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Montreal

English Camps

The MWS Montreal English Camps are designed for students who are interested in learning English while being immersed in Canada’s most bilingual city. A variety of excursions, daily classes, sporting activities and a fully organized on-camp programme keep the students occupied and learning at all times.

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Your child’s age is his or her age as of Dec. 31, 2019

Junior Camp
Junior Camp

Junior Camp

Ages 7-10 years

Junior Camp is a fantastic English immersion experience! It is an excellent opportunity for children who have never attended English language camps before and for those who are looking to build on past camp experiences.

The Junior Camp is also a great introduction to those interested in the residential camp experience. Our family atmosphere and attentive and caring staff help make the “away from home” time most positive.

The programme is exciting and stimulating and challenges the campers to learn through doing – classes, activities and excursions are fun, interactive and educational.

Most days are divided into 3 periods. These include:

  • English classes
  • Excursions
  • Camp activities

Every Wednesday and Sunday, campers enjoy full day excursions.

Residential Junior CampsResidential Junior Camps

The residential programmes at the MWS Montreal English 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, breathe, 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.

Junior Day Camps

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

The English Day Camp programmes are also ideal for families coming to learn English in Montreal. Parents attend classes at the adult schools and the children attend the English 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 8:00 am.
  • Pick-up: Supervision is provided until 5:30 pm.

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.

ClassesClasses

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

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

Junior 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 children’s libraries.

Classes are divided according to the level of English knowledge and age of the students in the Junior 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 English
  • Weekly report cards on student progress and MWS certificate upon completion

Junior Class Schedule

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Core English
Project Introduction
Tuesday
Core English
Project Work
Wednesday
no class
Thursday
Core English
Project Work
Friday
Core English
Project Work
Saturday
Core English
Project Presentation
Sunday
no class

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

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

Activities

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

All camp activities are conducted in English.

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

The activities include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Sports
  • Swimming
  • Cooking
  • Theme Nights (Pajama parties)
  • Movie Nights

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:

  • Talent Nights
  • Carnivals
  • Closing Ceremonies

Our staff ensures that campers are occupied, having fun and learning all the time. Carefully timed play and rest periods provide for a great balance in the Junior Camp.

Excursions

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

All excursions are conducted in English.

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

One of the highlights for the Junior Camp is a visit to Voiles en Voiles, an aerial adventure course theme park located in the Old Port of Montreal. An amazing, active experience involving Pirate and Royal ships from the 18th century! History comes alive in physical and educational activities overlooking Vieux Montréal!

Other excursions include:

  • Interactive walking tours of Montreal
  • Insecterium visit
  • Museum of Archaeology
  • Biodome
  • Olympic Park
  • Science Centre
  • Bowling
  • Planetarium
  • Labyrinthe
  • Laser Quest
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Alouettes football game
  • Impact soccer game

Full day excursions include:

  • Ottawa and visit to Parliament and Museum of Civilization
  • Quebec City and Montmorency Falls visit
  • 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.

Staff

In the Junior Camp, there is 1 staff member for every 5 campers. The campers are supervised at all times by the camp counsellors and directors.

Junior Camp counsellors are English-speaking university students (minimum 18 years old). They have been carefully selected for their character, sense of responsibility and especially caring attitude. Extensive training further helps our counsellors to meet the needs of junior campers.

Campers are assigned to counsellor groups according to age and session dates. All day long, counsellors talk and play with the campers; in the evening, the residential campers and counsellors share juice and cookies to relax before bed. Falling asleep is never a problem after exciting and busy days!

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 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.

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