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New Nordic summer family camp offered through Concordia Language Villages

MOORHEAD — Concordia Language Villages is holding a new Nordic language immersion camp for families this summer, taking place July 17-22 at the Language Villages site near Bemidji.

The Nordic Family Week allows families the opportunity to pursue language and cultural instruction in Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish. Each participant will have the option to focus extensively on one of the three Nordic languages while also learning basic phrases and words in the other two languages.

Participants of all ages will also craft, swim, sing, play and dine, all while immersed in Nordic language and culture. Families will stay at Salolampi, the Finnish Language Village site, which features culturally authentic architecture in a setting that doesn't exist anywhere in the United States except at Concordia Language Villages.

The program can accommodate all levels and ages of language learners, ranging from complete beginners to more experienced speakers. The new program was developed due to requests received from families, many of whom have varying degrees of heritage from all over the Nordic region. Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish-specific family programs also take place during the academic year.

In addition to the Nordic Family Week, family camps will also be offered this summer in Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. For schedules and to register, visit: or call (800) 222-4750.

Concordia Language Villages, a nationally recognized program of Moorhead's Concordia College, has been a leader in immersion language and culture education for nearly 60 years and offers one-, two- and four-week residential immersion summer camps in Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Sites are located in northern Minnesota and staffed by skilled counselors who are a combination of native and highly proficient language speakers from across the U.S. and around the world.

Programs attract nearly 10,000 participants annually from all 50 states and many countries.