SUMMER CAMP FAQs

Why French-language immersion?

Our goal is to have the children enjoy their vacation in a play-based and relaxed environment while practicing French all day long. We would like the children to be the agents of their own learning. This bolsters our goal of increasing their motivation and their connection with the French language. Moreover, our experience and research show that the longer a child is enrolled in the camp, the more frequently he or she speaks in French, both inside and outside the camp.

Are Anglophone and Francophone children mixed?

Yes, except for class time, where we separate them by level and age.

Are children of different ages mixed?

Yes and no. For most activities, campers will be separated into two or three age groups (“Petits” and “Grands” or “Petits, “Moyens” and “Grands”, depending on the camp’s overall capacity). However, in order to encourage interaction and cooperation among the children, some activities will involve all the campers. These include meals, musical gatherings and possibly group games.

Can a non-French-speaking child participate in the camp?

Yes, non-French-speaking children are welcome! Since the counselors use French exclusively, audio and visual aids as well as other immersion assistance techniques are prepared in advance so that Anglophone campers feel included and thrive at camp. We hope to increase the child’s motivation to speak the language by developing his or her skills and positive attitudes towards bilingualism and biculturalism.

My child is entering Kindergarten next year. Can he participate?

We do accept children entering Kindergarten in the fall. In general, any child turning 5 before December 31st of the camp year can participate in our summer camp. For special cases, please contact admissions@efba.us. In order to maintain the homogeneity of the group, we prefer not to broaden the age range. Moreover, the activities we offer may not be adapted to older or younger children. For the sake of each child’s wellbeing and the quality of our program, we have set these age limits.

My child will be entering 6th grade next fall. Can he/she enroll?

Yes, your child may participate in our summer camp.

What is the ratio of children per adult?

The ratio is one adult for approximately 5 or 6 children. This allows us to ensure the children’s safety and to maintain a French-speaking “bubble” that guarantees an immersion environment. This also allows us to maintain the best quality of activities by giving the staff more flexibility to adapt easily to the diverse groups of campers, whose composition changes every week.

What is your policy on food on the summer camp?

Children are not allowed to trade or share food during snack and lunchtime. However, some activities may involve food use and preparation. We are aware that it is immensely satisfying for children to eat what they themselves have prepared. That is why it is absolutely necessary that you inform us of any food intolerances, allergies or possible reactions that your child may have. We do not allow nuts of any kind and we always use high-quality products, organic whenever possible.

Will there be field trips during the summer camp?

There may be field trips to neighboring parks. However, they will be limited by the logistical means available to us. We will walk to these parks. Most activities will take place outdoors, but within the campus grounds.

How can I get a discounted rate on the summer camps?

Enrollment fees are calculated based on the total number of weeks your child enrolls in. After the 4th week, the price of each additional week is very low. To receive the discounted prices, we recommend that you become a member of EFBA. Additionally, you can enjoy early-bird prices if you sign up before March 1st.

How is the hour of French class organized in your camps?

Each week, from Tuesday to Friday, we offer 45 minutes of French class in the morning. Francophone students and Anglophone students are separated by level. Using French summer vacation workbooks for the Francophone students and a French as a Foreign Language workbook for the Anglophones, the teacher gives beginners the tools to get by and interact during summer camp and expand their language skills.

Can I know in which group will my child be in?

The class groups are made up during the staff meeting Monday night. Since the staff has only had one day to determine the children’s language level, it is possible that they realize on Tuesday that one or several children are in the wrong group. In this case, we will notify the director at the end of the day and the groups will be modified the next day.

My child does not speak French. Will this be a problem?

No, it is not a problem. Although the language of communication is French for all the activities (unless the physical, moral or emotional wellbeing of a child is at risk), our day camps are designed and adapted for French-speaking and non-French-speaking children of all levels. There is no need to prepare in advance. However, we do recommend that parents let their child know that they will be participating in a French-language camp.

Can I enroll my child on a day-by-day basis?

No, for academic and logistical reasons, we cannot accept day-by-day enrollment. Only full-week enrollment is available.

What should I bring in the morning when I drop off my child?

Before you take your child to camp, please make sure you have his or her lunchbox. The child will not be accepted at camp if he or she does not have a lunch. Please apply sunscreen to your child before drop-off. Please bring your own sunscreen and inform our staff. We also ask parents to bring suitable extra clothing and sunglasses. In addition, we require that your child wear closed-toed shoes.

Do you provide lunch for the kids?

No, for logistical and liability reasons, parents are responsible for bringing their child’s lunch. A child without a lunch cannot be accepted at camp. We will, however, provide a mid-afternoon snack (fruit) for all the campers.

How long does my child need in order to progress in French?

Any exposure to the French language will be beneficial, but for the optimal benefit, we recommend a minimum of 4 weeks of summer camp participation. Consecutive weeks are best for the most effective learning.

Can you tell me more about the camp staff?

Each camp is managed by a director, a specialist in leading and hosting activities and trained specifically for immersion in a minority language. The counselors are all from French-speaking countries and are certified with the French BAFA/BAFD . Upon their arrival, we familiarize them with the specificities of the local culture and the immersion environment.

What does a typical camp day look like on the camp?

In our camps, the days are typically made up of: • arrival and greeting time • songs/music and storytime to stimulate the imagination and discover new horizons • French class • arts and crafts • self-expression activities • quiet rest time and lunch • outdoor athletic games • a food and taste awareness activity (once per week) • optional day care!