Camps


A Typical Day 




Please bring a packed lunch and afternoon snack. We have a fridge and a microwave to reheat your lunch if necessary. 


 Activities

Our French native teachers welcome all children in a happy, caring and relaxed atmosphere.


Morning activities are focused primarily on language skills. We combine direct instruction, small-group work, and one-on-one learning in a way that works for your child. Our teachers respect every individual rhythm and personality, and make sure that everyone enjoys their camp activities. 



Afternoon activities are designed to give the children multiple ways to express their creativity and to learn and develop new skills. 
Afternoon activities include visual and performing arts, games and more surprises!



Dates and Programs 


November 25-27, 2019  - Autumn : 3-day camp

As leaves fall down from trees, autumn fills the city with an abundance of colors and natural materials that are perfect for crafting and fun activities the kids enjoy. We invite you to celebrate this time of the year with us and learn the French language through educational and fun activities we have prepared for the Autumn 3-day camp.


 January 2-3, 2020: Winter Camp (2 days)
2 buttons, a carrot, pebbles or charcoal, a warm scarf and a bucket…do you know what these materials are for? Have you already made a snowman this winter or were you saving this moment to share it amongst your French speaking friends? In any event, we welcome you to start this new year with us, share your Christmas and New Year's stories, and continue the learning journey of the French language.

January 24, 2020 : Lantern Festival (1 day)
Join us for the Lantern’s festival with a “French” twist” to celebrate the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year festivities. It’s a great way to explore traditions of another culture, challenge yourself with solving some riddles, use creativity to make your own paper lantern, and marvel the radiance of lantern displays.

March 30 - April  3, 2020: Nature Camp 
Have you ever noticed that everything created by nature is perfect? From repeating patterns and perfect symmetries through the way a flower blossoms and a wave moves, nature makes sure that everything is in its order and serves its sole purpose. To appreciate nature that surrounds us and learn how to be kind to our planet we welcome you to join us during the three-day Nature Camp at the Alliance Francaise.

June 3-5 , 2020: Let’s Go to Paris (3 days) 
Close your eyes for a minute and imagine yourself walking around the beautiful city of Paris, closely grasping every sound of the French language, admiring antique architecture, and enjoying a pleasant smell of a freshly baked baguette or a croissant. 

During the “Let’s go to Paris” camp we will acquaint you with the main attractions in Paris, learn about the most prominent French artists, craft our own Eiffel towers, listen to the French songs and sing along. 

June 8-12, 2020: Wizard’s School 
Prepare your wizard cape and a hat, and don’t forget to bring a wand to our Wizard’s school as we are going to teach you some valuable tricks to create serious magic. It’s a great opportunity to learn how to astound your friends either through performing a hat-trick or a card trick and to keep the mystique to a maximum. And remember, the first law of magic is to never reveal your secrets!

June 15-19, 2020: Music and Art 
It is through art that we can express ourselves to the fullest; be it playing a musical instrument or singing, painting or sculpting, dancing or acting, name it yourself. We invite you to dive into the world of art and learn about the world famous Fete de la Musique festival, make your own fun art creations, and share a unique celebration around diversity and culture.

June 22-26, 2020: Secret mission/  Mission secrète
Attention! Secret agents needed to save the world from mischief and mayhem. Already good at cracking codes, solving puzzles and keeping secrets? Come join the secret mission at the Alliance Francaise to learn new things, challenge your brain, and create a new identity to complete covert operations.

June 29- July 2, 2020: Walking on the Moon! (4 days)
“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems... But all these stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no one else has them."
With this quote from the famous book “The Little Prince” by the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, we invite you to become little princes and princess for a few days to visit various planets in space, walk on the moon, and join the human mission to Mars.

July 6-10, 2020: Robots 
Have you ever dreamt of owning a robot that can help you with your household chores or shake your hand and have a chit-chat with you? Do you already know what type of robot you would like to make? Let’s make robots of various functions and different shapes together!

