Experience a week of exhilarating Fun in French! Leave motivated and confident in your oral French skills!
* We also offer extended care hours to accommodate parents’ busy schedules: more information in the corresponding orange bar below.
We offer different French camp programs for 4 to 7 years old to prepare them to enter a french program or to reinforce previously acquired French verbal skills. Supervised by a teacher, our programs help ensure a smooth transition to school, prepare them to enter a French program with confidence and enthusiasm and develop their verbal skills. Vocabulary is reinforced throughout the day with activities such as sports, arts and crafts, nature interpretation, cooperation games and songs. All activities are varied and appropriate to each program/age group.
“Our daughter was very happy. She had amazing time. She made new friends and this week was very active and educational. We would recommend it to our friends. Thank you CAMP TOURNESOL! See you next year!”
They will be introduced to basic vocabulary and sentences that they will need in the beginning of their school year. We begin the day with a language circle where new vocabulary will be introduced for a 30 minute period. This learning is then reinforced throughout the day with organized sports; arts or crafts, nature interpretation, songs, show and tell, cooperation games, parachute, camp games, board and card games as well as our very own Tournesol workbook. The workbook also includes the words to the songs that they will learn and will be sent home with the campers at the end of the French camp. They will be able to continue “working” in their workbook for the rest of the summer to reinforce their learning.
The ratio in this program is 8 campers to 1 counsellor. All sessions cover different curriculum and therefore a french summer camper can attend all 6 weeks offered.
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No French experience required.
This French camp program is offered to children who are in French immersion or French schools from SK to grade 6. Children in this program are expected to express themselves at grade-level. We understand that children at all ages have different abilities, particularly after only a few years of French instruction; that’s where our camp comes in!
The focus of these french summer camp programs is to promote French conversation outside of an academic environment. During the day, we place campers in situations where they use their french while doing fun activities.
“I am very happy that I registered my children for this camp. Not only did their French improve but they discovered that “learning French” can be fun. The highlight for me was my daughter awaking from a bad dream and asking in French if she could sleep in my room. That’s when I knew that I made the right decision sending them to Camp Tournesol. We will be returning every year!”
French Camp daily activities include: Organized sports, arts or crafts, cooperation games and board and card games. Each day will end with a big camp game that will see all campers from all the different groups come together to play.
Campers will also take part in a creativity club each week where a short presentation of a skit or song will be develop by each group on a new theme. Campers will develop their choreography, their make ups, costumes and script together as a group. On Friday, each group will present their creation to the rest of the camp in the hope of winning the prizes!
At our french summer camps throughout the GTA, the activities, crafts, field trips etc… are all different from week to week so you can register for multiple weeks for LOTS of fun in french this summer!
Campers in grades 3-6 can also register for our new program specializations: STEM and Knitting/Fibre Arts. More information here!
“I am thrilled I sent my daughter to Camp Tournesol. As an English speaking family, my daughter has little chance to practice her French (she is in Immersion). This not only gave her an opportunity to speak French, but she also had an incredible time.“
This program will reinforce skills acquired in the Core French classes at school in previous years and instil in the campers a love of the language. Offered exclusively to students in grades 4 to 6 and developed by teachers, this camp will ensure a smooth transition to a new school and prepare them to enter a French program with confidence, enthusiasm and develop their verbal skills. Each week covers a 2-3 theme-specific vocabulary and key sentences. The focus is on verbal skills and learning is reinforced through games, arts, sports, drama and other activities to ensure that the programs retain our goal of students having Fun in French in the summer at one of our french summer camps throughout the GTA.
Unfortunately, we do not offer a Core French programs for children in grades 2 and 3. At these grade levels, children must be in a Francophone or French immersion program to join our programs. We begin offering Core French programs again from grades 4 to 6 and we offer bilingual programs from children ages 4 to 7.
No French experience required.
For French-speaking middle school students, designed to develop a sense of responsibility and leadership, as well as train for a job as a counsellor at Tournesol. This program is offered to students in French immersion or Francophone schools graduating from grade 7 and 8. Previous Tournesol campers are given preference.
The French campers will be given responsibilities and placed in situation to develop leadership skills. Each CIT is assigned to a group and mentored by one of our senior camp counselors. This program is eligible for volunteer hours towards the high school diploma requirement for grade 8 students ONLY, for most school boards. Each week, the students will earn 35 hours. Check with your high school to ensure that it qualifies.
“Alice is definitely applying to return next summer as she enjoyed the program and keeps talking about her experience as a CIT at Mississauga North campus.”
Candidates MUST also register for and attend the Leadership Program held Wednesday July 5th to Friday July 7th at YMCA Cedar Glen. This is a sleepover session.
There is VERY LIMITED availability on this French camp program so register early.
Candidates selected will be contacted directly beginning on March 31st. Priority will be given to students who apply for a minimum of 2 weeks and application received prior to March 31st will be treated first.
