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Les Indispensables pour une semaine de DAY CAMP Chez Action Camp

Action Camp n’est pas un camp comme les autres ou même un classique centre de loisir. Action Camp ouvre ses portes à tous, tout en proposant différentes options. Même si on peut choisir entre 5 camps différents on va retrouver les mêmes bases dans chaque. Contrairement à d’autres centres de loisirs à Action Camp on va avoir un équilibre entre apprendre une langue et faire du sport ou des activités extérieurs. De ce fait, nous voulons que le Day-Bag de nos campeurs soit à la hauteur de nos activités. C’est pour cela qu’on vous propose un petit breakdown des choses indispensables pour une semaine à Action camp. Vous trouverez aussi une liste (non-exhaustives) à la fin de l’article.

Pour les cours de langue le matin

Tous les cours de langues sont donnés par des professeurs de confiances, originaire du pays de la langue qu’ils enseignent. Ainsi, ils auront tous leurs propres méthodes et certaines préférences d’enseignement. Il se pourrait que certains professeurs ait déjà imprimé le matériel de cours. Cependant, les affaires principales, indispensables pour ces cours, ne sortent pas de l’ordinaire.
Chaque élève aura besoin de :

  • Une trousse bien complète afin de noter certains éléments clefs pendant le cours, mais surtout pour participer aux nombreuses activités interactives.
  • Un porte-vues ou une pochette : Il n’est pas rare que les professeurs distribuent des feuilles pour faire des exercices/jeux/activités, donc un porte-vues ou une pochette pourra toujours être utile, pour éviter de les perdre.
  • Un petit cahier: Il est souvent nécessaire de prendre quelques notes donc un petit cahier sera nécessaire.
  • Matériel de coloriage: Indispensable pour rendre un cours de langues intéressant et amusant.

 

Pour les Activités de sport l’après-midi

En revanche lorsque que les campeurs ne sont pas dans une salle de classe, ce n’est plus la même boîte à outils dont ils auront besoin. On a envie de penser au soleil, à la chaleur et à la baignade. On va échanger les stylos et les cahiers pour des tenues de sports et des baskets.

  • Tenue de sport : On encourage souvent nos campeurs à venir en tenue de sport dès le début de la journée mais cela reste un choix. Il y a toujours la possibilité d’amener une tenue de sport dans le sac à dos, des vestiaires sont à dispositions pour se changer.
  • Paire de baskets : On insiste pour que tout le monde vienne avec une bonne paire de baskets car nous voulons à tout prix éviter les blessures, tout en garantissant un bon confort pour nos campeurs.
  • Casquette : Il est inutile de rappeler que passer l’été à Valbonne est synonyme de grand soleil et chaleur. Il est donc obligatoire d’apporter un chapeau style casquette, bob et il devra être porté pendant toute exposition au soleil. La santé de vos enfants est primordiale et nous prenons toutes les précautions nécessaires pour éviter, non seulement blessures mais aussi insolations.
  • Gourde: Le prochain élément indispensable est donc une gourde (bouteille en plastique à éviter). Il est très important de s’hydrater tout au long de la journée et surtout durant les activités sportives, donc nous insistons à ce que chaque campeurs ramène sa propre gourde.
  • Crème solaire : Pour continuer dans la prévention des dangers du soleil la crème solaire sera un accessoire fortement utilisé pendant toute la duration du camp. Nous recommandons une crème solaire avec un indice de protection de 30 minimum, mais nous un indice de 50+ est fortement préféré. 
  • Maillot de Bain + Serviette : Et enfin les deux articles qu’on préfère le plus… le maillots et la serviette ! A Action Camp, nous avons l’incroyable chance d’avoir accès à la piscine extérieur du Centre International de Valbonne. C’est ainsi que tous les après-midis, nos campeurs bénéficient d’une heure entièrement dédié à se rafraichir et s’amuser dans l’eau.Vous pouvez retrouver ci-dessous la liste de tous les indispensables dont nous venons de parler. Comme dit précédemment, ce n’est pas une liste exhaustive même si certains articles sont obligatoires pour participer à certaines activités.
    Nous espérons que cela vous viendra utile et nous avons hâte de vous voir parmi nous cet été.

 


Day Camp – Listes Compléte

Cours de langue:

  • Sac à dos
  • Trousse complète (stylos, crayons, gomme, surligneurs)
  • Portes vues
  • Petit cahier
  • Matériel de coloriage

Activités sportives et reste de la journée :

  • Tenues de sports
  • Basquets/chaussures de sport
  • Maillots/short de bain
  • Serviette
  • Casquette
  • Lunettes de soleil
  • Crème Solaire
  • Bouteille d’eau

 

 

 

Top 9 summer activities for kids in the South of France

As a parent vacationing in the South of France, Do you ever ask yourself, “where should my children go for their Summer holidays?” or “What activities will they enjoy the most over the summer?”. Well, with our local knowledge in kid’s summer camps in the South of France, we have created a breakdown of the 9 best activities for your kids and teenagers to enjoy in the French Riviera.

