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PAST EVENTS (2012 - 2015)

Camp related events in 2012 - 2015




December 14, 2015

Deadline for the online survey on camping for “The Whitepaper on Camping 2016”

The National Camping Association of Japan has launched an online survey on camping.

They will mark their 50th anniversary in 2016. As a celebratory project, they plan to publish “The Whitepaper on Camping 2016”. This survey aims to collect basic camping information from all over the world. The results of this survey, as well as statistical analysis, will appear in the “The Whitepaper on Camping 2016”.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could take the time to fill out and return this questionnaire.

The deadline is December 14, 2015.


For more information:
National Camping Association of Japan

December 3 -6, 2015

ICDC in Singapore!!!

This International Camp Directors Course already has 29 participants from Singapore, Korea, Cambodia, Hong Kong and China!

If you are interested in participating, please contact Tennant Kiu at 

November 2-6, 2015

ICDC (International Camp Directors Course) in Mexico!

This course is in Spanish. It will take place in Valle de Bravo.

It is hosted by the AMC (Asociación Mexicana de Campamentos) under the auspices of ICF.

For more information click here! and here!

View photos from this event!

15-17/5/2015 International Games Workshop

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

For more info click here
 Mongolian Camp Association
 9-12/4/2015  China Camp Education Conference

Beijing, China

CCEC site link:


2015 ICDC in China

An International Camp Directors Course will be held in April 6-9, 2015 at IDEAS campsite in Bei Daihe District, where is three hours drive from Beijing downtown. The course is preceding the China Camp Education Conference in Beijing, China. International camping professionals are welcome to participate.

The purpose of the ICDC is to provide a quality training program that stimulates an exploration of successful international camp management practices that have some consistency throughout the world.

The ICDC is a program of the International Camping Fellowship. Trainers are Andrew McGuckian from Australia, Tennant Kiu from Singapore and Connie Coutellier USA. For more information and registration details:

CCEC site link:

Or send email to ask for the registration form and the course


The 14th International "Childhood Planet" exhibition of goods and services for children, took place in St. Petersburg, Russia on Mar 26-29, 2015.    

150 companies from Belarus, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, and Turkey displayed their samples in 8000 sq. meters hall for the consideration of a huge amount of visitors.  

A significant segment of the exhibition was devoted to children and youth camps. 30 camps from the St. Petersburg area, Crimea and other parts of Russia and Belarus had a chance to introduce their services to about 12000 visitors, parents and children.

The event was organized by ExpoForum - International. Recently this organization became an ICF member. Please visit for more information. ExpoForum-International is very pleased by the positive feedback about this exhibition and hopes that more camps from Russia and other countries will take part in the 2016 "Childhood Planet" Exhibition.


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  2-6/2/2015  Training camp for leaders of children’s camps “The Island of Good Hopes”, Novosibirsk, Russia

What: A training event, for camp leaders, a place for exchanging of experience. The participants are going to get acquainted with traditions and the experience of the Siberian school of the game pedagogies and show their own experience. They are going to learn how to lead different games with children and adults. There are the games and animation programs, team building events and different shows and also, lessons with pedagogues, psychologists and the greatest specialists of the sphere of children’s rest, health-improvement and pedagogical animation.

When: From February 2 to 6, 2015

Where: the children’s camp “Timurovets” – one of the best camps of Novosibirsk (ranks – “Master-Camp” and “The Best Camp of Russia” in 2004). The camp is located at the 40th km from the center of Novosibirsk.

For more information on this event, please click here!

 The island of good hope

American Camp Association National Conference

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

New Orleans, LA, USA

ACA invites the global camp community to join over 1000 colleagues for speakers, educational sessions, and networking opportunities. Special hospitality is offered for international participants!

For full information:

 2015 ACA National Conference

International Camping Fellowship Pre-Conference Camp Tour - USA

Tour B-
 This tour (Sunday, 8:00 am-Tuesday, Noon) of Louisiana youth programs, camps, and local attractions will include facilitated discussions of camp and youth programs in the USA and around the world. Special activities and meals are planned to represent local culture and foods.

Tour lodging (not included in fee) is based at the La Quinta Inn-New Orleans Airport, Kenner, LA. To make hotel reservations at the special rate of $76.50 per night plus tax(includes breakfast), contact Linda  Deadline for this rate, January 5, 2015. The group will meet each morning at the La Quinta Inn for transportation to the scheduled sites, returning to the hotel each evening.

The tour registration fee is $165  USD and includes transportation, admission fees, snacks, and four meals. On February 3, participants will be transported to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside for the ACA Conference. For information and to register, contact Linda Pulliam

 28-30/1/2015  OCA Annual Conference

Ontario Camping Association, Hilton Hotel – Markham Suites, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

For more info on the Congress click here!

For the amazing OCA Conference program guide clickhere!
 2015 OCA Conference

27/1/2015 & 31/1/2015

January 27, 2015

Tour A (Part A) - Three-Camps Tour - CANADA

This tour of Ontario youth programs and camps will include a hosted meal at the home and camp of Dr. Stephen and Janet Fine. Special outdoor winter excursion activities and meals are included.

Tour lodging (not included in fee) is based at the OCA Conference hotel (conference rates apply before and after the Conference). To make hotel reservations,contact Hilton Suites Conference Centre and Spa.  

8500 Warden Ave, Markham, ON L6G1A5

January 28-30 ,2015

Ontario Camps Association Conference (Toronto) (not included in fee).

Click here for OCA Conference details.

For the amazing OCA Conference program guide click here!

January 31, 2015

Tour A, (part B) Sightseeing - CANADA

Tour in Toronto, lunch and transfer to airport.

