CHILDREN as young as five are on a waiting list to become young lifesavers in Ilfracombe.
St John Ambulance said the number of Badgers had grown by two-thirds and demand for places on the scheme had increased significantly.
There is a waiting list of seven children aged between five and 10 hoping to join the Badger Sett scheme.
The Badgers' has been developed to enable young people to learn important life skills in a fun and safe environment.
Ilfracombe's Badger leader Elizabeth Dymond said: "The list had been building up for a while and we decided it was time to do something about it.
"Some of the new members have been waiting since they were two or three-years-old.
"Everyone at the unit has been very helpful, and I'm grateful to so many people for putting in extra time to support this new influx of Badgers."
The children learn first aid and practise their skills in order to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming a Super Badger.
"I became a St John Ambulance volunteer when my daughter joined, 32 years ago," said Elizabeth. "And I've been Badger leader for half that time – it's a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience."
"In the last 16 years, I've worked with 165 children and 49 have become Super Badgers."
An open day is being held at the Ilfracombe Unit in St Brannocks Road on October 2 between 7pm and 9pm. For more information, call Elizabeth Dymond on 01271 864346.