Offering indoor and outdoor fun activities and French language practice
When school is out for the summer months, sometimes it’s hard to keep up language practice skills at home. That’s why EFGB offers a fun summer camp, designed to reinforce language skills in a non-academic, totally fun summer camp experience. Our goal is to help children build their bilingual identity and thrive as individuals.
Our French immersion summer camp is a project-based program designed to encourage the development of language skills, social and emotional skills, and foster creativity and imagination. Learning through projects and play enables children to take pleasure in using the French language, discover new games, acquire new skills, and build relationships with their peers and with the counselors.
Activities are age-appropriate, and balance learning, exploring, being creative and playing, all in French. Outdoor activities take place at the sites’ playground and every week includes a field day or a field trip and ends with a performance to complete the session.
For safety reasons and for the purpose of maintaining a French immersion environment, we maintain a high supervision ratio of one counselor for 5 children.
Our French-immersion summer camp activities to all children during the summer
While we work with francophone families exclusively during the academic year, our summer camp is open to any family. We also invite English-speaking children to explore listening to and speaking French in our safe, active, and endlessly-fun weekly camp. It’s all the joy of typical summer camp, with the added bonus of speaking French!
Our camp serves children ages 3 to 12 years old.
Why a French immersion summer camp?
- Learn, keep up and improve French language skills and fuel children’s desire to learn the French language and cultures through fun activities
- Discover and celebrate the multiplicity of francophone cultures and build relationships/stay connected to a francophone community
- Develop self-confidence, independence, and grow as individuals
- Incredible social learning due to the mixture of ages, abilities and interests
- Project-based and play-based French education
- Facilitates the transition of new students to the school
- Great opportunity for anglophone families to introduce another language in a fun and immersive way
- Have fun
A Typical Camp Day includes:
- Welcome/Morning circle
- Singing/music and storytime to stimulate the imagination and discover new horizons
- Creative activity: mask making, painting, cooking, puppet making, etc.
- Outdoor creative expression: mime, theater, gardening, etc.
- Lunch time (seated et shared with the group)
- Quiet/resting time afterwards (a nap is arranged for the younger ones)
- Outdoor athletic games
- Creative activity / indoor games
- A food and taste awareness activity (once per week)
- Free time with optional activities
Outdoor activities take place at the sites’ playground (and soccer field at Concord Avenue), and every week includes a field day or a field trip and ends with a performance to complete the session.
Each room used by children has:
- The mandatory signing – emergency contacts, abuse online, poison online, Watertown police, Watertown fire, Watertown Health Department, Hospital.
- A phone
- A First Aid Kit
- A list of children with allergies and/or special conditions
- Emergency contact
Emily attended the efgb camp this summer, quickly progressed in French and started repeating simple expressions. The program was fantastic and the counselors were very nice. Thanks to the camp, Emily was able to start the school year at P’tits Bouts much more easily. We are looking forward to re-enrolling her next summer.
Emma (3.5) didn’t speak French at the beginning of July (even though she understood it), and after 5×3 days at the efgb Summer Camp, and a one week stay in France, she is off and running. She speaks to me in French every day – impressive! We are very happy with the camp curriculum as well as with the energy of the counselors. It was her first time at camp and a huge success – she even asked to go back at the end of the summer. We will be back next year! Thank you very much.
EFGB Summer Camp complies with the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is certified by the local board of health.