Camp Journal

LGB – all classes

1st June 2022

All groups from LGB Yr 6 today took part in an exciting outdoor bushcraft adventure as all classes competed in the Camp Suisse Ultimate Survivor Competition!

We were undeterred by the wind and rain in Les Crosets as all groups completed several bushcraft activities that ranged from fire lighting to water filtration. Everyone adapted well to the tough conditions and completed all the tasks successfully!

We hiked through the forest and crossed rapid streams in difficult conditions but everyone managed to navigate their way through the forest like true Ultimate Survivors!

After a warming shower and change of clothes we sat down to a delicious dinner which was followed by a highly entertaining evening quiz (which included some great team names!) 

It was another great day in Les Crosets despite the nasty weather, but let’s hope for some warmer conditions tomorrow!

LGB 6A & 6C – revisiting the Romans

31st May 2022

Today 6A and 6C visited a breezy Martigny where we had an enjoyable experience visiting the Roman Ruins and Barryland (St.Bernard dog museum). 

In Barryland we got to see some very cute puppies and bunnies which we all loved! The museum in Barryland depicted the long history of the St.Bernard dog and its many traits as a rescue dog in the Swiss Alps. We got to see some very old, authentic newspaper clippings that dated back to 1910. We managed to find the oldest photo of a St.Bernard which was taken in 1880.

We had a true Roman dining experience as we ate our lunch at the old Roman Amphitheatre. 

We were taken back into the past as we explored the Roman Ruins around Martigny. It was an educational experience for all as we saw the original Roman Baths and remnants of the path the Romans took as they entered Martigny. 

We saw an example of the original concept of Roman Central heating in the main Forum area of Roman Martigny. The Mithraeum (an old temple to the convert religion of Mithra) was a particularly interesting point of the tour. The kids were tested on their knowledge of Roman gods and goddesses and it seems they have all been listening in class!

Overall, an educational and very fun day was had by all in Martigny!

LGB 6B & 6D – visit to Caillers chocolate factory

Today we saw La Grande Boissière, (LGB), 6B and 6D classes visit Cailler chocolate factory. Our Camp Suisse team – Maeve, Keegan and JD, greeted the students and teachers when their coach arrived. They were very excited about their visit. The students were split into three groups for their tour. Each group went in separately for the tour which lasts about 45 mins.
After they had tasted enough of the free samples of chocolate haha, they made their way to the chocolate shop to buy some gifts. Students then headed to the picnic area to have lunch. This was a sandwich, a yogurt and chocolate and muesli bars. The weather was beautiful for a picnic. After lunch the students had a chance to play games with Camp Suisse while the teachers had a moment to catch their breath. We left the picnic area to head back to the coach for the journey back to camp, based this year in Les Crosets.
At 1,670 metres (5,480 ft), Les Crosets is the highest altitude of any resort of the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil. It is, however, one of the smallest villages as well. It is easily reached on the piste from Champéry, Chatel and Avoriz. It has a sunny, snowy microclimate and allows splendid views of the Dents Du Midi.
On arrival at camp refreshments were served for the students while the teachers had a tour of our hotel. Rooms were allocated and bags put away before a delicious Mexican themed dinner was served. After evening activities, it was time for lights out. A great day was had by all. JD

Red & Blue Groups: Foraging in the Great Outdoors!

27th July 2021

The Reds and Blues had a fantastic day today exploring the grounds around Camp Suisse. They went on a foraging expedition in the morning and managed to find themselves a treasure trove of edible plants out in nature. After what seemed like a long and fruitless (pun intended) search, Marijus managed to find a patch of strawberries large enough to feed the whole group! Other plants like Woodsorrel and Beach leaves were tasted and the campers really enjoyed their culinary experiment.

We also had sports at the football pitch in the afternoon with some superstar performances put in by Maisy’s brick wall defence and Nicolas’s amazing goals. We then played capture the flag which was hotly contested. And some campers decided instead to build a fairy fort which included a kitchen, a mine, defensive areas and of course many houses for the fairies. All in all, a great day was had by our campers in the great outdoors!

– Sam Kelly, Group Leader

Red & Blue Groups: Chocolate Factory!

26th July 2021

Today all of our Red and Blue campers woke up bright and early, as usual, for the most eagerly anticipated excursion of all… The Chocolate Factory! They all fuelled their bellies with breakfast before setting off on our adventure. From the moment we arrived, we were overwhelmed by the amazing aroma of the cocoa beans oozing from the factory.

