The Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program is life-changing. Participants enjoy a unique cultural learning experience living with an Iowa host family and taking part in a camp.
The Lions Clubs of Iowa International Youth Camp is a SMOKE FREE CAMP held annually.
The 2019 camp always falls on the third full week in July. The camp is located at The Cloverleaf Retreat, Madrid Iowa.
Youth will be met on arrival at the airport by the host family and/or a Lion from Iowa. The youth will be hosted prior to camp and taken to the camp on opening day by host family. Following Camp the youth will again be picked up and taken back to the host family. The youth will be taken back to the airport in time to board their return flights home by their host families.
Campers will be hosted before camp no earlier than the last Saturday in June, and after camp no later than the last Saturday in July.
The Iowa Lions Youth Exchange and Camp is open to youth ages 15-21.
Total number of campers will be limited to 30 to include up to four Iowa Host age 16-21
Dietary needs are something that we need to be aware of prior to camp.
What you need to Bring to Camp:
• Clothing-Weather is usually 80-100 degree Fahrenheit (21-37 Celsius) and cooler in the evening
• Athletic/tennis shoes, hard sole shoes, shorts
• Swim wear, Towel, & personal bathing supplies
• Light sweater/jacket
• Shower shoes/flip flops
• Bedding (sheet/blanket/pillow) to be provided by host family
Deadline for application: April 1 of every year.
Host Family – Hosting dates are the last Saturday in June thru the last Saturday in July
The Camp Fee $60.00 US payable in cash at registration of camp the third full week in July (Sunday thru Saturday).
Campers must use the electronic version of the application found on this site or at www.lionsclubs.org/youthexchange. Scanned copies of applications with pictures and family letters must be sent to Youth Exchange Coordinator by email.
Activities at camp
Campers will participate in country presentations, daily flag ceremonies, youth talent show (come prepared), swimming, canoeing, archery, a tour of the State Capital, and visits to many area attractions.
Travel arrangements to be arranged when the hosting is determined.
Iowa Airports include:
• Cedar Rapids (CID)
• Des Moines (DSM)
• Omaha, NE
• Sioux City, IA
• Waterloo (WLOO)
All Travel plans shall be sent to MD9 Youth Exchange Coordinator.