Since 1990, Camp La Grande Aventure en Anglais helps campers between the ages of 7-17 years old to improve their English skills through active, engaging and fun conversational workshops and exciting outdoor activities. These outdoor activities take place in the natural setting near Mont Tremblant provincial Park, in St-Donat and offer campers the opportunity to build self confidence, leadership and to discover new passions with well trained and dedicated staff.
History of the camp
La Grande Aventure… en Anglais! has its roots in the Saguenay region and was first established as a language school specializing in teaching English as a second language. The school’s teaching professionals, operating under the name of École de Langues Anglian Inc., developed an innovative and dynamic teaching methodology based on conversation workshops. The language school was very successful and expanded its operations to include an English language day camp for youths. The day camp eventually became a full live-in camp certified by the Québec Camping Association.
In 1998, the camp was relocated to the Saint-Donat area on its current Lake Pimbina waterfront property. Current owners, Julie Sauvé and Pierre Chadi, purchased the camp into 2004 to continue the English immersion mission. Since then, the camp has evolved its teaching methodologies with fun-filled workshops and outdoor adventure activities that offer an alternative learning experience to traditional academic teaching of English as a second language.
The goal of La Grande Aventure … en Anglais! is to provide total English immersion in a relaxed, fun-filled learning environment that allows the campers to overcome their apprehensions in learning a new language. The campers will develop their English language skills while taking advantage of the beautiful outdoor setting of the camp and the adjacent Parc du Mont Tremblant. The camp has received a 4-star rating from Québec’s Tourism Industry Corporation (CITQ).
Life at camp
Life at camp
La Grande Aventure … en Anglais! is a camp for boys and girls between the age of 7 and 17 years of age and accommodates a maximum of 115 campers. We have a ratio of 1 counsellor for every 3 campers, allowing the counsellors to get to know each of our campers personally and tailor their camp experience to their special needs and interests.
When campers arrive, they are placed in groups of 10-11 campers of the same age and counsellors facilitate ice breakers games and initiate conversation to enable the campers to feel comfortable and safe in their new environment.
Campers sleep in dormitories of their same gender and approximate age. The camp’s dormitories are clean, comfortable and provide the privacy that the campers need to rest at the end of their day at camp. The dormitories consist of bunk beds, storage space and bathrooms with showers and toilets. The counsellors have their own enclosed bedroom adjoining the camper’s dormitories to ensure the security of our campers.
The campers can take advantage of all the camp’s facilities including our beautiful sandy beach on Lake Pimbina under the constant supervision of our certified lifeguards. We also have a huge sandy area where campers can play large group games and enjoy running and hiding in the edge of the forest. The camp has a soccer field , basketball court, beach volleyball and outdoor badminton courts.
At mealtimes campers meet in our cafeteria, where they are served 3 healthy meals a day, approved by a nutritionist, along with 3 healthy snacks including fruit. Campers can also benefit from the salad bar at lunch and supper . At meal times, campers sit at large tables with counsellors and they can interact through table games and group discussions. The cafeteria is nice and bright with large windows which have a view of the lake and the campers’ play area.
Our infirmary is staffed 24 hours a day by dedicated employees with up-to-date first aid certifications. Medical facilities are available within 10 minutes of the camp at the St-Donat CLSC and 30 minutes away in the Ste-Agathe hospital. We have 2 staff members who are dedicated to helping campers during first aid situations and who also manage campers medication. If your child takes medication regularly these staff will meet with them on the first day and will be responsible for giving your child their medication when necessary.
Laundry service is offered at a cost for campers spending more than twelve days at camp.
Upon arrival, every camper makes the commitment to speak English at camp. Our dynamic and enthusiastic counsellors are always nearby to help the campers find the right word and the right pronunciation to express their ideas in English. Learning English is a challenge and there are many rewards throughout the camp session to recognize our camper’s efforts. See English conversation workshops for more details about how your camper will learn English at camp.
Our Staff – A team like no other!
At Camp La Grande Aventure en Anglais we work hard to find the best counsellors and outdoor specialists. We hire older students from Colleges and University across Canada, mainly Québec and Ontario students studying in many fields including future teachers. When hiring, we look for staff who are passionate about children, want to live an incredible outdoor experience and students who have previous experience working with children. We also want our staff to be responsible, mature, fun, dynamic and welcoming.
Our staff all speak English fluently and have a good comprehension of the French language to help your child progress in English conversation throughout the day. Whether it be at the rock wall helping campers climb to the top, while canoeing, directing each other on how to manoeuvre through the rapids or teaching campers how to make a friendship bracelet, our staff is always around to ensure that campers are speaking English or have someone to help them with words or phrases they do not know.
Our staff is an example of positive leadership for your child in encouraging their independence, self confidence and support, but most importantly, our staff help your child feel safe and integrated at camp.
