Summer Camps for Kids in Europe

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Parents looking to enrol their children in European summer camps may choose from an array of possibilities to suit diverse needs.

Summer possibilities in Europe include language camps geared at teaching children a second or third language and camps run by American or English private schools, focused on providing kids from international backgrounds sports and recreational programs in a multicultural environment. Most European camps run from late June until August and sessions last from a single week to an entire month.

French Language Camps

A handful of residential summer camps that immerse children from nine years of age in a French language environment offer programs throughout France. The Centre International d'Antibes operates six camps, including one in Paris, one along the Atlantic coast in the town of Biarritz, as well as camps in Antibes, Cannes, Hyeres and Nice. Each camp is priced at 645 euros per week and includes accommodation, meals, French language instruction, recreational activities and regular excursions, as well as full supervision.

The camp in Hyeres serves children and teenagers between nine and 17 years of age, while some of the other camps accommodate specific age groups. Camps located in southern France and along the Atlantic coast offer kids sailing, visits to theme parks, a free shuttle service to the beach, barbecues, as well as evening cabarets and discos.

Centre International d'Antibes

38 Boulevard d'Aguillon

Antibes, France 06600


American International Camp of Budapest

The American International School of Budapest (AISB) offers children from ages 4 to 15 an English-language recreational and sports camp each summer on its sprawling campus. Children are divided into separate junior and senior camps, depending on their age. The junior camps offers instruction in swimming, tennis, soccer and badminton, as well as storytelling, arts and dance. Children and teens enrolled in the older camp may also participate in archery, wall climbing and lacrosse. Both programs offer day camps, running from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, from late June until the end of July. As these are not residential camps, they may be ideal for parents who live and work in Hungary, as well as for those vacationing in the Hungarian capital.

American International School of Budapest Summer Camp

Nagykovácsi út 12

Nagykovácsi, Hungary 2094


The Westerwald Summer Camp

Germany's Westerwald residential summer camp offers recreational and language instruction for children between 10 and 17 years of age. Situated near a national park in the Rhein-Westerwald area, children may choose between either English or German language instruction, as well as recreational activities including horseback riding, tennis, soccer, swimming and bowling. All campers are provided with shared accommodation. Each room sleeps three kids and includes a private bathroom. Westerwald provides full board, but children may also use a special "mini-bank" service, which allows campers to either deposit or withdraw funds from their accounts, in order to pay for snacks or excursions. Sessions at Westerwald run for two, three or four weeks and all-inclusive rates start at 1,255 euros.

Westerwald Camp

In der Huth 1

Oberlahr, Germany 57601