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French Camp in Canada

Our camps in Canada for kids and teenagers combine French language lessons with various social activities and include accommodation, in homestay or residence. However it is always possible to register to a day camp only if accommodation is not required.

Contact us to receive detailed information about a specific camp you are looking for or see below examples of French language camps offered by our partner schools in Canada.

 

French Camp in Montreal

French Camp in Quebec

 

 

French Camp in Montreal

Ages: 7 to 17 years old

The French camp is designed for students who are interested in learning French while being immersed in Canada’s most bilingual city. A variety of excursions, daily classes, sporting activities and a fully organized on-camp programme keep the students occupied and learning at all times.

Our 5-day Quebec City Programme further enriches the immersion experience and is a highlight of the camp.

All classes, excursions, tours and camp activities are conducted in French. The French Camps staffs are native French language speakers who communicate with campers in French at all times. The use of French is encouraged through positive re-enforcement.

The camp offers residential and day programme options.

There are 3 separate camps:

- Junior Camp – 7 to 10 years old

- Intermediate Camp – 11 to 13 years old

- Senior Camp – 14 to 17 years old

Each camp is specifically designed to meet the needs of the particular age group. Thus, there are some activities and excursions that are unique to each camp.
Once per week, the camps have “integration periods” where all three groups come together for special excursions and/or leadership building activities.

All 3 camps offer the following:

    * Camper focused language classes
    * Daily excursions
    * Exciting camp activities
    * Professional staff
    * Youth focused
    * All inclusive fees

 

Junior Camp (7 to 10 years old)

Junior Camp is a fantastic French immersion experience! It is an excellent opportunity for children who have never attended French language camps before and for those who are looking to build on past camp experiences.
The Junior Camp is also a great introduction to those interested in the residential camp experience. Our family atmosphere and attentive and caring staff help make the “away from home” time most positive.
The programme is exciting and stimulating and challenges the campers to learn through doing – classes, activities and excursions are fun, interactive and educational.

Most days are divided into 3 periods. These include:

    * French classes
    * Excursions
    * Camp activities

Every Wednesday and Sunday, campers enjoy full day excursions.

 

Intermediate Camp (11 to 13 years old)

Welcome to a camp that is exciting and stimulating and challenges the campers to learn about teamwork and responsibility in an French-immersion environment.
Welcome to a place where campers learn from each other and develop lasting friendships.
Welcome to a programme where a great variety of camp activities and excursions along with interesting classes and daily camp life create an unforgettable memory.
Welcome to the Intermediate Camp – a great camp for a great age!

 

Senior Camp (14 to 17 years old)

The focus of the Senior Camp is discovering Montreal and French-Canadian culture and society while using the opportunity our language study programme provides. The campers learn and practice their French language skills and experience what it is like to live as University students in a residence setting.

Campers are expected to take responsibility, and can expect in turn to enjoy and profit from their experience.
The programme is varied and includes excursions and activities tailored for young adults. Montreal is a fantastic city to visit with so many different things to do in the summertime. We try and take advantage of everything the city has to offer!

Most days are divided into 3 periods. These include:

    * French classes
    * Excursions
    * Camp activities

Every Wednesday and Sunday, campers enjoy full day excursions.

 

Residential Camps

The residential programmes operate 7 days/week with a full schedule of classes, excursions and activities. Students are supervised on a 24-hour basis by the camp's staffs.
Students enrolled in the residential programmes live in the residences of McGill University, in downtown Montreal. The residential programmes are all-inclusive. Accommodation, meals, excursions, classes, activities, transportation, laundry service, medical insurance and full supervision are all included.
Residential students enjoy the full “overnight camp” experience. They “live, breath, eat and sleep” camp throughout their stay. Some of the most memorable camp experiences are those involving time spent together with friends and counsellors at the end of a busy day.
Residential students are encouraged and expected to follow a level of responsibility in their daily actions.

One of the most memorable events for the residential students is the 5-day expedition to Quebec City. This immersion experience is filled with great excursions and integrated workshops that complement the classroom study at the camps. Animated walking tours of the old city, visits to rural Quebec and a whale watching expedition in Tadoussac are just some of the highlights!

The Quebec City Programme is included for campers registered in all 3 and 4-week sessions. It is optional for those registered in 2-week sessions.

 

Day Camps

The Day Camp programmes are designed for students visiting family or friends in Montreal who are interested in learning and improving their French in a fun and exciting atmosphere.
The French Day Camp programmes are also ideal for families coming to learn French in Montreal.  We are able to recommend high-quality adult language schools in the city. Parents attend classes at the adult schools and the children attend the French Day Camp programmes.

