The male gender is used in this document as a gender neutral intended to lighten the text and make it easier to read it.
La Ferme d’André 2.0 is a summer camp that allows kids to be themselves with confidence, develop their skills, stimulate their imagination and live unforgettable moments in a welcoming and safe environment, which emphasizes freedom, autonomy and initiative.
It is a fantastic universe to live adventures, discoveries and experiences in the middle of nature where creative themed workshops, walks with animals and educational activities intertwine.
It is an enchanting setting where laughter, bonfires, horseback riding and nights under the stars abound!
For the summer camp, your child is expected to arrive on Sunday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in order to participate in his first activity at 4:15 p.m.
It is important to have enough comfortable clothing for your child’s stay according to the weather forecast. A storage space will be assigned to your child upon arrival so that he can store his clothes and personal belongings. Accessible at all times, the space is however limited: 4 cubicles 13 1⁄2 inches wide x 14 inches high x 14 inches deep. Note that La Ferme d’André 2.0 will not be held responsible for lost items. We invite you to check out the recommended list of personal belongings to bring, found on our website, so you don’t forget anything.
At La Ferme d’André 2.0, children are not divided by age group and do not have a dedicated camp monitor. They define their own “schedule” according to their interests and passions at the time. Accompanied by qualified, motivated and dynamic instructors, the children carry out their projects, make discoveries and participate in the various activities offered.
Each instructor supervises between six (6) and ten (10) children. Our instructors undergo nearly 60 hours of training and participate in our onboarding and integration program before the start of the season. Many of them also receive first aid training to ensure the health and safety of the children.
On average, there is one (1) camp monitor for six (6) to ten (10) children. The camp monitors are always at their posts at the various strategic locations of the farm in order to safely accompany the children in their activities.
La Ferme d’André 2.0 can accommodate a maximum of 70 boarders at one time.
Your child will sleep in one (1) of the two (2) dormitories located in the stone house, with camp monitors nearby. Your child will also be able to sleep a few nights in La Grange à Tarzan. Camp monitors will accompany your child to ensure his safety and that of the other children.
There is a dormitory for girls and another one for boys. In the event of a lack of beds, boys and girls could exceptionally be grouped in the same dormitory. The girls’ dormitory, located on the second floor of the main house, is equipped with an air conditioner to counter the summer heat and ensure a good night’s sleep.
When allocating beds Sunday night, camp monitors always ensure that your child is placed close to his friends. La Ferme d’André 2.0 makes it a duty to ensure that all children are happy during their stay!
Your child follows a comforting routine: he/she sits around the campfire, grabs a snack, sings and plays his musical instrument, if he wishes. Finally, your child brushes his teeth, puts on his pyjamas and goes to bed around 9:30 p.m.
It is highly recommended that you discuss this with your child beforehand so that they are ready for family detachment and can adapt to the evening routine. It is important to assess his level of concern in order to give him tips and tricks to have confidence in himself and fall asleep in peace. Other children will also be sleeping at La Ferme d’André 2.0 for the first time. Everyone must be well prepared. Sound advice is published on the internet to help your family prepare for your child’s stay.
You can determine a “I’m thinking of you” moment. You and your child can think of each other when brushing their teeth or at breakfast, for example.
If your child seems reluctant to leave for several days, avoid promising to pick him up if he does not like the camp. He might be tempted to test your promise and may wish to leave at the slightest difficulty, without even trying to overcome it. It is best to encourage him to finish his stay, and then decide if he will return the following year. Your child will fit in better if he doesn’t decide to leave before he even arrives at camp. However, if it is in his best interest to return home, La Ferme d’André 2.0 will make the necessary arrangements with you.
When you arrive at camp, say goodbye to your child and then let him join the group. This is the first step towards a good integration into the camp. Have confidence, the entire team of La Ferme d’André 2.0 will spare no effort to ensure that your child has an extraordinary experience and that you can enjoy a well-deserved leave.
Leave with a smile on your face.
