The MCSA encourages youths to partake in mountaineering activities, including not only hiking and climbing locally, but to attend overseas international meets. Through its affiliation with the UIAA, the MCSA offers excellent annual opportunities for youth MCSA members to attend UIAA International Youth Meets - the defined ages for these Youth Meets are 18 - 25 years. Up to five international Youth Meets are offered annually.
Some member Federations (mostly the ones based in Europe) host specific meets for younger participants (14-17 years) with strict participation criteria. The meets are usually scheduled to take place in July - September (Europe's summer holidays).