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
Massachusetts MD33 is planning to host a Youth Camp from July 15th through July 31st, 2021. The camp is open to males and females ages 16 to 19 as of July 15th, 2021.
The first 9 days are spent with volunteer host families. This provides a meaningful look and feel for day to day life as a teen in a typical American household. The final week brings all campers together in a camp setting which can range from a hotel or college campus in the greater Boston area. Lion volunteers chaperone all camp activities and act as drivers to the events scheduled for the week which include visits to local historic sites, famous college campuses, sports venues, art and science museums, a network television station to watch a live-in-person newscast and, a leading global eye research institution to participate in a meaningful service project.