Teenage residential summer camps abroad

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El24 Thu 01-Mar-12 13:50:14

I would love to send my 13-year-old daughter off to a residential camp abroad (Europe, Canada, USA) in the summer, but have no idea where to start.

My daughter has been a bit lost for want of a better word and I feel an adventure like this would help her come out of her shell, not to mention the benefit from mixing with other kids her age outside the local area.

She's very sporty so something along those lines would be fantastic. Also she's starting her KS4 French in September so would love if I could combine the two, although not essential.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated.

IssyCon Sat 19-Jul-14 14:03:28

I know this isn't abroad but you could try ecoweeks (they do 1 in wales and 1 in the peak district

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CCFSJUNIOR Tue 02-Apr-13 13:50:05

You can check www.ccfs-junior.com/en/
French Civilization Courses of the Sorbonne program combines French classes with summer camp activities wich help young students to improve their French while having fun, meeting new friends and enjoying all the activities of Paris. Language courses, accommodation, all meals, excursions and extracurricular activities are included in the program.

frenchmum1 Mon 11-Mar-13 13:52:23

Hello! My kids are bilingual but they feel more comfortable in speaking English. They enrolled in French language summer camp and spent unforgettable holidays with international atmosphere in a camp in France. It was CREA-LANGUES and they enjoyed their stay so much there! I know this camp is closed now but they have a successor. the new camp is called FIL - Francais Immersion Loisirs, I know the FIL team is the same than the previous camp and they are very professional. The children attend French original workshops on mornings and enjoy fun activities in the afternoons. The individual guidance is great as well. My kids met a lot of young people coming from all over the world and they made new friends. My daughter is still in touched with some of them and she can practice French language through social networks with her "international" friends. She has learnt a practical French and did not felt like being at school. You can try it as well: www.fil-ado.com - I hope this post helps you. regards

frenchmum1 Mon 11-Mar-13 13:49:09

Hello! My kids are bilingual but they feel more comfortable in speaking English. They enrolled in French language summer camp and spent unforgettable holidays with international atmosphere in a camp in France. It was CREA-LANGUES and they enjoyed their stay so much there! I know this camp is closed now but they have a successor. the new camp is called FIL - Francais Immersion Loisirs, I know the FIL team is the same than the previous camp and they are very professional. The children attend French original workshops on mornings and enjoy fun activities in the afternoons. The individual guidance is great as well. My kids met a lot of young people coming from all over the world and they made new friends. My daughter is still in touched with some of them and she can practice French language through social networks with her "international" friends. She has learnt a practical French and did not felt like being at school. You can try it as well: www.fil-ado.com - I hope this post helps you. regards

NoComet Thu 21-Jun-12 02:44:28

I went with PGL on an 18+ version of their French trip. 26 years ago

I notice they only run it for younger teens now. Same activities without the Red Winegrin

It was brilliant, very, very well organised as was DDs residential last weekend despite the rain.

Samanthacookie Wed 20-Jun-12 11:31:54

Check out www.doit4real.co.uk for a really fab summer camp programme

S0phieC Mon 21-May-12 10:56:43

Hi

Try here - Mountain Adventure Camps

I know they are working with local schools and authorities in trying to get children outside and are offering some great discounts for the summer.

We are sending our boy there as part of a group of 10 (football club), they have been really helpful and offer a wide range of activities, including French lessons! So hopefully he'll brush up before going back to school.

Momalicious Tue 15-May-12 14:58:29

Hi OliviaBakes - They have camps in various locations Alpe dHuez, La Plagne, Tignes, I think there might be a couple of others as well. Have a look at their site peakhorizon.com/. Summer in Provence sounds divine wine

MsSimon Mon 14-May-12 16:12:13

Good for you Olivia! Lovely plans for the summer! I looked at the option and the most appealing and best fit with our plans is Peak Horizon. – Great activities and locations!

OliviaBakes Fri 11-May-12 14:21:57

Thanks very much - not so sure about the chess but the train to Monaco sounds fantastic - we're celebrating our anniversary and I am owed a treat!

No probs at all grin

Oh, and not to derail, but if you go to Nice, a trip into Monaco on the train is a very good day out grin and if you go to Geneva, theres a great public park with huge chessboards outside to play chess all the old Genevan pensioners sitting round watching me kick DHs but at chess

OliviaBakes Fri 11-May-12 14:14:11

Thanks Madame! I have taken a look and PGL do look great but nothing close enough, it would be ideal if we can all fly to Nice or Geneva together and then drop kids off and enjoy our break.
Peak Horizon are in the French Alps so may work better [http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/teenagers/1418414-Teenage-residential-summer-camps-abroad]

I will show the kids and hubby this evening and see what they all think, 17 yr old wants to stay at home alone but I'm hoping that 2 weeks in the Alps appeals!

Another one seconding PGL. This page on their website shows the locations.

I think the french centres are quite heavy on Watersports.

I used to work at PGL (UK) but haven't for a few years. IME, the summer camps we did were great fun, and the kids just flourished from the adventure and independence.

I don't know how much I can say on here? My sister also works for a Kids Camp, in France, at Manor Adventure in Rue, here and they are smaller than the PGL centres so may appeal to those who don't want a huge group setting.

MNHQ if I have been norty by linking to companies I am close to, I am sorry, and will remove the posts if you'd like.

OliviaBakes Fri 11-May-12 13:54:46

Momalicious - where abouts are the camps? DH and I are off to Provence this summer (staying just outside of Nice) and looking for somewhere to put the kids! We looked at UK residential but are not really happy being in a different country and I would like for them to do something different to the usual UK residential which they have done in the past.

Momalicious Thu 10-May-12 12:52:11

We've just booked Peak Horizon Summer Camps for our boys this July. My children have stayed in their accommodation before on ski trips and they're great, the staff are fantastic. The camps are in the French mountains and there is so much for them to do. Plus we've booked a break away in Annecy at the same time smile

GraceJameson Tue 08-May-12 04:54:15

This website might help. There's a lot of information in here that I found helpful.

Finding the right residential camp for your child is not easy, that's because there are so many to choose from. But by taking the time to find the right camp, you are giving your teen a great start in life.

Takver Mon 07-May-12 16:40:14

Not abroad, but if she wants an adventure in a supportive environment then Forest School Camps are worth a look.

MsSimon Mon 07-May-12 10:51:01

I just started looking for summer camps for my children (i hope I am not too late). I want to send them to Europe to a camp with languages and activities. I will look through all the recommendations – thank you.

SaraJane1 Fri 04-May-12 17:19:22

I have been looking at peakhorizon.com for my two children - seems perfect as there is high staff coverage (to ease my worries about sending the kids abroad alone!) and different camps within the resort, so son can do football whilst daughter does languages.

mumtolawyer Sat 21-Apr-12 20:32:46

Camp Suisse or Village Camps, both good. Anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks.

binth Thu 19-Apr-12 17:24:06

International Summer Camp Montana is excellent in Switzerland.
Camp Cody
Maine Teen Camps
Julian Krinsky Camps in Philadelphia
SO MANY GOOD ONES OUT THERE

flow4 Thu 19-Apr-12 09:26:44

dadoftwoboys do you have a link or a company name that I could google, please? smile

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