During the first World War in 1914, India had no organization for relief services to the affected soldiers, except a branch of the St. John Ambulance Association and by a Joint Committee of the British Red Cross. Later, a branch of the same Committee was started to undertake the much-needed relief services in collaboration with the St. John Ambulance Association in aid of the soldiers as well as civilian sufferers of the horrors of that great war. A bill to constitute the Indian Red Cross Society, Independent of the British Red Cross, was introduced in the Indian Legislative Council on March 3, 1920, by Sir Claude Hill, member of the Viceroy’s Executive Council who was also Chairman of the Joint War Committee in India. The Bill was passed on March 17, 1920, and became Act XV of 1920 with the assent of the Governor General on March 20, 1920. On June 7, 1920, fifty members were formally nominated to constitute the Indian Red Cross Society and the first Managing Body was elected from among them with Sir William Malcolm Hailey as Chairman.

The Red Cross is an international organization meant for humanitarian services. It is a non-religious, non-political and a non-sectarian international body. Volunteering has been at the very heart of the Red Cross. Volunteers are the backbone of all Indian Red Cross activities, helping branches to run successful programs and assisting millions of vulnerable people in need. IRCS reward and recognize volunteers whenever possible and appropriate and provides appropriate personal development opportunities.IRCS recruits volunteers irrespective of their race, ethnicity, sex, religious belief, age, and disability or membership.

All volunteers are entitled to choose to become a Member of Indian Red Cross Society, can have appropriate training or personal development to be able to undertake their agreed tasks or role, and accept or refuse any task or role in accordance of a code of ethics or fundamentals of voluntary service.

The Youth Red Cross wing of MSRCASC represent a substantial part of the membership of the Red Cross for its humanitarian commitment. Young volunteers can make a significant contribution to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable people within their local communities through Red Cross youth program. This has been designed to involve young people as much as possible in the movement and its activities not only as workers and also as beneficiaries.

Youth Red Cross is one of the activities of MSRCASC. The students are involved in the various YRC activities along with the mentor YRC Officer.

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MSRCASC’ s Youth Red Cross is growing from strength to strength. Our itinerary includes instructions in first aid, Red Cross Knowledge, Footdrill, Emergency Evacuation, Outdoor Activities, as well as taking part in Community Service.