What is Spanish Camp?
Spanish camp is not a traditional classroom experience. It is a day camp where each activity is designed to be fun and engaging for kids. We use the immersion approach where staff communicate in the target language of Spanish. While this may seem intimidating for beginner level learners, our counselors are trained to adapt to each child’s level. Most fears are put to rest when campers see the silliness that takes place when a language barrier is turned into a game of charades. Our counselors push higher level students by holding them accountable and challenging them. The immersion approach does not come with a list of vocab words. In fact, most of the time kids don’t even realize how much they are learning. This program is for kids age 4 to grade 5- all levels are welcome.
When: Monday-Thursday 9am-1pm
*extra care available select weeks (mon-thurs 8am-4pm)
Where: Chanhassen Rec Center and Shorewood Event
Who: ages 4 to grade 5 (for the 2022/2023 school year)
Cost: $185 for early registration ($195 full price)
(early bird price available up to 2 weeks before start date)
Our family has done many years of camps and Spanish tops them all! My daughter learned so much and had a blast!
Is Spanish Camp right for my child?
New to Spanish!
Spanish Camp is a great experience for kids to be introduced to learning Spanish for the very first time! They are in a critical period for language development and we take advantage of that by welcoming them into a fun, Spanish-speaking environment. Maybe you’re thinking about immersion school in the future or you just want to expose your child to new opportunities, Spanish Camp is the place to start!
Beginner level students are those who have had some exposure to Spanish from lessons at school or from a Spanish-speaking parent. At Spanish Camp, they are fully immersed in the language and surrounded with kids and counselors who motivate them to learn! Kids get to build off of the vocabulary they already know and soak in all of the new information around them. The camp environment is perfect for letting kids practice what they are learning in real time.
After-school Spanish students thrive at Spanish Camp! They get to show beginners what they’ve learned in class, while also being motivated by immersion students to strive towards language fluency. At camp, after-school students have the opportunity to experience the immersion setting which helps them build confidence to use what they know! Students get to learn how fun Spanish can be outside of the classroom environment.
Spanish Camp is the perfect experience for immersion students. Not only does it give them the opportunity to further develop their language abilities during the summer, but it also allows them to show other students how much they learn in school! For those students who might be burnt out from school or more reluctant to speak Spanish outside of the classroom, camp shows kids that learning Spanish is fun! We want to help kids find their own motivation to learn Spanish!
Spanish camp is the perfect community for kids whose first language is Spanish! Kids get to have fun and meet new friends all while being part of a Spanish speaking community. Maybe you’re a native speaker, but struggle to get your children to speak Spanish. At camp, counselors and staff encourage and motivate kids to take pride in their ability to understand and speak Spanish!
What does a day at camp look like?
Llegada: Campers check-in.
Reunión: The entire group gathers for introductions and announcements.
Grupos pequeños: Campers are split into groups based on age and language level.
Exploración I: Crafts and STEM activity
Tentempié: A snack will be provided
Exploración II: Team mission activity
Almuerzo: A lunch from home and free time to play
Exploración III: Large group game
Conclusión: Music, skit, and a quick recap
Salida: Day camp ends. See you tomorrow!
Frequently Asked Questions
What should my child bring to camp?
- Bag lunch
- Water bottle
- Tennis shoes
- Comfortable clothes
Please do NOT bring toys or electronic devices (if a phone is needed, it must be put away).
Can I refund a purchase?
Cancellations made 1 week or less prior to the camp session start date are non-refundable. Cancellations due to a camper's illness or medical reasons or other uncontrollable circumstance, your camp fees will be partially refunded with a doctor's statement/official note. Missing a day of camp for any reason is non-refundable. Should a camper's behavior or a discipline problem affect our work with other campers or their enjoyment of camp, we reserve the right to dismiss him or her, without refund, for the remainder of the session.
Can I have another adult pick up my child?
Yes. Please list another adult in the "caregiver" section at registration.
What if my child has an allergy?
During check-in, we will inquire about the details of your child's allergy. Please bring necessary items that your child needs in case of an emergency. Our staff is trained in first aid and infant/adult CPR.
Can my child attend multiple sessions?
Yes! Our camps are designed to keep kids engaged all summer long!
What is your policy on behavioral problems?
When a camper does not follow the behavior guidelines, we will take the following action steps as behavior problems progress.
- Staff will redirect the camper to more appropriate behavior.
- If inappropriate behavior continues, the camper will be reminded of behavior guidelines and camp rules, and the camper will be asked to correct his/her behavior.
- If inappropriate behavior continues, as a final action step the camper may be dismissed from camp.
Examples of unacceptable behavior:
- Refusing to follow behavior guidelines or camp rules
- Using profanity, vulgarity or obscenity
- Stealing or damaging property (personal or camp property)
- Refusal to participate in activities or cooperate with staff
- Disrupting a program
- Leaving a program without permission
- Teasing, making fun or bullying of other campers or staff
- Fighting of any kind
Camper fees are non-refundable if a camper is sent home for disciplinary reasons. Physical violence or bullying toward another camper or staff member will result in immediate dismissal from the camp program.