Ciao and benvenuto to Lago del Bosco, our Italian Language Village. Here, villagers of all ages can dive into the language, flavors, style and traditions of sunny Italy—all against the backdrop of the North Woods of Minnesota. From art to opera to cuisine, you’ll explore the history and culture of Italy in an immersive setting that brings language alive. Learn to dance the tarantella, make your own ravioli and star in your own opera. Stay active playing calcio (soccer) and roverino (a unique, competitive Italian ring-toss game), and test your mental prowess with scacchi (chess with large pieces). You’ll experience la dolce vita every day at Lago del Bosco!
From our flagship summer youth camps to family programs and adults-only sessions, Concordia Language Villages provides a lifetime of language learning and cultural adventure. Find the program that’s right for you!
Duration: 1 Week | 2 Weeks | 4 Weeks
Our flagship Language Village camps where language comes to life. A fully immersive cultural experience.
Keep your Language Village experience going all year long with our Virtual Clubs, Classes and High School Credit programs.
Duration: 3 Days | 1 Week
Learn a new language or advance your skills in a fully immersive environment. Choose from Workshops, Weekends or Week-long programs.
Choose from a variety of programming options including Conversation Hours, Classes and more, for ages 18+.
Training for military, healthcare and corporate clients, with customizable programming designed to bridge cultures and break language barriers.
A global outlook is important for success in the domestic and international arena. Concordia Language Villages offers customized corporate, government and military training programs to meet the specific needs of our clients.More Information
Need-based scholarships are available for Italian summer youth immersion sessions through the Passport Fund. Scholarships are based on a family’s adjusted gross income, number of dependents and the length of the session.
Additionally, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers a $1,000 stipend for Minnesota students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.
Lago del Bosco shares a site with our Norwegian Language Village, Skogfjorden, which was built in 1968 on the shores of Turtle River Lake and has been updated with modern amenities over the years. Great care is taken to transform the site into an authentic Italian Language Village for Lago del Bosco.
Villagers live in dormitory-style cabins with double bunks. Each beautiful cabin is built for year-round use with carpeting, electricity and indoor plumbing. Cabins house up to 16 villagers and staff.
A large dining hall, activity building, and gymnasium provide ample room for both leisure and learning, and the lakeside location offers plenty of opportunities to explore the nature of the North Woods.
Read more about our professional staff at Lago del Bosco, our Italian Language Village.
Eric Dario Dregni has been dean of Lago del Bosco, the Italian Concordia Language Village, since 2007. Dario worked in Italy as a travel journalist for a weekly paper and compiled his essays into a book in Italian, "Grazie a Dio non sono bolognese," which was translated into English as "Never Trust a Thin Cook." He is the author of 20 books including "You're Sending Me Where? Dispatches from Summer Camp." Dario lives in Minneapolis and is a professor of English, journalism and Italian at Concordia University in St. Paul.
Laura Lucrezia Martell has been a part of Lago del Bosco since 2003. In 2005, she began her career as a guida (counselor) and has been expanding her skill set and experience in Italian language and culture and the CLVway ever since. Lucrezia graduated with a B.A. in Italian Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2009. She received an M.A. in Italian from Georgetown University in 2016. Lucrezia spent three years pursuing a Ph.D. program and student teaching at Duke University before leaving the halls of academia to return to the Minnesota North Woods.
Megan Mirabelle Baldwin is part of the year-round staff in our facilities department with a special focus on risk management for all the Villages. She also serves as our liaison with the American Camp Association and currently sits on the Local Council of Leaders as the Membership Chair in our region. After spending a year as an exchange student with the Rotary in France, she discovered the Language Villages and fellow francophone culture enthusiasts. As a longtime staff member at the French Language Village, she honed her skills in sharing culture through art and baking activities. Megan is the program leader for our European Holiday Workshop.
Concordia Language Villages staff may speak a Village language, creatively teach culture, work and play hard. They also develop skills and qualities that will make them excellent employees in any field.