Your child will love to create memories to cherish forever with our team of dedicated and passionate French summer day camp and French overnight camp staff. Because our staff stick around year in and year out, campers are able to create long-lasting, special bonds with counselors and teachers.
Good question. For our French day camps, every program is supervised by a dynamic duo: a teacher or university student paired with a high school student. Why? Through the years, we’ve found the unique combination of a fun, fresh high schooler along with the experience and wisdom of a teacher or university student, to be the perfect balance for campers. Our supervisors actively create and lead a wide variety of safe activities that never fail to keep your child engaged and having a blast while building their language skills. Activities include arts and crafts, group exercises, role-play, games and sports, and much more!
On every French day camp campus of Camp Tournesol’s French summer day camp, you will find a minimum of two qualified French teacher’s onsite. One of the teachers will have “G.0.” proudly displayed on the back of their t-shirt – this is our Campus coordinator who acts as the head mentor, organizer extraordinaire, super hero problem solver and your go-to person onsite. Why G.O.? It stands for “G”entil(le)s “O”rganisatrices/teurs which translates to: friendly coordinator.
We keep a ratio in each French day camp campus of LESS than 1 counsellor to 10 campers with the exception of the kinder programs. For campers in the those programs, the ratio is 1 to 8 to 1 for 7. You should also note that there is zero differentiation between our French campuses, as our French summer camp counsellors are all trained on the exact same standardized modules and activities. Each year, all our staff undergo extensive training. It begins with a solid online video training developed by Expert Online Training, a recognized Summer Camp Staff Training. They then must attend our own “Tournesol” 2 prong training.
Overnight French trips and French overnight camps, are also fully staffed with an experienced teacher, otherwise known as the “chef de mission,” accompanied by a number of teachers and university students “teacher-in-making” providing a student to supervisor ratio of no more than 6 to 1. All staff on these trips have previous experience with Camp Tournesol. We use the best of the best on these trips!
Yes, all our French summer camp staff are CPR and first aid trained and hold an up-to-date certificate. They are also police background checked and we require 2 relevant references. The interview is conducted in French, so you can rest assured that staff are also fully bilingual. Interested in working for us? Or someone you know? Click here to access our job page.