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Journée Carnaval

Published: August 12, 2017

Villagers celebrated the end of the week with an evening of elegant dining and dance in the spirit of Carnaval!

Journée Sénégal

Published: August 8, 2017

​Villagers explore the culture of Francophone Senegal!

Journée Suisse

Published: July 26, 2017

​Villagers attended a language exchange at Waldsee with the Italian and German vilages for Journée Suisse.

Videos at Lac du Bois

Published: June 27, 2017

The "soap opera" depicted above can be watched in all its wacky glory on YouTube!

Did you know that, in addition to our blog, we have channels through which you can get our photo and video content directly? In this post, we’ll highlight a few videos from this past session that you might enjoy.

Allez, allez, allez, allez, allez Journée Internationale!

Published: August 12, 2016

Salut nos amis ! Yesterday was la Journée Internationale (International Day)! In the morning, we had three different villages come to our site to share a picnic style lunch; we hosted the Italian village, Lago del Bosco, the Spanish Cass Lake village, El Lago del Bosque, and the Russian village, Lesnoe Ozero. We loved getting to learn new words and cultural habits! Before, during, and after our picnic lunch, we also danced and sang songs...

Au revoir, two-week villagers!

Published: July 11, 2016

This Saturday we had to say goodbye to our two-week villagers. It was a great session capped off by a super-energetic International Day (which I talked about here), but all things must come to an end and while we’re sad to see them leave, we’re happy to be sending them into the world with more French and a wider cultural understanding. Many of our villagers could stay until noon to do a presentation for their friends and family. Others had to leave very early to catch buses and flights, but we’ve provided some photos and videos so you can catch up on what you might have missed out on.

​Journée Sénégal

Published: August 21, 2015

​Our staff members from Sénégal taught us all about their traditions and culture yesterday! Look inside for pictures!

Journée Suisse

Published: August 19, 2015

​We had a fun Journée Suisse today with our two Swiss staff members! Look inside for more details.

Les Chansons du Lac du Bois

Published: August 14, 2015

​What kind of music do we listen to/dance to/rock out to here at Lac du Bois​? Look inside to find out!

​Journée Sénégalaise

Published: August 14, 2015

​Having a variety of international staff members is extremely beneficial here at Lac du Bois. Yesterday, our staff members from Sénégal taught us about their traditions and customs!

Journée Québec

Published: August 13, 2015

Journée Québec brought us some “celebrities” and a game show!

Journée Maghreb

Published: August 11, 2015

​We had visitors today at Lac du Bois for our journée Maghreb! Look inside to find out more!

Our Daily Schedule

Published: August 11, 2015

​Want to know more about how our daily schedule is laid out? Look inside!

Allez, allez, allez, allez, allez Journée Internationale​!

Published: August 8, 2015

La Journée Internationale was a big hit yesterday! We enjoyed being able to hang out with the nine other villages for a little while! Look inside for photos!

Journée Artistes

Published: August 1, 2015

Today was our last full day with our two-week villageois (villagers)! While we are sad to have to say goodbye to them tomorrow morning, we spent today reflecting on the two weeks that we have spent together. Our theme today was artistes, where we talked about different famous French and Francophone artists! We had sketches with Monet, Manet, and several others!  For our veillée (evening activity) we had a banquet and dance! We had incredible...

Journée Suisse

Published: July 23, 2015

​How many people can say that they had the chance to play the Alphorn, learn how to Swiss wrestle, go on a pontoon boat, play soccer, and learn three new languages all in one day? Our campers had that opportunity today! Look inside for a detailed description of Journée Suisse and the many photos we took.

​Journée La Louisiane

Published: July 22, 2015

Journée La Louisiane brought us good food, fun times, and even a rainbow! Read about our day inside!

Journée Montagnes

Published: July 17, 2015

Journée Montagnes involved lots of singing, playing, and craft-making! Check out this post to see what we did!

Journée Sénégal

Published: July 15, 2015

​Journée Sénégal was a blast! Look inside for pictures!

Journée Maghreb

Published: June 29, 2015

​We did a day-long simulation today of the Tunisian Revolution and other parts of the 2010 Arab Spring. The villageois (villagers) had many amazing insights, and it was inspiring to see them reflect on current events. Look inside for pictures!

Journée Sénégalaise 

Published: June 24, 2015

Today was Journée Sénégalaise! We ate authentic cuisine and learned about life and culture in Senegal. Look inside for pictures!