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Camp OFLA
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6/12/2016 to 6/18/2016
When: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Where: Templed Hills Camp
5734 Durbin Rd
Bellville, Ohio  44813
United States

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What do we do?

Activities for the week will include language learning, ethnic cooking, dancing, singing, sports, arts and crafts, campfires, games and swimming.  The week will culminate with a "Parent Day" on Friday night and Saturday morning for parents and special guests.

Languages:French,German, Japanese & Spanish:

Levels:Novice for true beginners & Novice-Mid for returning campers

Who:Grades 3-8

When: June 12-18, 2016

2016 Regular Price:$495

Where: at Templed Hills Camp(our original site)
5734 Durbin Rd, Bellville, OH 44813



History of Camp OFLA

Camp OFLA is 12 Years Old

Camp OFLA began in 2005 as the Ohio Foreign Language Association’s (the state’s professional 
world language teacher’s organization) response to the national Discovering Languages campaign.  Camp OFLA was created for elementary students in grades 3-6. It was directed by Cheryl Ames, French and gifted teacher from Middleton and the OFLA Early Language Committee chairperson, and Lori Winne, elementary German and Spanish teacher from Toledo. Camp OFLA was a one-week residential camp and campers could select Spanish, French or Japanese for the week. The evenings were multicultural and multilingual, so that campers learned and experienced more than one language throughout the week with activities such as dance, crafts, movies or PowerPoint shows, and treasure hunts. High school counselors were selected from around the state, promised to speak in their target language and often discovered they had more to learn in their everyday vocabulary in order to lead a conversation at the lunch table, walk with their campers through the woods to class, or read a story at bedtime. Campers were encouraged to use their new language all week and rewarded with Euros or yen which they could spend at the Camp OFLA store on Friday.

 

Camp OFLA 2015 and Beyond

Usually, an elementary Spanish teacher doesn’t encourage their students to attend camp because the lessons are beginning Spanish. Starting in 2015, however, Camp OFLA began offering a level 2 (novice-mid). Level 2 (novice-mid) will be for those campers who have had prior language experience in Spanish, French, German, or Japanese. 

OFLA continues to support Camp OFLA with scholarships for campers and stipends for H.S. counselors and teachers. The mission of OFLA is committed to world language study beginning in the primary grades, so that every learner, from early childhood through adult, acquires a high level of communicative and intercultural competence. That mission is represented very well within the week of Camp OFLA and it is a mission for world language learners of all languages.

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