The University of Maine at Fort Kent will offer a four-day French camp for youth from Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, July 9. Classes will be held each day from 9 to 11 a.m. at the UMFK Sports Center.
The program is designed to teach children, ages five to eleven, to learn and use the French language. Students will participate in various activities, which include arts and crafts, storytelling, games, field trips, and singing. They will bring home new vocabulary and various fun projects.
The camp will be led by Connie Cloutier, a certified French language instructor. The cost of the camp is $50 per child. Lunch is not provided and space is limited.
The camp also is a fun way for children to practice skills they may have learned at home or in school. The program continues to be popular with local residents, as well as with visitors who spend their summers in the Valley.
For several years, the French camp has served to educate students about local culture and history, as well as to prepare them for being part of a global community. Acquisition and reinforcement of language skills enrich a child’s cultural awareness and appreciation.