All about the National Youth Test

As a member of CCY, your child will have the opportunity to take the National Youth Test. Your child will need to show that they can camp independently, pitching their tent without assistance and planning and cooking their own meals.

The Test helps to improve their skills and shows that they know what they’re talking about!  Find out more by reading on below or watch a video about taking the Youth Test.

Primus stove lightingSo why do it?

  1. Increase camping skills and independence
  2. Stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs or university
  3. Experience new cultures at international events
  4. Show what they’ve achieved
  5. Camp without adult supervision on UK Club Sites from the age of 14
  6. Get free membership until the age of 21 and discounted membership until 30

What’s in the Test?

The Test covers all essential camping skills as well as general skills, such as first aid and map reading. Your child will be tested on their skills in the following areas:

  • Kit Packing
  • Stoves and Fires
  • Map Reading – brush up on your skills with Ordnance Survey’s Mapzone
  • First Aid – get a free pocket sized first aid guide
  • The Code for Campers
  • Cooking
  • Choice of pitch
  • Putting a tent up


Some of these skills also form part of the Austin Trophy competition – so your child will have the chance to show off what they’ve learnt and to win a prize at the same time!

What next?

If your child wants to undertake their Youth Test, they should contact their local Youth Leader or Regional Youth Liaison Officer (RYLO). The RYLOs’ contact details can be found in the Year Book (download a copy below). They’ll provide all the information and guidance needed to complete the Test.