of society with a sense of community service.
Who Can Join?
Juniors are 6 - 10 years old, and focus on safety-oriented learning and having fun.
We train Juniors in basic first aid skills like identifying first aid equipment, and calling emergency services.
Junior accomplishments are recognized through yearly service awards.
Cadets are 11 - 15 years old, and are offered opportunities for personal development such as teamwork, discipline and self-confidence.
We train Cadets to the Emergency First Aid level.
Cadets can also complete proficiency subjects towards the Grand Prior's Award, and are recognized for milestones in hours of voluntary service.
Crusaders are 16 - 18 years old, and are provided with advanced first aid training and an emphasis on individual leadership qualities and performing community service.
We train Crusaders to the Standard First Aid level, and offer the option for them to complete a Medical First Responder course.
Crusaders are recognized for milestones in years of service, and accomplishments in leadership development through non-commissioned officer promotions.
Officers are adults who have given some of their free time to help mentor and train the next generation of leaders. Officers must be over 21, and must already hold a valid Standard First Aid with CPR-C certificate. Potential officers will be asked to complete an application form, attend an interview, and pass a Criminal Records Check.
We provide opportunities for Officers to complete their Medical First Responder course, as well as Brigade Officer Training. Officers are recognized for milestones in years of service and hours of voluntary service.
Officers should have prior experience or advanced training in first aid, child / youth development, military-style drill, leadership or education.