Each summer we hire five counselors who are native French speakers from France, Canada, Switzerland or Belgium. International counselors must get a J-1 visa through one of the international counselor agencies.
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Canoe Island is a beautiful island, covered by a forest of cedar, fir, madrone and maple trees, located just below the Canadian border in Northwest Washington. The camp buildings sit on just one corner of it, so the rest of the island is wild with trails running through it. It lies between Lopez and Shaw Islands in Upright Channel. It takes about 20 minutes by our camp boat to travel from either San Juan Island or Orcas Island, which are served by the state ferry system. Each summer children learn about the French language, history, and culture while having a great time doing outdoor and artistic activities. Counselors are expected to speak French to campers, using greetings, encouragement words and holding short conversations so that they hear French spoken often and take part when they are able. Campers are encouraged but not forced to speak French. About 50% of the campers are beginning French speakers so English is a part of most activities although counselors are expected to teach as much as possible in French using props, sign language, pictures, etc. Of course the safety aspects of all activities are taught also in English.
• French culture: a look at France and interesting differences between France and the US and their people.
In the afternoon campers choose which activity they want to do for after repos from 2:30-4:30 pm.
Our themes are Les Voyageurs (French explorations in Nouvelle France); La Révolution Française, Le Monde Francophone, and Les Chevaliers, (les chevaliers de la table ronde jusque au moyen age). We encourage counselors to share their ideas for theme-based activities, decorations, art projects, theater, etc. We provide the structure, guidelines, and past examples, and look to the counselors for the creativity.
Staff training begins in mid-June with staff arriving the day before, and the last session of the summer ends in late August followed Labor Day Weekend Adult and Family Camp, the first weekend of September. International counselors are paid according to their sponsoring agencies requirements for the first 9 weeks of our program, and at our standard first year counselors wage for the two remaining weeks of the 11-week summer.