 

1. Sailing
The French Riviera is a fantastic destination for sailing; from the classy atmosphere around Cannes to the relaxing Îles de Lérins facing Cannes, the sailing experience is second to none. The Cote d’Azur also offers many options for total beginners. If you want to learn to sail, there are countless sailing schools which offer sailing courses and lessons for all. Action Camp works in close quarters with the sailing school of Antibes to treat our campers with a very safe and fun sail around Antibes, where they will board a catamaran in groups of 4 and learn how to steer, tack and use the Sail to set the direction.

Action Campers sailing catamarans in Antibes. This is one of the week’s highlights!!

2. Climbing

The mountainous areas of the Cote d’Azur and Provence offer excellent rock climbing areas. Only half an hour away from Cannes you can find yourself at the bottom of beautiful cliffs. Also, if you look in the right places, you can find a lot of indoor climbing centers. Campers enjoying the Action Camp Programs will find themselves bouldering in a very fun indoor climbing center located just 10 walking minutes away from camp.

 

Action Campers at the local bouldering indoor gym

3. Scuba-diving

It is not a surprise that most of the best activities in the Riviera are water-based. If you spend the summer around Cannes and Antibes, scuba-diving is a must. It is an amazing experience to explore the depths of the crystal clear water around the Cap d’Antibes and its amazing sea-life. Octopuses, soles, and breams are a very common sight around the Posidonia meadows scattered around the crystal clear waters of the Cap d’Antibes.

4. Kayaking

Kayaking in the French Riviera is an activity that is truly underrated. People don’t realise the beauty that kayaking through the cliffs of l’Esterel, between Saint-Raphael and Théoule-sur-Mer, has to offer. It’s one of the best combinations of physical exercise and relaxation in an unprecedented location. Kayaking is such a versatile water sport that can be done in fresh water courses as well as on the calm shores of Cannes or Antibes.

 

5. Cycling

It is often considered that cycling is the national Sport in France, especially in the South of France, which attracts cyclists from all over the world. This part of France has everything a road cyclist could ask for, from high altitude cols to seaside roads that go on for countless kilometers. This explains the number of cycling courses you can find in the summer. Not only road bikes! The local ski resorts transform into summer downhill bike racetracks. These can be accessed with a short 1h30 car ride from the city of Nice.

 

6. Theme parks

Where ever you go in the world you’ll always find a theme park. The South of France, being the tourist attraction that it is, houses a multitude of theme parks from water parks to adrenaline rides. At Action camp, our residential campers often get the luxury to spend one of their weekend days at a theme park of our choice, often a water park. Water-based activities are welcomed by every camper on hot summer days.

Immersed in the greenery of the Lac de St. Cassien lake, this aqua park is the favorite weekend leisure activity of our campers.

7. Canyoning

The Gorges du Loup is situated only 15 minutes away from Valbonne and offers some amazing Canyoning experiences, with thrilling sensations and amazing landscapes to see. Canyoning isn’t a widespread sport but it involves trekking through gorges, waterfalls and giant rock pools. We are yet to introduce this activity at Action camp but are looking at broadening our horizons. In the meantime check this out for info regarding canyoning in the Gorges du Loup, click here.

 

8. Hiking
Although the South of France is well renowned for its water sports, you must not forget the dominating presence of the Alps and the breathtaking hiking routes that are available. You only have to drive half an hour out of Nice and you are surrounded by mountains and wildlife. If you drive an extra hour you will escape all traces of civilization, and you can end up hiking through the Vallée des Merveilles in the Mercantour National Park through which you will discover prehistoric traces of the first European agricultural tribes whom lived in the Alpes of the Mercantour and were animal herders.

Along the way, they see and learn the themes they have studied in class
Our Junior campers enjoying some riverside hiking in the campus side fôret des Bouillides.

9. Visiting the arts and the Culture
This part of France has such a rich culture and traditional way of life that visiting the local area has to be in the top 10 activities. You can walk around the pedestrian streets of Antibes and visit the Picasso Museum. You can go to the old town in Biot and learn about the glass blowing traditions. You can go to Cannes and feel like a pop star walking in the footsteps of all those who attended the Cannes film festival. You can walk along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and eat a Gelato while you admire the azure pebble riddled shore-break. You can even spend the day in Monaco visiting the castle whilst admiring all the luxury cars driving around. Possibilities are endless.

 

Join Action Camp this summer, and treat your kids with an educational vacation in the South of France

 

Whatever activities you will pick for your kids, we are sure that the South of France is the best place to spend the summer. If you want your kids to have a week full of activities whilst also practicing their English And French language, make sure you read more about our Summer Camp Programs.

