Lions Clubs International Youth Camp and Exchange

The Lions Clubs International Youth Exchange Program fulfills the First Object of the Lions: To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.

About the Program

Since the program was officially introduced in 1961, thousands of young people (ages 15-21) have experienced life in another culture as Lions youth exchangees.

Each year, the Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program introduces young people to life in other cultures by helping them travel abroad. Each Youth Camp and Exchange includes an extended stay hosted by one of our many international clubs.


  • Live with a family in another country;
  • Meet people their age from around the world;
  • Serve as an ambassador for international understanding;
  • Participate in local customs;
  • Learn about the bonds we all share and the differences we respect in each other no matter where we live.


An Exchange can be arranged in hundreds of countries and geographic locations where there are Lions clubs. Most exchanges last between four and six weeks during which the participants (ages 15-21) stay with one or more host families in another country.

Camps are one or two weeks long and bring together young people (ages 16-22) from around the world. Camps usually include a family stay that lasts between one and four weeks. More than 100 Lions camps are held each year in about 39 countries. Activities include visits to places of cultural or natural interest, sporting events and country presentations by the camp participants.

Massachusetts Lions Youth Camp

During the 2018-2019 year, Massachusetts (MD33) will again host a Youth Camp. The camp is open to males and females, ages 16-18 (as of July 19, 2019).

The camp has been hosted on the idyllic campus of Bridgewater State University, located in southeastern Massachusetts. The campus is approximately 40 minutes south of Boston, 30 minutes north of Cape Cod, and 50 minutes northeast of Providence, Rhode Island.

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