Singapore Red Cross Youth

Singapore Red Cross Youth (RCY)

Singapore Red Cross Youth Logo
Abbreviation RCY
Motto Humanity In Our Hands
Formation 1952
Type Uniformed Group
Headquarters Red Cross House
Mr. Sahari Bin Ani
Affiliations Singapore Red Cross Society
Singapore Red Cross Youth 60th Anniversary Logo. Celebrating 60 years of Spirit and Service Video
Red Cross Training Campsite. 62, Jalan Khairuddin, Singapore 457524

In Singapore, Red Cross Youth (RCY) is a Uniformed Group for Primary School and Secondary School students. It has a membership of about 1500 Links (Primary School Students) and about 2500 Cadets (Secondary School Students) as of January 2015. There is also a non-uniformed wing - the RCY Chapters. There are currently 41 Link Units, 43 Cadet Units and 10 Chapter Units. RCY is one of the active divisions in the Singapore Red Cross. It also finances its own operations and activities.


The Red Cross Youth was formed in 1952, with Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) having its first cadet unit. The Red Cross runs school-based youth programmes and is a Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) recognized by the Ministry of Education as an avenue for Character and Citizenship Education in Singapore schools. The Red Cross Youth has two programmes – one for the Primary School children (Link Programme) and another for Secondary School youths (Cadet Programme). The organization of youth activities under this approach has produced good results with both the Link units and Cadet Units, enthusiastically pursuing a series of activities ranging from social/recreational to community programmes.

Red Cross Youth Chapters (RCYC or RCY Chapters), previously known as the Red Cross Humanitarian Network (RCHN) was incorporated into Red Cross Youth from 1 July 2011.[1]

Mission, Vision & Values

Mission: The Red Cross Youth (RCY) is committed to engaging our youths in various local and international humanitarian programmes, including:

The 7 Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement shall guide leaders of RCY in developing and delivering programmes that will help the youths realise their fullest potential as responsible global citizen and confident team players

Vision: Confident and competent youths who are leaders within their communities, serving humanity and furthering the work of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

Values: Compassion, Passion & Professionalism


The Singapore Red Cross Youth comes under the command of Singapore Red Cross Society with the following appointments:

Appointment Incumbent
Patron President of the Republic of Singapore
Chairman Mr. Tee Tua Ba

The Singapore Red Cross Youth is also organised in a National Headquarters level with the following appointment:

Appointment Incumbent
Director Mr. Sahari Ani

Red Cross Youth Song

Come let us pledge again, Each heart and hand, To thee the flag we serve, Friends in every land.

Come let us give anew, Each thought and mind, To be a light to shine, Over all mankind.

So may our emblem be proudly unfurled, To link the chain of youth for service through the world.

Oh give us strength to prove, Sure and sublime, To make the cause we serve, Shine over the hills of time.

Red Cross Youth Promise

We, as members of the Singapore Red Cross Society, promise to serve our country, and to join with others all over the world to help the sick and the suffering.
Singapore Red Cross Youth

Incentive Badges Scheme

The objective of the Incentive Badge Scheme is to encourage Link and Cadet members to take an interest in subjects outside their normal academic curriculum and to widen their interests by carrying out these activities during trainings. Such activities may also be organized by their respective Districts. Certain activities are also organized by Red Cross Headquarters.

The different badges are as follows:

Cadets Members


Proficiency badges

National Education badges

International Exchange Programme to Japanese Red Cross, Hyogo. Visit to a Red Cross Hospital in Hyogo

Fundamental Badges

Enrichment badges

Core Subjects

UG Fundamental Subjects


Non-Core Subjects

Annual Events

Red Cross Youth hosts a variety of major events, performances, competitions and programmes. The events are as follows:

Type Programme/Event
Competitions First Aid Competition, Current Affairs Competition
Training Modular Workshops, Unit Leaders' Programme, Unit Instructors' Programme, Volunteer Instructors' Programme, Unit Officers' Programme, Volunteer Officers' Programme
Celebration/Recognition Awards & Recognition Day, World Red Cross Day Celebrations
Others Red Cross Youth Challenge, Linkamania Camp, Youth Officers' Sharing Session, Overseas Humanitarian Programme, International Youth Exchange Programme


Male Cadet
Female Cadet

Rank structure

Rank sructure with illustrations

All listed ranks are in order of hirchy, from top to bottom, left to right.

