French camps across Canada and international
If you are interested in traveling or want to find camps in specific cities, there are options. Traveling and learning French is an ideal way to really broaden your understanding of the language, in different cultural contexts. Use our advanced search to find camps in the following cities and regions:
Interested in more than summer camp?
For students who are interested in a career that requires French language or who just love the language, we list camps and programs going well beyond summer. After school programs are an important means of retaining and deepening vocabulary and conversational French. Overnight camps encourage a fuller engagement with the language and with others. You can use our advanced search to find different options like:
A quick overview of what you'll find in French camp
Specialized French language camps offer a deep immersion in conversational French that will advance kids' understanding noticeably, even over a week. Camps or sessions might be tailored to a specific age group or proficiency level. Some camp sessions at a basic level are ideal for students who are just beginning to study French. More advanced camps and sessions are appropriate for students to improve conversation and reading skills.
An oral and written test may be conducted at some camps in order to assess a camper’s current level of French. Campers will be placed in the camp class or session that best suits their needs. Students develop skills in listening, speaking, writing, reading, conversation and grammar in the French language. Instructors will be given to some one-on-one instruction. All communication focuses on the deepening of vocabulary, syntax and understanding of the French language. From the beginning to the end of this highly intensive instruction, including outings, classroom interaction and extracurricular activities, kids' French improves.
The advantages of French language camps
French camps ensure that the student not only understands but also speaks French well. The following elements are covered in these camps:
- Repertoire or vocabulary
- Verb structures
- Grammar and syntax
- Colloquial expressions
- Text and oral comprehension
- Oral and written expression
These camps also ensure that kids meet others from the same area who share an interest in the language.
Fluency in another language opens up career and travel opportunities and aids in personal growth and social opportunities.
There are many other benefits of any kind of camp experience.
Related camps and other French acquisition programs
Overnight camps in Quebec immerse kids in French language and culture. Camps also have various other activities like sightseeing, picnics, indoor games and sports.
International travel programs are ideal for older teens. These expose you to fun and adventure abroad and afford opportunities to interact in French.
French language schools should definitely be on your radar, if you want to fully develop language skills and prepare for a career that requires French.
Questions to ask
As you are talking to camps on your shortlist, you will have many questions. Here’s a quick starter list of things to keep in mind:
- How much and what percentage of time is French spoken during camp?
- Aside from French language instruction, what kind of cultural learning is available through the camp?
- How much one-to-one instruction is available, should that be needed?
- What is the ratio of leaders to campers?
- Are kids expected to bring anything? And will they be taking anything home?
- How is discipline handled in the camp?
That’s just a brief sample.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many French language camps are there?
There are 22 programs specializing in Language Instruction. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.
What are the fees to attend French language camps?
Fees for French language camps range from $70 to $3,800 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.
What age do French language camps start at?
There are programs available for children aged 4 through 19.
Where can parents meet with French language camps?
Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.