On the last Saturday of your villager’s session, they will check out of their cabin, have an exit health interview and receive back any non-perishable contraband that was held for them during the session.
Villagers celebrate with each other at the Village the night before the last day of the session, as some villagers must depart before the Parent Program on Saturday due to travel arrangements. Villagers receive awards and celebrate with a feast.
Every Village presents a Parent Program for parents/guardians and friends at 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of each session. Villagers demonstrate their new language skills and perform skits, songs and dances they have learned throughout the session. Five- and 10-year villagers and staff members are recognized. The Village store is open following the program. Closing programs will last approximately one hour and all villagers and visitors should depart the Village by 12:00.
The Village dean and staff members are available to speak with parents on both opening and closing days.
Villagers receive awards for the number of summers they have attended Concordia Language Villages, not the number of sessions. Therefore, a five-year award recipient may have attended more than five sessions. Only summer youth overnight camp attendance is counted toward villager awards.
You should mark all belongings, including all towels and linens, with your full name. It is helpful to use the provided checklist before leaving the Village, as we cannot guarantee finding lost items after a session. If an item is left at the Village, call (800) 450-2214 or write to:
Lost and Found
Concordia Language Villages
8659 Thorsonveien NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
Give a detailed description of the item and include your name and Village session number. We will make every effort to find the lost item. Families are responsible for postage. After December 1, all lost and found items are donated to a local charity.
The Language Villages is a grand simulation. We make every effort to give villagers as authentic an experience as possible simulating travel to and stay in another country or countries. For that reason, your villager’s re-entry into his or her home life and social structures might mirror, in some ways, what a student coming home from study abroad experiences. And, if that weren’t enough, foreign “travel” aside, your villager has also been in a camp environment where every minute of the day is intentionally planned and scheduled to create a warm, supportive, and playful community. The grand simulation coupled with the camp environment could make adjusting to home routines and friends who were not there to share the Language Villages routines a bit tricky at first.
Once your villager is back home with you, the Village experience doesn’t simply end. Your son or daughter will return with new songs to sing, interesting stories to tell, descriptions of new foods and customs, and names of many, many new friends. Often our villagers report a sort of reverse-homesickness where, for several days, they cannot get their experiences at the Village off their mind and would like to return.
It is our goal to send your child home from one of the most academically and culturally enriching, and personally transforming experiences of his or her young life. If we have achieved that, you as parents and guardians may want some tips for helping your villager adjust and re-enter:
Here's what a few of our counselors have to say about returning home:
"When you've slept, go through your photos/souvenirs/the photos on the blog. Wherever you save them, make sure they're dated and labeled with people's names and the stories of what was happening. You'll forget faster than you think." -Arianne, Lac du Bois
"If you're missing the feeling of being at camp, try to find music, movies, or TV shows in your Village's language. This can help you keep up with your language skills and feel connected to camp." -Alicia, El Lago del Bosco
"Let your child rest and regroup. At camp, they get to be the 'best version' of themselves. They are away from technology and are constantly stimulated by language, culture, activity, art, play, and friends. Readjusting to the 'real world' is difficult. (Same for us staff members!) Give them patience while they readjust." -Coralie, Lac du Bois
We consider it a privilege to spend time with your child each summer and help him or her along their journey toward global citizenship. As your child returns to your home, we hope that his or her path of world- and word-discovery will continue because of the broadened perspective and new insights into other ideas, cultures and perspectives gained at Concordia Language Villages. We are eager to welcome your villager back next year to continue the journey.