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March 17, 2020 

Dear Camping Professional, 

In October, 2017, the XI International Camping Congress will take place in Sochi Russia. The ICF, along with the Congress Organizing Committee, the Russian Camping Association and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, has invested countless hours to prepare for your participation and professional development. 

For some time, we have known that another major event – 19th World Festival of Youth and Students - was scheduled to take place alongside our Congress in Sochi. The festival numbers, over ten times our projected size, caused us to modify the Congress plans somewhat. Recently those numbers have increased by another 50% and consequently, earlier this week, the executive branch of the Russian Federation and our Russian hosts determined that they ought not to run the two events concurrently. 

After some consideration, the ICF Board has agreed to a recommended move of the dates of ICC 2017 by six days. The new dates are now October 9-13, 2017

While an inconvenience for our calendars, The ICF Board feels that there are some significant benefits as well. We expect that there will be much better weather; we expect that the full resources of the Sochi/Black Sea region to be more available to us; we expect transportation/travel logistics to be eased considerably; we expect even more help in arranging the easiest possible visa support. 

The ICF has further agreed that we must support anyone who is ‘out of pocket’ for any bookings or travel arrangements that cannot be adjusted or refunded. Anyone who has already registered for the Congress will receive a full refund, if they cannot attend on the new Congress dates. We will be outlining methods for refunds and reimbursements in the coming days. 

Today we simply want to say that all other Congress preparations are moving forward very well. Our Russian hosts are planning some wonderful cultural, educational and social experiences for us. All of the pre- and post-Congress events will also proceed as planned around the new core Congress dates: 

October 9-13, 2017 

Jill Dundas and I will be travelling to Moscow in mid-April in order to participate in the Moscow International Education Fair and in meetings with both Ministry and Congress Committees. If you have any questions for us about this or any other aspect of Congress preparations, please feel free to contact us at the emails below. 

Bringing Happiness to the Children of the World! 

See you in Sochi! 

John Jorgenson (ICF President, ICC Congress Liaison) jjorgenson@campingfellowship.org  

Jill Dundas (ICF Treasurer, ICC Program Committee) jdundas@campingfellowship.org