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  • Jeff Baierlein

Viristar and International Camping Fellowship Partner to Bring Safety Training to Camps Worldwide

Viristar is pleased to partner with the International Camping Fellowship (ICF) to bring Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training courses to ICF members at a discount.

The Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course offers camp directors and other camp program managers a comprehensive training on best safety practices for camp programs anywhere in the world.

The 40-hour course, which is offered online, provides participants with a theoretical model of incident causation and prevention, designed specifically for camps and similar experiential and outdoor programs. The model employs the latest thinking in complex socio-technical systems theory and human factors research to provide a globally leading framework by which to minimize risk of trip, travel, and related camp activities.

The course, which has received the Educational Endorsement seal from the American Camp Association, also provides detailed safety standards for a variety of camp-related risk management topics, including:

  • Staff recruiting, hiring, training and supervising

  • Managing subcontractors (providers)

  • Mitigating equipment-based and activity-based hazards

  • Developing risk management plans (safety management systems) for outdoor adventurous activities

  • Wilderness risk management procedures

  • Accreditation, regulations, and legal conformance

  • Media relations around newsworthy safety incidents

  • Working with camp-based standards bodies such as Australian Camps Association and American Camp Association

Fahrettin Gozet, International Camping Fellowship Board President, stated, “We’re very pleased to be able to offer the Risk Management for Outdoor Programs trainings to ICF members at a discount. Camp leaders around the world place a high value on safety, and these courses will help them lead high-quality camping experiences with excellence in risk management.”

ICF members wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in an outdoor risk management training at a discount can learn more and enroll at

Viristar has had long-standing relationships with the camping community globally over many years. Viristar’s staff have worked in camp counselor, camp program manager, and camp executive roles starting more than 30 years ago, and have provided experiences for campers and staff with camp programs based in Russia, Canada, and the USA.

The International Camping Fellowship, founded in 1988 with the vision of “a better world through outdoor experience,” is a worldwide assembly of camp and camp education professionals who share their enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment to the camp and outdoor experience.

ICF, which has over 5,500 members and affiliates, connects camp education professionals from over 100 countries. The organization offers several programs, including the ICF Academy, the International Camping Congress, and the International Camp Directors Course. ICF welcomes all who wish to foster international understanding, global education and youth development through the organized camp experience.


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