Link Cadet Volunteer Instructors Youth Officers Divisional Officers Appointment Ranks
Bronze Star Private Assistant Cadet Officer2 Assistant Youth Officer3 Assistant Divisional Officer Deputy Director6
Silver Star Lance Corporal Cadet Officer Youth Officer4 Divisional Officer Director6
Gold Star Corporal Senior Cadet Officer Senior Youth Officer Senior Divisional Officer5
Sergeant Principal Cadet Officer
Staff Sergeant
Warrant Officer
Senior Warrant Officer1

1Granted to outstanding cadets who have passed the Unit Leaders' Programme (ULP).

2Granted to Volunteer Instructors who have passed the Volunteer Instructors' Programme (VIP).

3Granted to Volunteer Instructors, aged 21 and above in the year of promotion, who have completed the Volunteer Officers' Programme (VOP).

4Granted to teachers who have completed the Unit Officers' Programme (UOP), or Assistant Youth Officers who have shown continued service.

5This is the highest possible rank an Officer can be promoted to.

6These are Appointment Ranks appointed by The Council.

Volunteer Instructors (VI)

Volunteer Instructors

Volunteer Instructors (VIs) are usually graduated cadets of various RCY units who wish to continue rendering service to the organization, at the school and/or headquarter level. Volunteer Instructors are required to undergo the Volunteer Instructors' Programme (VIP) organised by Red Cross Youth Headquarters. Trainees will undergo training to equip them with knowledge and skills to be an instructor in Red Cross Youth. All Instructors are required to obtain the Standard First Aid Certificate. When trainees successfully pass out from VIP, they will be appointed the rank of Assistant Cadet Officer.

Duties of a VI includes:

Awards and Commendations


A Cadet's Lanyard

Lanyard are awarded to cadets with outstanding performance in terms of leadership and/or skills in the following programmes/events. Lanyards are usually worn on the left shoulder as shown above. However, if a cadet attains more than one lanyard, he/she can only wear one.

Programme Duration % of cohort
Unit Instructors' Programme Nov-Dec 10
Unit Leaders' Programme May–June 10
Red Cross Youth Challenge Dec 10

Long Service Awards

Long Service Medals

Long Service Medals are awarded to Red Cross Volunteers as an appreciation for their active contributions in Singapore Red Cross.

Length of Service Award
5 Red Cross Bronze Star
10 Red Cross Silver Star
15 Red Cross Gold Star
20 Red Cross Platinum Star
25 Red Cross Diamond Star

The UnI Channel

In order to allow the cadets to stay connect with Red Cross Youth and interact with other cadets. In 2009, Red Cross Youth publicity team launched a Facebook group and blog, both named The UnI Channel. The blog provides regular updates on Red Cross-related issues such as works of ICRC and IFRC to provide cadets with additional information pertaining to the work of the Red Cross. Besides factual information about the Red Cross, the blog would also discuss problems regarding unit management, teamwork and youth-related issues. Moderators would also put up photos of recent RCY events that have occurred (like the ones mentioned above). The blog has achieved high readership since its launch in 2009, as of August 2015, it has over 623,000 views.

The UnI Channel also include a UnI Youtube Channel and a Facebook account which contains photographs of various events that happen within the Red Cross Youth Spectrum. More recently, they launched Twitter and Instagram accounts to update readers on the Red Cross Red Crescent scene, both locally and internationally.

