ICF Academy

Camps around the world are in crisis. That is why ICF has developed a series of free online/live educational workshops designed to inform and support the international camping community.

The more we learn from each other the better we can support one another!

Series options:

  1. Webinars with facilitation from presenters.
  2. Workshops.
  3. Roundtable discussions (following a town hall meeting format).
  4. Camp virtual tours.

 

Format: 90 in live webinar (75 min presentation and 15 min Q&A)

Language: English.

Participation fee: free.

Participation certificate: yes.

 

Dates for 2021:

1st stage February – April 2020 – 4 episodes – Camps in crisis – how to manage uncertainty in 2021

2nd stage May – July 2020 – 4 – 6 episodes – Virtual camp tours

 

Schedule for the 1st stage:

Episode
Airing date
Topic
Presenter(s)
S1 E1
Feb 16

8:00 am EST

Industry leaders talk about camps around the world for 2021 Tom Rosenberg

Pablo Casas

Hardy Wang

Carolina Fleix

S1 E2
 

Mar 02

8:00 pm EST

Top Ten Interactive Exercises to Help Campers (& Staff) Have Fun, Connect & Build Trust Mark Collard
S1 E3
 

Mar 16

8:00 pm EST

Building a trusting team in 2021 Michelle Cummings M.S.
S1 E4
 

Mar 30

8:00 am EST

Build a resilient staff team Dr. Gwynn Powell and guests

 

Register for one or all of the above webinars through

ICF Connect

 

How to register:

If you already have an account in ICF Connect:

  1. Log in myicfconnect.net with your existing account (email and password).*
  2. Go to “events” on the left hand side menu and select “list events”.
  3. Select one of the webinars and conclude your registration. Note: you must register to each webinar separately.
  4. Note: this is a free event.You need to have at least an Affiliate status in ICF Connect. Affiliate status is at no cost.

Here’s how to get your registration(s) link!

  • You will receive an email that confirms your registration (please check your spam folder and make sure you add the ICF email in the list with the approved emails).
  • The link for each webinar will be emailed to you two days before each webinar.
  • You are encouraged to share this event with all the camp and recreation professionals you know. Please have in mind that each person should fill out their own registration.

*If you do not remember your password, please use the “forgot password” function.

If you do not have an account in ICF Connect:

  1. Go to myicfconnect.net
  2. Create an account for yourself as an individual (please use your full name, not your camp’s name)
  3. Activate your account through an activation email (please be sure to check your spam folder)
  4. Login and choose your membership type, when you create your account you will be automatically given an affiliate membership status.
  5. Note: this is a free event.You need to have at least an Affiliate status in ICF Connect. Affiliate status is at no cost.
  6. Once you are logged in, go to “events” on the left hand side menu and select “list events”.
  7. Select one of the webinars and conclude your registration. Note: you must register to each webinar separately.

Here’s how to get your registration(s) link!

  • You will receive an email that confirms your registration (please check your spam folder and make sure you add the ICF email to the list with the approved emails).
  • The link for each webinar will be emailed to you two days before the date of the event.
  • You are encouraged to share this event with all the camp and recreation professionals you know. Please have in mind that each person should fill out their own registration.

 

Register now!

 

Session and speaker information:

 

S1 E1

February 16th: Industry leaders talk about camps around the world for 2021

Tom Rosenberg – USA

President/CEO of the American Camp Association

https://www.acacamps.org/contact

Pablo Casas – Mexico

President of the Mexican Camp Association

pablo@kincamp.com

www.campamentosdemexico.com

https://www.instagram.com/ingecasas/

Hardy Wang – China

CCEA (Children’s Camp Education Alliance) General Secretary

hardy.wang@cceacamps.org

Carolina Fleix – Spain

ICF Board Member – Congress Liaison

Founding member of ANEACAMP (Spanish Camp Association)

carolinafleix@englishsummer.com

https://www.englishsummer.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolina-fleix-wright-104224b/

https://www.instagram.com/carolinafleix/

https://www.facebook.com/carolina.fleix

 

 

S1 E2

March 2nd:

Top Ten Interactive Exercises to Help Campers (& Staff) Have Fun, Connect & Build Trust

Mark Collard – Australia

 

hello@playmeo.com

https://www.playmeo.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/playmeo

https://www.facebook.com/playmeo

This highly-interactive session will share ten of Mark’s most successful group games & activities that invite campers (and staff) to connect and build trust. This series of outrageously fun exercises are very simple, most of them do not require equipment and appeal to all ages. Naturally, all of them will work online.

