Youth Activities

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Youth Activities2015-08-26T11:54:20-04:00

CPF’s youth activities are truly the heart of our programming.

CPF National Concours d’art oratoire

CPF National Concours d’art oratoire awards five students from across Canada with a $20,000 scholarship to the University of Ottawa.

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  • Le Concours d’art oratoire - Traditional Division

    NOTE: Provincial Concours d’art oratoire on May 1, 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

    2020-2021 Class Activity

    For the 2020-2021 school year, we are encouraging all Ontario French classes to incorporate the Concours d’art oratoire - Traditional Division into their in-person and/or virtual classes. Register now to access more information on how to incorporate this in-class activity into your classroom.

    History of Concours

    This event began in 1975 in the Ottawa-Carleton area and expanded to a provincial event when the Ontario Modern Language Teachers' Association (OMLTA) and Canadian Parents for French (CPF) joined forces in 1985 as co-sponsors. The Concours d'art oratoire is an opportunity to integrate public speaking into regular classroom activity and to involve community members outside the classroom for judging and administration of classroom and school-level events. With the current emphasis on voluntarism in education, Concours d'art oratoire presents new opportunities for teachers, administrators, and secondary students to become involved.

    Click to watch Alice talk about her experience at CPF's Concours d'art Oratoire

    At the 35th annual event in 2019, over 300 students from 24 school boards and 11 independent schools across Ontario participated at the provincial event at York University’s Glendon Campus in Toronto. At the classroom level, our estimates show that over 20,000 students across Ontario took part in French Second-Language public speaking. There are four categories - Core, Extended, Immersion, and Francophone.  Students in grades 9 through 12 participate in the competitive Concours format for cash prizes.  Winners from the grade 11-12 categories move on to represent Ontario at the CPF National competition held in Ottawa. In the past Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) hosted the elementary students, grades 4-8. In the future, the Concours d'art oratoire will be hosting only students in grades 9 through 12 at the provincial level. CPF Ontario is continuing to support, promote, and encourage the Concours d'art oratoire at the classroom, school, and school board levels.

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    Please contact Eillen Sellam if you require more information or are interested in organizing Concours at your school. E: [email protected] T: 905.366.1012, x 415 or 1.800.667.0594 x 415.

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  • CPF Ontario Sponsored French Camps

    SUMMMER CAMP CPF   The camps listed below are following the policy and procedures set out by our organization which include the following requirements: - The camps must hire qualified bilingual staff and must use bilingual volunteers. - All camp staff and volunteers over the age of 18 must have a Vulnerable Sector Check. - Both a Level C CPR course and a Standard Level First Aid course are required for at least one staff member at the camps depending on the number of campers. - Our campers are covered by our third-party liability insurance policy. Please email us at [email protected] or call us at 1-800-667-0594 x 1 if you have any questions.

    2019 Camps


    Camp Tournesol

    Since 2001, Camp Tournesol has provided French camps in the GTA for tens of thousands of children ages 4 to 14. Whether your child is Francophone, in French Immersion, or has no French experience, we have a day camp or an overnight experience for them. Language modules include a wide variety of instructional strategies for learning in formal and informal settings. For example, arts and crafts is a time for campers to flex their artistic muscles while interacting in French in an authentic task. From cooperative learning to structured simulations, the creativity module engages campers’ imagination and social skills in creating a shared skit, song or dramatic piece. Counsellors teach and model new vocabulary and sentence structures, adapted to each child’s French level. These are then applied in the course of our modules such as team building, sports and favourite camp games like cat and mouse, choir master and “What time is it, Mr. Wolf?” In this supportive context, kids are encouraged to share, learn, and try new things. Activities and themes change week to week. When: From July 8th until August 23rd Where: 16 campuses across the Toronto GTA Ages: 4 to 14 years old Contact: [email protected] 888-593-3350 More information: We offer both day camps and overnight programs including:
    • Introduction to French day camp for ages 4 to 10;
    • French day camp for children in FI or francophone schools for ages 6 to 12;
    • CIT program for ages 13 to 14;
    • Overnight camps in Ontario for ages 8 to 14;
    • Leadership program for ages 12 to 15;
    We also provide year-round academic support:
    • Online French Tutoring
    • A French Academy for structured French lessons
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    We will be playing games, making crafts and all sorts of fun stuff while we learn and practice French! Our curriculum, which has been developed by current French teachers, focuses on vocabulary and pronunciation development, improving overall comprehension, practicing reading, writing and most importantly, helping students to feel more confident and engaged in their second language. The camp will be run by Les Petites Pommes. Where: Mohawk Park Indoor Pavilion, 51 Lynnwood Dr, Brantford, ON N3S 6S3 When: Jul 15-19 Camp runs Monday to Friday from 8:45 AM to 3:45 PM. Before & after care is offered from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at an additional cost. Ages: 5 – 12 years old Contact:  Mary Clements 905-975-6279 [email protected]



