Central Counties Region – Camping Club Youth (CCY)

The CCY section affords an excellent opportunity for our younger members to experience camping with their peers, making friends and joining in with Regional, National and even International activities. 

CCY members should be between 12-17years old (membership forms available from HQ or your local youth leader). Each DA is able to have their own Youth Section and within the Region we currently have active sections in the following DAs

  • Notts DA
  • Leicestershire DA
  • South Lincs DA
  • Trent Valley DA
  • West Midlands DA

As a Region we organise 2 main youth rallies which are exclusively for youth members and their Leaders. It’s an opportunity for them to get together away from parents and have an independent fun filled weekend whilst still being supervised by our trained leaders. All youth leaders and testers are subject to enhanced DBS checks and complete Safeguarding training. 

The two meets we organise each year are:

  • Winter Youth Rally – Normally held in Jan/Feb involves a paid activity, fun and games and is fully catered.
  • Summer Youth Rally – Normally held in May involves team sports and activities and is often at least catered on a half board basis

We also attend the National Youth Rally – held in early July  – as a Region and compete against our friends from across the whole country at Sports and activities

For those who have passed their National Youth Test (details below), and are over the age of 14, there is a yearly international Youth Rally – hosted by a different Country each year (e.g. 2022 – Portugal, 2023 – Holland, 2024 – Scotland)

Youth Test – we encourage all our youth to train and pass their Youth Test – this will equip them with the skills to camp independently. The Youth test comprises of camping skills such as pitching & erecting a tent, the use of stoves, map reading, first aid etc.

From a Regional perspective, we have Regional Youth Liaison Officers who are Paul and Sara Hemsley  – they have been camping since childhood and spent years themselves in the youth Section of the club – they camp with their three sons (two of which are CCY members) and May the Labrador.


If you would like any further information, please contact Paul and Sara at paulandsarahemsley@yahoo.com