Director – Emma Kennedy (Skimmer)
Has been at Camp LGA since 2008 and a Camp Director since 2015. She has a DEC in Adventure Tourism and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She has taught at several schools in Ontario and Quebec as a supply teacher. However, her true passion is working with kids in the outdoors teaching them about nature and giving them self confidence.
Assistant to the Director – Kayleigh Girard (River)
This is my first year with LGA, and I am really excited about it!
My background is mostly in libraries, with a lot of time spent in children’s and youth services (storytimes, book recommendations, and finding information for school projects!), but most recently I was working in a behind-the-scenes role in a municipal archive. I came to work for LGA because I really missed working with kids and working directly with people in a more active way. I’m passionate about language, education, reading, and the outdoors!
We’re working hard to make camp awesome this summer and I can’t wait to meet all of our campers and families!
Coordinator – Roxanne Losier (Raven)
I went to camp as a camper for four years and have worked at LGA for three years – starting as a CIT, then a counsellor, to finish as an outdoor. This summer will therefore be my eighth year at LGA!
Outside of camp, my work experience revolves mainly around restaurants. The reason behind this choice is that I love interacting with new people on a daily basis, and facing the new challenges that the restaurant world brings. Regarding my education, I have now completed my CEGEP in the pure sciences program and intend to pursue my studies in animal medicine.
Working at LGA has taught me a lot about myself. Mostly, it showed me how to work on and recognize my flaws and how to use my strengths to improve my work and help others. What I love about working at LGA is that it becomes more than a workplace; it becomes a home. When campers come in, they enter a safe environment where they can try new things and step out of their comfort zone without being scared of failure. As a staff member of LGA, we get to witness the growth in each camper and we get to be there for them whether they need comfort, a little push or simply a friend to talk to. Working at LGA has allowed me to make lifelong friendships with my coworkers and has showed me how to have a positive impact on others. This summer, I am looking forward to all the new challenges that this new role has waiting for me. I cannot wait to meet new coworkers and new campers, and to get to know their story as well as seeing all the happy faces of returning campers. Another summer at LGA means another summer full of new connections, laughter and moments that will stay with me forever. See you soon LGA 🙂
Coordinator – James Vitale (Bagel)
This will be my third year as a part of the LGA staff! I started out as your run of the mill camp counsellor, then made my way to the role of cabin leader for Raccoons, and am now preparing to be one of the coordinators for the 2020 season!
Overall, this will be my fifth summer working as a counsellor at a summer camp. What started as a part time summer job when I was 16 has quickly turned into something that I am extremely passionate about. In school I studied fairly outside the realm of education and decided to pursue a career in computer programming after high school. However, after some time, I realized that it wasn’t for me and switched to working in the restaurant industry. Ever since then I have been alternating working at LGA during the summer, and working as a line cook the rest of the year. This has been especially great for me because it has given me the opportunity to pursue two completely different fields at the same time, especially when I get the chance to cook on camping trips!
I love LGA because it is one of the few places that I can truly go wild. Singing at the top of your lungs, playing games, performing skits around a camp fire, camping, rock climbing, and everything in between makes me feel free. When I’m at camp it doesn’t feel like a job or a chore, I wake up every day excited to meet the possibilities with a smile. Ensuring that the campers feel happy, safe, and comfortable is something that I take great pride in. Watching them grow as a person over the course of just a couple of weeks is truly something to behold. Seeing their faces as they try new things and step out of their comfort zone every day to me is amazing! Giving them the opportunity to learn whether it be about English, nature, relationships, or even themselves is some of the most fulfilling work I have ever had the pleasure of doing. Finally, and most importantly of all, watching them learn from their mistakes and truly reach a point of personal growth is one of the main reasons I love working at LGA.
Associate Leader – Nat Lachance (Tango)
I have completed three summers at LGA, and this upcoming summer will be my fourth!
I have worked in daycares, in fast food restaurants, and have tutored before finding camp. I completed a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and English Literature through the University of Ottawa last year. I am currently attending Teacher’s College at Laurentian University, in order to become a qualified high school teacher in Ontario.
I do not think I have enough space to describe my love for LGA! I love the personal growth everyone on camp experiences. Camp provides campers, as well as staff, an opportunity to learn more about themselves, through the challenges it brings: whether it be the challenge of disconnecting for two weeks from the outside world, making it to the top of the rock wall, or even learning to trust your peers through leadership activities! I also love the camp atmosphere. Everyone is free to dress as they please, and to be as silly as they please! I truly appreciate the moments at camp where we can all be kids again.
I am so beyond excited for the upcoming summer because every summer is unique! I am so excited to see all the returning campers after another year of school, as well meet new campers. I will love to watch them grow and bond alongside their new friends! As I will be occupying a new position this summer, I am also excited for the new challenges and experiences in which I will partake!
