ICF- “Bringing Together A World of Outdoor Experience”
Connecting Camp Education Professionals From Over 100 Countries

The International Camping Fellowship is a worldwide assembly of camp and camp education professionals who share their enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment to the camp and outdoor experience. ICF was founded in 1987 by an inspirational group of camp professionals with the vision of “a better world through outdoor experience.” ICF welcomes all who wish to foster international understanding, global education and youth development through the organized camp experience.

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ICF Connect is the online meeting point for all ICF members to keep their personal information, share knowledge, and follow and register for ICF events.

Camping Congress

In the spirit of ‘bringing together’, the International Camping Fellowship supports the creation and delivery of an Internatıonal Camping Congress (ICC) every third year. These events, in locations around the world, serve several key aims.

ICC Aims;
To provide a venue and opportunity for camp education professionals, students, and friends of camping to meet, network, discuss and exchange views.
To provide education in current trends and training on camping practices, of interest to an international audience, and applicable in all regions.
To showcase the camp experience and culture as they are expressed in the host country.

ICF Programs

ICF Academy

Town Hall with industry leaders
16 February 2021

Industry leaders talk about camps around the world for 2021
Perspectives of the camping industry in different countries. Comments on the actions/measures that are being implemented by associations, organizations, professionals or government agencies to ensure operations and/or health protocols in camps. Join the discussion and connect.

ICF – International Camping Congress – China

11-14 October 2021 Beijing

“One World – One Camp”. The International Camping Fellowship and the host committee in China are preparing a rich and extensive program to showcase the vibrant and dynamic growth in camp education taking place in China. The program will include Research Forum, Study Tours, continuous keynote speakers and a wide variety of workshops.

International Camp Directors Course

7-11 October 2021 China

The International Camp Directors Course (ICDC) has been developed as a professional development course for camp managers, directors and operators. The intensive four-day course is conducted in a camp-like community experience with sessions during the day and in the evenings. Participants should be open minded and take advantage of opportunities to explore different options.


ICF Academy S1 E4 – Build a Resilient Staff Team

ICF Academy S1 E4: Build a Resilient Staff Team with Dr. Gwynn Powell – USA March 30th, 2021   ICF has developed a training series of free online/live educational workshops designed to inform and support the international camping community. These series take place under the…


The second Camp Education Industry Conference hosting a Research and Practice Education Summit was held in Beijing, China (March 27-28). This conference was sponsored by the China Red Culture Research Association, Research and Study Tour Working Committee and the Camp Education Network. It was supported…

ICF Academy S1 E3: Building a trusting team in 2021

ICF has developed a training series of free online/live educational workshops designed to inform and support the international camping community. These series take place under the umbrella of ICF Academy. The more we learn from each other the better we can support one another! We…

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