EDUCATION OF THE WHOLE CHILD THROUGH A CAMP EXPERIENCE
Camps began in 1861 in the United States and now exist on six continents. It is estimated that there are camps in as many as 100 countries. Camps may be called by many names: Summer camp, camp education, youth development, children’s rest, outdoor education, vacation plans, or holiday schemes. They may operate during school vacation periods or in partnership with schools and educational institutions. Camps offer education for the whole child.
A research study conducted by the American Camp Association in 2004 documents the value of a camp experience. Results confirmed that camps build skills necessary to prepare children to assume roles as successful adults. Parents, children, and camp staff reported growth in areas such as self-confidence, independence, making friends, exploring and learning new activities.
LIST OF ICF CAMP & ORGANIZATION MEMBERS
This list of full members of the International Camping Fellowship includes Camps and Organizations. Inquire directly to the camps to determine whether they are able to accept international children. Inclusion on this list does not imply any certification, accreditation, oversight, or approval by the International Camping Fellowship and ICF cannot assume any responsibility for arrangements made with the camps or organizations.
This list of National Camp Associations can be useful, if you are interested in camps in a particular country. The National Association will be able to provide you with a list of their member camps.
Become part of a brighter camp future by joining the international marketing campaign #ThanksToCamp.
By using #ThanksToCamp on your social media feeds, we will come together to give camp a voice.
HOW DOES THE HASHTAG #THANKSTOCAMP HELP?
The path to a brighter camp future is educating families and policy makers, and generating public awareness of the important role of camps in our world today. Think of a hashtag as a “flashlight”. The more that people use #ThanksToCamp when sharing their camp stories, the more those stories light up this path.
We asked people from around the world to come together and share what summer camp means to them. And they did. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS_kRRvnrfI