FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Will my child be under the impression of attending English class at school?
When are camp visits and can we visit our child during the camp session?
My child does not speak English, will he/she be able to get by?
What methods do you use to encourage the campers to speak in English?
If my child comes to camp with a friend, can they be together?
What do you do with children who are very particular with their taste in food?
How can I communicate with my child?
Why follow the CIT (counsellor in Training) program at La Grande Aventure… en Anglais!?
Why is the CIT program not offered to every camper of 16 to 17 years of age (Intensive English Counsellor in training leadership program)

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Will my child be under the impression of attending English class at school?

At camp, our conversation workshops are dynamic, exciting and based on dialogue and fun games in small groups of 5 campers. The campers work on group activities with many themes that are of interest to their age group. The camp does not feel like school.

When are camp visits and can we visit our child during the camp session?

Our open house will take place on Sunday June 9th, 2019 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. where you will be able to meet our staff and visit our beautiful site. In case you cannot make the open house, please call us and we will be pleased to arrange a private visit. Visiting days are available for 26 day camp sessions on Sunday July 7th and August 4th 2019. The full and busy schedule of our 6 and 12 day sessions does not permit us to offer a visiting day for campers attending those sessions.

My child does not speak English, will he/she be able to get by?

Upon arrival at camp, your child’s English level skill set will be evaluated and he/she will be placed in conversation workshops with other campers with the same language proficiency. With the help of our competent and experienced counsellors your child will be able to further develop his/her language skills neither without feeling intimidated nor out of place. All activities at camp take place in English and our counsellors, through the use of simple language and signs/gestures, will be able to ensure that your child can participate and be understood in the different activities. All security and safety announcements will be communicated in French to ensure proper and complete comprehension.

What methods do you use to encourage the campers to speak in English?

Learning English is a major challenge for many of our campers. At La Grande Aventure … en Anglais! we encourage our campers to speak English throughout the day. At registration, we ask the campers to commit to speaking English at all times. Our counsellors are dynamic, enthusiastic, motivated and creative Anglophones. They are chosen and trained for their competencies in English and their ability to make the English language accessible to our Francophone campers. At camp, we have reward systems to acknowledge and recognize all efforts to speak in English with many activities planned to awaken their curiosity and their interest in the English language. There are many surprises throughout the camp session to encourage and keep our campers motivated!

If my child comes to camp with a friend, can they be together?

If the friend is of the same age and gender as your child, then they can share the same dormitory and be in the same activity group for the different outdoor activities. As far as the conversation workshops are concerned, the language evaluation administered at the beginning of camp will determine if the two are at the same level of English proficiency to be in the same workshop group.

What do you do with children who are very particular with their taste in food?

Our menu is varied and has been created by a qualified nutritionist to please our campers. All lunches and suppers always include, soup, salad bar, a hot meal, desert, fruits and juices or milk. The campers appreciate the generous portions and they can eat and drink as much as they want. An alternative meal is also available to offer a choice to the campers. Three healthy snacks are also offered during the day.

How can I communicate with my child?

Regular mail is the recommended method of communication (if you send an envelop special delivery please do not request for a signature since it will take longer to get to your child). The campers are encouraged to write to their parents and friends, do not forget to provide them with sufficient paper and pre-stamped envelopes. Parents can also send a message through our new communication platform on our website. You can find the link on the first page of our website. We will deliver the messages on Wednesday only. Campers are not permitted to use the telephone and the Internet except in case of emergency or on a camper’s birthday.

Camp management is available to inform parents on their children’s progress and their adaptation to camp life.

Why follow the CIT (counsellor in Training) program at La Grande Aventure… en Anglais!?

In addition to following a quality counsellor training program in a beautiful and unique setting with dynamic counsellors, the candidate has the opportunity to practice and improve their English language skills for almost four weeks. They also have a chance to work for 4 extra weeks as assistant counsellors and continue to improve in English.

Why is the CIT program not offered to every camper of 16 to 17 years of age (Intensive English Counsellor in training leadership program)

There is limited space available for this program (8 spots in total per season). The goal of the program is to train dynamic young adults, with strong English language skills, to come and work at La Grande Aventure en Anglais in the years to come. To maintain a high level of quality of our bilingual counselors, it is important to give our future counsellors support in small groups and to emphasize their English language skills. We have our campers’ interests at heart with our development program for future counsellors.


 

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