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Country Summer Camp Overview | France | Ardèche

Thrilling adventures from Village Camps’ own centre right on the banks of the Ardèche River in the sunny South of France.

Programmes/ages available

All campers choose a country and base programme for their stay, and with a few exceptions these activities are during the morning period of 3 hours. For the rest of the day campers from all programmes come together for a variety of general camp activities. For more information about individual programmes, please choose below.

Campers enjoy wonderful locations in each of the six countries to which Village Camps now operates. But the most spectacular location of all is our riverside activity site on the banks of the dramatic Ardèche river in forests of the sun-drenched South of France. Here on the edge of the Ardèche Gorge National Park our long-established Adventure programme has attracted youngsters from all over the world. They learn to safely abseil, rock-climb and enjoy the challenging, never-to-be-forgotten, thrilling 2-day descent of the Ardèche Gorge with an overnight bivouac under the stars at the half-way stage. Returning campers highlight fun walks, rambles and, using headlamps, the exciting guided exploration of ancient dark, mysterious caves.

The outdoor programme can be combined with an innovative, fun French language course.

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"I would like to thank you for your kind letter sent to us. My daughters were so excited to read it and were brought to tears of joy at the fond memories of an amazing time at Ardèche Camp. I was so proud reading my Girls' profiles which nicely depicted - and so spot on - their personalities. Only a truly passionate and experienced counsellor would see this."
COMBO CAMPS
Spend 4 great weeks in 2 different countries

Combine your camp experience with two more weeks of fun and learning at one of our other Village Camps locations. For further information please contact the Village Camps office.

SURF & COASTAL CAMPS PORTUGAL
On the West Coast of Portugal

An upgraded Surf Camp and challenging Atlantic Coast Adventure programme in a great beach location on the sunny Costa de Prata coast of Portugal.

Accommodation

Campers sleep in large all-weather tents with spring beds, mattresses, table, chairs and ground cover. This is comfortable roughing-it. Each camper is assigned to a tent according to age and gender and an experienced counsellor is responsible for taking special care of campers in each tent.

A central building houses the classrooms and dining room as well as modern toilets and shower facilities.

Facilities

The exciting Ardèche River borders our site with mountain bike trails, hiking trails and rock climbing right on our doorstep. Not far away, in Vallon, there are historic caves to be explored, cafes and a night market with traditional local shopping for off-campus visits as and when time permits on this busy camp programme.

Camp Organisation

A fully-supervised activity programme is organised for each age group. The varied schedule includes several periods where all campers have their choice from a selection of activities available.

Campers in both the French Language Camp and the Adventure Camp will receive comprehensive instruction in canoeing in preparation for the highlight of the camps – the two-day, 30 km descent of the Ardèche River in Canadian canoes including bivouacking for one night at a pre-arranged site under the stars.

Meals

Healthy, varied food in unlimited quantities is prepared by the VC chef, who also caters for most diets.

Evening Activities
Evenings are filled with exciting and imaginative games, spectacular events and relaxing activities.

These include:

Summer Camp Discos
Summer Camp Talent night
Summer Camp Team-building Challenges
Summer Camp Games geared to age levels
Summer Camp Village Outings
Summer Camp Pizza night
Summer Camp Movie night
Summer Camp Egg drop
Summer Camp Gala dinner
Summer Camp Wet and wild
Summer Camp and much, much more...

Excursions
Several excursions are planned with the actual number to take place depending upon the weather and camper preferences. Here are some of the popular choices, which usually have one or two further additions each year.

Summer Camp Aqualand
Summer Camp Avignon City and Waterpark
Summer Camp Medieval Chateau
Summer Camp Vallon Pont d’Arc on Market Day

Activities available to the programmes in France

AbseilingArts and CraftsBanana Boat
BasketballBeach VolleyballCanoeing
CavingCounsellor HuntFootball
KayakingRock ClimbingRopes Course
SwimmingTable Tennis

Sample Daily Schedule **

Monday to Friday
Mornings 07:30 - 08:00 Wake Up
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:30 Period A - Speciality Programmes
10:45 - 12:15 Period B - Speciality Programmes
Afternoons 12:15 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 All camp meeting
14:00 - 15:30 Period C - Sign-up Activities
15:45 - 17:15 Period D - Sign-up Activities
17:15 - 18:15 Free time
Evenings 18:15 - 19:30 Dinner
19:30 - 21:30 Evening Programme
22:00 Lights Out - (10-12 years old)
22:30 Lights Out - (13-14 years old)
23:00 Lights Out - (15 and older)
Saturday Excursion Day
Sunday Morning: Late wake up call, breakfast and relaxed morning
Notes: ** This is a sample schedule and may be subject to change
As this programme has a maximum of only 40 campers, our courses fill up quickly, so early booking is advised.