International Camp Directors Course

Camp Tawingo Canadian Camping Association

The ICDC is offered at Camp Tawingo from November 8 – 12.

The International Camp Directors Course (ICDC) has been developed as a professional development course for camp managers, directors and operators. It is equally valuable for any experienced camp staff professional.

This intensive four day course addresses all aspects of Camp Management in an interactive exchange environment with other members of the camping and outdoor community and builds on skills and learning of both faculty and participants.

The curriculum was originally developed by a team of camp professionals in North America but has been expanded to encompass the broadest range of camping and outdoor experiences in all countries. The curriculum has been reviewed and revised over the years and, in some cases, has also been adapted to local, national or regional situations and standards, making it a valuable professional development tool for local needs and a bridge to camping at the international level.

All courses are approved and administered by the International Camping Fellowship (ICF) using both local and international ICDC Trainers. Certain courses are designed to provide the most international overview of the camping profession and these courses also offer a supplementary training in developing future course instructors (ICDC Trainer).

Course Goals

Goal 1 – To present the basics of camp management in the core areas of the organized body of knowledge
Goal 2 – To expand their network of peers and develop a community of professionals in a “camp like” atmosphere
Goal 3 – To provide an introduction to self-directed learning and the participants’ role in their own professional development process

The course curriculum includes a broad range of camp management topics.

Course Contents

  • Vision and camp business sustainability
  • Accommodation – fire systems and essential services
  • Grounds management- arborists and grounds risk assessments
  • Catering commercial kitchens standards – food handling and kitchen regulations
  • Activities – Activity Standards (aquatic, ropes, cycle, ratios, qualifications, equipment, logging, reporting, checking, maintaining, briefing, debriefing, risk assessments, etc.)
  • Work place agreements and HR requirements
  • Buildings and asset standards
  • Manage the ins and outs
  • Look after the client
  • Participant outcomes


  • Tuesday, November 8 – Saturday, November 12, 2016
  • $500 CAD + HST to register
  • Hosted at Camp Tawingo (Huntsville, ON)

Course Includes

  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Course material

Course Leaders

ICDC Coordinator: Connie Coutellier, USA

Instructors: Jen Dundas, Donna Wilkinson

To Register

Registration is handled by the International Camping Fellowship, and can be found here.  


Please contact John Savage for more information. You can reach John by email at