French Camp

French Camp 2018at  Georgetown Lake, Montana
Sunday, July 22- 3:00 pm to Saturday, July 28- 10:00 am

Download the 2018 French Camp Registration

Contact: Katie Wyskiver, French Camp Director

(406) 241-6326 or

Ages: 8 to 16

Price: Price is $475 for returning campers and $495 for new campers before June 1st, 2018

A $250 non-refundable deposit received before June 1st will hold your camper's reservation at $475 (returning campers) or $495 (new campers) (final payment of $225/$245 due no later than July 1st.)

Price is $525 after June 1st 2018

For reservations received after June 1st, please remit full fee of $525.

List of what to bring, contacts & directions

Scholarship Application: Scholarship Application PDF


Why go to French Camp?

Because It’s fun!

French Camp is an opportunity for youth to enjoy a week surrounded by French and francophone culture, cuisine and a chance to enjoy outdoor activities and just have fun. French Camp is run by a group of volunteers from the Missoula community including many French and francophone natives. French camp is held at beautiful Georgetown Lake, at Camp Watanopa.

Where is French Camp?

Camp Watanopa, owned by Camp Fire, Inc., Ponderosa Council of Missoula, is located on Georgetown Lake near historic Philipsburg, Montana in the beautiful Pintlar Mountain area. It has six sleeping cabins with 10-14 beds (5-7 bunks) in each, two small buildings, and a dining hall. Campers must supply their own warm sleeping bags or blankets and pillows. View a map.

We make masks for Mardi Gras

How is the food?
How do you say? Incroyable!

Becoming acquainted with French cuisine is an important cultural experience for many campers. As they say,

“On ne mange pas pour vivre, on vit pour manger!”


Previous years’ specialties consisted of poulet rôti, boeuf bourguignon, quiche, ratatouille, crêpes, mousse au chocolat, tarte aux pommes, and pêche melba.

What kind of activities are there?

Let’s just say you won’t get bored.

Campers will learn and practice French as they enjoy outdoor and class activities including swimming, boating, hiking, singing, arts and crafts, drama, dancing, volleyball, soccer, and French games including Pétanque. Each day begins with the raising of the French flag and singing of La Marseillaise, and evening activities include French songs, skits, and organized games and contests such as a relay/fashion show. Special evenings include a mardi-gras or other cultural celebration.
*Please do not bring fishing rods, as fishing is not an activity we will be including at French Camp this year.

How is this all possible?

Dedicated, amazing volunteers.

French Camp volunteers work hard to create a fun and interactive week full of wonderful food and unique cultural experiences while promoting french language. Our dedicated volunteer staff includes current and retired French teachers, native French speakers, and university students. We employ a professional cook and a certified lifeguard.

Our core group includes: Director Bryan Whitney, French teacher at Sentinel High School; Frederique Leiritz, a native French speaker and business owner in Missoula; Cindy Green, French teacher who has directed camp in previous years; and camp administrator Sue Talbot, who has an M.A. in French, many years experience teaching, extensive travel in France and served for many years as Consul Honoraire de France for the State of Montana and President of the Missoula Chapter of the Alliance Française; Katie Wyskiver, French teacher at Hellgate; Peggy Patrick, former French teacher; Dian Norby, former French teacher; and Jean-Jacques Myard, French speaker. Each member of this core group has spent many fun summers inspiring campers to learn french in a fun and vibrant atmosphere.

Merci Beaucoup!


What is the registration process?

Download the camp registration, print then fill out the requested information, then mail your registration with payment to the address on the registration. You will be contacted with more information including detailed directions to the camp, as well as a list of what to bring and how to be prepared for camp.

Contact: Katie Wyskiver, French Camp Director

(406) 241-6326 or

We’ve got T-shirts

If you are interested you can order T-shirts showing your love for French Camp!

There are various sizes for kids and adults. Shipping is cheaper when you buy a second item. Enjoy these shirts and wear them proudly.

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