The International Camping Congress is calling for international presenters for the upcoming event.
The ICC (hosted in association with the International Camping Fellowship) is being held in Sochi, Russia from October 15 – 19, 2017.
The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2017. More information is available on the ICF website.
This site, surrounded by magnificent scenery, is only a short distance to the beautiful beaches of the Black Sea.
Learn from international camping leaders while living in reasonably priced, excellent accommodation.
Plan to join the 2017 International Camping Fellowship Sponsored Tour, February 19-21, 2017, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, just prior to the National American Camp Association Conference.
The tour highlighs Albuquerque area youth programs, camps, and local attractions. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about other programs, meet camp directors, peers, and new friends.
The tour also includes sightseeing, and facilitated discussions of camps and youth programs in the US and around the world. Special activities and meals are planned to represent local culture and foods!
Between the busy-ness of North American camping conference season and the busy-ness of spring preparations for our North American summer camp season, there is an annual, small window of time that has allowed for a different kind of camp training. Informed travel into different parts of the world can extend our learning and growth. The International Camping Fellowship has been able to participate in some of the important and innovative work going on in those countries. While we all work concertedly to better both our own camps and our local camping movement, this activity in other countries offers additional tools to inform that work.
Today, amongst many other changes in China, education reform is taking an important place in future development. These changes affect the future of approximate 163 million children from Grade 1 to Grade 9 (data from year 2015） International cultural convergence and citizenship awareness are just two parts of the major focus of Chinese education reforming. Educational reform may not necessarily turn immediately to the camping world but, as we all know, the camping world has plenty to offer the worlds of education and youth development, if educators were only to listen. Recently the Education Bureau of Nanshan District Shenzhen China (managing 99 primary and high schools; total student population of 130,000) has recognized this important fact and as a result has turned to the camping community to better understand how it can inform some of their reform decisions. LeShine Camping Group has been running a wide variety of camping and camping-style programs for many years – some of which serve the Nanshan Bureau itself. In March, the Bureau and LeShine sponsored a professional development conference for teachers and administrators in the form of a Camp Program Design Course and an International Camping Education Congress. These programs were intended to serve teachers in the Board. Camp presenters from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore supported the program.
The focus of the conferences was to provide the professional education community of Nanshan Region with a better understanding of the role of experiential education and camp-style education in meeting new curriculum goals. In all, over 200 directors and school teachers participated in the two training events. At one point during the conference, 35 primary and high school principals representing those 130,000 students were actively participating in a conversation on how to translate intention into practice, objectives into outcomes.
How valuable would it be if similar conversations could be generated here?
Later on in March, there were a series of workshops in meetings in Beijing. The concept of camp-style and non-formal education is expanding and evolving very rapidly in Beijing as well. In just one year, anyone observing the camping community in China will have noticed significant and remarkable changes. Parents, educators, camp leaders and, of course, children are involved at ‘China-speed’ in developing these new opportunities through camping. Camping businesses and camping services are springing up every day. Foreign travel to North American camps is just one of those services. Other programs are being established in schools and camp sites. Inbound foreign involvement to develop those services is arriving regularly. Many people – including educators – are speaking the language of camping and working to translate it effectively in the Chinese culture. When you consider the potential impact of so large a population on the future of the world’s environment, politics and leadership, the importance of getting it right is enormous.
How important is it for us to consider these changes as we develop our own future?
Finally, on the other side of Asia a different yet similar story is going on in Ukraine. The DEC Education Group is just one of several organizations committed to strengthening professional development within the camping community in Ukraine. Towards that end DEC organized a two day-conference in April on all aspects of camp operations for camp professionals. That is not remarkable in and of itself but like Nanshan Education Bureau in China, the Ministry of Education for Ukraine has recognized the value of the summer camp model to meet one particular key outcome for the immediate future. Ukraine is determined to strengthen its relationship with the West and with the global community at large. It has determined that one way to do that is to educate its youth in English. Schools and teachers have been asked to strengthen their delivery systems for this important skill through camping and so the camping community is assisting teachers to understand the broader learning outcomes that can be achieved at camp. For this reason a third day of the DEC conference was developed specifically for teachers. Educators who are now being encouraged to design, implement and improve summer camp programs for the delivery and development of stronger English language skills in their schools are being assisted by the Ukraine camping community.
How valuable would it be if similar conversations could be generated here?
Affirm, Inspire, Inform
We are not all the same – we have no wish to be. Neither are we all completely different – nor should we be. What is going on in countries on the other side of the world may not affect us directly but we know that they affect us inevitably. These ripples do make their way to us. As much as we might wish our camps to be apart from these and other influences, we also know that we are a part of them. Our campers and staff must operate in both the oasis of Camp and the reality of the rest of their lives.
It seems that it be worth the time, then, to draw something from these stories. To affirm our work with the knowledge that there are others who also ‘get it’, who believe in it and who are working to achieve similar goals in their own settings. To draw inspiration from these efforts by others and renew our own efforts to make a difference with each camper and staff member who come into our care. To be better informed on techniques, language and strategies that may also work for us as we try help those who do not quite ‘get’ camping to better understand the value of what we do.