For French immersion or Francophone students.
|Program Name||Fee per week||Early Bird prior to April 30th|
|French Day Camps: SK and grade 1||$275||$250|
|French Day Camps: grade 2 to 6||$265||$240|
|Practical French Essentials||$275||$250|
Please access our Policies page for our refund policy.
At Camp Tournesol, we want all children to have fun and have an opportunity to learn. In order to achieve that, it is important that each camper conduct himself or herself in a respectful and appropriate way. Parents and Campers should review our guidelines together and ensure that your child understand them. Our code of conduct is based on the following 3 principles:
More specifically, at Camp Tournesol safe, respectful and appropriate behavior does NOT include:
Here are the behaviors that ARE acceptable:
Any person found violating this code will be dealt with according to the following procedure:
Early bird discounts are offered for all our camp programs:
Day camps: $25 off the registration fee until April 30th
Multiple Week Discount: If you register for 3 or more weeks of French immersion day camp at the same time (whether it is one camper for 3 weeks OR 1 camper for 2 weeks and a sibling for 1 week) you will receive a 4% multiple week discount on the program fee. Campers must be siblings living at the same address. Please note that:
We are pleased to offer the extended care hours from 7:30Am to 6:00PM, where counsellors will organize informal games with children during the extended period of time.
However, there are important considerations for parents to know:
All of our campuses are schools and are the majority are not equipped with air conditioning. We do our best to keep your children comfortable but if this is a concern, you may prefer to keep your child at home for that day. Each campus is equipped with large fans that are placed in the gymnasium and certain classrooms.
In case of extreme heat, we will follow the following procedure based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
Extreme Heat: Defined as a day where the temperature outdoors rises above 32 degrees Celsius.
In the case of a day with extreme heat:
40 degrees weather: If the weather exceeds 40 degrees Celsius:
Friday is the culminating day with campers presenting their challenge /rap developed during week and the Kinder program present their songs. The winning team gets their special a surprise gifts; and the afternoon is filled with fun obstacle courses, fun stations and of course the weekly freezes!
On that day, each one of our campus throughout the GTA also welcomes a special French workshop or French artist! The goal is to expose campers to a new skill or a new cultural event via a French artist.
Here is a description of the artists visiting us this summer. To find out who is coming to your local campus, visit the location page.
Camp Tournesol reserves the right to change workshops and French artists at any time without notice.
Jean Deshaies, magician: The magic and comedy of Jean Deshaies. With hundreds of highly interactive shows in Quebec, Ontario and elsewhere in Canada ans USA, get ready for an outstanding performance including magic, humour and public participation. But, how to be ready for that kind of performance? Hard to say. You will never be really ready for all the surprises that he prepared for you.
Mike Ford: Mike’s original and interactive song-cycle explores the life and time of Ontario’s first non-aboriginal visitor, Étienne Brûlé. Through his eyes, 17th Century Ontario, First Nations lore, early New France and contemporary issues of environment and inclusion are brought to life in a variety of musical styles.
Mystic Drums: Each show is a world music safari adventure that takes participants around the globe in search of amazing instruments and sounds. We travel to African jungles, South American rainforests and the Great Wall of China to discover clues from animal friends and learn about ecology. “The Legend of Marshmallow Island” features a magical island that rises from the middle of a mystical pond. Larry the Frog and friends go off in search of Marshmallow Island and the legendary dance party that takes place there. Featured instruments include Nigerian Talking Drum, Brazilian Quica, Vibraslap, Flextone, Chinese Gongs and more.
Joanna Moon’s French World Café: Quebecois singer/songwriter/guitarist Joanna Moon is joined by the talented upright bass player Scott Kemp in this lively performance. French World Cafe highlights the warmth of French musical culture as it has flourished around the world — exploring songs from France, Quebec and Louisiana. Participants will learn how to play Quebec’s spoons and sing along a few songs.
Speak French, it pays!
Now you can stop worrying about what to make your camper for lunch!
Continuing our long-standing commitment to the environment and reducing our footprint, Camp Tournesol is happy to offer our all-new Healthy and Environmentally Friendly Lunch Program with Canadian Food Guide-approved hot lunch served family-style. All meals are 100% nut-free, shellfish-free and pork-free.
For just $42 + HST, your child can enjoy a delicious and wholesome meal from Monday to Thursday, and Fridays will still be reserved for a much-loved treat: our delicious pizza lunches. Friday pizza lunches will still be charged separately. (The fee for the week of August 2nd is $26).
See the meal plan menu.
You may purchase a nut-free pizza meal from Pizza Pizza which includes a water bottle, on Friday according to 2 different plans:
Dietary restrictions/ Allergies / Halal meals
We are happy to be able to accommodate the following dietary restrictions: Gluten-free, lactose intolerant and vegetarian for the 4 day meal plan ONLY. Simply specify your selection at the time of ordering.
Sample of vegetarian options: Veggie Burgers , Meatless Chicken Fingers , Veggie Ground Meat ,Veggie Chicken Slices , Meatless Meat Balls , Meatless Chicken Strips.
