What types of activities are offered and for what age group?
Included among the activities in our summer camp are: arts and crafts, songs, story-telling, sports, drama, scientific experiments, etc.
Special guests (artists, singers, clowns, etc.) are generally featured in each session.
Is this an English or a French-speaking camp?
All activities and tasks are performed in French with themes that appeal to the participants’ age groups. The camp is geared towards a non-francophone audience, welcoming children between the ages of 5 and 11 who are registered in Core French, Extended French, or Immersion programs.
What happens if my child does not speak any French?
He/she will be placed in the beginner group.
My child will be joining the immersion program in September. Will the AFT camp be of benefit to him/her?
The camp will help your child acquire certain language abilities, including expanding their oral and written comprehension, which will definitely facilitate his/her integration in a French program in September.
My child is under five years old (or older than 11). Can I still register him/her for the AFT summer camp?
Preferably not. We may however make an exception for a motivated 12-year-old, or a child who is nearly five years old and will be starting in an immersion program in September.
Can I register my child for only half a day?
No. But as an alternative, regular summer courses for children are offered at our campuses. They run for one month from Monday to Thursday, for 2 hours per day (please check availabilities for each campus.)
Children who are to be enrolled in these classes must first undergo an oral assessment in order to determine their level. Please contact the AFT campus closest to you to book a free assessment.
Can I register my child for one week only?
No. From an educational standpoint, children enjoy the camp more when they are enrolled for two consecutive weeks. Your child will begin to feel more comfortable at the end of the first week, in the second week, he/she will have a greater opportunity to use the vocabulary learned during the previous week.
Are children grouped by age and level?
Yes. During the first day of camp, children are grouped according to their age and level of fluency.
Do I need to drive my child myself?
Yes. We do not organize bus pick-up service.
What happens if I run late and cannot pick up my child on time?
The school closes its doors at 6:00 pm (a school regulation). Therefore, late pick-ups are unacceptable. A $2 per minute late fee will apply from 6:00 pm onward.
Does the camp offer snacks and lunches?
No, you must prepare snacks and lunches for your child. Send along a bottle of water as well, which will likely be refilled several times during the day. Nut products are not allowed in our camps.
What if I forget to give my child a snack?
The staff will look for the best option available to make sure your child does not go hungry.
What kind of equipment should the child bring?
The children are in daily contact with nature, either in the playground, the park or the ravine, so everyday sports shoes are required. Sun lotion, mosquito repellent, a hat and a rain jacket (depending on the weather) are also necessary. Alliance Française will not be responsible for the loss of personal belongings and we strongly advise against bringing any electronic equipment such as video games, iPods or cell phones to camp.
What is the staff-to-camper ratio?
There is one instructor and one assistant per group of 15 children maximum. We also welcome volunteers throughout the summer. At registration, you will be given the camp manager’s cell phone number; the manager will be present at the camp site all day.
How qualified is the teaching staff?
Our instructors are all certified and experienced teachers of French as a Second Language for children. They also have camp experience.
My child suffers from allergies. How do I ensure he/she gets medical attention if needed?
Any known allergies or medical conditions must be mentioned upon registration. Any child with an allergy should carry an Epipen. Many of our on-site instructors and assistants have first aid training and will tend to your child should the need arise.