Day Camp programmes operate 6 days/week, from Monday to Saturday. There are 2 options to choose from:

    * Programme A – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    * Programme B – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

All activities, classes and meals are held together with students in the residential programmes.

Day Camp students have the possibility of attending a 5-day expedition to Quebec City. This immersion experience is filled with great excursions and integrated workshops that complement the classroom study at the camps. Animated walking tours of the old city, visits to rural Quebec and a whale watching expedition in Tadoussac are just some of the highlights!

The Quebec City Programme is an optional event for all day camp students. An extra fee applies.

 

French Classes

Our French classes are taught by fully qualified, professional teachers who have training and experience in working with language learning students.
Lessons are designed specifically for the age group the students belong to and focus on communication and participation. Our classes are based on student-centered learning and integration.
Students have 3 hours of classes, 5 days per week. The classes alternate weekly between the mornings, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the afternoons, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In-class learning is enriched with audio-visual material, computer laboratories (internet learning), and visits to the University and children’s libraries.
Classes are divided according to the level of French knowledge and age of the students. On average, there are 12 students per class (with a maximum of 16).

Our teaching programme also offers:

    * First day evaluation and interview to determine level of French
    * Weekly report cards on student progress and certificate upon completion

 

Activities

Campers enjoy a variety of camp activities (on-site) to complement the French classes and excursions.

All camp activities are conducted in French.

Camp activities are scheduled daily. The camp staff organizes, prepares, operates and supervises all camp activities.

The activities include:

For Junior Campers:
    * Arts and crafts
    * Sports
    * Swimming
    * Cooking
    * Theme Nights (Pajama parties)
    * Scavenger Hunts
   * Movie nights

For Intermediate Campers:
    * Scavenger Hunts
    * Arts and crafts
    * Sports
    * Dances
    * Movie nights
    * Murder Mysteries
    * Theme Nights (costume parties)

For Senior Campers:
    * Scavenger Hunts
    * Sports
    * Murder Mysteries
    * Dating Game
    * Movie nights
    * Dances

Weekly, all three camps participate in Integration Events. These events are specially selected and planned to include campers in all three camps (and age groups). Integration Events help create a “family” atmosphere at the camps and provide an opportunity for all ages to interact with each other.

Integration Events include:

    * Certain excursions
    * Talent Nights
    * Closing Ceremonies

 

Excursions

Campers attend a great variety of excursions to complement the French classes and camp activities. Some excursions are half day and others are full day events.

All excursions are conducted in French.

Excursions are scheduled daily. The camp staff organizes, prepares for and supervises all camp excursions. They ensure the excursions are age specific, exciting and educational for the campers.

The excursions include:

- For Junior Campers:

One of the highlights for the Junior Camp is the Space Camp programme at the Cosmodome. The campers have the opportunity to learn about space and how to become an astronaut. Learning to fly the space shuttle and experiencing astronaut-training simulators are highlights of this full day excursion.

    *Interactive walking tours of Montreal
    *Insecterium visit
    *Museum of Archaeology
    *Biodome
    *Olympic Park
    *Laser Quest
    *Science Centre
    *Bowling
    *Île Notre-Dame
    *Aquadome
    *Labyrinth Game
    *Laser Quest
    *Biosphere Montreal

- For Intermediate Campers:

One of the highlights for the Intermediate Camp is the Space Camp programme at the Cosmodome. The campers have the opportunity to learn about space and how to become an astronaut. Learning to fly the space shuttle and experiencing astronaut-training simulators are highlights of this full day experience.

    *Interactive walking tours of Montreal
    *Insectarium visit
    *Museum of Archeology
    *Biodome
    *Bowling
    *Olympic Park
    *Science Centre
    *Biosphere Montreal
    *St. Joseph’s Oratory
    *Notre Dame Basillica
    *Île Notre-Dame
    *Laser Quest
    *Aquadome
    *Labyrinth Game

- For Senior Campers:

Unique to the Senior Camp is a weekly Options excursion/activity in which the seniors choose from a number of different attractions. Various possibilities are nearby and accessible by subway or a short walk: the theatre, professional sports (tennis, football) music concerts, shopping, museums, galleries and more!

    *Interactive walking tours of Montreal
    *Insectarium visit
    *Laser Quest
    *Bowling
    *Biodome
    *Olympic Park
    *Museum of Fine Arts
    *Biosphere Montreal
    *McGill University tour
    *Shopping (St-Denis Fashion District)
    *St. Joseph’s Oratory
    *Labyrinth game
    *Île Notre Dame
    *Museum of Archaeology

Full day excursions include:

    *Ottawa and visit to Parliament and the Museum of Civilization
    *Quebec City and Montmorency Falls visit
    *La Ronde amusement park

Some excursions only occur during certain times.