July 13-17, 2020: Let’s Explore Science
The world of science is fascinating and Big! From Evolution by Natural Selection through the structure of DNA, we will get acquainted with the most prominent scientists of all times who have helped make the world what it is today. Let’s explore science together! Maybe you are the next great scientist whose name will go down in history?

July 20-24, 2020: Olympic Games
Would you like to have an amazing experience playing games and competing for the gold, silver or bronze medals? We invite you to celebrate the beginning of the Summer Olympics games, learn about the French sports, enrich your vocabulary, and light up the Olympic flame.

July 27– 31, 2020: Ancient Egypt
Learning about ancient history is fascinating and also helps to better understand the world we live in today. For instance, the many things we use today were invented by the ancient egyptians, such as paper, toothpaste, keys and locks. Did you know that as of today, more than 130 Ancient Egyptian pyramids were discovered? Or that most pyramids were built as tombs for pharaohs? Join us for the Ancient Egypt camp and learn more about the life and traditions of the ancient Egyptians.

August 3-7, 2020: Safari 
Prepare khaki clothes and a pith helmet as this week we are having an overland journey to learn about the wild animals in their natural habitat. Through various fun activities and exercises we will introduce ways for you to grow in appreciation for wildlife and learn about animals that exist on our planet.

August 10-14, 2020:  Pirates 
Ahoy! Get ready for an unforgettable adventure as we are going to join famous French pirates on their quest for treasure. Hunting for treasure is exciting but can also be tricky, so be fast and sneaky not to walk the plank. Excited? All aboard!


Each camp will last for full days from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Children who are registered for the camp must be checked in at 8:55 am and must be signed out by 4:30 pm. 
During the summer (camps from June to August), we offer early drop off and aftercare option, see below. 


Pricing 2019-2020

 We offer different formulas depending on the number of camps you wish to purchase.  Fees include art supplies. 

If you would like to participate in only one camp, please find below our individual pricing for each camp: 

January 2-3, 2020: Winter camp (2 days) $230
January 24, 2020 : Lantern’s festival (1 day) $120
March 30 - April 3, 2020: Nature camp $425
June 3-5 , 2020: Let’s go to Paris (3 days) $315
June 8-12, 2020: wizard’s school $425
June 15-19, 2020: Music and Art $425
June 22-26, 2020: Secret mission/ Mission secrète $425
June 29- July 2, 2020: Walking on the moon! (4 days) $395
July 6-10, 2020: Robots $470
July 13-17, 2020: Let’s explore Science $470
July 20-24, 2020: Olympic games $425
July 27– 31, 2020: Pyramids’s time $425
August 3-7, 2020: Safari $425
August 10-14, 2020: Pirates $425


As most of our campers participate in multiple camps, we are pleased to present our new offer depending on the number of camps  : 

Number of camps 2 to 4 5 to 7 8 to 10 11 and more
Discount 10% 13% 14% 15%
Save up to $179 $398 $564 $805


Special Discounts


Early Drop off/ Aftercare


During the summer (camps from June to August), we offer early drop off and aftercare to adapt to parents’ schedules. You can register for the week or for one or several days. Registrations for early drop off or aftercare must be made at least 48 hours in advance.


Partial registration

Registrations for partial weeks are wait-list only. If there is availability, we will notify you.


Location

The camps will be held at L’Alliance Française: 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. 



Thank you for choosing L'Alliance Française for your child's camp. Attendance is limited to ensure the highest level of immersion and in order to give each participant the best possible care, so be sure to register quickly as slots will be sure to fill up.

Please feel free to contact the Camp Coordinator ( camps@afsf.com ) or call us at 415-775-7755. We’d love to talk with you, find out more about your family and answer any questions you might have. Registering over the phone only takes a few minutes and we're here to answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to register for a camp session that is full we will add you to a wait list as availability does change as the camp approaches.

Selection of camps and payment 

Bookings are confirmed once a deposit is received. The remaining 50% balance is due 30 days prior to the event date.

For bookings made within 15 days of the event, full payment is required at the time of booking. 

An increase in participant count is subject to availability and payment is due at the time of request.

