Fête du soleil 2017 was another tremendous success! The Monitors had a wonderful time travelling around Saskatchewan and meeting many of our wonderful chapter volunteers. This year, camps were held in Saskatoon, Kenosee Lake, Regina, Swift Current, and Prince Albert. A total of 195 children participating in seven camps!

This summers’ themes were Monsters, Space, Colours, At the Cinema in Pyjamas, At the Circus, Nature, Pirates, Under the Sea, and Celebrating Canada to coincide with Canada 150 celebrations. Every day was full of engaging crafts and activities all while the children learned fun French vocabulary relating to the day’s theme. Most weeks of camp had an excursion for the children to experience their community in French. This year, nine action-packed excursions took place.

The summer started out in Saskatoon with a small but passionate group of seven children. The highlight of the week was an excursion to the Diefenbaker Canada Centre and Little Stone School House where campers learned about pioneer life and games and early education on the prairies. The Monitors were then off to Kenosee Lake to animate Fête du Soleil for an excited group of 20 participants, some encountering French for the first time. The three-day camp ended with a fun day at the Kenosee Superslides. The team was back in Saskatoon assisting with the Boys and Girls Club of Saskatoon Summer Camp. This camp was attended by 57 children.

The monitors began the month of August in Regina with 43 enthusiastic campers. This week was full of exciting excursions to the RCMP Heritage Centre, Massey Pool, Government House, and the Saskatchewan Science Centre with a picnic on Willow Island. It was then off to Swift Current with 22 participants for a four-day camp full of crafts and games. The following week was spent in Prince Albert with 24 children. The week was capped off with an invigorating Beach Day at Christopher Lake. The final camp of the summer was back in Saskatoon with 22 campers. To end this week, campers went to the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo where they learned about the animals at the zoo and in particular a hedgehog, a rabbit, a garter snake, and a ferret thanks to a program provided by the Saskatoon Zoo Society.  

Thanks to the Monitors – Mikaela, Jayden, Melissa, Daniel, and Calum – for their dedication and hard work in making Fête du soleil 2017 an enormous success in all communities. Thanks to all who volunteered in the various communities, your generosity helped to ensure that everyone had an enjoyable time at camp. Last of all, thanks to all the campers and their parents, you helped make this a wonderful summer full of memories.