International Camp Director Course


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Next ICDCs:

  1. ICDC Australia (Queensland) 2-5 June 2024
  2. ICDC China Nanjing 20-24 April 2024
  3. ICDC Canada (Manitoba) 21-25 Oct 2024

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The International Camp Directors Course (ICDC) has been developed as a professional development course for camp managers, directors and operators. It is equally valuable for any experienced camp staff professional.

This intensive four day course addresses all aspects of Camp Management in an interactive exchange environment with other members of the camping and outdoor community and builds on skills and learning of both faculty and participants.

The curriculum was originally developed by a team of camp professionals in North America but has been expanded to encompass the broadest range of camping and outdoor experiences in all countries. The curriculum has been reviewed and revised over the years and, in some cases, has also been adapted to local, national or regional situations and standards, making it a valuable professional development tool for local needs and a bridge to camping at the international level.

All courses are approved and administered by the International Camping Fellowship (ICF) using both local and international ICDC Trainers. Certain courses are designed to provide the most international overview of the camping profession and these courses also offer a supplementary training in developing future course instructors (ICDC Trainer)

Course Goals

Goal 1 – To present the basics of camp management in the core areas of the organized body of knowledge
Goal 2 – To expand their network of peers and develop a community of professionals in a “camp like” atmosphere
Goal 3 – To provide an introduction to self-directed learning and the participants’ role in their own professional development process

The course curriculum includes a broad range of camp management topics.

Course Contents: (subject to change)
  • Vision and camp business sustainability
  • Accommodation – fire systems and essential services
  • Grounds management- arborists and grounds risk assessments
  • Catering commercial kitchens standards – food handling and kitchen regulations
  • Activities – Activity Standards (aquatic, ropes, cycle, ratios, qualifications, equipment, logging, reporting, checking, maintaining, briefing, debriefing, risk assessments, etc.)
  • Work place agreements and HR requirements
  • Buildings and asset standards
  • Manage the ins and outs
  • Look after the client
  • Participant outcomes
  • Plus more
ICDC Trainers

Periodically, and under the closest supervision of the ICDC Coordinator at International Camping Congresses, an ICDC Trainers Course takes place in conjunction with the ICDC course. An approved ICDC Trainer may be invited to participate in other ICDC events. In order to become an ICDC Trainer, a participant must have completed a regular ICDC in the past and complete a registration form outlining their camping background.

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