Check payments will be accepted, but a booking will not be confirmed until the check is received. For check payments, please make the check payable to Alliance Française de San Francisco and mail to:

Alliance Française de San Francisco 1345 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Book your camp online and you can also choose early drop-off and/or aftercare in your cart. For only one day or half a day's drop-off/aftercare, please contact us.

Each family must provide a signed Waiver and Release Form for Kids Camp with a Liability Release and Parental Consent Form and Photo Release Form for Minor Children at event check-in to participate in the camp.
The child’s Waiver must be signed by the parent or legal guardian. Original Waivers only; copies or faxes will not be accepted.
The original can be sent via mail to: Alliance Française of San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco CA, 94109

2 Steps to register :
1. fill the registration form
2. Pay for your camp online or over the phone (All discounts are set up to be applied automatically to your cart, let us know if you encounter any issue) Early drop off and aftercare are excluded from discounts. 

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Available Courses: 14

Camps - age 4y 9 months to 11



Financial Assistance

We know that for some families, the cost of attending camp can be a financial burden that they might not be able to afford. At L’Alliance Française of San Francisco we have different tiers of pricing for our camp program for families earning less than 60% of the median rate of income.
We can only offer 1 specific rate for each week on a first-come, first-serve basis, giving priority to children who didn’t receive it already during the same calendar year. 
In 2019 , the limits are : 

Household Size 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person
MAXIMUM INCOME


$59,100



$66,500



$73,900



$79,800



In order to be considered for financial assistance, you may request a meeting with the Academic Director Noëmie Causse to present your proof of revenue. Contact noemie@afsf.com

Please keep in mind that while you may have received financial assistance previously, this does not automatically ensure an award this year. 


Cancellation Policy 

REGISTRATION FOR A CAMP INDICATES THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO COMPLY WITH THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE OF SAN FRANCISCO'S CANCELLATION POLICY.

THIS POLICY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. ALL REGISTERED CAMPERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF ANY CHANGES.

PAYMENT INFORMATION

$100 deposit per child per session is due at the time of registration in order to secure your camper’s spot in camp.  This is a non-refundable deposit, barring medical issues (see below).

WHY DO WE HAVE THIS POLICY?

When we reserve a spot for you, we are prohibiting others from signing up, as we have limited space available.  There are no camp sick-day credits.

REFUND POLICY

First, we would like to encourage you to simply move to another session so your child can still experience one of our camps. However, we understand that life happens, things come up and you may need to cancel altogether. To do so, please call or email us with this information.

If you need to cancel for any reason and would like a partial refund or transfer, you must notify camps@afsf.com and copy afsf@afsf.com at least 30 Days out from your selected session.

 

MEDICAL REASONS FOR CANCELLATION 

We understand that medical issues may arise over the course of the year or just as your child is set to attend camp.  Please call us as soon as possible to inform us of your need to cancel. Cancellation requests due to illness or accident prior to the camp session start date require a physician’s written verification. Upon receipt of verification, we will issue a full refund.  If your child is sick and there is time and room, we will work with you to switch your camper to a later session.

SWITCHING SESSIOns

Switching from one session to another is definitely possible, though it depends on your timing. If you decide you want to transfer to another session, and spots are available in that session, you’ll need to pay a $50 transfer fee. Requests to switch sessions must be made in writing to camps@afsf.com and must be made prior to 30 days out from camp.

Registration is only transferable during the same calendar year from original camp registration date.

If clarification on this policy is needed or you have any questions please feel free to email camps@afsf.com.

TRANSFERs

If you need to transfer your registration to someone else, you must notify us and do so prior to 30 days out from camp. There will be a $50 transfer processing fee. Cancellations and transfer requests must be in writing by email to camps@afsf.com.

You cannot transfer your registration to a session next year or to a following season. Registrations can only be transferred within the same calendar year.

We reserve the right to cancel a session date if participation numbers are not adequate. You may select an alternative session date, or you may request a full refund of tuition paid. Cancellations of sessions will occur a minimum of one week prior to the session.



Contact Us

Alliance Française de San Francisco
1345 Bush Street | San Francisco, CA 94109
+1 (415) 775 - 7755
E-mail: afsf@afsf.com

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