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 workshops take place under the umbrella of ICF Academy.

The more we learn from each other the better we can support one another!

We have several types of learning opportunities planned!

  1. Webinars with facilitation by presenters.
  2. Workshops.
  3. Roundtable discussions (using a town hall meeting format).
  4. Camp virtual tours.

The fourth event of ICF Academy took place on March 30th, 2021.

Title: S1 E4: Build a Resilient Staff Team


Dr. Gwynn Powell (USA)

Joining Dr Gwynn Powell:

Masako Harigaya – Japan

Kabelo Malefane – South Africa

Diana Bobykina – Russia

Grace Caroline Bell – USA

Rafael Alejandro Pastor Suárez Anzola “Cachi” – Venezuela

ICF Academy team:

Gabrielle Raill – Canada, Gwynn Powell – USA, Simon Sambrano – Venezuela, Alexia Sideri – Greece, Pablo Casas – Mexico


Fun facts:

72 participants.

22 countries (even Belgium where it was 1am!).

People stayed for an average time of 84 mins (out of a total of 100 min).

97% of the participants say that they will be able to use what they learned in S1 E4.

87,9% of the participants said that S1 E4 was excellent and “the best”!

93,9% of the participants said that they are looking forwards to the #ThanksToCamp campaign.

During the zoom crash course, Simon is wearing 6 or 7 or 8 different shirts – we lost counting!

Dr. Gwynn Powell has the most impressive filing system we have ever seen!


Favorite quotes of the event:

Camp is that place that helps you become what you have dreamt of becoming, but never thought you would become.

– Kabelo Malefane (South Africa)

The golden rule of camp: You can only have fun if you learn something. If you don’t learn anything, you didn’t really have fun and if you didn’t have fun, you didn’t learn anything. – Rafael Alejandro Pastor Suárez Anzola “Cachi” (Venezuela)

– From the “camp bible of Venezuela”

What camp directors do: We raise children, but we also raise our staff. We are also teaching them the life skills, the need to come forward and the need to problem solve.

– Gabrielle Raill, reflecting on the presentation of Kabelo Malefane from South Africa

Video recording of S1 E4 Build a Resilient Staff Team: https://youtu.be/qbP7fn8DXCU

The video recording of S1 E4, as well as any translations and the links that were mentioned during the event, are available in the Resource Library of ICF Connect. You may log in to access them. If you do not have an ICF Connect account you may create one as an Affiliate at no cost.