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Viristar Shares Camp Safety Guidance at Spain’s International Camping Congress 2023

Viristar presented on the science of risk management for camps at the 12th International Camping Congress in Tarragona, Spain, in October. The well-received presentation shared research findings on safety practices that can be applied to year-round and summer camps anywhere in the world.

The event was put on by the International Camping Fellowship, a worldwide collaboration of camp professionals from over 100 countries with a vision of “a better world through outdoor experience.”

Participants came from some 23 countries in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

Viristar’s presentation on systems-based safety practices for camp in action. Image credit: ICF

Viristar also had a booth at the Congress’ exhibition hall, where we met old friends and clients from Singapore, China, Australia, Canada, Indonesia and Türkiye, and made new connections.

The first International Camping Congress was held in 1983 in Toronto, Canada. The International Camping Fellowship, which is run by hard-working volunteers dedicated to bringing the benefits of the camp experience to kids around the world, was officially founded shortly thereafter. ICC events followed in Russia, Türkiye, Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan, and the USA.

The International Camping Congress is typically held every three years, and the host country for 2026 will be announced in early 2024.

ICC participants test out adventure activities on a field trip to Poblet Camp, in l'Espluga del Francolí, La Conca del Barberà, Catalonia. Jeff Baierlein/Viristar

ICF has formal collaborations with the Australian Camps Association, the American Camp Association, the Mexican Camping Association, the National Camping Association of Japan, the National Camping Association of Mongolia, the Camps Association of Turkey, Camp for Peace Liberia, and numerous other camp associations around the world.

Viristar and the International Camping Fellowship also have a collaboration where Viristar’s Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training course, which has enrolled camp and outdoor professionals from 60 countries, is made available to members of the ICF community at a discount.

Viristar looks forward to further connections with camps around the world!

Viristar says hello at the ICC to good friends from Singapore: Delane Lim, Tony Tan and Mike Lim. Jeff Baierlein/Viristar


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