Intermediate Camp -11 to 13 years old

Welcome to a camp that is exciting and stimulating and challenges the campers to learn about teamwork and responsibility while studying French.

Welcome to a place where campers learn from each other and develop lasting friendships.

Welcome to a programme where a great variety of camp activities and excursions along with interesting classes and daily camp life create an unforgettable memory.

Welcome to the Intermediate Camp – a great camp for a great age!

Residential Camps

The residential programmes at the MWS Montreal Camps operate 7 days/week with a full schedule of classes, excursions and activities. Students are supervised on a 24-hour basis by the MWS camps staffs.

Students enrolled in the residential programmes live in the residences of McGill University, in downtown Montreal. The residential programmes are all-inclusive. Accommodation, meals, excursions, classes, activities, transportation, laundry service, medical insurance and full supervision are all included.

Residential students enjoy the full “overnight camp” experience. They “live, breath, eat and sleep” camp throughout their stay. Some of the most memorable camp experiences are those involving time spent together with friends and counsellors at the end of a busy day.

Residential students are encouraged and expected to follow a level of responsibility in their daily actions.

Some of the most memorable events for the residential students are the full day excursions to Quebec City and Ottawa. The excursions are filled with great tours and integrated workshops that complement the classroom study at the camps. Animated walking tours of “Vieux Quebec” and a tour of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa are just some of the highlights!


Intermediate Camper

Day Camps

The Day Camp programmes at the MWS Montreal French Camps are designed for English- speaking students from the greater Montreal area and those visiting family or friends in Montreal who are interested in learning and improving their French in a fun and exciting atmosphere.

The French Day Camp programmes are also ideal for families coming to learn French in Montreal.  MWS is able to recommend high-quality adult language schools in the city. Parents attend classes at the adult schools and the children attend the French Day Camp programmes at MWS.

The Day Camp Programme hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Saturday.

  • Drop-off: Supervision is provided from 8:30 am.
  • Pick-up: Supervision is provided until 5:30 pm.

Early drop-off (8:00 am) and late pick up (6:00 pm) options are available at an extra cost.

Every Wednesday campers enjoy full day excursions. There are no formal classes scheduled on these days. The day ends at 9:00 pm and dinner is included for all campers.

All activities, classes and meals are held together with students in the residential programmes.



Two campers


Our French classes are taught by fully certified, professional teachers who have training and experience in working with language learning students.

Lessons are designed specifically for the Intermediate Camp age students and focus on communication and participation. Our classes are based on student-centered learning and integration.

Intermediate Camp students have 3 hours of classes, 5 days per week. The classes alternate weekly between the mornings, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the afternoons, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In-class learning is enriched with audio-visual material and visits to libraries.

Classes are divided according to the level of French knowledge and age of the students in the Intermediate Camp. On average, there are 12 students per class (with a maximum of 16).

Our teaching programme also offers:

  • First day evaluation and interview to determine level of French
  • Weekly report cards on student progress and MWS certificate upon completion

Group of students in class

Intermediates – Class schedule:


  • Core French
  • Project Introduction


  • Core French
  • Project Work


  • no class


  • Core French
  • Project Work


  • Core French
  • Project Work


  • Core French
  • Project Presentation


  • no class

Core French – includes speaking, listening, writing and reading (new vocabulary, pronunciation and conversation skills)

Project Work – weekly projects relating to the vocabulary and grammar study. Examples include camp newspaper, oral presentations, “Vocab Olympics”, drama productions, etc.


Intermediate campers enjoy a variety of camp activities (on-site) to complement the French classes and excursions.

All camp activities are conducted in French.

Camp activities are scheduled daily. The Intermediate Camp staff organizes, prepares, operates and supervises all camp activities.

The activities include:

  • Sports
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Arts and crafts
  • Murder Mysteries
  • Theme Nights (costume parties)
  • Movie nights
  • Dances

Weekly, all three camps participate in Integration Events. These events are specially selected and planned to include campers in all three camps (and age groups). Integration Events help create a “family” atmosphere at the camps and provide an opportunity for all ages to interact with each other.

Integration Events include:

  • Certain excursions
  • Closing Ceremonies
  • Talent Nights

Our staff ensures that campers are occupied, having fun and learning all the time. The Intermediates profit from a daily schedule designed to help them interact with fellow campers and counsellors

A camper face painting


Intermediate campers attend a great variety of excursions to complement the French classes and camp activities. Some excursions are half day and others are full day events.

All excursions are conducted in French.

Excursions are scheduled daily. The Intermediate Camp staff organizes, prepares for and supervises all camp excursions. They ensure the excursions are age specific, exciting and educational for the intermediate campers.

One of the highlights for the Intermediate Camp is the Space Camp programme at the Cosmodome. The campers have the opportunity to learn about space and how to become an astronaut. Learning to fly the space shuttle and experiencing astronaut-training simulators are highlights of this full day experience.

Other excursions include:

  • Interactive walking tours of Montreal
  • Insectarium visit
  • Museum of Archeology
  • Biodome
  • Bowling
  • Olympic Park
  • Science Centre
  • Notre Dame Basillica
  • Île Notre-Dame
  • Laser Quest
  • Aquadome
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Alouettes football game
  • Impact soccer game

Full day excursions include:

  • Ottawa and visit to Parliament and the Museum of Civilization
  • Quebec City (animated walking tours)
  • La Ronde amusement park

Some excursions only occur during certain times. For more information and a complete listing of excursions included in different sessions and day or residential camps, please contact us for a brochure.

Camper at a space exhibit


In the Intermediate Camp, there is 1 staff member for every 7 campers. The campers are supervised at all times by the camp counsellors and directors.

Intermediate Camp counsellors are French-speaking university students (minimum 18 years old). They have been carefully selected for their character, sense of responsibility, flexibility and colorful personality.

Our counsellors have experience working with young people and understand the wide range of demands for 11 to 13 year olds; some campers need extra attention, others may need responsibility. All are treated with respect.

Campers are assigned to counsellor groups according to age and session dates.

Our residential campers and counsellors live in the same residences, in rooms located next to each other.

Basic medical services are handled by the camp infirmary or the local medical clinic located just a short walk from the camps. The McGill University medical complex and Montreal Children’s Hospital handle all other medical services for our campers.

Staff member with a painted face

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