British Caravanners Club - Youth Section

Explore the great outdoors with Camping Club Youth
Are you aged between 12 and 17, Do you like making new friends
and having your own adventures?

Camping Club Youth membership is free for
Youth members aged between 12 and 17 years.
Upon passing the Youth Test by your 18th birthday you will
continue to enjoy free CCY membership until your 21st birthday.



Why Join Camping Club Youth?

Want to enjoy weekends away with your friends? Learn new skills and take part in camping activities……………….?

With the CCY, you can:

  • Camp with your local BCC Section or region and take part in dedicated CCY events
  • Camp at the annual National Youth Rally with other Youth Members, and enjoy sports events, games, fancy dress, discos and more!
  • Attend the annual International Youth Rally held in a different European country each year
  • Learn new skills like pitching tents, cooking, map-reading, first aid and lots more!
  • Compete in sports like football, volleyball, netball and Tug o war. 
  • Enjoy camping and activity weekends including Cycling, Walking, Orienteering, and Canoeing.
  • Take your National Youth Test and demonstrate your camping skills and ability to camp independently.  

What’s the Cost of Joining?
Camping Club Youth (CCY) is free to join and if you pass your Youth Test, it will still be free until you’re 21!
Further more,  passing your youth test also means, You’ll also are eligible to pay a reduced “Senior Youth” annual membership fee of £21.00 until you reach the age of 30. 


All about the National Youth Test

The National Youth Test is free to take and it’s there to make sure you can camp efficiently and safely.

Before taking your Test, we’ll ensure you receive the relevant information to help you prepare and start working towards your National Youth Test. Have a look at the links and downloads page.

You’ll also have the chance to attend the many Camping Club Youth activities and Rallies that are arranged each weekend in the season by Youth Groups and some of the other Club’s Special Interest Sections and DA’s. Before taking your Test, you need to have camped for six nights under the supervision of a Youth Leader.

You can also use our Club campsites if you’re a Youth member and 14 and over. If you’re under 16, you can camp on Club Sites with your District Association or Section while in the charge of a Youth Leader, your parents or guardian, or another adult who has been authorized in writing by your parents or guardian to supervise you.

If you’ve passed your National Youth Test, you can find a Club Site or Certificated Site or download the Club’s Siteseeker App for a handy guide to all our campsites.


Taking Your Test!

The test is based on the information in Fundamentals of Good Camping which your Youth Leader will give to you once you start working towards your Test. You have to be between 12 and 17 years of age to take the test. To pass your Test you must complete the following elements:

  • Kit Packing
  • Cooking
  • Stoves and Fires
  • First Aid
  • Map Reading
  • The Code for Campers
  • Putting a tent up
  • Choice of pitch



What does it mean once you’ve passed the National Youth Test?

Once you’ve passed your Test, you’ll get extra benefits from your Camping Club Youth membership

Free membership

You’ll remain a CCY member for free until you reach the age of 21.
From the age of 21 to 30 you’ll also pay a reduced membership fee as a Senior Youth member.

Your Big Sites Book

You can buy Your Big Sites Book for just £1!
This is an essential for every camper- it’s your directory to a choice of over 2,500 campsites in Britain and Ireland.

Access to Club campsites

You’ll be able to camp on any of our Club campsites unsupervised from the age of 14.
You can also camp at childs rates until your 21st birthday.

Attend International Rallies

Attend the annual International Youth Rally arranged by the Federation International de Camping et de Caravanning (FICC).
This takes place around the world and is a great opportunity to see different countries and meet other Youth members.

Camping Card International

you can buy the “Campers Passport” which costs just £5.50.
This gives you proof of identity on campsites and gives you Third Party Liability insurance cover for
any accidental damage you may cause at the campsite.


Camping Club Youth Rallies

Our annual National Youth Rally is an event that everyone looks forward to! It’s hosted by a different Region each year and the weekend gives you a chance to meet up with friends or test your skills against Youth members from other Regions.

The prestigious Austin Trophy is up for grabs and is won through sporting events, competitions such as kit packing or primus stove lighting and more light hearted races. The Austin Trophy is awarded to the winning Region and Section at the end of the Rally.

Whether you enjoy team sports, fancy dress discos, or just want to show off your camping skills, the weekend will give you the opportunity to have loads of fun with friends old and new.

Everything you need for a great weekend will be there - you just need to bring your camping gear!

Please remember………Only Camping Club Youth members can attend and bookings should be made through your Youth Leader, so keep an eye out for more details to follow… National Youth Rally


International FICC Youth Rallies

If you’re a Youth member between the ages of 14 and 21 and have passed your Youth Test, each year you’ll have the chance to take part in the International Youth Rally arranged by Fédération Internationale de Camping et Caravanning (FICC).

These rallies take place all over the world and the event involves a mixture of cultural, tourist and sporting activities as well as entertainment and a traditional opening ceremony.

For what's going on Find out more about the 2015 rally, where and when it will take place

To book your place, speak to your Youth Leader.


Feast of Lanterns - Youth

The FOL is the largest annual BCC camping and caravanning rally and is hosted by a different BCC Area each year. The event is held on the August Bank Holiday weekend and another great opportunity to camp with friends from around the country. The Youth Area will be the hub of fun, with loads of activities, including challenges to the senior members.   

Keep an eye on  for more details - events and activities will be confirmed nearer the time.


For details please contact your Section Youth Liaison Officer, Area Chairman or General Secretary