French Immersion Leadership Programs

for French immersion and Francophone students Grade 6-8

This program is cancelled in 2021. Stay tuned for updates about 2022!

An opportunity for campers to grow their leadership skills in a fun and engaging environment. Campers attending this program will participate in exciting leadership and team-building activities led by our experienced and seasoned staff while also partaking in typical outdoor camp activities such as high ropes, large camp games, archery, and more.

Campers can expect to gain independence, make new friends and pursue their bilingual journey. Our long-standing program leaves campers feeling ready to take on leadership positions at our camps as part of our Counsellor in Training program!

A four-day, three-night program in early summer specifically designed to prepare candidates for the CIT program through the development of their leadership skills. It is mandatory for all CIT candidates to attend this program.

Campers will spend the trip participating in team-building activities where each team member must contribute to the success of another team member in his or her challenge; participate in several leadership games; accomplish team challenges like fire-building; and go for hikes in the beautiful multi-acre facility.

Each evening, campers gather around a campfire for stories and songs. Campers will also receive an initiation to the CIT program, review the expectations, the activities and get an overview of a week as a CIT at Camp Tournesol.

Daily recap: Click here for last year’s daily update from our overnight camps!

Check out dates and rates for this program in the table below.  For information on our discounts and FAQ check our pricing camp page.

Program Name Weeks Offered Age Group Fee Busing
2+3 trip: 2 days at day camp and 3 days away Week of July 13th and 20th grades 1 to 6 $550 Transportation to overnight camp site included in registration fee
Overnight Camps: Sunday afternoon to Friday end of day Week of July 26 Week of August 9 Week of August 23 grades 3 to 8 grade 2 exceptions on a case-by-case basis (French immersion) $900 One way: $50.00 Round trip: $80.00
Overnight Camps: (PFE) Week of August 3 (until Friday August 7th grades 3 to 8 Practical French Essentials (Core French and Extended French) $750 One way: $50.00 Round trip: $80.00
Overnight CIT Program Week of July 26 Week of August 16 grades 9 and 10 $625 One way: $50.00 Round trip: $80
Leadership Program (mandatory for CIT candidates) Sunday June 28th to Wednesday July 1st (Schomberg) Tuesday August 4th to Friday August 7th (Bracebridge) grades 6 to 8 $625 ($575 when purchased with 2 CIT weeks) One way - Schomberg: $30 One way - Tamarack : 50$ Round trip - Schomberg: $55 Round trip - Tamarack: $80

The Stay: Cedar Glen, Schomberg

Photo of cabin room at Cedar Glen site

Situated on 263 acres of breath-taking countryside located on the Oak Ridges Moraine and Ontario GreenBelt, Cedar Glen is the perfect backdrop for an outdoor retreat.

The sleeping accommodations are quaint wooden lodges adjacent to the Main Lodge. Each room has a private washroom and shower. At the end of their stay, they can expect to be tired but have learnt new skills and built new friendships.

The Fun:

During this program, campers will develop their teamwork, organisational, and leadership skills, and will develop an understanding of what it means to be a Counselor in Training at Camp Tournesol. Specific activities may include:

  • Wilderness survival, like fire and shelter building
  • Large field games, including running pictionary and animal survival
  • Revision of the CIT handbook
  • Brainstorming and discussing the roles and responsibilities of a CIT
  • Enacting scenarios that frequently arise at camp
  • Practicing leading games and helping campers
  • Evening campfires, songs, and storytelling


  • The fee is for a three-night and four-day camp.
  • Includes all meals and snacks for the four-day camp.
  • All accommodations and activities.
  • A Tournesol T-shirt
  • Campers are responsible for their clothes and personal expenses.

Transportation: There will be pick up locations in the GTA for a round-trip fee of $50 for Schomberg and $80 for Bracebridge. Please note that bus stops and times are subject to sufficient registration at each stop. The bus times are as follows:

Pick-up August 6th Drop-off August 9th
Erin Mills Athletic Field 4407 Haydock Park Drive, Mississauga 8:45am 4:20pm
Julliard PS: 61 Julliard PS: 61 Julliard PS, Maple 10:00am 2:30pm
Yorkdale SS: 38 Orfus Rd, North York 9:30am 3:20pm

Parent Handbook

The 2019 Parent Handbook has arrived! Included in this document are:

  • things to bring
  • code of conduct
  • pick up and drop off procedures
  • complete itinerary (for our trips)
  • and much more

A copy will be sent to you following your registration in the Leadership Program.

“What a great experience!! Besides the obvious advantage of maintaining French over the summer months, my son learned so much about himself, made great friends, showed leadership, came home with a sense of maturity and appreciation for family.“


“Well organized. Great counsellors. Nice accommodations.”

Group of campers smiling in rock climbing equipment

Counsellor in Training: Day Camp (13 and 14 year olds)

Interested in putting your leadership skills to the test? Join us as a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) at one of our many day camp locations! On-site CITs will shadow a senior counselor, discovering the day to day responsibilities of a CIT. Throughout the week, CITs will partner with their senior counselor to help run a variety of games and activities, including sports, team-building games, board games, arts and crafts, and our creativity module. Once they’ve practiced their leadership skills, they will take the lead themselves! Read all about the CIT day camp program here.

Counsellor in Training: Overnight Camp (15 and 16 year olds)

Time to take your leadership skills to the next level by joining the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program at our overnight camp! CITs will be matched with a senior counselor and will spend the week shadowing them, seeing leadership in action. CITs will sleep in campers’ cabins and provide support to campers, assist in leading cabin activities and large field games, and then will take the lead themselves during the week to put those leadership skills into action! During specialty activities (e.g. large camp games, meals) CITs will help ensure the safety of the campers, all while having fun in French themselves! Find more information about the program and the site here.

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