 

Staff

In the Junior Camp, there is 1 staff member for every 5 campers. The campers are supervised at all times by the camp counsellors and directors. Junior Camp counsellors are university students (minimum 18-19 years old). They have been carefully selected for their character, sense of responsibility and especially caring attitude. Extensive training further helps our counsellors to meet the needs of junior campers. Campers are assigned to counsellor groups according to age and session dates. All day long, counsellors talk and play with the campers; in the evening, the residential campers and counsellors share juice and cookies to relax before bed. Falling asleep is never a problem after exciting and busy days!

In the Intermediate Camp, there is 1 staff member for every 7 campers. The campers are supervised at all times by the camp counsellors and directors. Intermediate Camp counsellors are university students (minimum 18 years old). They have been carefully selected for their character, sense of responsibility, flexibility and colourful personality. Our counsellors have experience working with young people and understand the wide range of demands for 11 to 13 year olds; some campers need extra attention, others may need responsibility. All are treated with respect. Campers are assigned to counsellor groups according to age and session dates.

In the Senior Camp, there is 1 staff member for every 10 campers. The campers are supervised at all times by the camp counsellors and directors. Campers have freedom within the organized activities and they separate into smaller camper groups during scheduled excursions. Senior Camp counsellors are always available for assistance. Senior Camp counsellors are university students (minimum 19 years old). They have been carefully selected for their character, sense of responsibility, organization and maturity. They have experience working with young adults and are trained to provide positive guidance and assistance to the senior campers. Most importantly, they relate well to high school students and genuinely enjoy spending time with the seniors, so it’s normal for campers and counsellors to keep in touch long after camp has ended.

Our residential campers and counsellors live in the same residences, in rooms located next to each other.

Basic medical services are handled by the camp infirmary or the medical clinic located just a short walk from the camps. The McGill University medical complex and Montreal Children’s Hospital handle all other medical services for our campers.

 

Location:

Montreal is Canada’s “Bilingual Metropolis”. A North American city with a European flavor, Montreal is proud of its colorful history and excited about its modern progress. Fantastic restaurants, great shopping and a rich cultural life make a visit to this great Canadian city unforgettable!

The camp is located on the McGill University Campus.

McGill University is located in the centre of Montreal, at the foot of Mont Royal. It is a beautiful and historic campus dating back to 1821 when it was originally established as an English-speaking university in Quebec. The University is within walking distance to many places of interest in Montreal. It is very close to the metro system allowing the camps to travel and visit attractions throughout the city.

McGill University facilities include:

    *Residences
    *Dining Room
    *Classrooms
    *Theatres
    *Libraries
    *Sports Fields

 

Meals

McGill University provides an in-house meal service for the camps. Lunches and dinners are also offered in a variety of restaurants in Montreal.

    * 3 meals per day in the University dining hall or in restaurants while on tour
    * Variety of choices for all meals (vegetarian entrees offered)
    * Wide assortment of drinks

 

Accommodation

Residential students and staff live in the residences of McGill University. The rooms are clean, comfortable and simple.

    * Residences divided according to sex and age of the students
    * Rooms have single beds (double and single room accommodation)
    * Bedding is supplied but not towels (bed linen changed weekly)
    * Semi-private and shared washrooms
    * Spacious common/activity rooms
    * 24-hour security

 

Transportation

Residential students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Montreal. Upon arrival at the airport, train or bus station, the staff is there to meet and welcome the students.

Transfers to the camps are by private bus service (if arriving as part of a group) or by limousine cars if arriving as individuals or in small groups. P.E. Trudeau airport is approximately 30 minutes away from the centre of the city and the camp.

Day Programme students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the camps daily.

Transportation to excursions during the camp programmes is by local public transit, which includes subways and buses. The public transit system is the safest, cleanest, easiest and fastest way to travel in Montreal.

Comfortable coach buses transport the students on full day excursions to Quebec City and Ottawa.

 

DATES AND PRICES

 

French Camp in Quebec

Ages: 12 to 17 years old

The summer French immersion school for teenagers has been offered every summer since 2005. Through this summer camp, hundreds of teenagers live and learn French in Quebec City. This highly international program welcomes students from over 20 countries.

- French Classes: Morning French classes, from 8:30am to 11:45am, are organized in 7 levels, and help students develop all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, in addition to attention to the study of grammar and phonetics.

- Afternoon Programs: Participants can select from a wide variety of afternoon programs. Afternoon options are pre-selected on a week-by-week basis (as in a student can be registered to a different afternoon program every week). Multi-Activity and multi-sports programs are operated directly by our team. They offer students fun and varied activities every afternoon. The art programs and sport programs are mostly offered in collaboration with local partners and provide students with an opportunity to mix with local teenagers.

