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Canoe Island French Camp

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Camp Location: Canoe Island, Washington, United States
Ages: 9 to 16 years old
Gender: Male and Female
Camp type:Day and Overnight
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Cost (range): $500 - $1,000 a week
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Phone: 360-468-2329
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At Canoe Island French Camp, live and explore your own 47-acre island. Days are filled with new friends and exciting activities, all with a French flair. With only 40 campers on the island, you can choose what sort of program you want: theatrical and artistic, athletic and adventuresome or a combination. Make a fantastic mask for the masquerade ball, bake a tarte aux pommes or crème brulée, safely rapelle down to the ocean’s edge, or kayak to an island beach.

Each session focuses on a French historical theme: During La Révolution Française, storm La Bastille, search the island for Marie-Antoinette and King Louis XVI, and sing La Marseillaise. Enter the 1800s as a French Voyageur exploring island shores by canoe, holding a potlatch, and forming your own settlement. In Les Chevaliers be a knight following clues across the island to find the Holy Grail, and use a trebuchet to attack a fortress. In Le Monde Francophone, investigate other francophone countries by trying African and Vietnamese cuisine, playing Caribbean and Cajun music, participating in Les Jeux Olympique, and a World’s Fair of culture, food, and music.

Don’t be afraid that your French speaking ability won’t be adequate or will be too good. Les débutants play games to learn French basics, while les étudiants avancés put on French plays and write fun stories and poems for l’Observateur, the camp journal that each camper takes home.

With only four campers and a counselor per tipi you will enjoy close camaraderie with your tipi mates. Counselors, from France will share their culture, food, and history with you.

Walk on the ferry at Anacortes and meet your counselor at the Orcas Island ferry dock where you will board the camp’s 27’ ferry for the 20-minute trip to Canoe Island. Or fly to SeaTac Airport near Seattle or the Lopez Island airport where camp staff will meet your flight and bring you to camp.

Certified, CPR-trained lifeguards lead all swimming and boating activities. Counselors are at least 18 and have had at least a year of college and are fluent French speakers. Our camp nurse makes sure everyone is healthy, and our gourmet chef serves delicious and nutritious food. Paramedic services and physician-staffed medical clinics are available within 15 minutes on the major, ferry-served islands, and area hospitals are 20 minutes away via medivac helicopter. Background checks are prerequisite for all staff positions.

Nestled in the “rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains, between Shaw and Lopez islands, Canoe Island enjoys a sunny, mild climate common to the San Juan Islands. Whales, dolphins, seals, and sea birds are frequent sightings on the whale watch cruise and bald eagles, great blue herons, sea stars, anemones and river otter make their homes on the island’s shores.

Take home memories of new friends and experiences you won’t ever forget.

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