If nothing else, as we roll up our sleeves for our North American summer, we can imagine – and know that other camp leaders across the world are doing the same thing – for the same reasons.
The International Camping Fellowship is happy to announce a special opportunity, made possible by Markel Insurance and the Educational Alliance between ICF and the American Camp Association, for a free webinar with Bob Ditter on Tuesday, April 19, 1:00 p.m. EST, and you are invited! The webinar will be presented in English.
Learn new ways to work with challenging camper behavior. This highly practical webinar will provide you with simple and effective ways to work with children who struggle making the adjustment to camp life.
In this webinar you will learn:
The “prognostic indicators” that guide your decision about continuing to work with a camper versus sending them home.
Bob Ditter is a highly-recognized child, adolescent, and family therapist from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant for organizations that work with young people. He has been called “camping’s most articulate spokesman” because of his work with children’s summer camps since 1982.
Limited registration is now open to ICF members! To reserve your space, click here. Select ‘Register’ in event status.
ICF extends a big thank you to Markel Insurance for offering this special opportunity to you, and we hope many of you will register! This is time sensitive! Register now!
The International Camping Fellowship shared information about several upcoming educational events for Camp Directors and staff.
ICF Atlanta- February 7-9, 2016 “Exciting and Innovative”
NEXT WEEK! We are delighted many of you are joining us for a tour of Georgia youth programs, camps, and local attractions. We are welcoming guests from Japan, Canada, Russia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Liberia, China, Hungary, Ireland and more! Participants will be staying at the Hyatt Place Airport South. The group will meet each morning at the Hyatt Place and returneach evening. Included are special activities plus meals planned to represent local culture and foods. YUM! GET ready for FUN and learning.
ACA National Conference! February 9-12 “Envision!”
NEXT WEEK, after the tour, we join in the next awesome opportunity of the 2016 ACA National Conference! This is the premier event for youth development professionals, offering 150 amazing sessions and keynotes and events. ACA Conference Headquarters are hosted in the Hilton Atlanta.
In addition to the awesome ACA events, below are special reminders for all International Attendees.
We look forward to seeing everyone who can make it this year. And we will post pictures on our Facebook Page and Facebook Group.
Asia-Oceania Camping Congress-October 28-November 1, 2016-Tokoyo, Japan “Outreach-Camp for a Better Society”
Plan ahead! The 6th AOCC will be held this year in Tokyo, Japan. The National Camping Association of Japan, in cooperation with the Asia Oceania Camping Fellowship and the International Camping Fellowship send you a warm invitation to the Congress. The venue will be the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center. October 28-Nov 1, 2016.
ICF members and friends are invited to join us February 9-12, 2016, at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, for the 2016 American Camp Association Annual Conference. There will be an International Hospitality Room throughout the Conference, a special reception recognizing international attendees, and a session for international attendees to share games and activities from their countries. Click for full information and registration.
February 7-9, 2016
This tour of Georgia youth programs, camps, and local attractions is open to everyone and will include, in addition to sightseeing, facilitated discussions of camp and youth programs in the US and around the world. Special activities and meals are planned to represent local culture and foods. The tour registration fee of $165 includes transportation, admission fees, snacks, and four meals. Participants are asked to make their own arrangements for accommodations at the Hyatt Place Airport South by clicking here, for a special group rate of $99 plus tax, per night. The group will meet each morning at the tour hotel for transportation to the scheduled sites, returning to the tour hotel each evening. On Feb. 9, participants will be transported to the Hilton Atlanta for the ACA Conference. Register with ACA by clicking here or contact Linda Pulliam for further information.
It’s time to nominate camping programs and individuals that have made significant contributions to the world of camping. Below is a description of the International Camping Fellowship Awards.
The Abbott Fenn Druzhba Award is a special recognition of an individual, Camp, or Organization, which has made a significant and sustained contribution to International camping. The award is given to those who spread the benefit of the camp experience to improve world understanding. Click here for past recipients of this award.
The ICF Butterfly Award recognizes an individual, camp or organization that has made significant contributions internationally to the causes of camping (e.g. environmental, humanitarian or educational) over a period of time. Click here for past recipients.
The ICF Letter Award of Merit recognizes a significant contribution made by an individual, camp or organization to the cause of world understanding and peace through camping.
The CCA has been invited to participate in an exhibition in Beijing, China in April where parents can look at the opportunities to send their children to Canadian camps. John Jorgenson will be there in his role as International Camping Fellowship President and will also represent the CCA component of the exhibition. We need your help to create an awesome Canada presentation that represents our industry nationwide.
We are asking for:
Please email pictures or links to video/vimeo clips to Jill Dundas at firstname.lastname@example.org. These must be received no later than Wednesday, April 1 in order to be incorporated prior to Jorgi’s departure.
Thanks so much!