- Afternoon and Weekend Activities: By combining French courses with outstanding afternoon activities and outstanding extra-curricular program, the Summer French Camp for Teenagers offers your child an outstanding French immersion experience!

 

- Students live a complete French immersion experience (and learn French)
- First-rate facilities
- Balanced schedule: French in the mornings and activities in the afternoons
- Fun and original activities
- Qualified professors and counsellors
- Transport to all activity sites included
- Quebec City: the cradle of French-Canadian culture and a very safe city
- Facilities and activities adhere to safety standards

 

Summer French Immersion Multi-Activity Camp for Teenagers

The perfect program combining French classes, French-Canadian culture and fun. After classes, a variety of cultural and sport activities are organized for participants, lead by our dedicated counsellors.

The program is from 1pm to 4pm, and follows the French courses in the mornings (8:30 am to 11:45 am) with varied cultural and sport activities. At 4:30 pm participants return to Collège Mérici to return with their host family or to the residence for dinner and to spend the evening.

Examples of activities (I can send you the weekly schedule for this summer if you want): City Tour, Civilization Museum, Pool, Old Port Activities, Volleyball, Bowling, Frisbee, Summer Festival, Activities with the family, Shopping, Fine Arts Museum, Royale Place Interpretation Center, Scrapbooking, Movies, Basketball, Visit Huron Town, Shopping in Old Quebec, Little Bowling, Tagball, Soccer, Ice Skating, Gift exchange, Observatory, Aquarium, Party.

- Evening and Weekend Activities:

One or two evening activities plus weekend activities are organized by the program. Weekend activities are optional for participants in homestay and obligatory for students in residence.

Examples of activities (I can send you the weekly schedule for this summer if you want): Huron Village, Summer Festival, Whale watching, Tree Go, Baseball Game, Rafting, Traditional Sugar Shack, Ice Skating, Climbing, Fishing, Loto-Quebec Fireworks, Shopping, Montréal (La Ronde), Old Montreal, Image Mill, New France Festival.

- Accommodation:

Participants can either stay with a host family or in the residence. Participants in homestay return to their host family after 4:30pm for dinner and to spend the evening with their hosts. Those housed in the off-campus university residence return as a group to the residence for dinner and evening activities. They remain under supervision by our counsellors.

 

Summer French Immersion Sports Camps for Teenagers

French immersion through sports: An effective French immersion experience, combining language classes in the morning with an afternoon sports camp, from 1pm to 4pm, with local teenagers. The sports camps are operated primarily for local teenagers by qualified and dedicated trainers.

- French and Tennis:

Our most popular French and Sports program. After French classes, students spend 3 hours per day learning and practicing with Sam Aliassime, who heads the Académie de tennis Junior Open summer tennis camp in Quebec City.

- French and Figure Skating:

After their French classes, participants are transported to the Club de patinage artistique de Charlesbourg where they participate in the afternoon training camps. A combination of private instruction and practice is offered.

- French and Equestrian:

Participants in the French and Equestrian program head to the Centre Équestre Jessy Dufresne after their French classes. The Equestrian program offers both western and classic riding instruction.

- French and Multi-Sports:

This is the option for participants who enjoy sports but want variety. The multi-sports program is operated by our team directly and offers afternoons with diverse activities and team sports (Soccer, Baseball, Tennis, Circus, Gym, Horse Riding, Hiking, Badminton, Pool, Bowling, Skating, Camping, Karting).

 

Summer French Immersion Art Camps for Teenagers

French Immersion through Art: An effective French immersion experience, combining language classes in the morning with an afternoon art camps, from 1pm to 4pm. The art camps are operated primarily for local teenagers by qualified and dedicated instructors.

- French and Music:

Complement French classes with music classes offered at the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec. Classes available on most instruments and include private teaching, group classes and supervised practice.

- French and Drama:

Practice acting and improvisation, and in the process, you will work on pronunciation, vocabulary and fluency. Prepare a short performance for other students. It's an awesome way to improve oral fluency!

- French and Cinema:

Afternoons are spent working on film projects with local students at the Académie du Cinéma summer school held at the Université de Laval. Participants assist in projects managed by local teenagers.

- French and Circus:

Participants n outstanding Circus program, as could only be offered in Quebec City. Offered in collaboration with l’École de cirque du Québec, you’ll be given the opportunity to try out the tools used by professionals of the trade and discover many disciplines such as the trampoline, juggling, unicycling, tightrope walking, the aerial disciplines, and many others!

- French and Cooking:

Take French classes in the morning and in the afternoon, put your French and culinary skills to test as you prepare pudding chômeur, poutine or tarte au sucre d’érable (maple sugar pie).

 

DATES AND PRICES