Language camps

Along with learning new skills such as swimming, sports or canoeing, kids are also finding out how to be independent and self-sufficient at camp. Given the right surroundings, they might even learn to speak a new language or improve their fluency in another tongue. Read more

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    Camps offering language as an activity
    Valencia CF Canada   
    Valencia CF Camps are bigger and better for 2021. With camps running throughout the summer, our goal is to teach as many footballers following the Valencia CF methodology.

    Pierrefonds; Rigaud
    Sport: Soccer
    • Ages 6 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $295
    Little Mountain Learning Academy   
    Little Mountain Learning Academy is a well-recognized After-school Academic Enrichment facility on the UBC campus. We offer a wide range of English and Math programs from PreK to Grade 12.

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3.8 to 18 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $30
    programclasscoed303.8-182VancouverBritish Columbia
    Vancouver Outdoor Society   
    Our mission is to join with youth and families on a journey to discover and develop their character identity to achieve their best potential.

    Squamish; Vancouver
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 20 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $149
    overnightcampcoed1497-203SquamishVancouverBritish Columbia
    Pickering College Summer Camps and online credits   
    Our nature centered day camp is for campers entering Kindergarten to Grade 5. We offers overnight camp options for Global Leadership and ESL for students entering Grades 9-12. See our website for online credit options.

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $400
    St. Michaels University School Summer Camps   
    SMUS Camps offers high quality day and overnight camps focused on skill-building in a safe, engaging and fun environment. At the core of every program is the emotional, mental and physical safety of our learners.

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $300
    overnightcampcoed3005-175VictoriaBritish Columbia
    Ridley College Summer Programmes   
    Ridley College is located in St.Catharines Ontario, Canada. Summer Programme offering include ESL boarding credit/camp, Summer Academy OSSD credits, Music Academy, Day Camps, Advanced Performance Sports and many more!

    St. Catharines
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $350
    overnightcampcoed3504-166St. CatharinesOnlineOntario


    That's the benefit of a camp with a language component, says Aruna Ogale, executive director of the Ontario Camps Association. Some ESL camps for kids allow English-as-a-second-language students—whose families might be new to the country— the chance to immerse themselves in the language, helping ready them for the school year. Other camps might simply provide kids with some opportunity to practise a second language.

    Children who have experienced an overnight camp before might want to consider an immersive camp in another language. "It's a win-win situation," explains Jacqui Raill, camp director of Camp Ouareau in Saint-Donat, Quebec. "They are learning the difference in culture and making lifelong friendships based on trust and compassion."

    At Camp Nominingue in the Laurentians in northern Quebec, kids enjoy typical camp activities and the bonding and friendships that result. But 20 to 30 per cent of campers each year are francophones, sent to the English-speaking all-boys residential camp for the English-language experience.

    "The biggest advantage is the immersion experience," says Scott Taylor, executive director of Camp Nominingue. "We do all of our instruction, all of our programming, in English. But the majority of our staff is fluently bilingual, so if a camper truly doesn't understand—or in the case of an emergency—they can speak French."

    The situation is reversed at Camp Claret du Lac Elgin in Sherbrooke, Quebec. There, although bilingual staff can speak English if needed, camp sessions take place in French. "Most of the (campers) have been in French immersion, in Ontario and in some of the other provinces, and they come to practise their French," says camp co-director Pauline Rondeau.

    For parents choosing an immersive camp, Raill recommends that the camp have activities their child is interested in. "Your child should be passionate about the camp they are being sent to," says Raill. With the right attitude, campers will not only pick up vocabulary but also have higher self-esteem and often improved marks in school.

    Photo: Camp Nominingue (by Christinne Muschi)

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