School Units

Schools are categorised into four districts, namely the North, South, East and West. Below are the districts and their respective schools. Award section updated on 23 Feb 2014

North District
School EUA CSA
Ang Mo Kio Primary SchoolGoldGold
Compassvale Primary School-Gold
Greendale Primary SchoolGoldGold
Mayflower Primary School--
Naval Base Primary SchoolGoldSilver
Northland Primary School
Pei Xin Primary School
Peiying Primary SchoolGoldGold
Rivervale Primary SchoolGoldGold
Sembawang Primary SchoolSilverSilver
Admiralty Secondary SchoolSilverGold
Compassvale Secondary SchoolGoldGold
Evergreen Secondary SchoolGoldGold
Greendale Secondary SchoolGoldGold
Hougang Secondary SchoolSilverGold
Marsiling Secondary SchoolBronze-
Nan Chiau High SchoolGoldGold
Northbrooks Secondary SchoolGoldGold
Punggol Secondary School--
Sembawang Secondary School--
Seng Kang Secondary SchoolBronze-
Serangoon Secondary SchoolGoldGold
Serangoon Garden Secondary SchoolBronze-
Woodgrove Secondary SchoolGold-
Yio Chu Kang Secondary SchoolGoldGold

South District
School EUA CSA
Ai Tong School
Blangah Rise Primary School SilverSilver
Cedar Primary School
Fairfield Methodist School (Primary) SilverGold
Holy Innocents' Primary School GoldGold
Jing Shan Primary Bronze-
Kheng Cheng School SilverGold
Queenstown Primary School Bronze-
River Valley Primary School GoldGold
South View Primary School
Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Gold SAA(5 Years)Gold
Bartley Secondary School Gold SAA(5 Years)Gold
Bendemeer Secondary School GoldGold
Cedar Girls' Secondary School GoldGold
CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh)Gold-
Crescent Girls' School GoldGold
Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) GoldGold
Guangyang Secondary School BronzeBronze
Queenstown Secondary School GoldGold
Raffles Girls' School SilverBronze
Raffles Institution GoldGold
Singapore Chinese Girls' School GoldGold
St. Gabriel's Secondary School BronzeGold
St. Margaret's Secondary School BronzeBronze

East District
School EUA CSA
Bedok West Primary School SilverGold
Casuarina Primary School Bronze-
Chongzheng Primary School
Coral Primary School GoldGold
East View Primary School SilverSilver
Eunos Primary School GoldBronze
Feng Shan Primary School SilverGold
Griffiths Primary School GoldGold
Haig Girls' School GoldSilver
Meridian Primary School
St. Stephen Primary School
Temasek Primary School
Xinghua Primary School Gold-
Broadrick Secondary School GoldGold
Coral Secondary School GoldGold
Dunman Secondary School SilverGold
Pasir Ris Secondary School Silver-
Tanjong Katong Girls' School Silver-
Tanjong Katong Secondary SchoolGoldGold
Victoria School Gold-

West District
School EUA CSA
Boon Lay Garden Primary School GoldBronze
Bukit Panjang Primary School GoldGold
Bukit Timah Primary School
Bukit View Primary School
Choa Chu Kang Primary School
Concord Primary School
De La Salle Primary School SilverSilver
Fuhua Primary School
Grace Orchard School
Pei Tong Primary School
Pioneer Primary School
Princess Elizabeth Primary School
St. Anthony's Primary School
Yuhua Primary School
Zhenghua Primary School GoldGold
Assumption English School BronzeGold
Commonwealth Secondary School GoldGold
Fuhua Secondary School GoldGold
Hua Yi Secondary School GoldGold
Jurong Secondary School SilverSilver
Jurong West Secondary School GoldGold
Regent Secondary School BronzeBronze
Zhenghua Secondary School SilverGold

List of RCY Chapters in Singapore

  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Management University
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • Anderson Junior College
  • Raffles Junior College
  • Nanyang Junior College
  • ITE College East
  • Singapore American School
SGD 100 Bank Note


  • On the back side of the SGD 100 note, a youth member of the Singapore Red Cross is featured. It represented by the young woman wearing the Red Cross Uniform, alongside members from the St. John Ambulance Brigade and the National Police Cadet Corps, symbolising our nation's youth who are engaged in community service.[2]


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