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Carrefour francophone offers camps for kids

Carrefour francophone has further developed its remarkable summer camp program for children. Greater Sudbury’s French-language cultural centre has recruited many of the same experts who ensured last year’s much appreciated series, while introducing some new themes as well.

Carrefour francophone offers two series of summer camps: a French Immersion series and a Francophone series. Most weekly themes are the same in both series. The French immersion camps provide children aged 4 to 12 with opportunities to enjoy summer fun with new friends while acquiring knowledge and skills in fascinating disciplines such as magic tricks, fine arts, cooking, sciences, astronomy, theatre, world cultures and circus arts.

“Our specialty is making culture fun for kids, and it leads to impressive results,” says Nicole Grenier, director of Children’s Services at Carrefour francophone. “Parents are amazed at the skills their children acquire in just one week. That’s because our facilitators are experts who are passionate about their field and know how to communicate their enthusiasm to kids.”

The camps are held at Ernie Checkeris Public School and Valley View Public School over a five-day week, except for two four-day camps due to statutory holidays. Registration fees include a healthy lunch and two snacks from Coop Boréal. If required, a free child care service is available before and after the day camps, from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m.


Overview of 2013 summer camps – French Immersion series

From July 2nd to 5th, the Magic Camp is hosted by The Amazing René (magician René Lacourcière). René teaches fascinating illusions that children can master, like drawing a specific card from a deck and extracting a coin from someone’s ear. Kids develop their dexterity, their skill at directing the viewer’s eye. Who says magicians never reveal their secrets?

From July 8th to 12th, the Arts Camp is hosted by Rose-Anne Cardinal of the Sudbury Art Gallery. Children develop their inner artist by creating inspiring works using a variety of professional art supplies. They will design and produce magnificent artwork using various drawing, printmaking, sculpting, and painting techniques. Fine arts are fun arts!

From July 15th to 19th, the Cooking Camp is hosted by Chef Jean and Chef Yves of Coop Boréal. Through games and samples, children learn to recognize and harmonize flavours. They will discover locally produced food with the Eat Local Coop. They will invent a dessert and prepare a full three-course meal themselves. To eat well and grow well, make food fun!

From July 22nd to 26th, the Science Camp is hosted by Louise Bergeron of CaméléArt. Children will explore chemistry, physics, biology and engineering hands-on and demonstrate experiments to parents and friends. They will create optical illusions with lights and mirrors. They will solve a crime by studying clues. They will use tools to dismantle machines to see what’s inside and learn to build strong structures and to manipulate sound and vibrations. Science is cool!

From July 29th to August 2nd, the Astronomy Camp is hosted by Paul-Émile Legault, professor of astronomy at Laurentian University. Children will visit the planetarium and see galaxies, neutron stars, powerful telescopes, holograms, and rainbows created by refracted light. They will discover the De Oort comet cloud, the asteroid belt and the De Kuiper Belt. They will even attempt to decipher an extraterrestrial message!

From August 6th to 9th, the Theatre Camp is hosted by Justine Gogoua of Just’In Arts Company. African traditions are exciting for all children. Kids get to play different drums, understand their importance in African society and even build their own drum. They learn fun moves like the harvest dance and the children’s dance, and turn old clothes and dolls into exciting new puppet characters. The grand finale is their own African performance for all to see!

From August 12th to 16th, the World Tour Arts Camp is hosted by Louise Bergeron of CaméléArt. Through traditional arts, children discover the culture, history, geography and climate of many lands. There will be Egyptian hieroglyphics, North American indigenous tales with leather stamping, African music with drums and percussions, Tibetan geometrical mandalas and Haitian Taino petroglyphs. It’s a world tour on the wings of traditional arts!

From August 19th to 23rd, the Circus Camp is hosted by Francis Tousignant and Christian Thériault of SirKaFran. This summer camp is a like a whole week at the circus! It’s a world full of concentration, perseverance, feats of skill and good times in the traditional circus atmosphere. Children learn to perform feats with balls, pins, rings, scarves, diabolos, flower sticks, Chinese plates and more! Their new talents are put on display in a grand finale performance.

Information and registration

Details about all these camps, both the immersion series and the Francophone series, are available online at or at Carrefour francophone, 14 Beech St., in downtown Sudbury.

Registration fees in the immersion series are $185 per five-day camp, except for the Theatre Camp and the Magic Camp, which cost $160 for four days.

For further information and registration, call 705-675-6493, ext. 207, or email [email protected].

Carrefour francophone thanks its French Immersion camp partners: Rainbow District School Board, Collège Boréal, Art Gallery of Sudbury; and its funders: the City of Greater Sudbury, Heritage Canada, Service Canada and United Way.

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