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.
No matter what your kids’ age or favorite activities, there are more options than ever for summer camp. Children today are dynamic and have all kinds of interests. It’s great to have accessibility to summer camps which feature activities including languages, sports, and learning in a fun way. Kids coming from different countries can come together in a safe, playful space, and together they inspire and challenge each other.
Language and activity 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 old, and accept registration by the week for camps during July and August.
Several international summer schools have language and activity camps for children aged from three up to 16. Many focus on the oral element, with the aim of children walking away with strong basics. They can learn through activities like multi-sports, yoga, climbing, and tennis, using facilities at the summer school. When they attend these activity camps, it’s not overly theoretical but more hands-on, and aims to ensure that language is not a barrier. Registration opens by the week, with some schools offering half-day and full-day options.
CERAN’s Intensive French Program 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.
ISB 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.
If your children are not yet confident with the English language, there are also English summer camps designed especially for that. They focus on teaching kids English through sport and dance, songs and conversation, and are renowned for building their skills, fluency and confidence.
Sports summer camps in Belgium
To combine sports with language, CERAN’s Intensive French Program for Juniors & Teens (from 9-17 years old) offers tennis, golf and horseback riding in English, French and German. They also offer individual and group programs, depending on preference and length of stay.
Ferme de la Rochette offers an all-girls 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 set across 12.5 acres in the beautiful valley of the Vyle river.
ISB offers five-day Sports Camps, including basketball, volleyball and soccer, for the serious-minded athletes aged 11-18. They team up with external organizations to give young athletes a chance to really improve their game. For example, the soccer camp is run by Dragon Force Academy, and is led by FC Porto Academy coaches. There’s on-field sessions and classroom sessions, and every participant gets one-on-one personalized feedback on their performance.
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 bunk-bed 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.