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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...

Journée  Paparazzi

Published: July 26, 2016

Tuesday was Paparazzi Day! Villagers learned more about life at Lac du Bois and had a fun time escaping the paparazzi!

Meet the monos (counselors)! 

Published: July 24, 2016

Meet your counselors and staff at Lac du Bois Bemidji — we’re excited to get to know you this summer!

On vous présente l’équipe de Lac du Bois deuxième moitié et nous avons hâte de vous rencontrer cet été !

Credit weekend

Published: July 11, 2016

This Sunday was a pretty relaxed day for our four-week credit villagers. On Saturday, they finished their midterms and the group of two-week villagers finished their session, so after they said their au revoirs, it was a pretty tight-knit group that remained. But we still had fun! On Saturday night, we visited the Spanish language village, El Lago del Bosque, for a dance. On Sunday, we had a party on the beach and a cook-out for dinner. You can click to see photos of some relaxing fun times!

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 Poisson d'Avril/Closing Program

Published: August 22, 2015

​We said goodbye to our last set of villagers today! They have learned a lot and we hope they continue to learn at home!

​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.

Journée Métro

Published: August 18, 2015

​We welcomed our new one-week villageois and some families for Family Week! Check out inside for photos!

Au revoir les villageois!

Published: August 15, 2015

​We wrapped up three different sessions today! Check out the pictures!

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!

Journée Argot

Published: August 10, 2015

​What activities do we do in a normal day at Lac du Bois? Check out this post to find out!

Journée Touareg

Published: August 9, 2015

We learned a lot during Journée Touareg and also had a talent show! Look inside for pictures!

Journée Crise de l'Euro

Published: August 8, 2015

Our theme of the day was crise de l’euro and we had a Greek style dinner and dance! Check out the pictures 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 Tourisme

Published: August 6, 2015

Journée Tourisme​ prepared us for a big day tomorrow! Look inside!

Want live updates tomorrow?

Published: August 6, 2015

​Check out how to get live updates tomorrow during la Journée Internationale​!

Journée Fête de la Musique

Published: August 5, 2015

​Our crédits planned our theme of the day today! Read inside for more info!

Meet our monos

Published: August 4, 2015

​Take a look at who is going to be working with your villageois!

Journée d'Ouverture

Published: August 4, 2015

We welcomed our new one- and two-week villagers yesterday, and we’re so excited to have them here! Look inside for pictures!

Bonjour les nouveaux villageois!

Published: August 2, 2015

Bonjour! We are getting excited to welcome our new two- and one-week villagers tomorrow! We are also excited for this session because it includes la Journée Internationale (International Day)! This year, we will be selling Lac du Bois International Day t-shirts for our staff and for the villageois (villagers)! Don't forget to get yours in our stores before we run out!  ~Fleur {picasa-1}

Le Weekend de Crédits

Published: August 2, 2015

Bonjour les familles et amis des crédits! We said goodbye to our two-week villagers today and started our credit weekend! The crédits took their mid-session exams today, and then were able to relax for the rest of the night. We had an American themed dinner with BBQ chicken, macaroni and cheese, chocolate mousse, and some other American food! After dinner, we got ready for a second dance - at El Lago del Bosque (the Spanish village). We headed over...

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 Guerre de Trente Ans

Published: July 31, 2015

​We had visitors today! Check inside for pictures!

Journée Moyen-Âge/La Belle Étoile

Published: July 30, 2015

Bonjour! Sorry for not writing a blog post yesterday - strangely there is no WiFi while camping (who knew?!). Our two-week villagers stayed on site yesterday and had fun participating in our Moyen-Âge (Middle Ages) theme! We even rearranged our salle à manger (dining room) to mimic the long tables that were used in the Middle Ages. During our sketches, we met the new Queen and Princess of Lac du Bois who insisted on having certain foods to eat! For...

Journée Jeux Olympiques

Published: July 26, 2015

​Our day today was filled with sleeping in, competition, and making new friends! Check out the pictures inside!

Journée Disney

Published: July 25, 2015

​For journée Disney, we had a restaurant and a dance! Look inside to see fun photos!

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 Carnaval

Published: July 21, 2015

Journée Carnaval brought with it many exciting things, including la poutine! Check out our pictures from today!

Journée d'Ouverture

Published: July 21, 2015

We had a great first night! We got to know each other better and learned about the systems here at Lac du Bois. Check inside for pictures!

Meet Our Monos!

Published: July 20, 2015

​Want to know who is working with your villageois​ this summer? Look inside!

Journée Cathédrales

Published: July 17, 2015

​The first half of our summer has ended (nooooo!), but we have had so much fun! Take a look inside this post to see pictures from our last day together, and our closing ceremony!

