BEST SUMMER CAMPS IN THE BAY AREA

EFBA’s summer camps are organized by weekly themes designed to stimulate children’s curiosity and, as a result, their motivation to play in French. We offer summer camps in French in the summer of 2017 for children ages 5 to 11 (K to 5th grade) in 5 cities of the Bay Area.

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We chose to have a very high supervision adult/children ratio with two main objectives in mind: the safety of the children and their full immersion in a French environment. We are proud to propose such ratio along with a fair price.

The EFBA summer camps are set following fun weekly themes that are especially thought and created to spark the curiosity and thus the child’s motivation to play in French.

For the summer 2017, we propose some French immersion summer camps in 5 cities of the San Francisco bay for the children aged 5 to 11 (K to 5th grade).

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FIVE SUMMER CAMPS

SEVEN WEEKS

The goal of our immersion summer camps is to increase language exposure time, a crucial prerequisite of achieving language mastery.

Each week of fun in one of our summer camps, gives your child approximately 50 hours of language immersion. A child enrolled in 7 weeks of EFBA’s summer camps will be exposed to about 350 hours of French immersion! During our summer camps, children begin to use French without realizing it. Research shows that immersion in French is the best teaching program to promote bilingualism.

By immersion, we mean the fact that our supervising team is committed to communicating with the children in French at all times during camp. We will not force children to speak French, but we will stimulate and encourage them so that they willingly become engaged in interactions that are meaningful to them. For that purpose, the staff uses various techniques and sets up a program of varied, fun-filled themed activities that stimulate your children’s imaginations!  

We accept Francophone and Anglophone children of all levels. It is not necessary for your child to have mastered French to participate in our summer camps. We have total beginners among our campers every week.

Upon their arrival, a counselor takes them aside individually to explain to them in English the principle of immersion, the week’s schedule and what to do or whom to turn to in case they do not understand something. Since it is a vacation center, the most important thing is for the children to participate in activities, with the language being merely a means to play.

Moreover, our team prepares many visual, auditory and other immersion aids in advance, so that all the children feel included and thrive in the camp.

We do use English for situations involving the children’s physical, moral and emotional wellbeing (i.e., safety rules, dangerous situations, injuries, sadness, conflicts, etc.). We make sure that the beginning French learners know that they can always ask an adult questions in English and that the staff will always be ready to provide extra support.

Since one of the primary factors of motivating children is play, all of our educational programs at EFBA revolve around play-based instruction. Play holds a central role in learning because entertainment sparks a desire to communicate, creating pleasure and, thus, motivation.

In order to encourage a child to want to use the French language, we must give him or her an opportunity to engage in interaction and communication as a social being, not just as a student. In play, the student is active and mobilized. Thus, the language is not seen as a school subject but rather as a language of action, communication, pleasure and satisfaction, bringing an emotional dimension to learning.

We thus give preference to a program of activities and games that make sense to children. We are not “studying French” during the summer but “having fun in French!” This reinforces their curiosity and interest and makes them want to experiment and learn. Each of our summer camp locations has learning materials adapted to every age group: books, board games, construction games, cooperation games, puzzles and many other things that our counselors bring from their native countries each summer.

The play aspect helps children take pleasure in speaking the language, discovering new games, interacting with peers and staff in a natural and spontaneous way.

  • Santa Rosa – 7 weeks
  • Marin County – 4 weeks
  • San Francisco – 7 weeks
  • Berkeley – 7 weeks
  • Mountain View – 7 weeks
The preschool is located in the authentic Fillmore neighborhood, right next to the Alamo Square playground!

ADDRESS: La Scuola International School, 735 Fell Street, San Francisco

WEBSITE: http://www.lascuolasf.org/

ADDRESS: Santa Rosa French-American Charter School, 1350 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa

WEBSITE: http://www.srfacs.org/

Neil Cummins Elementary School is an award-winning public school of approximately 500 preschool through fifth grade students in the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District located in Corte Madera, California, in scenic Marin County, just north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate.

ADDRESS: Marin Neil Cummins, 58 Mohawk Ave, Corte Madera, CA 94925

WEBSITE: http://www.lcmschools.org/NeilCummins

École Bilingue de Berkeley has a long history of excellence in bilingual education in the Bay Area. Founded in 1977, it has become the educational model that blends the best of French and American curricula.

ADDRESS: École Bilingue Berkeley, 901 Grayson Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

WEBSITE: https://www.eb.org/

Note: For all summer camp weeks starting July 17, children entering Kindergarten at EB in September 2017 should NOT enroll into EFBA Summer Camp but into EB Preschool Summer Camp.

The campus in Mountain View is located adjacent to the beautiful Whisman Park, featuring sports fields, tennis courts, open space and a large playground.

ADDRESS: German International School of Silicon Valley 310 Easy Street, Mountain View

WEBSITE: http://www.gissv.org/gissv-home-english/locations/mountain-view