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Youth Camps and Exchange 

To foster a spirit of understanding and encourage peace among the people of the world.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, YCE program Chairpersons and coordinators should carefully consider the safety risks involved at this time. Lions Clubs International recommends reviewing coronavirus guidelines from reputable government and health sources — such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) — to help determine what will be in the best interest of everyone involved in YCE. You may also reach out to your District or Multiple District leadership for further consultation.  

Should you decide to change or cancel your YCE program, please contact

For the current list of cancelled camps, please visit the YCE International Directory.

YCE International Directory

A World of Perspectives 


YCE does not involve tourism, academic study or employment. Instead, youth are encouraged to use their travel opportunity to share their own culture while experiencing a new one. The YCE program is comprised of two major parts: international exchanges and international camps.

Lions Youth Exchange

Exchanges typically last for 4-6 weeks with the help of host families (Lions or non-Lions), sponsor and host clubs, districts or multiple districts.

Lions International Youth Camps

Camps last for 1-2 weeks and are operated voluntarily by the Host Lions club, district or multiple district. International Camp hosts 30-60 exchange youth from all over the world.



Different Roles of the YCE Program


Prospective Exchange Youth


The YCE program is available to young people between the ages of 15 and 22. Interested parties are encouraged to contact their local Lions club.

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Sponsor Lions 


A Sponsor Lions club, district or multiple district is required for every participant. Sponsor Lions work closely with their regional YCE Chairperson to coordinate application screening and program placement of Exchange Youth.

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Host Lions 


Host Lions clubs, districts or multiple districts work closely with their regional YCE Chairperson and host families to coordinate the placement of accepted YCE exchange youth. 

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YCE Chairpersons of Exchange Youth


The YCE Chairperson leads and guides every aspect of their respective YCE Program.

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For more specific questions, comments and concerns please email