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!

Le projet final du Cours de Frédo

Published: July 15, 2015

​Take a look inside for the course project from one of our credit classes!

Journée Sénégal

Published: July 15, 2015

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

Journée Catacombs

Published: July 15, 2015

Soirée en pavillon happened tonight, and we had a blast! Check inside for pictures!

Journée PACA - Festival d'Avignon

Published: July 12, 2015

Coucou mes amis (hey friends)! At Lac du Bois, we are so lucky to have many staff members that are from France and other Francophone countries. Our theme today was PACA - Festival d'Avignon. For those of you that may not know, PACA means Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, a region in France. In this area, there is a city named Avignon, which also happens to be the name of one of our cabins here! So the theme today was about the region and the annual...

Journée Révolution Française

Published: July 11, 2015

​We had a revolution here at Lac du Bois today! Check it out.

Journée Mardi Gras

Published: July 11, 2015

​Our dance was Mardi Gras themed last night! Take a look through the pictures!

Passe-Temps Photographie

Published: July 10, 2015

​Check out what some villageois are doing in passe-temps photographie​!

Journée Dinosaures

Published: July 10, 2015

​Our crédits organized our theme of the day today! Check out the pictures inside!

Journée Féminisme 

Published: July 8, 2015

​We talked about many big things today during our journée fémininsme! Look inside for pictures.

Journée Contes de Perrault

Published: July 8, 2015

Bonsoir (good evening)! Our theme of the day today was contes de Charles Perrault (stories by Charles Perrault). For those of you that may not know, he wrote Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Puss in Boots, and many more! We met his characters throughout the day in our sketches, and for our veillée (evening activity), we created our own sketches based off of his works! We were also divided into our activities, language learning groups,...

Journée d'Ouverture

Published: July 6, 2015

​Look inside for pictures from our opening day!

Au revoir les villageois de deux semaines!

Published: July 4, 2015

​We had our closing ceremony today for our two-week villagers! Look inside for photos.

La Journée Internationale (Allez, allez, allez, allez, allez Journée Internationale​)

Published: July 4, 2015

La Journée Internationale (International Day) was a blast yesterday. We took what felt like a million photos, so we hope you enjoy looking through the album!

Journée Coupe du Monde Féminine

Published: July 2, 2015

We spent today preparing for la journée internationale tomorrow! Look inside for pictures!

Feu de Camp

Published: July 2, 2015

The feu de camp is a magical thing here at Lac du Bois. Read a villageois‘s perspective on our tradition, and what it means to them!

Journée Youtube

Published: July 1, 2015

​We learned all about French Youtube today and had a fun time watching funny videos! Look inside for pictures!

Journée Super-Héros

Published: July 1, 2015

Bonsoir tout le monde (good evening everyone)! Our theme today was super-héros! We started out the day with our local Lac du Bois superheroes, Super Québéoise and Super Belge - the superheroes that encourage the villageois (villagers) to speak French. Several other super-héros visited us throughout the day before our meals to introduce the food we would be eating! For...

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 Jeux Télévisés

Published: June 28, 2015

Our theme of the day was jeux télévisés (game shows) today! Our schedule was slightly different today. This morning we got to sleep in, and had brunch at 10:30 - including French toast, muesli, and fruit. We then did a grand nettoyage (big cleaning) and offered activities we don't normally offer during the day, including a hike along a new walking path we created!  We also had a spectacle de talent (talent show),...

Lac du Bois Credit Program

Published: June 28, 2015

Our crédits (credit villagers) love coming to Lac du Bois for a variety of reasons. Look inside to see pictures of this year’s credit villagers and teachers, and the reasons why Lac du Bois is such a great place to learn French!

Journée Exposition Universelle

Published: June 27, 2015

​Our journée Exposition Universelle was a big hit today! We had a restaurant and dance in the evening - a big hit with the villageois (villagers). We had fun taking pictures, so take a look inside to see our day!

Journée 1ère Guerre Mondiale

Published: June 26, 2015

​We started out our day today by having croissants at breakfast - the absolute best way to start out a day. Then, as the day continued, we talked about France’s involvement in the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles! Look inside for more.

Journée Espace 

Published: June 25, 2015

Journée Espace was a big hit with the villageois. We also had special visitors at dinner! 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!

Meet our monos!

Published: June 24, 2015

​Here at Lac du Bois, we have the best of the best working with your children. Our monos (counselors) are fluent in French and love working with children. We have many staff members that are certified teachers, many with M.A. degrees, and some even pursuing Ph.D. degrees! Here are pictures of our counselors so you can put names to faces of who is working with your villageois (villagers).

