German Language Immersion in the Summer – German Summer Camps In California

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Spring has just started and we are already talking summer! In fact now is the perfect time to think about a camp that your child will not only enjoy but that will help him/her strengthen his German language skills during summer!

Growing up in a multilingual family offers many advantages, but often it can also be challenging, especially in regards to the second language, the language that is not spoken as frequently. To help your child with this process experts recommend to find different ways to get him/her immersed into the non-dominant language as often as possible. This gives the child the opportunity to connect to that language and become more familiar with its usage as well as its particular culture.

In the case of many California Germans, this ‘second’ language is German. Once children are in school they speak English for most of the day. Back home again they might hear some German, and if lucky also speak some German with their mother or father.


Spend Summer in California Attending a German Immersion Camp

Many expat families plan on going back home to Germany, Austria or Switzerland during the summer months to visit family. This of course proves to be the perfect solution for giving your children a firsthand experience and immersion into the German language and culture. But that’s of course a perfect scenario.  What if work or other factors don’t allow for a European vacation?

Wouldn’t a German language camp in somewhat close vicinity to your home in California be a great alternative for your child to still benefit from speaking, hearing and learning German all day long for the duration of a fun summer camp?

That’s exactly what we thought and put together this compilation of German Language Immersion Summer Camps throughout California. We hope you find the perfect one for your child and would love to get your feedback on your experience.


German Immersion Summer Camps for Children in California.

Southern California offers camps in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Big Bear. Northern California has camps in Oakland, San Francisco, Menlo Park, Mountain View and Berkeley.

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Southern California:

Big Bear – 7 Days German Immersion Overnight Camp (offered through the German-American School Association of SoCal)


Los Angeles – Spiel, Spass und Sommer-Aktivitäten” – (offered by Tivoli Rainbow Garden Preschool – Regenbogen Kindergarten)


San Diego – (offered by Enrichment4Kids – 3 Sessions available )


Northern California:

Oakland – (Organized by BAKS plus – 2 Sessions available )


Menlo Park – “Gedanken in den Wolken…Füsse im Matsch!” (organized by GASPA-German American School of Palo Alto)     One 4-week full immersion summer camp session


GISSVGerman International School of Silicon Valley offers German Summer Camps in 3 different locations in NoCal: San Francisco, Berkeley & Mountain View

San Francisco – (Organized by GISSV – 4 one-week sessions available)

Berkeley – (Organized by GISSV – 5 one-week sessions available)

Mountain View – (Organized by GISSV – 4 sessions available)


Source: CaliforniaGermans
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