 

 

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A typical day at English Action Camp

English Action Camp Daily Schedule

 

  • 8.30 – 9.00: Circle time activities started off by the residential campers, gradually joined by the day campers arriving at 9 am.
  • 9.00 – 12.00: Class time
  • 12.00 – 14.00: Lunchtime and free time
  • 14.00 – 15.30: Sport Period
  • 15.30 – 16.30: Pool time – really rewarding for campers on hot summer July afternoons
  • 16.30 – 18.00: Creative period
  • 18.00: home time (Friday has kids crying because saying goodbye to their new made friends)

 

A typical day of English Action Camp starts between 8:30 am and 9:00 am. This is when our kids and teenagers get dropped off at the Centre International de Valbonne, CIV (International Centre of Valbonne).

At 8:30 am the circle time activities are kicked off by the residential campers, gradually joined by the day campers until 9 am. Circle time activities are run by the staff and teachers and can vary from ball games to introductory games where everyone can get to know each other. At Action camp we really value that half hour in the morning. It’s really important to get the kids warmed up for the day. It’s also really useful on the first days of the week to help everyone socialise and make as many friends as possible

At 9:00 am everyone splits off in their respective age groups and the day can officially begin. Throughout the morning our kids and teenagers will have 3 hours of English lessons led by hand-selected native English teachers, with a 20-minute break in the middle. Our aim is to make the lessons as interactive and as fun as possible. We want it to feel like a summer camp and not school. So, although our number 1 goal is to improve the English skills of the children we focus on achieving this in an entertaining way. We also believe that someone is a lot more likely to improve their English skills if they truly enjoy the lessons.
A typical lesson will always focus on listening, writing and most importantly speaking.
We like to think of Action Camp as one big family which is why we value the time that our kids and teens spend outside of their respective groups. This is why daily lunch breaks are spent with other action camp groups. As we accommodate campers from all over Europe, this allows for multicultural socializing. This means English becomes the main language used in the playground.


 

At 12:00 pm everyone enjoys 2 whole hours for lunch and free time before the afternoon activities take place. All our campers have the privilege of eating in the CIV canteen and enjoy a 3-course meal with a starter of their choice, the main dish, a dessert of their choice and piece of fruit. The food served at the canteen is guaranteed to be healthy, varied and always with an allergen-free and vegetarian option.

 


 

At 2:00 pm the English Action Camp group will meet again to start the afternoon activities.
From 14:00  to 15:30, our kids and teens will get a chance to play a multitude of sports such as beach volleyball, tennis, hockey, athletics, rounders and even a mini Olympics competition. Thanks to the amazing facilities at the CIV, we get access to 10 tennis courts, 2 hockey fields, 4 basketball courts, a 400m athletics track, an 11 a side football field and the outdoor pool. Action campers will have the right facilities to practice fun sports in a safe environment.

 


 

 

At 3:30 pm the English Action Campers are treated to an hour of outdoor pool time. This is a fantastic way to cool off after all the exercise that’s taken place before. This is often the campers favorite time of the day, as it is always really rewarding on a hot summer July afternoon.

 

 

 


 

 

From 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm the campers will express themselves in creative activities. These activities change during the week and include painting, sculpting, creating collages, posters and even practicing their acting abilities in theatre lessons. All of these activities will have them work on their English vocabulary in order to complement the morning lessons. They will be encouraged to work in teams and to collaborate amongst themselves to accomplish the best creations.

 


After a day packed with learning and fun activities; the meet up with parents happens at 6:00 PM. This is a great opportunity for parents and legal guardians to meet the teachers and staff to find out how their children are getting on. We are always open for suggestions and feedback, as our number one priority is for our campers to have the best summer experience in one of the most amazing locations of the South of France.

 

Action Camp Bus

This summer 2019, we have partnered again with CME BUS to run the Action Camp daily Bus Shuttles from Monaco to Valbonne. If you haven’t heard about this offer yet, then scroll down to find out all the relative information.

The bus is a 15 seater bus and will be driving from Monday to Friday throughout the Action Camp Summertime weeks.

The bus leaves from Monaco Place des Moulins at 8.30 am, stops in Monaco Jardins Exotiques at 8.45 am and arrive at Action Camp in Sophia Antipolis by 9 am. Campers arriving from Monaco and Nice by bus will be received by our amazing Action Camp staff on site ready to start a day full of activities.

At the end of the day, campers that have signed up for the Action Camp Bus will board the 15 seater minivan at 6 pm. The first stop will be in Monaco, Jardin exotiques at 6.15 pm and then Monaco Place des Moulins qt 6.30 pm.

Parents will have to ensure to arrive on time at the bus stops in Monaco!

 

Have a look at the illustration to summarise the Action Camp Bus morning and afternoon itinerary.