07.22.15 | Bilingualism, Education

What Makes Camp Tournesol a Great Educational Camp

French counselors reading to campers at French camps.

 

#1: What is the focus of the program?

FRENCH, FRENCH, FRENCH….our main purpose is to develop the skills and confidence in campers to speak french in a social and conversational setting….but that is NOT all. Here is a breakdown:

 

#2: “Who developed the program?” “What is their background and credentials?”

Camp Tournesol programs have all been developed by certified, qualified French Second Language teachers with many years experience. Several educational resources were also consulted including:

 

#3: What are the qualifications of the person delivering the program?

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Camp Tournesol invest in the training of our staff each year. All counsellors must undergo our customized training:

Onsite you will also have access to the site manager who will have a different coloured t-shirt to be easily identifiable. They act as the head mentor, organizer extraordinaire, super hero problem solver and your go-to person onsite. We also have a team of senior coordinators who visit regularly all our campuses to provide additional mentorship, guidance and enthusiasm as needed. You can check out their bios on our staff page and see how awesome they are! Every program is supervised by a dynamic duo: a teacher or university student paired with a high school student.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.The majority of our counsellors are university-age students preparing to become French teachers. All have to submit a vulnerable sector background check and all pass our French requirements.

 

 

#4: What does a typical daily schedule look like?

Campers are kept busy every day with diverse activities that allow them to have fun, build teamwork skills and socialize in French.

Mornings begin with a creative session where each group of campers work together weeklong to create their very own French rap or song. The much-anticipated contest for best song happens every Friday! After the creative session, campers transition to card and board games. They then move on to a supervised recess and a Cooperation session where campers play games designed specifically for cooperation.

After one hour of lunch, campers enjoy prepared arts & crafts where they can let their imagination run wild. Arts & crafts are followed up with exercise and some fun in the sun during organized sports. After sports, campers start to wind down from a full day of fun and finish their afternoon with recess, outdoor games and the daily wrap-up sessions where campers receive badges for speaking in French, demonstrating leadership, crafts, sports, and more. You can view a detailed agenda of each program on the corresponding program page. Click here to be redirected our overall program page and select the one you are interested in for more details.

 

 

#5: What is the quality of the material being used?

Each year, Camp Tournesol reinvests in purchasing updated material, as well as a new major game such the very popular parachute. Each campus is equipped with full support material for the language circle such as a French calendar kit, several educational posters, and more.

Camp Tournesol has also developed its own workbook that campers ages 4 -6 get to take home at the end of the session.
cover of activity book for French camps

 

#6: What do past participants and parents say about the camp?

 

Hear from parents of Camp Tournesol campers:

“A fun filled camp environment”

“I was not sure what to expect as my daughter thought it was going to be like school. She was glad to see that the camp was indeed a fun filled camp environment. They just did it all in French!”

 

“He no longer appears to be afraid to speak French”

“Winning the prize for speaking French had a real impact on Ryan and I want to thank you. He couldn’t believe that he won. It made him very HAPPY! He no longer appears to be afraid to try to speak French. Prior to going to camp, he was very quiet and only spoke French when he absolutely had to. As a non-French speaking parents, we were not able to help him so this has been a real “win” in our minds.”

“I wish we had camp tomorrow”

“I would say the best testament to your French Camp would be when both my girls said to me as they were getting in the car on the last day of 2 weeks of camp was, ‘Oh, I wish we had camp tomorrow!’”

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