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 et festival d’art oratoire - Traditional Division

    Our 35th annual Concours et festival d'art oratoire will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at York University's Glendon Campus in Toronto.

    The Concours et festival d'art oratoire is an annual French public-speaking event for students from grades 4 through 12 studying French as a Second Language in Ontario schools.  It is organized by the Ontario Modern Language Teachers' Association and Canadian Parents for French (Ontario).  There are four categories - Core, Extended, Immersion and Francophone.  Students in grades 4 through 8 participate in the non-competitive festival event in the morning and students in grades 9 through 12 participate in the competitive concours format in the afternoon for cash prizes.  Winners from the grade 11-12 categories move on to represent Ontario at the CPF National competition held in Ottawa. Click on the green text to learn more about the Impromptu Division. Please be advised that a student cannot compete in both the Traditional and the Impromptu Divisions.

    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 et Festival 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 et Festival 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 34th annual event in 2018, over 300 students from 21 school boards and 11 independent schools across Ontario participated at the provincial event at York University’s Glendon College in Toronto. At the classroom level, our estimates show that over 20,000 students across Ontario took part in French Second-Language public speaking.


    STEP 1: SCHOOL BOARD REGISTRATION   Registration is now closed.


    Deadline: Online submissions must be received by April 2, 2019


    The deadline to register is April 6, 2019. This form is for parents/guardians to complete for students moving on to the provincial concours on May 4, 2019, in Toronto. ONLY COMPLETE THIS FORM IF YOUR CHILD HAS WON AT THEIR SCHOOL BOARD FINAL. The decision of the judges is final. No other ranking, comments or feedback will be given to the participants of our event. The judging forms remain the confidential property of CPF Ontario.

    Additional Information

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    School Board Information

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    Parent & Teacher Information

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    Volunteer Opportunities for Students and Teachers

    Please contact Tanzila Mian if you require more information. E: [email protected] T: 905.366.1012, x 4 or 1.800.667.0594 x 4.    

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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 Camp


    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
    Click here for camp locations and more information on programs.

    2018 Camps


    Camp d'été

    Dates: August 13-17 Ages: FI students in grades SK to Grade 8 as of September 2018 Location: Mohawk Park Indoor Pavilion, 51 Lynwood Drive, Brantford Description: Arts & crafts, indoor and outdoor games, splash pad access and field trip to Ripley's Aquarium. Camp t-shirt. Fee: See camp flyer Camp Flyer: Click here for camp flyer Contact: [email protected] Click here to register online.


    Enfant Soleil

    Dates: August 13-17 Ages: 5 - 10 Location: Hanover P&H Centre - Lions Den, 269 7th Ave, Hanover Description: “Lots of fun. Beaucoup d’amusements.” A summer recreation camp experience utilizing French language skills. The week will be jam-packed with fun including games, songs, cooking, crafts, story time, swimming, outings, and so much more! A great opportunity for French Immersion students to practice their French skills. Fee: $136 Contact: Laura Webb at [email protected]


    Haliburton French Summer Camp

    Dates: July 30 - August 3 Ages: 7 - 12 with at least one year of French instruction Location: AJ Larue Arena, 728 Mountain Street, Haliburton Description: Immerse your camper in a week-long French day camp with a variety of outdoor and indoor activities, including a field trip, exploring the great outdoors, culinary adventures, arts and crafts. Fee: $150 (before & after care available for $25 per week, per camper) Contact: Nancy Ballantyne at [email protected]


    Camp Soleil

    Dates: July 30-August 3 Grades: 1 - 4 Location: Elgin Market Public School, 305 Queen St S, Kincardine Description: Organized themed days such as Hawaiian 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 two elementary teachers who teach Grade 1 and Grade 3. Fee: $150 Contact: Erica Everingham at [email protected]


    French 4 Tots Camp D’été

    Dates: July 9-August 10 Ages: 4 - 11 Locations: Frenchmen's Bay Public School, 920 Oklahoma Drive and Bayview Heights Public School, 1400 Garvolin Ave Description: French 4 Tots Summer Camp is a French academic summer camp. In the morning campers will have the opportunity to practice their French reading and writing skills under the guidance of an OCT French teacher. Kindergarten students will have Intro to French classes in the morning and SK students will have French Reading Classes in preparation for Grade 1.  In the afternoon, campers will enjoy sports, arts and crafts, water play, and more. They will also enjoy weekly trips, outings, and theme days. Campers will have so much fun they won’t even know they are learning! Fee: $245 -$265 (CPF members) Contact: [email protected]


    French Visual Arts Camp

    Ages: 6 - 12 Location: Dewson St. Junior Public School Description:  Week 1: July 9 – 13, 2018 Modern Masters – At home with the Masters (Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and more). Week 2: July 16 – 20, 2018 Mixed Media – My Place in the World (young artists and their identity). Using a variety of materials and techniques to create original artwork. Week 3: July 23 – 27, 2018 Sculpture – The World of 3D (creating form and texture). Fee: $235 (CPF members), $260 (non-members) Contact: [email protected]  

    Click here for the 2018 CPF Summer Camp Listing

    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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