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A Unique, Hassle-Free Study Abroad Opportunity in which Listening and Speaking Skills SOAR!
About our camps... | This school year's Weekend & One-Day Camps | General Documents for downloading

About Our Camps...

FLA-OC's Annual German, French, and Spanish Weekend Foreign Language Camps (run by volunteer Teachers who are FLA-OC members) are one of our most popular membership features. They provide students enrolled in intermediate and advanced levels of foreign language an opportunity to exercise their listening and speaking skills 24 hours a day with peers and other FL Teachers while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Big Bear Mountain, where Spring camps have traditionally been held for a number of years. Teachers who take students to camp have reported a dramatic change upon returning to the classroom - students are motivated and confident speakers in the target language, and inspire the rest of the class to take risks as well! They also make great new memories and friends from all over the southern CA area.

One-Day Camps are also available and take place at member high schools in the Orange County area. They generally last from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are offered in fall and winter, depending on teacher and student availability and interest. One day of immersion proves to be an effective "shot in the arm" for starting off the year in the target language, and they're held as close to the beginning of the year as possible. Much like the weekend camps, new memories and friends are made.

See a Camp Comparison Chart, One-Day vs. Weekend

Each distinct language camp has its own main contact person and committee of member teachers, and these vary from year to year. For any questions on our successful camps, please write to Elisabeth Strauss, VP of Camps, at lizstra@adelphia.com.

What follows is a comparison chart that describes each type of camp offered by FLA-OC in more detail. We hope that you can bring students to each one, as they are both beneficial for everyone involved, Teachers and students alike! Be sure to read up on the Steps for Participating in Camps, and download General Documents you'll need for advertising the event on your school campus and for your participant registration.

CAMP COMPARISON CHART
Length of Camp: One day, about 6 hours One weekend, Friday afternoon to Sunday mid-day
Place: An Orange County school (transportation methods vary) Big Bear Mountain (transportation via charter bus)
Cost for Teacher/Student: $10 (includes instruction, materials, breakfast & lunch; Teachers work free, ha!) $140 (includes transportation to and from a central OC high school, 24-hour supervision, more than 30 hours of target-language practice, lodging & meals for 2 days & 2 nights, instruction & materials; Teachers pay $140 as well)
Language Levels: I and II (Junior Highs welcome) III, IV, AP/IB, and Native Speakers
Number of Participants: varies each year (Teachers have no limit) at least 120 students (limit of 10 students per Teacher)


GENERAL DOCUMENTS for downloading:

  • One-Day Camp Application for GERMAN Students

  • One-Day Camp Application for SPANISH Students
  • Weekend Camp Application for Students

  • Weekend Camp Application for Teachers

  • MINI-IMMERSION ONE-DAY CAMPS:

    This school year's One-Day Camp Event Details are listed below. Mark your calendars! Also of interest are the Schedule of Activities and the detailed instructions for How-to-Participate.

    One-Day Camp Schedule of Activities (Template, may vary from year to year and language to language)
    8:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Registration
    8:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Ice Breakers, Presentations of Schools, Pledge
    9:05 - 9:50 a.m.: Class Session #1
    9:55 - 10:40 a.m.: Class Session #2
    10:40 - 10:55 a.m.: BREAK/Snack/Store Open
    11:00 - 11:45 a.m.: Class Session #3
    11:50 - 12:35 p.m.: Class Session #4
    12:35 - 1:00 p.m.: LUNCH/Store Open
    1:05 - 2:15 p.m.: Field Activities
    2:15 - 2:30 p.m.: Awards & Closing Ceremonies

    How To Participate in One-Day Camps

    WEEKEND IMMERSION CAMPS:

    ATTENTION, TEACHERS INTERESTED IN WEEKEND CAMPS:
    Our first camp planning meeting (for all 3 language groups) is held during our FLA-OC General Meeting... scheduled on October 10 at Tustin Community Center! See you there!