Our campers’ language skills were put to the test, as they each listened to the tour in their target language. Mia, Gia and Maisy all enjoyed the French version, while Nicolas, Mariia, Mathilde and others followed the tour in English. Finally the moment we had all been waiting for … The taste test! 🍫 All the campers got the opportunity to try out some of the freshly made chocolate before buying some in the souvenir shop.

All in all a fantastic day. Until tomorrow!

– Roisin Kimmins, Group Leader

Green & Yellow Groups: Ultimate Survivor!

The Greens and Yellows were on their way to the Camp Suisse centre, when suddenly disaster struck! In a stunning turn of catastrophic events, their pilot, disorientated by low hanging cloud, overshot their landing area and careened into the forest – thankfully, THEY SURVIVED!

Each team worked together in order to complete tasks for their survival. The first problem they faced was that of shelter- each team made a stable structure that was capable of withstanding wind and rain, utilising sticks and moss. Each team were dehydrated so they had to filter water using plastic bottles, rocks, moss and a nearby stream. Another problem survivors faced, as well as the lack of heat, was the lack of food, as well as the threat of predators… fire solved both of these problems! Armed with a flint fire striker, each team raced for sparks and smoke to create a fire great enough to boil and purify the water. Lastly, each team discovered an injured survivor who had broken their tibia and fibula into two parts. This required campers to stop the bleeding, make a splint and keep the casualty warm. The deserved winners were Megan’s team, including Mohammed, Mason, Brendon, and Ellie!

Happy to have saved every team member, campers set off back in search of Camp Suisse before an evening of pizza and pasta in Caprins after all their hard work!

– Mary Brown, Group Leader

Red & Blue Groups: Languages, Ultimate Survivor, and Pizza Night!

25th July 2021

Today our campers got ready for the language talent show (which is taking place on Tuesday). They were busy preparing dramas, musicals and one class is even doing the news! I wonder what they’ll come up with next ??! In the afternoon they took on Bear Grills in ‘Ultimate Survivor’; they learned how to build a fire, filter water and even how to make a shelter. Maybe they don’t need their chalets any more ??

Lastly, the campers took a trip to the Caprins Pizzeria, where they indulged in the finest pizza and pasta in the best restaurant in Torgon. WHAT A TREAT !

See you tomorrow for more fabulous updates

– Lauren, Group Leader

Green Group: Chocolate Factory

What a day, what a day! We can still feel the sugar rush. We had an absolutely wonderful day! We started the morning with a cinematic introduction to the Cailler chocolate factory. After that, we went on to walk through the factory learning about the history of Cailler. The best part of all this was the end. We got to taste all the different flavours of chocolate! We then rolled our way to Gruyères, where we explored this cute little town. The Greens went on to buy some souvenirs and some of them even had the pleasure of eating fondue!
– Suzanne Wallet, Group Leader

Camp Suisse Olympics

24th July 2021

Today was the Olympics, and all campers from Reds right up to Yellows, took part. It all began with an opening ceremony for the ages, replete with chants, dances and even some mock sword fights to entertain the crowd!

After this, the Olympic Torch was lit and the tournament began. Self made flags were waved and face paint proudly shown as we paraded down to the football pitch, where the events took place. Events such as unihoc, three legged football and the tug of war proved popular. Some serious skill was shown by Mathilde and Maria in the three legged football, but they were not to be outdone by Ari’s performance at the water can relay.

After all of the excitement of the day, the closing ceremony was held and the winners were announced. After an unusual tie-breaker of a ‘moo-off’ between Norway and the UK, Norway took third, the UK took first and the winners of the Olympics were Brazil! A great and exciting day was had by all!

– Sam Kelly, Group Leader

Yellow Group: Languages and Woodcraft Workshop

23rd July 2021

Another fantastic Friday was had by all here at Camp Suisse! The campers shined in their language lessons this morning, especially Mattia, who sang the class’s chosen karaoke song at the top of his lungs! The students of French are all eagerly awaiting to sing the Lion King’s rendition of The Lion Sleeps Tonight at the karaoke night next week!

Throughout the afternoon, the Yellow group created sculptures made of wood and rope; first drawing up a plan and then turning it into a reality in the forest. Poppy succeeded in making a Wimbledon worthy tennis racket out of sticks, leaves and flowers. Sejal, Sam and Greta came together to exhibit some awesome team work skills to create a bespoke seagull. The entire group made up chants, danced and burnt their sculptures. Greta and Ellie ballet danced emotively to music while Polina’s artistically crafted wifi sculpture was set alight on the campfire. Yet again another wonderful day was had by all!

– Aisling Vaughan-Witts, Group Leader