When school is out for summer, it doesn’t mean that the fun and learning have to stop. Enrol your kids in an international summer camp and give them the space to explore, make friends, strengthen their abilities in sports, and learn languages and life skills.
Summer camps offer a great chance for kids to build their social skills, learn, and play. And, lest we forget, they offer parents a great option to keep the kids out of their hair and entertained for the summer – a real win-win.
The International School of Brussels
The International School of Brussels is an English-language international school that provides several summer camps. These range from sports to theatre camps where students can actively learn, express themselves and make friends.
No matter what your kids’ age or favourite activities, there are more options than ever for summer camp. “Children today are very dynamic and have all kinds of interests,” says Francesca Siciliano, communications coordinator at The International School of Brussels (ISB). “That’s why it was important to us to expand our international school to include a summer camp with language, sports, fun and socializing. Kids from everywhere can come together in a safe, playful space, and together they inspire and challenge each other.”
Language and Activities camps at international summer schools
The Summer Camp Skiten, set in the castle of Emines in Belgium, specializes in creating an international world in which kids get the confidence to speak in a new language for two hours of activities per day, including tennis, cooking, sports and art. They offer camps for kids from 7-10 and 11-15 years, and accept registration by the week for camps during July and August.
ISB offers Language and Activities camps for French, English and Dutch, for kids aged from three to 16. “We focus on the oral element, and we really want them to walk away with strong basics” says Jacinta Moulakas, ISB summer coordinator. They learn through activities like multi-sports, yoga, climbing, and tennis, using the wide-ranging facilities on Campus. “When we do our activity camps, we’re not very theoretical, it’s a lot more hands-on,” explains Jacinta “We always want parents and kids to know that language is not a barrier.” Registration is open by the week, with half-day and full-day options.
ISB also offers a Theatre Camp for kids aged 7-14. It’s a five-day program in English that covers improvisation, characterization and the art of story-telling through acting.
CERAN’s Intensive French Programme for Juniors & Teens (from nine to 17 years old) offers an intensive program of language lessons, leisure learning with activities, and free expression through games and song. On offer is Dutch, English, French and German.
If your children are not yet confident with the English language, there’s also an English summer camp designed especially for that. Dutch company Engels for Bengels this year offers a camp in Belgium in Antwerp, and focuses on teaching kids English through sport and dance, songs and conversation, and art class.
Sports summer camps in Belgium
ISB offers five-day Sports Camps, including basketball, volleyball and soccer, for the serious-minded athletes aged 11-18. “We’ve partnered up with external organizations to give young athletes a chance to really improve their game,” explains sports counsellor Mark Soutar. “For example, our soccer camp is run by Dragon Force Academy, so they’ll be led by FC Porto Academy coaches. There’s on-field sessions and classroom sessions, and every participant will get one-on-one personalized feedback on their performance. That’s the big takeaway, because you could go to camp all week and making the same mistakes over and over again, just going through the motions, unless a coach is there to give you something to take back into your game.”
To combine sports with language, CERAN’s Intensive French Programme for Juniors & Teens (from 9-17 years old) offers tennis, golf and horseback riding in English or French.
Ferme de la Rochette offers – for girls only – a horse riding and French immersion summer camp, which can be booked from one to 10 weeks. Teens aged 13-18 can join for English riding and French speaking.
Exploration and Adventure camps in Belgium
Yes, there really is a Space Camp. For your young scientists, the Euro Space Center offers holiday camps, including Astronaut Camp, Astronomy Camp, Satellite Camp, Drone Camp and Rocket Camp. The camps are aimed mostly at teens, though some allow participants as young as eight years old. They run six days/five nights, and kids stay in bunkbed space settings.
The Ardennes Adventure Camp is for “tough, exciting and challenging activities,” including canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, and archery. They make no bones about being rough-and-tumble, warning (or, rather, promising) participants that they’re going to get wet and dirty. This camp is for kids 12-16, and you can book by the week.
ISB Summer 2018 is coordinated by our Summer Team, Jacinta Moulakas, Mark Soutar and Caroline de Grignart. They are part of the ISB Plus co-curricular programme at ISB. They have several years of experience in education and administration, all with the focus of ensuring students explore, discover and find enrichment in a variety of different educational opportunities.Explore ISB's summer camp options