We carry out daily routine control of the beds. It would be advisable to add overnight underwear to your child’s luggage if he suffers from bedwetting. When you arrive, we will make sure to store them carefully, out of sight. We know that these nocturnal leaks are a sensitive and delicate subject. That’s why you can count on our absolute discretion!
Our menu is healthy, balanced and approved by a renowned nutritionist. It may vary slightly each week, but it will always meet the nutritional criteria. Vegetables, fruits and proteins are present in good proportion at every meal.
- Pasta, hamburgers, soups, etc.
- Raw vegetables with dip or salads
- Appetizing, unsweetened desserts
- For snacks, fresh fruit and crackers with cheese or a snack that the children will have cooked
- Cookies, popcorn or other treats, in the evening.
La Ferme d’André 2.0 is concerned about the safety of children. This is why careful and vigilant attention is given to the meals served, in order to meet their specific needs and/or to respect their dietary restrictions such as allergies and intolerances. Please use the registration form to inform us of any restrictions your child may have, without omitting anything.
In the event of a reaction, we will use the EpiPen auto-injector prescribed for your child and transport him to the Hospital of Ormstown, located seven (7) minutes from La Ferme d’André 2.0. Should such a situation occur, we will notify you as soon as possible.
If your child is vegetarian, vegan or otherwise, be sure to indicate this on the registration form and remind him to share it with the staff during meals and snacks. Prevention is better than cure. Note that La Ferme d’André 2.0 has a few foods related to such diets, including tofu, lentils, beans, eggs, etc. It is possible to provide us with a small grocery list identified with the name of the child if he requires a special diet.
Our monitors like to organize water games to refresh and entertain the kids. They are also made aware of the importance of drinking water and eating fresh fruit regularly during the heat of summer. In addition, they adapt activities during heat waves. Although La Ferme d’André 2.0 has an in-ground pool on its site, swimming will only be permitted in the presence of a qualified lifeguard to ensure the safety of bathers.
The program of activities is adapted according to the whims of Mother Nature. La Grange à Tarzan, La Grange Théâtre, L’Atelier d’arts and the stable become the meeting places for board games, cinema, culinary art, dance, music and various shows, etc.
This situation is rather rare. If this is the case, the management of La Ferme d’André 2.0 will console your child, encourage him and ensure that a camp monitor encourages him to take part in an activity by pairing him with other friends. Please understand that we prefer not to allow contact with the parent so that the child experiences and develops his autonomy and that he integrates well into the group. During his stay, your child will be encouraged to write you letters (please include envelopes and stamps in their luggage) and, in return, we will be happy to hand over your email messages if needed. If boredom persists and
your child is unhappy, we will contact you to let you know and determine the best approach to support and secure him.
In the middle of the week, La Ferme d’André 2.0 will publish a series of photographs on its Facebook page to share the unforgettable moments experienced by our campers. If you are worried about your child’s well-being, leave us a voicemail message or send us an email. Please remember that since all our attention is devoted to accompanying children throughout the day, there may be a delay in responding to your message, however, we will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that we do not use Messenger, Facebook, or any other means of communications.
Your child is in good hands and will take part in multiple activities. We will contact you in the event of any urgent and/or significant situation.
We ask that parents arrive at the reception desk between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to obtain a summary of their child’s week, pick up their personal belongings, medication and sign their departure form.
Parents will then be free to circulate on the outdoor site, to admire the kids’ artworks as well as their creations at La Grange Théâtre and to buy a souvenir of La Ferme d’André 2.0 (cash only).
The mini closing show offered by the campers will take place at approximately 5:45 p.m.
All visitors must leave the site by 6 p.m. at the latest.
You will probably be curious to know how your child’s stay took place, if he had fun, what were his favorite activities, if he made new friends, if he has anecdotes to tell, etc. Your questions are legitimate, but let your child have a little down time before bombarding him with questions. Let him tell you about his adventures himself. The return from camp is a bit like returning from a trip, it takes a while before returning “to reality”.