    Days are fully structures with a balance of indoor and outdoor activities, crafts, games, and creative projects! Our curriculum, which has been developed by current French teachers, focuses on vocabulary and pronunciation development, improving overall comprehension, practicing reading, writing and most importantly, helping students to feel more confident and engaged in their second language. The camp will be run by Les Petites Pommes. Where: Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph, ON N1G 1L3 When: July 29-Aug 2, Aug. 6-9, Aug. 12-16, Aug. 19-23 Ages: 4-10 years old Contact: Mary Clements 905-975-6279 [email protected]



    Haliburton French Day Camp

    Immerse your camper in a week-long French Day Camp with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Your camper will experience a field trip to the Canoe Museum, exploring the great outdoors (camp fire Cooking, SUP, archery etc.), culinary adventures (pizza making etc.), and arts and crafts. Where: A.J. La Rue Arena, Haliburton When: Week 1 – Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12;  Week 2 – Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19 Ages: 7 – 12 years old Contact: Melissa Valentini 416-294-7931 [email protected]



    Camp Soleil

    A French summer camp that organizes themed days such as Hawaiian Day and Super Hero Day. Campers learn in an outdoor environment through games and activities, all of which are provided in French. Enjoy field trips to museums, nature parks, and splash pads. The camp is run by FSL teachers who teach Grade 1 and Grade 3. Where: Elgin Market P.S When: July 29 – Aug 2 Ages: 6 – 10 (Students who have completed the Grade 1 program only). Contact: [email protected]  


    The CPF Trillium South Chapter will host a structured indoor and outdoor activity making practicing and learning French fun. There will be before and after care. The camp will be run by Les Petites Pommes. When: July 8 – 12 Ages: 5 – 12 years old Contact:  Mary Clements 905-975-6279 [email protected]  


    The CPF North Wellington Chapter will host a structured indoor and outdoor activity practicing and learning French Fun. there will be before and after care. The camp will be run by Les Petites Pommes. When: July 22 – 26 Ages: 5 – 12 years old Contact:  Mary Clements 905-975-6279 [email protected]



    French Visual Arts Summer Camp

    Mixed Media – my place in the world (the young artists and their identity). Using a variety of materials and techniques (Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and more) to create original artwork. Where: Dewson St. Jr Public School, Toronto When: July 22 – 26 Ages: 6 – 12 years old learning French as a Second Language (FSL) Fee:  $235 for members. Free CPF membership for non-members if booked by March 31. After March 31, add $25 to fee (total of $260) Contact: D. Williams 416-887-8405 [email protected]  

    Click here for CPF 2019 National Summer Camps.

    Find a camp experience TODAY by visiting French Street for a list of French camps offered in your community throughout the year across Ontario, Canada, and internationally for all ages!

    French Street_Logo-RGB-Large French Street is a unique online collection of French resources designed to support teachers, students and parents. This one-of-a-kind database provides French activities, camps, programs and more that will enhance the French Second Language (FSL) experience in the classroom and in the community. French Street is another milestone in CPF’s efforts to build awareness and understanding of Francophone culture through active participation in community activities all around us. It was developed and is maintained by Canadian Parents for French (Ontario).

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  • Educational Exchanges & Excursions

    Travel and learn French!

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CPF National Youth Activities


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