Journée B.D. Belges

Published: June 24, 2015

Coucou tout le monde (Hey everyone)! Our theme today was Belgian comics, and we had a blast meeting Tintin and his dog Milou during our meal-time skits! We also created our own skits about Belgian comics. Look inside to see pictures!

Journée d'Ouverture 

Published: June 22, 2015

Lac du Bois welcomed 130 new two- and four-week villageois​ (villagers) today! Look inside to read more about our opening day and see pictures!

Journée de Fermeture 

Published: June 20, 2015

​We said goodbye to our second session of one-week villagers and our first session of two-week villagers today. We miss you already!

Journée Fest-Noz

Published: June 20, 2015

Journée Fest-Noz was a big hit with the villagois (villagers)! We celebrated the Breton traditional festival by having a banquet style dinner and dance. Look inside for fun photos!

Journée Napoléon 

Published: June 18, 2015

​Our journée Napoléon included hilarious skits and a large game of Capture the Flag. We had a fun day, and hope that you can share in the fun by looking through our pictures from the day!

Journée Impressionnisme

Published: June 17, 2015

​Journée Impressionnisme came with a lot of surprises - including Nutella crêpes at free time! Click here to see photos from our day!

Les baguettes au Lac du Bois

Published: June 16, 2015

​Who doesn’t love a warm, crispy, tasty baguette?

Journée TGV

Published: June 16, 2015

​Trains, trains, trains! That was our theme today, and we’d love for you to see pictures of what we did! Look inside!

Journée le Tour de France

Published: June 15, 2015

Bienvenue au Lac du Bois!

​Look inside for pictures from our first day with our second session of one-week villagers!

Journée Cirque 

Published: June 14, 2015

Coucou tout le monde (Hey everyone)! Everyone was allowed to sleep in this morning (yay!), but if villagers wanted to get up earlier, they had the option to play soccer this morning before breakfast. At breakfast, we were introduced to the theme of the day with circus themed music and sketches. We got a special treat this morning - scones! - in place of our normal food! Our schedule was a little out of the ordinary for our two-week campers today, as we are awaiting the arrival of our...

Au Revoir les villageois d'une semaine!

Published: June 13, 2015

​Though our one-week villagers did leave today, our two-week villagers continued in the program and had soirée en pavillon. See inside for more details!

Journée Sénégalaise

Published: June 12, 2015

Today was Journée Sénégalaise! We had authentic cuisine and learned all about life and culture in Senegal. Look inside for pictures from our day!

Journée Dinosaures (Dinosaur Day)!

Published: June 10, 2015

The theme of the day today was dinosaures (dinosaurs)! We had Dr. Grant from Jurassic Park and Dr. Who visit us to explain what we had to eat and deliver our mail. Look inside for more pictures!

Journée Contes de Perrault

Published: June 9, 2015

Today was our first full day at camp, and the villageois (villagers) learned all about how Lac du Bois works! They met Super Français, our village superhero that encourages the villageois to speak French all day, Dame Nature, our camp environmentalist, and learned how to clean the cabins. We also had our first days of our explorations and stages (language learning groups) and passe-temps (activities). Some of the language learning group...

Journée d'Ouverture! (Opening Day!)

Published: June 8, 2015

Today was our opening day here at Lac du Bois, and we are so excited to have your villageois (villagers) with us! Here are some pictures of the villagers and their activities throughout the day. Enjoy!

La Pizzeria de Lac du Bois

Published: July 31, 2014

Each session we open our Lac du Bois Pizzeria for cabin night. Each cabin decides what kind of pizzas they want for dinner, the villagers call in their orders, and the leadership staff make the pizzas and deliver them directly to the porch of each cabin. It’s a lot of fun! But of course, we have to advertise the pizzeria to make sure we get a lot of business. This time, our advertisement came in the form of a video modeled after the “Modern Family” TV show. The video is about a famille recomposée - a Franco-Russian mom and a French dad who each have their own children and are trying to get these stepsisters to make a pizza. The crazy family isn’t quite able to actually make a pizza and instead they just end up goofing around with the ingredients. But now we know all the ingredients that go into a French pizza!

- Chantal

French Scholarships Available!

Published: February 19, 2014

Concordia Language Villages is pleased to announce that scholarships to attend Lac du Bois are available. All applications must be submitted by February 28, 2014. More information regarding scholarship requirements is available at

24 août 2013 — la fin de la session

Published: August 25, 2013

Today marked the la fin de la session (the end of the session) and the conclusion of Lac du Bois’s summer programs. You can look at photos below of the closing program.