Overnight French Language Camps in Ontario

This is a fun-filled French language retreat (6 days/5 nights) in Ontario’s gorgeous Muskoka cottage country at the stunning Camp Tamarack, near Bracebridge, Ontario for campers aged 8 to 14.

Whether your child wants to develop or maintain previously acquired French skills, the camp setting is a fantastic opportunity to have fun in the outdoors making new friends, playing together and living in French. Our experienced counsellors will pack the week with outdoor activities, crafts, arts, and much more! Most importantly, campers will develop their autonomy, leadership, and self-confidence….en français!

Programs are available:

  • For children in French immersion or francophone school: weeks of July 26th, August 9th, and 23rd
  • NEW : For children in Core French week of August 4th

Daily recap: Click here for last year’s daily update from our overnight camps!

 

Overnight Camp:

From Sunday evening to Friday afternoon, campers will spend their days enjoying the wilderness and participating in a variety of land activities such as high and low ropes, rock climbing, quidditch, hiking in the trails, soccer, basketball, campfires, as well as water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, swimming in the lake and a special tubing treat at the end of the week.

Here’s the twist: all counselors are French and all activities, meals and even the evening campfire will be spent speaking French. Campers will learn fun songs we call “chansons à répondre”, participate in a giant game of animal survival in French and play our “know your word gender” game (one of the hardest parts to master in French).
A UNIQUE and complete French immersion opportunity for a whole week at our French camp in Ontario!

This program is open to children in grades 3 t0 8 in French immersion or francophone schools. Children in grade 2 are considered on a case-by-case basis.

We offer transportation from various locations in the GTA via school buses accompanied by our counsellors. Check out the bus stops on the location page or at the bottom of this page.

Check out dates and rates for this program in the table below.  For information on our discounts and FAQ check our pricing camp page.

Additional Overnight Programs:

The week of August 4th, there will be an overnight Practical French Essentials program offered for campers who are in the core French or extended French program and want to strengthen their French speaking abilities. Our staff are trained in second language learning to ensure your camper feels at ease using their French. Our most exciting program is the Camp Tournesol Cup that happens over five game stages. Campers win points by using French, being creative and collaborating among each other.  Campers will return from their week at camp having gained new confidence in French and lots of new vocabulary words!

We also offer a Counselor in Training program for campers in grades 9 and 10. This is an extension of our successful day camp CIT program. CITs in our overnight camps will sleep in the same cabins as campers and shadow staff for the first day until they feel confident leading games and assisting younger campers in the transition to overnight camp. Love the overnight camp experience and want to share it? Then the CIT Bracebridge program is for you! Find out more

Program NameWeeks OfferedAge groupFeeBusing
2+3 trip: 2 days at day camp and 3 days awayWeek of July 13th and 20thgrades 1 to 6$550Transportation to overnight camp site included in registration fee
Overnight Camps: Sunday afternoon to Friday end of dayWeek of July 26
Week of August 9
Week of August 23
grades 3 to 8
grade 2 exceptions on a case-by-case basis (French immersion)
$900One way: $50.00
Round trip: $80.00
Overnight Camps: (PFE) Tuesday morning to Saturday end of dayWeek of August 4grades 3 to 8
Practical French Essentials (Core French and Extended French)
$750One way: $50.00
Round trip: $80.00
Overnight CIT ProgramWeek of July 26
Week of August 16
grades 9 and 10$500One way: $35.00
Round trip: $65
Leadership Program
(mandatory for CIT candidates)
Sunday June 28th to Wednesday July 1st (Schomberg)
Tuesday August 4th to Friday August 7th (Bracebridge)
grades 6 to 8$625 ($575 when purchased with 2 CIT weeks)One way - Schomberg: $30
One way - Tamarack : 50$
Round trip - Schomberg: $55
Round trip - Tamarack: $80

The Stay :
Camp Tamarack’s private 1000 acre property is in the heart of Muskoka and surrounds a pristine private lake.

Take a look at the facilities:

 

The site offers a challenging high ropes circuit with elements such as the Quick Drop, Vertical Playground and Flying Squirrel, a 40ft climbing tower, a fleet of over 20 canoes and kayak, 9 half-court tennis courts and a large archery range.

In addition to the outdoor facilities, there are numerous indoor facilities for use during rainy day activities including a dance studio and a state-of-the-art theatre.

Meals are served family style in our 4000 square foot dining hall lined with inscriptions and plaques featuring campers from over 35 years ago. Each meal features a balanced and plentiful hot meal option as well as salad bars, breakfast bars and fresh fruit.

Onsite, campers will stay in wood cabins with electricity, containing bunk beds and private shelving for each camper.

Staff live in an adjacent and accessible private cubicle.

While a good number of cabins have washroom facilities, those that do not have lovely facilities very close by to their cabins. The camp has also built shower facilities over the past few years and each camper has a beautiful private shower area.

The Fun :
During a typical week at this French overnight summer camp, campers can participate in several water activities such as:

  • optional tubing / water skiing activities once a week,
  • canoeing / kayaking  / sailing,
  • swimming in the lake,
  • water trampoline,
  • pedal boats.

On land, they will have the opportunity to:

  • challenge themselves on the rock wall, the high and low rope courses,
  • play volleyball on the beach court,
  • play baseball, soccer, basketball and kickball on the field,
  • try their hand at archery, golf or tennis,
  • build a shelter and fire,
  • enjoy a match of pictionnary or Quidditch,
  • participate in our play of the week put together by small groups of campers,
  • practice our Tournesol French key sentences and keywords game

They will, of course, also participate in arts and crafts activities, French sing-along songs and folk tales around the campfire in the evening, as well as a once a week French movie.

Note that campers who only attend one week will not have time to participate in all the activities listed.

Overnight French Camp Parent Handbook

Find the 2019 Parent Handbook here! Included in this document are:

  • things to bring
  • code of conduct
  • pick up and drop off procedures
  • complete itinerary (for our trips)
  • and much more

A copy will be sent to you following your registration in our full-week overnight French camp.

Includes:

  • a 5 night and 6 day camp.
  • all meals and snacks for the duration of the camp.
  • all accommodation and activities.
  • a Tournesol t-shirt
  • Campers are responsible for their clothes and personal expenses.

Transportation:
A transportation service by school bus is offered for a fee of $80.00 for a return trip or $50.00 for a one-way trip. Alternatively, you are welcome to drop your child off at the camp directly yourself.

Please note that the stops as well as times will be determined based on the registrations. Pick up time and drop off times are below:

 Pick-up SundaysDrop-off Fridays
Erin Mills Athletic Field
4407 Haydock Park Drive, Mississauga
1:45PM (bus arrives at 1:15PM on site)4:20PM
Yorkdale SS: 38 Orfus Rd, North York2:15PM3:20PM
Julliard PS: 61 Julliard PS: 61 Julliard PS, Maple2:45PM2:30PM

 

“Our kids came back from the camp, dirty, exhausted but all happy. They had a wonderful time! Thank you and all your staff.”

 

“This was our first experience with an overnight camp and I was very impressed with how well organized and smoothly the entire trip was. My daughter had such an amazing time that she even forgot she was speaking in french the entire time….she is recruiting her friends and planning next summer’s trip….thanks camp tournesol for giving my daughter a memorable experience with her first overnight trip!”

 

“Loved how connected the camp leaders kept families with the group via social media…felt like we were right there camping too! My daughter can’t wait to go on another French camps!”

 

 

 

 

 
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