Just some of the activities and experiences you can enjoy as part of the CCY...
Passing the CCY Youth Test opens the door to independent camping and adventures abroad...
But what does the test involve? Find out from some of the Club’s testers and candidates.
What is the CCY?
Notts DA Camping Club Youth (CCY) is a section dedicated to 12 -18 year olds (up to 21 year if passed the CCY test) that enjoy camping and would like to meet other kids and young adults their own age.
At the majority of camping weekends there will be a separate area where the CCY can camp together.
What's different about the CCY?
The CCY are encouraged to camp independently from their parents and there are rallies organised specifically for youth members. There are two regional meets held in the winter (January) and in the summer (May).
These are run by each of the regions DA's in turn and are a good way of meeting youth from different areas.During the winter meet there are inter DA competitions and quiz's.
Again the emphasis of the summer meet is on inter DA competitions, with 5 aside football, volleyball, netball and fun sports.
There are three other meets that the youth can attend, the National Meet, Autumn Youth Rally and the International Meet. Each region takes it in turn to organise the National Meet and Autumn Rally.
The International Meet is held at Easter in a different country each year and CCY who are over 14 and have passed their test will have the opportunity to attend. We also hope to be able to organise some winter activities so the CCY can continue to meet up during this time.
What is the CCY test?
The CCY test is open to all CCY members and is designed to test the ability of the individual to camp on their own. The test covers, camp craft (tent erecting, cooking and tidiness) map reading, basic first aid and an awareness of the Camping Club 'Code for Camping'
An advantage of passing the test is that youth can continue in the CCY until the age of 21, paying the same subscription rates as youth members but enjoying the privileges of full members.
What is the CCJ?
Notts DA Camping Club Juniors (CCJ) is a section for 8 - 11 year old children that enjoy camping and would like to meet children of their own age.
They are offered the chance to camp in their own area and the opportunity to mix with CCY members, building up confidence and a chance to develop camping skills. During the year the CCJ leaders will arrange activities for the CCJ members.
Simon and Emma Hoult
We have been camping all of our lives, and DA camping for over 8 years, we opted over to Notts DA in 2016 having seen what an amazing youth section they had, small, at the time but wonderful. This section soon grew. Our daughter Abbie loved being part of the CCY from the start and her brother joined the CCJ and was desperate to be in the youth. He himself is now also CCY and Abbie will soon be 18 and looking to be a mentor. They are thoroughly enjoying their time in youth making many memories and friends from not just the DA but across the country and beyond thanks to the opportunities the CCY offers. We watched them at the beginning and knew this was worth supporting.
We ourselves have tried to be involved in the club where possible helping at meets, tidying halls etc and generally helping wherever needed. We later became CCY assistants then CCJ leaders. We have helped train the youth for their tests, raised money, organised and ran crafts and not only run but started the tuck shop from scratch to raise money for the CCY.
We have been involved in organising and running activities in a safe and supervised environment for the youth and taken them to regional and National meets.
We are looking forward to this new challenge. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the position we are in and love spending time with the young people. We will continue to fundraise to help support them all wherever possible.
We will also do our best to ensure a youth area is available at as many meetings as possible between ourselves and our assistants. We will keep you updated on the facebook page with relevant information as needed. Any questions please ask. We hope you will join us... join the fun!