    FRENCH CAMPERS - CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE!
    http://mysite.verizon.net/respyz7w/flaocfrenchcamp/

    Meeting Schedule & Documents to Download

    A NOTE FROM THE SPANISH CAMP COORDINATORS
    TO ALL FLA-OC SPANISH TEACHERS:

    Dear Fellow Spanish Teachers!

    Paola and I are excited to host our first planning meeting for the 2008 Campamento de Español on Wednesday, October 24. Here are the details:

      Where: Valencia High School, 500 N. Bradford Avenue, Placentia CA 92870, Room 502 (Paola Ledezma’s room)
      When: Wednesday, October 24, at 4:00 PM
      Why: To get together to begin planning our Campamento, scheduled for April 18-20 in Big Bear.
      Whom to contact: Please RSVP to me at spicht@pylusd.org so we can have a good idea of how many people to expect. You can also call me at 714-931-3781 for more information.

    Our theme this year is “El Caribe” so please bring your ideas and your expertise and plan on helping us put on a wonderful camp!

    ¡Nos vemos el 24 de octubre!

    Steve Picht y Paola Ledezma


    Weekend Camp Schedule of Activities (Template, may vary from year to year and language to language)
    Date/Time
    Activity Name & Description
    FRIDAY,
    5 p.m.
    Depart from a central OC high school
    Roll is taken, Customs – passports stamped before entering buses
    7:30 p.m. Arrival at Presbyterian Conference Center
    Snack, Pledge to Speak Spanish, Introduction of Schools, Camp Rules, Ice Breakers, Music, etc.
    9:30 p.m. Brief Teacher meeting
    SATURDAY,
    7:45 a.m.
    1st Breakfast (8 tables in dining room)
    Table games & conversation/“Quiero comer” song & mini-aerobics
    8:15 a.m. 2nd Breakfast (9 tables in dining room)
    Table games & conversation/“Quiero comer” song & mini-aerobics
    8:50 - 9:35 a.m. Class Session #1 (dance, culinary arts, civilizations & cultures)
    9:40 - 10:20 a.m. Class Session #2
    10:20 - 10:40 a.m. White Elephant store opens for business
    10:40 - 11:20 a.m. Class Session #3
    11:25 - 12:05 p.m. Class Session #4
    12:15 - 1 p.m. 1st Lunch (9 tables in dining room)
    Table games & conversation/“Quiero comer” song & mini-aerobics
    1:05 - 1:45 p.m. 2nd Lunch (8 tables in dining room)
    Table games & conversation/“Quiero comer” song & mini-aerobics
    1:45 - 2:15 Scavenger Hunt/Nature Hike
    2:20 - 3:25 Sports/Olympic Games/Table Games
    3:25 - 3:40 White Elephant store opens for business
    3:45 - 4:25 Arts & Crafts/The Mail
    4:30 - 5:15 Rehearsal for Oral Presentations
    5:15 - 6:00 Free time & preparation for evening activities
    6:00 - 6:40 1st Dinner (8 tables in dining room)
    Table games & conversation/“Quiero comer” song & mini-aerobics
    6:45 - 7:30 2nd Dinner (9 tables in dining room)
    Table games & conversation/“Quiero comer” song & mini-aerobics
    7:40 - 8:30 Presentations of Group Projects & Awards
    8:35 - 9:15 Campfire stories & singing
    9:30 - 11:00 p.m. Latin Dance & Games
    SUNDAY,
    7:15 - 8:15 a.m.
    Cabin clean-up & bus loading
    Roll is taken, Customs – passports stamped before entering buses
    8:15 - 8:45 1st Brunch (9 tables in dining room)
    Table games & conversation/“Quiero comer” song & voting for Camp Awards
    8:50 - 9:20 2nd Brunch (8 tables in dining room)
    Table games & conversation/“Quiero comer” song & voting for Camp Awards
    9:30 - 10:20 White Elephant store opens for business
    10:20 - 10:55 The Court & Awards:
    Penalties for English speakers, prizes for star campers; cabin check
    11:00 a.m. Departure from Big Bear
    1:00 p.m. Arrival at a central OC high school & prompt parent pick-up