Unfortunately we can not accommodate Halal meals.
Parents regularly ask if we will provide close supervison for children with allergies or other medical issues.
Of course! Every camper’s safety is our utmost concern.
All of our staff are trained for first aid, CPR and administering an EpiPen. In addition, we have 2 qualified teachers onsite who provide support and supervision at each campus.
Do not hesitate to discuss your concerns with our staff at the office or onsite. In all cases, we count on parents to partner with us to make safety a priority. Help us with this process by providing as much details as possible when completing the medical forms!
Our registration system is updated in real time so if you attempt to register and the system allows you to select the program, then you are in luck! At that point the system will “hold” the spot for you for 20 minutes to allow you to complete payments. After that delay, the spot will be released. If the program is full, there will be a message to contact the office to be placed on the waitlist. Please remember that you are applying to join our camp. Our registrar reviews all applications and will contact any families that we feel may have applied for the wrong program shortly after your application has been submitted. If you do not hear from us within that time, you are confirmed!
Alternatively, of course, you can call or email us!!
Camp Tournesol will accept Visa, Visa debit, pre-paid Visa, Master Card, MasterCard debit, email transfers or personal cheques. Please make your cheque to: “Camp Tournesol”. Remember HST must be added to the fee.
Camp Tournesol accept 65% deposits to secure registration for all programs with instalment on April 25th. The deposit option is only available with online registrations. After April 30th, payment must be made in full.
Registration MUST be done ONLINE or by phoning the office to complete it with our staff.
Please refer to our policy page for our refund and cancellation policy
Camp Tournesol Espoir’s raison d’être is to provide an opportunity for children in French immersion or francophone schools who come from a disadvantaged family, to attend Camp Tournesol free of charge.
Each year, Camp Tournesol is happy to welcome deserving children, recommended by their principal, free of charge to our campus. These are children who come from disadvantaged families and who could not otherwise experience camps in the summer. As the demand has grown, we have formalized the process so that children from every schools and every school boards have a chance to be considered to take advantage of this opportunity.
Each year, we open spots for up to 4 % of our capacity which. Each year we estimate to be able to accept up to 75 campers.
If you know of a student that should be considered, please download and submit our application form prior to May 10th for consideration. You may download the English version or the French version. Please note that only applications submitted by principals will be considered; each principal will be contacted to follow-up with the application as it is received.
Here is what previous families have said:
“I just wanted to thank you for giving my daughter the opportunity to attend the camp. It was a great experience for her.” Ana
“I just want to thank you, my children were very happy at the camp as they rarely get a chance to participate in outside activities as we are new to Canada. This opportunity is very much appreciated.” Jeanne
We are pleased to offer transportation at a few of our campuses, from locations in neighbouring cities, free of charge. There is normally no transportation offered in the city where the campus is located.
Our busing service works as a depot system, not door-to-door. In other words, there are specific bus stops determined in advance and you must come to the most convenient spot for you to pick up and drop off your children. You can view our different bus stops on the page of your local campus under the Locations section. Unfortunately, we do not offer busing for all campus.
It is recommended to register for a bus stop at the time of registration as bus stops that are under-subscribed by the middle of may are cancelled. However, it is also possible to register at a later time if there is still space, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 30th. Unfortunately, it is not possible to register on the bus or at campus.
If a bus stop is canceled and another suitable one is not available, Camp Tournesol will issue a full refund.
In most cases and as much as possible, a Tournesol counsellor is on the bus with the campers, otherwise, the bus driver is responsible for the campers.
Come and splash with us at our French Camps!
In all of our French Camps throughout the GTA, we take campers on a fun-filled splash pad adventure every Thursday.
These highly-anticipated “water days” at our French summer camps, are packed with a nature hike, nature interpretation, fun on the playground, splashing around on the splash pad, camp games, sports (soccer, frisbees etc.), and lunch on site.
We encourage your child to bring a “litterless” lunch on water day. Because these are all outdoor programs; please make sure to pack the following:
We will go rain or shine. In case of severe weather conditions, the water day will be canceled and can not be rescheduled. In all cases, the children will have access to a small beach type pool, a wading pool or splash pad. More details will be included in the parent handbook that is sent out in late May. Unfortunately, parent volunteers are not accepted on these trips.
The water day destinations are different each week and for each campus. To find out the exciting Splash Pad destination for your local campus, visit the location page.
Camp Tournesol reserves the right to change the water day destinations at any time without notice.
Our locations for our French summer camps are usually confirmed by early to late April by the school boards which is standard practice.
We typically screen the locations we post so we know there is a high likelihood of securing the permit. In the event where the school boards are unable to rent that particular school due to renovations, we are usually moved to a school nearby or if it is a greater distance, we would put a shuttle bus at that location. If there is a re-location and the new location is inconvenient to the parents registered, we offer a full refund.
We usually recommend to not wait for confirmation to register as our programs will close once they are full which may occur before we have a confirmation. Or in the case of a new location, if we receive insufficient registrations by mid-April, the location may be canceled.