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ACQ certification

ACQ Certified campBy choosing an ACQ certified camp for your child, you are placing him in the hands of an establishment that responds to the norms required by the Association.

The ACQ certification program includes more than 60 standards governing requirements and best practices in terms of safety, supervision, programming, the environment, health and food.

Click here if you want so read an overview of ACQ’s standards.

ACQ’s top pick!

After visiting 60 summer camps in Quebec a couple of years ago, the Quebec Camp Association granted La Ferme d’André with the ”Top Pick” award!

This special prize recognizes the Farm’s many merits: the friendly atmosphere, the beautiful setting and charming buildings, the well organised and competent staff not to mention the farm’s unique educational approach that promotes the child’s autonomy within a well structured environnement.

Description of La Ferme d’André

– Pierre-Louis Richard, Consultant, Quebec Camp Association

 

Different? Special? Out of the ordinary? Unexpected?

Probably all of the above. La Ferme d’André is a camp which requires some adjustment by a visiting consultant, just as it requires an adjustment on the part of the children who go there.

The main house is set up to welcome children, it’s colorful and warm. The children really feel at home. Each dormitory room is named for its wall painting, for example, “The Tree Room”. The bathroom facilities on the lower level are clean and functional. Three other buildings (the Tarzan barn, the craft centre and the animal barn) make up the camp complex. There’s plenty of outdoor space, including a riding ring and trails leading to a wooded area.

The site accommodates 60 youngsters, but you’d never know it , there is scarcely any noise. All are keeping busy, or rather keeping themselves busy. On arrival, each camper is instructed in the basics of appropriate behavior in general, and how to take

advantage of the activities and get acquainted with the farm animals. After that, he or she can choose what to do with which counsellors or friends. It’s up to the children to discover their own activities and interests, to make new friends, and to create the holiday which meets their own expectations.

Activities include daily farm chores (looking after the animals, clean-up, cutting rhubarb in the garden, helping in the kitchen, doing dishes, etc.) until it’s time to ride horseback, get on a cross-country bike, work on handicrafts or go for a swim in the pool. Riding is supervised by experienced counsellors, and at each activity, a counsellor offers help and companionship. The child decides what to do, and for how long. He or she can even choose where to sleep: in the house, in the ”Rabastan”, a wooden teepee or in the barn. The only set schedule involves meals and bedtime. This scheduling, or it’s absence rather, is something outside the normal definition of summer camps.

The youngsters certainly love the atmosphere. You only have to listen to them at mealtime, it’s noisy and animated but also friendly and pleasant. When we visited, some former campers were also visiting, some with their own children, to recapture that special feeling.