Camp Tournesol offers three school workshops where our expertise in promoting French verbal skills is front and center!
Our two-hour workshop can accommodate up to 60 children in grades 4-8 for the STEM workshop or up to grade 12 for the Team Building workshop, either in French immersion or Core French (book us for the whole day to provide the experience to more students!). We’ve also introduced a new and exciting Eco-Explorers workshop to our half-day slate as well!
Participants will learn what it means to be a leader, how they behave and will be empowered to make a positive change during recess. All participants will leave with a toolkit of low-material games, basic conflict resolution strategies, and hands-on practice so they are confident to step up the next time your recess bell rings!
Our “Love My Planet: Becoming an Environmental Influencer” workshop has two main goals: teach students the ways they can have a positive impact on the environment in their community, and how they can empower others to become eco-champions too! Students’ leadership is developed as they work with their peers to brainstorm local problems, solutions, and how they can encourage others to take the steps needed to make real impact, all with the guidance and support of our highly trained eco-leaders! Accountability, initiative, and dedication are the core values emphasized throughout the program.
In the age of social media, students are becoming more and more aware of the impact they can have on their community and the world. The world is at their fingertips, and they know what climate change can and does look like. This workshop gives students the tools they need to critically analyze local problems and make sense of their community, in times where information is highly saturated and can be overwhelming. It also gives students a channel for their want to make a difference in the world, and work with their peers to succeed!
Our Team Building and Leadership workshop is focused on just that: developing students’ collaboration and cooperation skills, with an introduction to leadership. Students will participate in a variety of games, activities, and debriefing periods with our team to explore these abstract concepts and root the values of collaboration, communication, and leadership within each participant.
Empathy and sympathy are the turning points to successful relationships both in and out of school. Engaging young adults in teamwork games and activities requires them to develop a sense of cooperation and that they are a part of a team, foundations for being able to better empathize and connect with their peers. All activities require students to communicate with each other, reconnecting them with the importance and effectiveness of verbal communication, and helping them understand how to work with their peers to achieve success!
Are your students creative, problem-solving thinkers?
Then Camp Tournesol’s “Low-Tech STEM” workshop is the perfect way to harness their thinking and develop their team building skills in one! In this workshop, students will be challenged to understand that STEM doesn’t always mean computers and robots, but instead involves scientific inquiry and developing solutions to problems outside of the box.
Counselors will begin the workshop by leading students through a series of team building games, and will debrief at the end with a focus on the importance of teamwork when working through scientific problems. Students will then be broken into groups and will be given a problem that they will need to work through together, using a limited amount of materials, but an unlimited amount of imagination!
Both STEM and French immersion are rapidly growing programs of interest for families and students, particularly in the GTA. Registration in French immersion programs and STEM programs is increasing yearly, but it can often be difficult to find a program that engages both states of mind. This is where Camp Tournesol would like to step in, with a low-tech option that’s accessible to all and only requires only a creative mind to succeed.
Camp Tournesol’s “Jump Start your recess” program is a highly rewarding program for students in grades 6, 7, and 8 interested in making a difference on the playground. These leaders will learn games and activities to enrich recess at school, be able to solve minor peer-to-peer conflicts, and understand the importance of giving back to their school community. All participants will leave with a toolkit of low-material games, basic conflict resolution strategies, and hands-on practice so they are confident to step up the next time your recess bell rings!
Drawing from our experience running successful Leadership programs for grade 7 and 8 students, we know these students can be disengaged at school, with many simply looking forward to a new school and new friends in just a few years. Many others know they want to make a difference, and idolize leaders in their community and in the world.
Jump Start Your Recess engages these students and helps them understand they are a key part in their school community, and that they have the power to make a difference. This program is excellent for students needing that extra push to step up because it offers a familiar context for students to practice their leadership skills without the high-risk environment of volunteering for an external organization.
We’re excited you want to take French learning to the next level with this workshop! By bringing in authentic French speakers other than the teachers they’re used to, students gain exposure to new accents, ways of speaking, and understand that French is a living language. Our staff are familiar with the language level of Core French students at all grades (per the CEFR suggested grade levels), and will ensure to match that level when leading activities and working with small groups. Knowing their level will also help staff prompt students to express their thinking when they work in their groups. Our highly-trained staff use positive reinforcement and selective language correction to support students in constructing their thoughts, and will follow the lead of your teachers throughout the entire workshop to make sure students are pushed to communicate as much as they can in French!