Sending your child to a French Summer Camp is a big engagement and we spend a lot of time talking to parents of children who would like to book our French Summer Camp to answer the questions they have. So we thought we would write a blog that includes many of these questions which may help other parents interested in booking!
How do you divide students into levels?
We ask parents for an idea of the level of their children on our Registration Form and based on this information and any other information that the parents provide, we divide our students into provisional groups. Therefore please feel free to note additional information about their levels on the application forms. On the first morning, our teachers carry out informal assessment activities so that the students aren’t aware that they are being assessed, but the teachers are assessing their level while they work on various tasks. Then we re-arrange the groups according to these evaluations. If at any time, students feel like they have been placed in the wrong group, they can talk to our teachers and the teachers keep an eye on all of the students throughout the week to ensure that they are in the right group (sometimes when they relax into their lessons they can improve so if this happens we move them!).
How much French do students speak at your French Summer Camp?
Students live onsite with our Camp Director who is a very experienced language teacher, summer camp director and organises daily life in the camp so that children speak a maximum of French throughout the day. Our French activity leaders also live onsite and are fully trained in the language-side of our Summer Camp. The afternoon, evening and weekend activities are all designed with a linguistic focus and campers are really encouraged to speak as much French as possible throughout the day
How do you ensure the safety of the students at your French Summer Camp?
Regarding the adventure programme, all of our activities are run by fully qualified activity leaders who have years of experience of working with junior groups and these companies are very strictly controlled by the French authorities. We have an emergency contact number that parents can call in case of any questions. Our camp leaders are all trained in first aid and carry first aid kits with them and our Camp Director supervises the logisitcs of all activities and is on-hand in case of any issues. There is a medical centre in Morzine near to our camp so we are well equipped to deal with any potential problems.
How do the afternoon activities work?
We offer a standard activity programme as part of our Summer Camp which is designed and run by our Camp Director and Camp Leaders. This takes place from 14h-17h30 every afternoon and there are also weekend activities and excursions for those staying at the French Summer Camp. We also offer 3 ‘Option Plus’ activities.
Option+ Private French Classes
- This option is for students who would like to take the opportunity to boost their French even more: to prepare for an exam, to target a specific weakness or to concentrate on specific aspects of their learning or simply for their own pleasure!
- The lessons are taught by our French Summer Camp qualified and experienced teachers who tailor-make the lessons based on the level and objectives of each individual student.
- Students have those 3 lessons just after lunchtime so they don’t miss on other activities.
Option + Horse-riding
- This option includes 3 afternoons of horse-riding at our local equestrian centre.
- Suitable for experienced riders or students who have never tried riding.
Option + Adventure
- This option includes 3 afternoons of adventure activities including activities such as: Adventure Park, White-Water Rafting, Canyoning, Climbing, Via Ferrata, Mountain Biking…
- Activities are chosen by our Camp Director and Mountain Guides according to weather conditions, water levels and availability of activities.
If you have other questions that aren’t answered here, please feel free to email or call us!