Dear ICF Family,

We are almost at the end of another year. 2022 is around the corner. I believe that 2022 will arrive with health and good feelings.

The current ICF Board has completed its first year.

It has not been an easy year. We have had to update the plans we made before the pandemic and adjust to the new reality in the World and in our industry. I can’t thank my colleagues in the ICF board enough for all the time they gave to and work they did for ICF voluntarily. I am so proud to be a part of this amazing team…

Continue reading the ICF President’s Remarks here
ICF Academy - Season 2
ICF Academy is back with Season 2!
View the Season 2 schedule here

Especially for Episode 1 "Collaborating with Gen Z", the International Camping Fellowship is partnering with Clemson University to share winning strategies on how to efficiently and effectively supervise and collaborate with generation Z camp staff.

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ICF Awards
ICF welcomes nominations from all members and across the ICF family in the following categories:

Abbott Fenn Druzhba Award
Butterfly Award
Letter of Merit

Deadline for nominations: December 15, 2021.

Find the description of the awards and the nomination form here.
Mexico - Mexican Camp Association (AMC)
This past October (11-13 Oct. 2021), 18 camp directors from the Mexican Camp Association had the pleasure to share an incredible experience at Ecoparque del Marques, at Huasca de Ocampo, Hidalgo…

Read more here
Russia Comes to Greece
Russian camp leaders have decided to conduct an annual meeting in another country of Europe each year and the first meeting took place in October in Greece. The seminar was very successful with presentations by the participants from Russia, Greece, Spain and Turkey.
Read more about it here
Russia - Camps Without Borders Award
Our past-president and backbone of ICF, John Jorgenson has been presented with the 2021 Camp Without Borders Award from the Russian Camp Association MOO-SDO. This is the highest camp award in Russia and we are very proud of Jorgi.

Read more about it here
Mongolia - News from the National Camp Association of Mongolia
The past year was one of hope and expectation for children and youth of Mongolia. Due to the spread of Covid-19, children’s camps did not operate across the country in 2021.
In September, kindergartens, schools and universities, opened their doors to in-person learning but children’s camps were not allowed to operate at any time during the year.
Despite the difficult times that Mongolia has faced, the National Camping Association of Mongolia (NCAM) implemented the following activities ...

Association Network – Partnership Agreements
In addition to individual and camp memberships, ICF welcomes a special category of membership in the form of associations. Each national and regional associations in the ICF Association Network brings the collective strength of their own work and membership to the global community of camp professionals.
ICF President maintains an open line of communication with each association president or CEO and chairs an Association Network Meeting at each International Congress.
ICF has established partnerships and special agreements with some of these Camp Associations that are designed to forge alliances and leverage the strengths of all parties, add mutual value to all parties’ membership programs, and further their shared goals. Some of the key benefits are shared newsletter communication, reduced membership fees and social media promotions.

If your association is interested in signing a special agreement with ICF, please contact us at
USA - Beverly Ball (1928 - 2021)
ICF wants to share the sad news that Beverly Ball died on September 22, 2021.
She was 93 years old and the wife of Armand Ball. When Armand was the Executive Director of the American Camping Association, Bev was the director of book publishing and bookstore operations for ACA. After retiring they moved to Sanibel Island in Florida. Together they wrote nine editions of Basic Camp Management, the textbook for colleges and the International Camp Directors Course (ICDC).
Bev, along with her devoted husband and companion, Armand, was very involved in the international camp community and instrumental in the development of ICF. Bev was a Trainer for early camp director courses in a number of countries. Over the years, she was active in many environmental organizations, the YMCA and Girl Scouts.

Liberia - News from Camps in Liberia
It was an exciting moment on Saturday, October 24, 2021, when hundreds of young people gathered at the newly constructed campus to celebrate the rebirth of Camp Kpolopellah. Camp Kpolopellah used to be one of the best campuses to train young people in moral virtues, discipline, humanity, and respect. Unfortunately, Camp Kplopellah was destroyed during the Liberia civil war that engulfed the country between 1989 - 2003.

Read more about this and Camp for Peace Liberia here
Camp Events Around the World
These are some events camp professionals around the world can look forward to.

You may find the list of events here

If there is an event you think should be added to this list, please email us the information at
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
ICF is an international not-for-profit association registered in Ontario Canada. Its mission is to foster international understanding through the camp, camp education and outdoor experience. ICF works to bring together the world of outdoor experience through exchange, professional development and international communication.

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