CIT Leader – Marie Parizeault (Dory)
I’ve been going to camp for 5 years (2 years as a camper, 1 as a CIT, 2 as staff). This summer will be my sixth year!!!
I worked in another camp in 2018 to gain more experience and experience something else. However, I realized LGA was more of a fit for me.
During the year, I work for SOSprof, a tutoring organization, and study law at Laval University.
Working at LGA taught me so much about myself: I faced many challenges that allowed me to become a better person. I love LGA because it’s one of the places I can be my true self and forget about my busy everyday life. Camp is a place where where you get to unplug from technology, spend time outside, sing all day long and where everyone, campers and counselors alike, is able to let loose.
As a counselor, you get to be an integral part of memories made at camp. Helping kids build their own unforgettable experiences and friendships as well as watching them overcome their fears and grow is so rewarding.
I am SO excited to come back this summer as the CIT leader and work with 8 wonderful returning campers. I can’t wait to get to know them more and mostly, see them grow and become amazing assistant counselors. I am more than ready to face this new challenge and I can’t wait to see you all!
The campers will participate in many exciting outdoor activities and sports throughout their stay at camp.
Campers will learn different techniques and best practices in all outdoor activities with the help of their counsellors and outdoor specialist.
At camp, many group activities are organized to complement the outdoor activities: leadership games, arts and crafts, swimming at our supervised beach with trained lifeguards, yoga kayaks, soccer, basketball, volleyball, ping pong, mississippi, box hockey, frisbee, touch footbal and intramural tournaments.
On the first day at camp, ou LGA Extravagenza will help integrate campers in their group for them to make friends quickly.
Different Theme Days throughout the session at camp will follow, with the staff and campers dressing up for themes like Christmas, Halloween, Disney, Pirates, Valentine's Day and more! This will male the camper's stay even more entertaining!
We finish the session with an exciting Amazing Race to challenge the campers and their peers in a stimulating ambiance.
English at camp
English At Camp
At camp, our campers speak English throughout the day. In the morning, English is at the heart of our small conversational workshops, called “Chatgroups”, and our numerous “Challenge Time” activities. At meal and snack times, campers continue their progress in English in a more informal setting. In the afternoon exciting activities on our lake, river, beach, mountain and trails take our campers through unique outdoor experience where campers have so much fun they don’t realize that they are immersed in an English setting. in the evening the fun continues in organized large group games, animated campfires, talent show and journal times where campers enjoy the glorious end of summer day in the company of the new-found friends.
We welcome campers with different levels of English. Our staff is trained to make every camper feel comfortable at camp, even if the camper as no experience in English. We make sure to adapt our approach so that each camper understands the safety instructions and rules of play, so he can have fun at camp. A camper can come to camp as a beginner, intermediate or as an advanced English speaker and he will improve his ability to speak and understand English.
Every morning, in our “Chatgroups”, we gather 5 campers of the same age group and level of English so that . they can develop in a safe space with no judgement. Campers get 20 hours of structures English per week without recreating a school environment. During this time, we engage campers in fun activities like creating new games or new sports, spy games, role plays, camp elections, treasure hunts, mock trial, vocabulary relay races, murder mystery games, creating a magazine, presentation of stories or legends, and more. Our mature and engaged staff ensure that they adapt the “Chatgroups” to the camper’s interest and their level of English.
At night, campers work on their personal journals and to increase their confidence in speaking English, campers engage in a sketch presented on camp’s closing night’s show. this sketch is a fun group project that allows campers to demonstrate the progress they made learning English at camp.
At the end end of the camper’s stay, a certificate of accomplishment is awarded to each camper describing their progress and level of English attained.
|7 a.m.||Rise and shine, Top Shape Club|
|8:45 a.m.||Cabin clean-up|
|9 a.m.||Conversation workshop|
|11 a.m.||Sports and choice of supervised activities*|
|12:45 p.m.||Intramural leagues, choice of activities** or rest|
|1:30 p.m.||Afternoon activities by age group (canoeing, rock-climbing, mountain biking, hiking, forest survival, arts & crafts or theme days)|
|6 p.m.||Camp journal and sketch|
|7:45 p.m.||Group night games|
|8:45 p.m.||Camp fire|
|9 p.m.||Preparation for bed-time|
|9:30 p.m.||Lights out for 8 – 11 years old!|
|10 p.m.||Lights out for 12 – 16 years old!|
* Choice of supervised morning activities for mixed age groups: badminton, obstacle course, archery, canoeing, swimming, kick boxing, dance, canoeing, arts & crafts, survival, board games and more.
** Choice of lunch-time activities: ping-pong, mississippi, basketball, volleyball, soccer, bracelets, reading or rest.