Now that we are at the start of a new year, many families are starting to make plans for summer French camps. We will be updating our Camps page as soon as we receive 2016 details from the various French camps throughout the region. In the meanwhile, here is a pre-summer French camp offered in Washington State, perfect for Canadians over the Victoria Day Long Weekend!
VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND FAMILY CAMP AT CANOE ISLAND FRENCH CAMP
Just across the border in the San Juan Islands of Washington state, lies a little bit of France in the Pacific Northwest. Canoe Island French Camp offers 2-and 3-week sleep away summer camps for ages 9-16 and, especially for Canadians, Victoria Day Weekend Family Camp for all ages May 20-23, 2016.
Family Camp is a time to relax, try new activities, meet wonderful people with similar interests, and speak or practice French. We will fill your days with guided kayaking, sailing, tidepool investigations, archery, cooking, and art. Bring your camera for excellent photography, go for quiet walks through the forest, and sit on a mossy promontory and enjoy the sunset. Each family has its own tipi with up to six beds with mattresses, an electric light and a wooden box for storing personal items. Guests bring sleeping bags, pillows and a towel.
Our meals are French inspired prepared from scratch by professional chefs. We model these weekends after our summer camp: singing la Marseillaise at the flagpole, learning a French proverb as the mot de passe to enter the dining hall for meals, reading the menu, asking for food to be passed in French, and singing French songs after lunch. This is a great way for potential summer campers and parents to find out about activities and the camp facilities. Adults attending alone or with friends are also welcome. Our guests usually have many different levels of French, so the announcements and instruction are also in English. We offer beginning and intermediate classes and French games for little ones for one hour after breakfast and encourage French speaking among participants and our instructors. Pre-breakfast kayaking is available each morning.
Families arrive Friday late afternoon or evening, and leave the last day either in the morning or afternoon. Meals will be provided from Friday dinner through the last day lunch.
See what we have to offer at www.CanoeIsland.org