What is DA Camping?
with your local group or District Association (DA) is one of the best
ways to make the most of the great outdoors whilst making new friends at
the same time. The Club has 93 DAs spread across 13 Regions.
They offer some of the
most inexpensive camping available and you’ll always be guaranteed a
warm friendly welcome. Members are welcome to attend any Meet, whether
it’s organised by your own DA or a different DA elsewhere in the
Your local DA is shown
on your membership card and is based on your home postcode. To belong to
the same DA as family or friends it's easy to change or ‘opt’ to a
different DA. Simply contact the Secretary of the District Association
you would like to move to and they will send you an Opting Form to
complete and return to them together with your Membership Cards.
DAs are governed by the Camping
and Caravanning Club but the day to day business is managed by voluntary
committees. The committee is responsible for organising meets and events,
booking sites, maintaining equipment belonging to the DA, managing finances
and ensuring that members adhere to club rules...plus lots of other things!
Here is a
link to a short video about DA Camping.
Frequently Asked Q
What can your District Association offer you?
Regular Meets held throughout the season, often on
specially negotiated sites, such as parks and stately homes
Temporary Holiday Sites or basic sites with minimum facilities are held all
year in a wide variety of locations, often close to major tourist
attractions and are ideal for an economical family holiday or weekend break
. Social events where you can meet other members and make new
friends. A wide variety of events are organised including BBQ’s, themed
events, dinner dances, games and competitions as well as a whole host of
activities to keep the children entertained.
Where do I find out about DA meets and events?
You receive a monthly Camping and Caravanning Magazine,
the back section of the magazine is called Out & About and is dedicated
to DAs and special interest sections. In here, you will find information
about meets taking place over the coming month. The listing will state
whether or not you need to book and other useful, general information. There
is an Introduction to Out & About on the first few pages which is also
very useful if you're reading for the first time. Abbreviations are common
in the listings because the amount of characters is limited - you'll soon
get used to them and there's a key to help you. You can also visit the DAs
website for the latest information about their meets.
Do I need to book or can I just turn up?
Each meet is different, but it will indicate it the meet
listing whether you need to book. Bkg Ess means Booking Essential -
you must contact the meet organiser to book a place. Bkg Adv means
Booking Advisable - in order to guarantee a space, you should pre-book to
avoid being turned away. Usually, if it doesn't say anything about
pre-booking you can simply turn up on the day. If you are unsure - contact
the DA they'll be happy to help, or visit their website.
What can I expect when i arrive on site?
Expect the basics - added luxuries are a bonus. DAs offer
the most inexpensive camping available; the meets are at basic venues with
minimum facilities, normally there are no toilet or shower blocks and no
electric hook ups. Fresh drinking water is always available along with
toilet disposal point(s). When you arrive on site, you must report to the
meet Steward - the person who is ultimately responsible for the meet - they
will take your details and guide you to your pitch.
What can I expect from the meet?
Meets vary from week to week, sometimes it is a quiet
weekend, other times the marquee goes up and visitors are welcome to join us
in the evening. Bring your chairs and drinks along. Sometimes we have themed
weekends and/or activities arranged for both adults and children. You are
never obliged to take part in any of the activities, if you'd prefer to sit
back and relax, that's fine too. At a normal weekend meet, we hold a Coffee
Morning on a Sunday at 11am. Visitors are invited to bring their chairs and
cups, we provide tea, coffee and biscuits, for an update of what's scheduled
for the coming weeks. One thing's for certain - you will always receive a
warm welcome from Fenland DA and there is always someone who will offer help
if you need it.