The main object for which An Óige is established is to:
(a) help all, but especially young people, to a love and appreciation of the countryside, particularly by providing simple hostel accommodation for them on their travels and by promoting and providing a range of outdoor and physical education activities for them;
(b) foster an appreciation of the Irish cultural, environmental, natural and historic heritage;
(c) co-operate with other organisations for the following purposes :-
(i) to preserve the beauties of the countryside; and
(ii) to secure and mark rights of way and other footpaths;
(d) co-operate with kindred associations in other countries; and
(e) take any other steps calculated to further such objects.