A video message and New Year wishes from the International Camping Fellowship Board, Ambassadors and members!
Many thanks to Hayley Deering - Production
ICF President's Remarks

Hello 2022,

Our hearts are full of good hope for a healthy and peaceful year.

We are all ready for a great summer with full capacity and we will succeed in the summer of 2022.

Continue reading the ICF President’s Remarks here
ICF Awards

The ICF Abbott Fenn Druzhba (Friendship) Award identifies significant and exemplary contributions to the international camping community. In 2013, the Rebyach’ya Respublika Children’s Centre was recognized with the presentation of the Druzhba Award. The team of camp professionals at Rebyach’ya Respublika is known in the Tyumen Region and across Russia as a beacon of excellence providing facilities, program and leadership that are some of the best examples in camping.
Leading that team of camp professionals at Rebyach’ya Respublika, both before and after that recognition in 2013, is Larisa Vladimirovna Shilova. Larisa serves as Director General of Rebyach’ya Respublika and is President of the Tyumen Region Camp Association: “We Are Together”. She is a key representative in various governmental/non-governmental organizations and recipient of numerous awards related to camping and children’s recreation. Larisa has also looked for every opportunity to support and host international participation at camping conferences and events in the Tyumen Region.

In 2021, the ICF Board agreed unanimously that the name of Larisa Shilova should be noted, recognized and celebrated alongside the name of Rebyach’ya Respublika as recipient of the Abbott Fenn Druzhba Award. This recognition is now enshrined on the permanent award in ICF Headquarters.

Find the description of the awards and the nomination form here.
ICF Milestone Program

One of the ways that ICF recognizes our members is through the presentation of certificates and announcements as camps or associations reach significant milestones in their camp life.
So, based upon the year of founding registered when a camp, organization or association first applies as member, ICF sends a certificate to acknowledge their current milestone achievement: 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years, 50 years, 75 years, 100 years, +10 years after 100 years!
Register your camp in to participate in the Milestone Program!
ICF Business Affiliates

ICF proudly presents its newest Business Affiliate, Juvigo.

Juvigo is an online platform specialized in summer camps for children and young people. It is a booking platform for summer camps, language trips and youth travel, that specialises mainly in Europe.

Please support our business affiliates, as they support us

More information about business affiliate program here.
ICF Academy - Season 2

ICF Academy is back with Season 2!
View the Season 2 schedule here

Register for any ICF Academy events for free in ICF Connect
ICF Academy S2 E1: Collaborating with Gen Z - December 14, 2021

Find quotes and the link to the video here.

ICF Academy Surprise Session: Listening to Gen Z - December 21, 2021

Find quotes and the link to the video here.

ICF Academy S2 E2: Innovation at Camp - January 18, 2022

Camp in the USA has deeply impacted people for more than 100 years. It has inspired leaders and life-long relationships and it has been a light to look forward to for many. Still, if you look at the basics of many camps, things have not changed very much in spite of the fact that the communities that we serve have changed.

Join us to hear discoveries and questions that a creative team is still chewing on after a think-tank style re-imagination of camp. What are their next steps? What reactions do camp professionals around the world have about how these ideas might re-shape the work we do?
Info here.

Inside Down Under - Meet Rod Thomson, CEO of ACA AUS
Joel Thompson, Director at Edutourism Melbourne Pty Ltd, and ICF Board Member interviews the new CEO of the Australian Camps Association here.
Association Mexicana de Campamentos: New Board
The Mexican Camp Association (AMC) has announced the results of elections and appointments. Meet Jessica Lajud, the new AMC President. Jessica is the CEO of Bonding and is a veteran member of the AMC Board.

Read more here
2022 ACA National Conference
The 2022 ACA National Conference is scheduled in-person from February 8-11, 2022, in Portland, Oregon.

An array of educational breakouts, keynote events led by distinguished industry experts, peer-to-peer informal discussion groups, and many other learning opportunities will be offered.

Choose from more than 150 unique events!

OCA [Re]Connects 2022
The Ontario Camps Association welcomes OCA Members and members of the public to OCA [Re]Connects!
Jeff Bradshaw, ICF Vice President is Conference Chair for this event!
This conference will be presented with one in-person day of keynotes on February 17 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, and two virtual days (March 29 and 30) covering four educational streams:
• Mental Health
• Safety & Risk Management
• COVID & Beyond
• Marketing and Promotion
Registration for OCA [Re]Connects will open on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – save the date! Link
Open seminar for organizers of children's recreation "Dialogues of professionals - We Are Together"
The Association of Organizers of Recreation and Rehabilitation of the Population of the Tyumen Region "We Are Together", and ANO ODOEC "Child Republic" and with the support of the Department of Social Development of the Tyumen Region, and the Interregional Public Organization "Assistance to Children's Recreation", are holding an open seminar of organizers of children's recreation: "Dialogues of professionals – We are together".
The key topic of the seminar is the social effect of the activities of the sphere of recreation and recreation: planning, implementation tools, assessment of effectiveness, humanitarian benefits.

January 19 to January 21, 2022 Link
Conference of the Russian Association of Program Camps
In Saint Petersburg, Russia on February 24-26, 2022. The RCPA is a collection of camp programs and businesses who operate programs on leased or rented campsites.

Interested camps (Russian or international) may learn more about a conference here.
News From Venezuela

Camps from the Venezuelan Camp Association ran a number of successful programs last December, bringing a “world of outdoor experience” and joy to hundreds of Venezuelan children during the Christmas holidays.
After 18+ months of restrictions children in Venezuela have returned to camps at full throttle since last July. Campers were eager to share and learn with their peers in the nature settings that provide so many benefits for their development.
Read the rest of the article here.
Morio Chen (1945 - 2021)

ICF friends will note with sadness, the passing or an inspirational leader and colleague, Professor Morio Chen. With his roots deeply embedded in scouting and a strong commitment to camping, Morio represented Taiwan camping on the international scene.

Read more here
Setting Up Camp

Indigenous Programs at Camp
Camps in Canada have always had a responsibility in the areas of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and many camps are now examining how camps can address their own histories of perpetuating stereotypes and misinformation about indigenous people through their programs and infrastructure.
Read the whole article here

by our member, Mark Collard
Women in Camp Wednesdays

WIC Wednesdays provides ongoing professional development for the Women in Camp community. They are featuring speakers on a variety of topics with the goal of continuing education, lifting voices of peers, and community engagement.

Find out more here.
5-Minute Fridays

5-Minute Fridays is a new online Camp Director training from Go Camp Pro, providing a 5-minute burst of wonderful Camp-Pros-know-how.

8 different camp professionals.

ICF is proud to acknowledge that John (Jorgi) Jorgenson is one of the talented presenters.
Learn more here
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