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ICF HISTORY

YEAR

MONTH

EVENT

PLACE

DESCRIPTION / MEMORIES / HIGHLIGHTS

1983

 

1st ICC

Toronto, Canada

The 1st International Camping Congress in Toronto, Canada. Victorian Department of Sport and Recreation invite Armand and Beverly Ball to Australia to address and take part in a conference of people in Victoria interested in camping. Armand was, at the time, Chief Executive of the American Camping Association. From this gathering the Camping Association of Victoria was formed.           

1987

 

2nd ICC

Washington DC

The 2nd International Camping Congress in Washington, DC with more than 1800 people from 15 different countries. The First Lady Mrs. Regan addresses the Congress. Chuck Ackenbom is one of the chairs of the Conference; International Camping Fellowship is formed; its basic operating standards were announced; Tom Slater of Australia delivers ICF declaration. The ICF Butterfly logo was born. It grew out of the theme of "Our Fragile World", the theme of the 1987 Congress. 
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1988

 

SC Meeting

Huntsville, Canada

ICF meeting at Camp Tawingo, Huntsville, Canada, with Armand Ball and Dick Chamberlain of the USA, Bill Bowker and Don MacDowall of Australia, Bob Metcalf of Great Britain, Sako Tanaka of Japan, Jack Pearse of Canada, Teresa Lucas of Venezuela. Dick Chamberlain was selected to be the 1st ICF Chair.

1989

 

SC Meeting

Caracas
Venezuela

A group of camp directors assembles in Caracas, Venezuela to form the Venezuelan Camping Association or Asociacion Venezuelana de Campamento. A delegation travels to the 1990 ACA Conference in Boston to introduce themselves to the North American camping community. Every spring, on May 1st, in Caracas, there is camp association training event of over 800 camp staff.

1990

 

ICF visit

 

Valery Kostin is selected to be the first camp director from the Soviet Union to attend a major camping conference in North America. The audience at the ACA Conference in Boston is surprised to hear from Valery that the Soviet Union had, at that time, more than 100,000 camps. The camping world is certainly bigger than anyone thought possible for any one camping association.

1991

 

 

Belgium

 

1992

 

 

St. Petersburg & Moscow, Russia

 

1993

 

SC Meeting

Kangaroobie Australia

 

1993

May

ICF visit

Athens, Greece

The Greek Camps Association is formed with the help of ICF. The earliest camps in Greece were established by the state (1911). Now there are camps run by municipalities, churches, public/private corporations and private enterprises. All are members of the GCA and are contributing to the evolution of camping.

1994

March

3rd ICC,
Kumbayah

Toronto, Canada

The CCA, ACA and OCA agree to come together to host KUMBAYAH 1994 in Toronto, Canada. "Kumbayah" means "Come by Here". For the first time, the ICF was identified as an official sponsoring body of a major training event. The 3rd International Camping Congress is held with five official languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian and Japanese. "Peter, Paul and Mary" were to give a concert but Mary was not able to attend. Peter, Paul and Jack Pearse led over 2000 people in the singing of an international version of a favorite camp song: Kumbayah.

1995

 

SC Meeting

Florida, USA

 

1996

 

ICF visit

Athens, Greece

 

1997

 

4th ICC

St. Petersburg Russia

The support provided by ICF leaders around the world was a very important step for camping in Russia, emerging from the Soviet Bloc. Through the efforts of Dick Chamberlain and Armand Ball, ICF began to educate the camping community in North America to the things that were going on globally. The numbers of international attendees at ACA Conferences have increased each year. There is now an official international liaison headed by Linda Pulliam to the ACA Conference to ensure that delegates from other countries are welcomed and oriented properly.

1998

 

SC Meeting

Venezuela

 

1999

 

SC Meeting

Japan

 

2000

 

ICF visit

Ontario, Canada

In Canada, organized children's camping has been long established. There are over 730 camps in Canada, and of that, approximately 300 are from Ontario. In February 2000, at the Ontario Camping Association, the ICF leaders were able to conduct an international evening to celebrate the diversity of camping in Japan.

2000

 

5th ICC

Japan

The 5th International Camping Congress, Creating a New Camping Culture, takes place in Tokyo, Japan. The Prince and Princess of Japan are in attendance; the Congress site is the Athlete's Village of the 1964 Olympic Games; Post-Congress tours extend throughout Japan and are hosted by various regional camp leaders.

2001

 

SC Meeting

Cyprus

 

2002

 

SC Meeting

Virginia, USA

 

2003

January

6th ICC

Melbourne Australia

"Beneath the Southern Cross" is the theme of the 6th International Camping Congress held in Melbourne, Australia. ICF's original song "As the Butterfly Flies" was composed and introduced by 15-year-old James Simpson.

2003

March

ICF visit

Athens, Greece

On March 6 the Greek Camps Association meets in Athens for the 2nd Panhellenic Congress for camps and youth activities with the theme, "The Camping Institution into the 21st Century"; the ICF Vice Chair Mantha Christou invites the participants to endorse the formation of the European Camp Association.

2003

September

ICF visit

Burgas, Bulgaria

In September a meeting was held in Burgas, Bulgaria, with representatives of eight countries: Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine. The need for a European Camp Association is recongnized.

2004

February

SC Meeting

Mexico City, Mexico & San Francisco, USA

 

2005

October

7th ICC

Mexico City, Mexico

The 7th ICC is a wonderful combination of educational sessions and organized cultural and touring events. The 1st International Camp Director Course, run by Armand Ball, Dick Chamberlain, Jack Murdock and Connie Coutellier, is filled to capacity with 40 participants.

2006

 

Unofficial SC
Meeting

Nashville, USA

 

2007

February

SC Meeting

Quebec, Canada

 

2007

September

SC Meeting

Kitten, Bulgaria

 

2008

October

8th ICC

Quebec, Canada

The 8th International Camping Congress welcomed 600 participants from more than 20 countries. During the four days of the Congress and pre- and post-camp tours, camp professionals from around the world were united even more. With the support of Quebec Camping Association multiple workshops and panel discussions, general sessions and friendly talks took place throughout the course of the Congress.

2009

 

SC Meeting

Florida, USA

 

2009

October

SC Meeting

Taipei, Taiwan

 

2010

February

SC Meeting

Denver, USA

 

2010

 

SC Meeting

Colombia

 

2011

November

9th ICC

Hong Kong

Camp professionals from more than 20 countries participated in the 9th ICC in Hong Kong, themed "Camping - Gateway to Quality Life". For the first time in history, it was co-organized with the AOCF.

2012

October

ICF Board  
Meeting

Yamal, Ukraine & Istanbul & Antalya Turkey

 

2013

October

ICF Board  
Meeting

Sydney, Australia

 

2014

February

Unofficial  Board  
Meeting

Florida, USA

 

2014

October

10th ICC

Antalya, Turkey

The 10th International Camping Congress found 385 camp and youth work professionals from 30+ countries gathered at the Maritim Resort in Antalya, Turkey. The Congress was hosted by the Camps Association of Turkey with the theme of “Let’s Camp for Peace”.  

2015

October

ICF Board Meeting

Orlyonok Camp, Tuapse, Russia & Radisson Blu Resort, Sochi, Russia