New to DA Camping?

So, you've just joined The Camping and Caravanning Club - your membership pack has arrived in the post and you've received your membership card... But what does it all mean?

We want to give new members a beginners guide to DA camping. So we'll start from the very beginning!

Your membership card Membership Card

Membership Number - When booking a pitch, or when you camp with a DA you will be asked to quote your membership number.

Section - You will be automatically allocated a DA (District Association) based on your postal address. The Club has 93 DA's across 13 regions. You can change your DA by requesting a form from the DA you wish to join.

DA's 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!

As a Camping and Caravanning Club member, you are able to join any DA (not just the one on your card) at the meets that they organise. Information about the meets can be found in the 'Out and About' Section of your monthly magazine.

Frequently asked Questions

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 DA's 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 we're limited to characters - you'll soon get used to them and there's a key to help you.

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're unsure - contact the DA, they'll be happy to help.

What can I expect when I arrive on site?

Expect the basics - added luxuries are a bonus!
DA's offer the most inexpensive camping available. Our meets are at basic venues with minimum facilities, there aren't normally 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'.
Derbyshire DA does not charge for awnings, pets etc. The only added charge is for extra adults (more than two per unit) at £1.50 per night.

Our dedicated Sites Officer puts a great deal of work in to finding the best sites - the ones that are mostly flat with decent ground that drains well. Many of our sites are used year after year and the land owner has great pride in maintaining the field for us. We try to book sites to coincide with local events, or that are near some visitor attractions. Extra information can be found in the magazine or on the DA website.

What can I expect from the meet?

On behalf of Derbyshire DA, our meets vary from week to week - sometimes it's a quiet weekend, other times we use halls and visitors are welcome to join us in the evening - just bring your chairs and drinks along. Sometimes we even have themed weekends - take a look at our Special Events pages to find out the types of things we do. You're 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'll 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 the meet Steward and there's always someone who'll offer help if you need it.