Mark will present all of the activities and discuss how they can be easily integrated into your existing camping programs to not only invite participation but to develop critical interpersonal skills such as collaboration, communication, trust and leadership skills. In particular, Mark will share the latest science that speaks to the benefits of inviting “connection before content” for any program in which you are responsible for the wellbeing of others.

Attending this workshop will help you:

  • Add to your repertoire of simple, interactive and fun ice-breakers and teambuilding activities;
  • Gain a basic understanding of the science which supports the philosophical framework of connecting before content; and
  • Enjoy a thoroughly fun and hilarious session with other ICF members, providing ample opportunities to network with others.

Mark Collard will also share the following swag with all participants:

  • Info about the free Group Games app.
  • ‘No Props No Problem’ activity book.
  • 7-Day Free Trial membership in playmeo.
  • Exclusive discount coupon (30% off any annual plan in playmeo).

 

 

S1 E3

March 16th: Building a trusting team in 2021

Michelle Cummings M.S. – USA

michelle@training-wheels.com

https://training-wheels.com/ 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellecummings/

https://www.instagram.com/themichellecummings/

https://www.facebook.com/michelle.cummings.author/

About Michelle Cummings:

Michelle Cummings M.S. is the Big Wheel and founder of Training Wheels, a known leader in the Team Building field. She is an accomplished author and a sought-after speaker and consultant on leadership, teambuilding, and experiential learning. Michelle has created a wide variety of facilitation, debriefing and teambuilding activities that have collectively changed the way trainers and educators work. She has delivered innovative staff training and team building programs for hundreds of camps and non-profit organizations. Michelle also works with professional associations, corporations, universities, and non-profit organizations throughout the world. She has a plethora of experience with camps: she went to 15 different camps as a child, has worked full-time for several camps, is now a service provider to the camping industry, and is a parent of two campers who attend multiple camps.

Workshop description:

Building trust with your staff and campers begins early, and now that being virtual is part of the norm, we can start building that trust event sooner. This workshop will focus on icebreaker activities and staff training activities you can do in the virtual space before they even step foot on your property. Many of the activities can also be done in-person, so you can utilize what you learn in both environments. Come prepared to laugh and learn in an engaging session.

Attendees will receive a discount code for 10% off anything in the Online Store: https://www.trainingwheelsgear.com/

 

S1 E4

March 30th: Build a resilient staff team

Dr. Gwynn Powell – USA (and guests)

gwynnp@clemson.edu

About Dr. Gwynn Powell:

Dr. Gwynn Powell is an educational experience designer who seeks to challenge students to do their best work because the people who are in their care deserve the safest and best experience possible. She has two decades of professional leadership of youth camp programs, over a decade of experience serving as a cultural ambassador and study abroad leader in Russian youth camp programs. She is active with the American Camp Association and the International Camping Fellowship.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University.

Session description:

Change. Uncertainty. Connection. No matter our delivery system for summer 2021, we need a staff team that can navigate change and be ready to connect with campers and each other. Join us as we talk with leaders from Japan, Russia, South Africa, USA, and Venezuela about how they form teams with a priority on positive mental health.

Learn from the models used around the world. Together we can create the space for connection.

Joining Dr. Gwynn Powell in S1 E4:

Masako Harigaya – Japan

Board member of NCAJ (National Camping Association of Japan)

Lecturer of Physical Education and Outdoor Education at several Japanese universities Organizer of camps specialized for deaf children since 2008.

Kabelo Malefane – South Africa

Camp Manager

A fun-loving Intentional camp Lover. Camp Moves me for Life.

Diana Bobykina – Russia

Camp Program Director

Diana is launching a new camp this summer after many summers of camp leadership in the Mari el Republic of Russia

Grace Caroline Bell – USA

Grace Caroline Bell is a long-time camp lover, starting as a camper, graduating to a counselor, and rising to Evening Program Director! She has experience everywhere from residential summer camps to weekend day camps to adaptive summer camps for campers with mental or physical disabilities. Grace Caroline has a passion for youth development in a camp setting and is currently earning a Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with a concentration in Community Recreation, Sports, and Camp Management at Clemson University.

Rafael Alejandro Pastor Suárez Anzola “Cachi” – Venezuela

Camp & Sales Professional

Passionate about Camps as a lifestyle that builds leadership for what matters.