The UIAA is committed to youth participation and its associated values. Through the work of the UIAA Youth Commission and its Global Youth events, the UIAA promotes climbing and mountaineering activities which provide young people around the world with the opportunity to experience adventure and develop socially and educationally.

UIAA youth events encourage not only an individual’s technical development in a given discipline but also an appreciation for the environmental, cultural and ethical aspects of the areas the UIAA is engaged in. Young people are the future guardians of our wild spaces and it is our mission to teach respect for, and understanding of, these places.

Objectives of the UIAA’s youth work include

  • Working with UIAA member federations to establish well organizsd events for youth all over the world to enjoy
  • Organising Global Summit Events (Youth Camps) to bring youth from various countries to connect and have an amazing time
  • Providing young people around the world the opportunity to experience adventure
  • Giving the opportunity to develop socially and educationally
  • Promoting responsible & sustainable recreation

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Ice Climbing


Rock Climbing

UIAA Youth Programmes

Global Youth Camps

There are two types of youth camp endorsed by the UIAA. Working with a number of member associations, the UIAA organises a number of Global Youth Series (GYS) events. These can focus on areas such as ice climbing, bouldering, mountaineering and rock climbing. These events are open to all young international climbers. One of the core features of these camps is their educational and training programmes. In parallel with the climbing component, youngsters have the opportunity to follow a syllabus created by UIAA experts in fields such as mountain protection, safety and training. On completion of specific courses, youngsters will also receive course certifications and accreditations.

Further details on course certificates will be available shortly.

Information on future GYS events can be found on the UIAA Youth Calendar. Information is posted on the UIAA website typically 4-6 months ahead of time.

Member Association Youth Camps

The UIAA also promotes camps organised by UIAA member associations. These may be national or international in nature. Details will be added to the calendar of UIAA Youth events.

How to
Become Involved


I am a UIAA member association interested in partnering a UIAA Global Youth camp


I am a UIAA member association interested in promoting an event


I am a young climber interested in more information on events

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UIAA Ice Climbing
World Tour

The UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour includes a number of events for youth climbers. Climbers must be registered by a UIAA member association. This includes youth camps, continental competitions and the pinnacle event, the UIAA Ice Climbing World Youth Championships


The Association of Recognised IOC International Sports Federations (ARISF) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-discriminatory organisation constituted through and recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

ARISF is one of the pillars to the Olympic Movement, with all of its 32 Me principles set forth in the Olympic Charter. Through ARISF, the Member IFs maintain an ongoing dialogue with the IOC and the entire Olympic Movement on matters of common interest.

The UIAA Youth Commission works closely with ARISF, submitting development plans and has received external funding for youth training since 2000.



UIAA Youth Commission