VSF French Summer Camps 2018

Sailing, Sand Sailing, Ceramics and Fun at the Beach!

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AGE 8 - 13

Theme: "Séjour Plage et Découverte"

You dream of holiday by the Sea ? You would like to try sand yachting, flying kites, skimboarding with friends ? This is made for you!

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  • Sailing: Initiation in sailing on a Funboat
    In Port Leucate, campers will learn together and individually, under the supervision of professionals, the basics of Sailing on the Lake Marin: they will study the boat and it’s equipment, techniques of navigation, and they will learn how to “read the wind”…!

  • Drift fishing in the lagoon : There the children will learn a typical local way of fishing called « La Pêche à la Caluche » a fisherman uses a boat to set the net 800 meters out to sea and the children who remain on the beach have to haul in the net, hopefully with fish, shellfish and crabs inside for dinner!
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  • Sand Sailing:  
    It is on the beautiful beach “La Franqui” along the coast that our instructors at the « Yachting School of the Coussoles » will teach our campers together and individually, the basics of Sand sailing (trimming, boat handling change of directions etc...)
  • Kite Workshop:
    Every child will have his/her own kit to build his personal kite. He/she will decorate it and competitions will be organized on the beach!
  • Marine Carpentry workshop:
    Here children will be initiated in knot making on a 7 meters long sailboat which is high and dry (no danger of drowning then !). Finally they will create a board displaying the different knots learned. 

  • Ceramic Workshop:
    Guided by a real artist, our campers are going to design a collective Fresco following the theme of the sea.
  • Accrobranches (Adventure trails at the tree climbing center):
    More than 100 adventure trails in the trees! Zip wires, monkey bridges and nets ... so much fun!

 Other Activities

  • Fishing
  • Building small aquariums
  • Discovery and study of the local marine life
  • Flying Kites
  • Tales and legends of the Sea
  • Games on the beach, 
  • Beach Volley ball
  • Hiking trips 
  • ....and of course, Parties ! 
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Choice of Field Trips

  • Hiking trip on the "Leucatois Plateau":
    On this classified nature reserve (Natura 2000) overlooking the sea, we will use our binoculars to carefully observe the birds living in this area...a great breath of fresh air!
  • Visit to the Leucate Coast guard station.
    In the French Mediterranean Sea, there are 19 stations used by the Navy to supervise air and sea activity (surveillance mission). The station of Leucate dominates a magnificent cliff; from there the children will be able to view the entire coast!
  • Visit to local museums.
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> Activities will be programmed according to the wishes of the children
and the proposals of the teaching staff.

Lodging: CENTRE DE LEUCATE in 3 buildings surrounded by 170 acres of land, offering rooms with 5 to 6 beds with shower facilities on each level (2 storeys high). A large dining-room divided in 3 areas (per age groups), 6 activity rooms, a show room and a small library as well as a circus tent and several playgrounds are there for the children to enjoy (...to read more click here) .

My best memory of camp will be my friends and how much fun we had together. The camp site was great and the counselors were nice, helpful and funny. I really like my camp counselors. My favorite activity was the « Accrobranches » because I enjoy high places and being up in the trees playing with my friends was just great. I also enjoyed the beach a lot, swimming, playing soccer or just hang out with my girlfriends… I will recommend this camp program to everyone I know back in Cairo, because I really had a great experience ! I came to this camp to improve my French and I made so much progress. IN one single sentence I would just say : this camp was AMAZING ! Thank you to all my new friends, thank you to the counselors, thank you to VSF and to my parents for giving me this opportunity. I will never forget this summer holiday !

 Alia A. El. H. Age: 11, (Cairo EGYPT)


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