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Fédération Francophone des Clubs de Camping et Caravaning de Belgique (F.F.3C.B)

Date: 29/07/2015
Source: FICC

F.F.3C.B is a tourism association recognised by the Commissariat général au Tourisme Wallonie-Bruxelles (General Commission for Tourism Wallonia-Brussels) and is a member of the Conseil supérieur du Tourisme Wallonie-Bruxelles (Wallonia-Brussels Tourism Board). The Federation’s stated mission is to develop and promote outdoor holidays in the Wallonia-Brussels region and to promote the camping lifestyle generally while protecting the interests of campers.
The first visible trace of international camaraderie among campers dates back to 1925 but it was in 1932 that the idea emerged of turning friendly camping get-togethers into an annual event. In August 1933, a Belgian by the name of Mr. Ernest DE KEYSER, became a member of the “International Bureau“. He was behind the idea of setting up the national camping federation which took shape on 7 April 1937. The Federation’s statutes were rather special in that they constituted a sort of contract between the representatives of campers’ associations and representatives of Ministries and even actual Ministers.
The Federation was one of the founding members of F.I.C.C. Its activities ceased between 1940-1945 because of the events surrounding World War II.
It was “re-founded“ on 13 March 1950 under the name of Fédération Nationale Belge de Camping, the word Caravaning being added two years later. Unlike the statutes of the old federation, the “contract“ element was absent: the camping clubs themselves were the founding members.
The Fédération Nationale Belge de Camping et de Caravaning held an extraordinary general meeting on 28 January 1978 during which the proceedings were suspended so that representatives of the francophone associations could consult prior to drafting the statutes that they deemed to be necessary.

The statutes of association of a new federation “La Fédération Francophone des Clubs de Camping et de Caravaning de Belgique“ were adopted at an assembly called for that purpose on 10 June 1978.
La Fédération Francophone des Clubs de Camping et de Caravaning de Belgique was officially founded on 7 December 1978. It then asked F.I.C.C. to recognise its existence de jure, not merely de facto. Since F.F.3C.B represented its own cultural community and had a privileged relationship with French-speaking camping and caravanning members, the federation requested recognition at international level which F.I.C.C. readily granted.
F.F.3C.B is the umbrella federation of both camping, caravanning and motorcaravan clubs and also of individual campers who may become direct members of the federation.
Today the Federation’s membership includes eight camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning clubs, as well as its direct individual members. The clubs include: The International Police Association, the Royal Motor Union de Liège, Camping, Fédération francophone de camping et de caravaning de Belgique asbl.
The Federation represents 588 families.
The Federation’s aims are to improve conditions and comfort in camping and caravanning.
– It also seeks to encourage character development through cultural exchanges by bringing together campers of different nationalities especially those in neighbouring countries.
– Every year the Federation sets up and takes part in a number of information meetings for its members. This way campers learn of the importance of being closely and actively involved in the sector and are in a good position to choose the area they are most interested in.
– It creates centres specifically for children where they can discover the wonderful world of camping.
– The Federation is a member of the Wallonia-Brussels Tourism Board and the Committee for Camping & Outdoor Holidays. It is involved in producing an annual camping guide. In fact for many years the Federation assisted in drafting legislation for the “Walloon Tourism Code“ several chapters of which related to camping and outdoor holidays. It was also involved in drafting legislation designed to protect campers and their well-being as well as regulations that the camping fraternity would be expected to observe.
– Recently, at the invitation of the Minister for Tourism, the Federation took part in a seminar on “Le printemps du tourisme“ (Spring in the tourist industry) that addressed general aspects of modern-day tourism, particularly outdoor holidays (e.g. improving the quality of life on campsites).