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Youth Camps and Exchange


Youth Camps and Exchange (YCE) has programs all around the world and is designed for young people between the ages of 15 and 22 to create and foster a spirit of understanding among peoples of the world.

By providing an avenue for global fellowship, the YCE program aims to help youth initiate, grow and maintain international relationships promoting cultural education and international peace.

Celebrate 60 years of YCE

Below you’ll find exciting resources highlighting this milestone, including a video featuring International Second Vice President Dr. Patti Hill, a champion of the YCE program. You’ll also find ways you can participate in the celebration and purchase the new 60th anniversary pin.

What is YCE?

The YCE program is comprised of two major parts: international exchanges and international camps. Exchanges typically last for 4-6 weeks with the help of host families (Lions or non-Lions), sponsor clubs and host clubs. Camps last for 1-2 weeks and are operated voluntarily by the hosting Lions club. Sound interesting? Check out the available programs in the International Directory below!

Did you know the YCE program has been a part of Lions International for 60 years?

Find your ideal YCE program

You can use the YCE International Directory to find a YCE program that’s right for you. Once you've found the right program, reach out to your local Lions club — you will need a sponsor club to begin the exchange process. For more information on starting the exchange process, visit the Prospective Exchange Youth webpage listed in the resource section below.

View International Directory

Share your YCE stories

We want to hear from you! Tell us about your YCE experience or success story using the form link below.

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Helpful resources

Use the resources below to learn more about the YCE program and find answers to any questions you might have.

YCE testimonials

Multiple District YCE Chairperson, MD 103
"To be at the service of young people, by helping them to build friendships all over the world, is the meaning of my commitment as a YCE Chairperson for France. "
Lion Valérie Grandet
Multiple District YCE Chairperson, MD 201
"Youth Exchange changes the lives of both the host family and the exchangee. If you want to learn about the world, host a youth exchangee."
Lion Suzanne Newton
District YCE Chairperson, District 3231A2
"YCE gives immense joy for everyone — the youth, their host families, the camp directors, chairpersons, volunteers, staff and supporting Lions clubs. "
Lion Pravin Sarnaik
Alibag, India