Published: August 20, 2019
Bonjour ! Hello! We've had a great first full day together here at Lac du Bois. The day started with a visit from our camp superhero, Super Français, at breakfast. She and her sidekick Le Petit Robert challenged villagers to take on le défi de Super Français (the Super Français challenge)-- to speak only French for the whole day! Those who succeed will receive a bead to put on their étiquettes (nametags) tomorrow.
After breakfast, we broke up into our passe-temps (week-long activities). Some examples were soccer, art, hopscotch, acts of kindness, and West African cuisine. We also had the first day of our other two daily activity periods here at Lac du Bois: Exploration and Stage for the kids, and cours (class) for the parents. In exploration, villagers are divided by language level to learn about a region or aspect of the francophone world-- some examples this week are Burkina Faso and Dakar. We're lucky to have monos (counselors) from all over the world to teach authentically about their home countries! Stage is also grouped by language level but is focused on project-based learning. Some themes for stages this week are linguistics, zoologie, and stories.
Another important aspect of our days at Lac du Bois is la thème de la journée (the day's theme). Before every meal, counselors present a skit about la thème, and villagers have to answer trivia questions to get food for their table. Each day concludes with a veillé-- a camp-wide activity centered around the theme of the day. Today's theme was Haiti, and our veillé involved a rotation of activities to learn more about the country's culture. We learned how to introduce ourselves in Haitian Creole,played djembes (drums), dressed up and danced for Carnaval, and learned about important sites and monuments in Haiti. We're excited to see what tomorrow brings!
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