The tour registration fee of $125 CAD includes transportation, admission fees, snacks, and three meals. For information and to register, contact Jill Dundas  at

 OCA 2015


ICDC Caracas, Venezuela

ICDC - Venezuela 2014 - 49 camp professionals sharing and learning!!! 43 participants - 2 Lead Trainers - 1 Assistant trainer - 2 observers (Assistant trainers) - 1 Local presenter - Nirgua, Venezuela


 10th International Camping Conference, Antalya, Turkey

The 10th International Camping Congress (ICC) was held in Turkey in 2014!

Be sure to bookmark the ICC 2014 website
There is already some TERRIFIC information about this exciting event posted on the ICC 2014 website.

Pre- and Post-Congress events included opportunities to tour the rich cultural heritage of Turkey as well as participate in specialized and specific training and business opportunities that are unique to International Camping Congresses.
The Congress itself tookplace at a beautiful resort located on the magical shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
See you in the next Congress in 2017!


ICDC Antalya, Turkey

Prior to the International Camping Conference in Antalya, Turkey, there was an International Camp Directors Course. The ICDC course and the trainer courses are provided by ICF and hosted by the Camps Association of Turkey.
2014 ICDC Participant registration form
2014 ICDC Trainer application form


International Camp Directors Course (ICDC), Malaysia

Informational web page

Online registration



International Camp Directors Course (ICDC), Australia

An International Camp Director Course (ICDC) will be offered at Nunyara Conference Centre, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, from August 18-21, 2014.  International camping professionals are very welcome to participate. The course has been developed as a professional development course for camp managers, directors and operators and other experienced outdoor professionals. The curriculum in Australia has been adapted to align with the local industry.
For more information and registration details:

16 - 31/7/2014

IDEAS International Youth Festival

IDEAS Gehua Camp, Beidaihe, Qinhuangdao, CHINA

A gathering of youth, ages 14-18

Program operating language is English
For more information, visit the official website


Outdoor Conference, Japan

The Japan Outdoor Education Society along with the Japanese Wilderness Education Association hosted an outdoor conference in June in Tokyo. For more information, visit the conference website



American Camp Association National Conference

Orlando, Florida, USA

International participants are welcomed with special hospitality. 

For full information:




ICF Pre-ACA Conference Camp Tour 

This tour of Florida camps and local attractions is open to everyone and offers a chance to network informally with Conference participants from around the world. 

Click here for additional information. For information, contact Linda Pulliam at or 1-919-603-0317.



Post OCA Conference Canada Tour

OCA is sponsoring a tour following the conference, January 31 - February 2 at a cost of $125.



OCA Conference

Ontario Camping Association, Sheraton Parkway Hotel, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

OCA is offering a special discounted registration fee of $250 for international delegates.



ICDC Sydney Australia

Prior to the 5th Asia Oceania Camping Congress, there will be an International Camp Directors Course and an ICDC Trainers’ Course. The courses are open to participants from any country and will be coordinated by Connie Coutellier. For full information:

The course is an ICF course provided in partnership with the AOCC and Australian Camping Association.


5th Asia Oceania Camping Congress - Sydney, Australia 
“Outdoors and more…”

The Australian Camps Association together with the Outdoor Recreation Industry Council welcomes the international camping and outdoor education community to Sydney for the 5th Asia Oceania Camping Congress October 18-22, 2013.

Learn more about the congress at
Expression of Interest for presenters is NOW OPEN. Enquiries to


ICDC Mexico at Campamento Esperanza

An ICDC was held in Mexico with 26 participants from Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia completing the course. The 26 participants agreed that the course was outstanding and it met or exceeded their expectations. In regards to the course content the overall rating was 4.5/5 and logistics was rated with a 4.4/5.

The training team was Simon Sambrano and Juan Mario Gutierrez, Lead Trainers and Tomas Lopez Victoria and Giuliana Paulova del Castillo D, Presenters. The course was graciously hosted by Mexican Camping Association (MCA).


ICDC Malaysia

An ICDC was held in Malaysia with 14 participants from Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Philippines completing the course.

The training team included Hank K. Yap from Malaysia, Andrew McGuckian from Australia, and Tennant Kiu from Singapore. The inaugural ICDC in Malaysia was only made possible through the enormous contribution of Hank and his camp Outbac Broga.

There are plans to consider an ICDC in Malaysia in 2013. Fantastic relationships were established and another ongoing camping network across countries.

September 2012

International Camp Directors Course (ICDC) in Australia

An ICDC was held in Australia with 28 participants (26 from across Australia and 2 from New Zealand) completing the course.

The training team included 5 trainers, Paul Colagiuri, John Woods, Maree Feutrill, Matt Bowker, and Rebecca Fox. Australia has a very solid team of trainers and has offered a number of courses.


The 1st Japan Outdoor Education Society International Research Forum (IRF) at
15th Japan Outdoor Education Society (JOSE) National Conference took place in Okinawa, Japan -

JOSE-IRF intends to provide an opportunity for outdoor practitioners and scholars to share the Eastern and Western outdoor research, as well as those among Asian countries. The Forum was held in conjunction with the 15th JOES National Conference in Okinawa with a variety of research presentations and practical workshops. The abstract papers and presentations in the Forum were all in English, though the national conference was held in Japanese. Presenters had 12 minutes to present their research and three minutes for questions and aswers.




Research Briefing on effectiveness of bushcraft training for wilderness survival at The Hollows Camp, Canada.

The person standing is Mors Kochanski, author of the book "Bushcraft: Outdoor skills and wilderness survival."