Summer FAQs

At L’Etoile we pride ourself on offering high quality experiences for children during the summer. We accomplish this by carefully selecting the camps we offer by carefully vetting the instructors and cherry picking topics that we feel are enriching for students. The instructors of the French enrichment camps are all native French speakeres and the day session instructors are fluent. We believe in creating a safe and welcoming environment where children can learn and play.

L’Etoile is also one of the only camps in Portland with such a comprehensive program, offering nine full weeks of care during the summer months. Our day sessions are highly customizable to meet the needs of families. We offer half-day, full-day, and aftercare which can be tailed to a full-time or part-time schedule.

The summer program runs for 9 weeks starting the last week of June and ending the Friday before the  last week of August. Families typically sign up for an average of four weeks of camp at L’Etoile.

Our buildings are open from 8am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday.

Specialty camps: Specialty camps (like soccer, gymnastics, sailing, etc) all run from 9am to noon.

The maternelle program is at our preschool located at 5839 SW Hood Avenue.

The elementary program runs out of Hood Annex, our building across the street.

Each building has a play structure and outdoor play space, a large indoor gym, and two classrooms. The elementary location is equipped with additional technology such as computers, iPads, and an audio listening station. The maternelle location has a library with over 2,000 books in French and English.

L’Etoile’s summer program is open to all potty-trained children ages 3-12. Students do not need to have any French experience in order to attend.

The maternelle program is open to children going into preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten (about 3-6 years old).

The elementary program is open to students going into 1st through 6th grade (about 6-12 years old).

No, families need to pack a morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack (if staying in after care). Students should also bring: sunscreen, a change of clothes, swimsuit and towel (we have a sprinkler system the children can run around in), any extra supplies required by that week’s specialty camp such as a tennis racquet, sneakers, etc. All clothing and materials should be clearly labeled with the child’s name.

Families should put sunscreen on their children before they arrive at camp. Students may spend time outside for camps, snack, recess, or aftercare and should have appropriate sun protection. Approximately every 3 hours, at lunchtime and at the beginning of aftercare, we will reapply spray sunscreens provided by the families to students from the neck down. Since spray sunscreen cannot be applied to the face, students should bring a sunhat or learn how to apply sunscreen to their face by themselves. All sunscreen should be clearly marked.

The specialty camp instructors (like for soccer, art, gymnastics, etc.) are qualified specialists, many of whom teach during the school year.

In addition to the teachers, assistants, and camp instructors we also have several interns from local high schools and colleges. These are students who have a French background and enjoy working with children. Usually they are pursuing an education in pedagogy or language studies.

All of the summer staff have passed background checks and the lead teachers and assistants are all CPR/First Aid certified.

L’Etoile’s summer program is a “semi-immersion” environment. Staff will speak to students in a mixture of French or English, adjusting based on the comfort and level of each student. Some of the enrichment camps are taught solely in English while others are taught mostly in French. Please check either the maternelle or elementary camp pages for additional details.

The more time students spend at camp the more French they will acquire. They should gain a good understanding of basic commands, learn the vocabulary for the different times of the day (snack time, recess, lunch), and be able to recognize and say vocabulary specific to the theme of that week.

For additional questions please email our summer camp administrator at or call us at 503-715-1258.

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