Camp Blog

Philipp – Head of Pastoral Care

5th April 2021

Philipp is part of what makes Camp Suisse feel like home away from home. His first summer at camp was way back in 2009! He has been back several times since then and we can’t wait to welcome him back this summer!

Philipp has made a career in working with young people and we are very proud to have him on our team. As a headteacher, Phillip is used to working within dynamic and varied teams and this summer he will be leading our Pastoral Care team. Round the clock, night and day Phillip and his team will be there to support campers emotionally and create welcoming spaces, in which they can feel comfortable and safe. Luckily for us he found the time to answer some questions!

1) Favourite thing about Camp Suisse?

I love to see how the campers grow as human beings in such a short time, discovering new things about themselves, becoming more confident, more resilient people. Also you can’t beat looking at thunderstorms rolling through the valley from above and having clouds come through the windows.

2) Most Suisse thing you have ever done?

I felt really happy when I saw a shop outside of Switzerland that sold Rivella.

3) Favourite Camp excursion?

Camping by a mountain lake is by far my favourite. Fire, stories, swimming and marshmallows never gets old. I always schedule my day off after the camping so that I can stay up all night by the fire, watch the foxes steal socks that kids leave outside and feel the first warming rays of sunrise.

4) Favourite activity at Camp?

I love all the informal times in between activities. When campers and staff find places they enjoy around the site. Some hang out by the piano, some bask in the sun and others play cards. The feeling of community during these times is amazing.

5) Bar Camp Suisse, what has been your favourite job to date?

In terms of pure fun it was definitely working on an adventure playground.

6) What’s the oddest food combination you have ever eaten?

As a child I used to like Nutella and salami sandwiches. Thinking of it, maybe I should try that again to see if it still works for me!

7) If you had to be a household object for a day what object would you be and why?

I would be a cosy sofa. A soft place to relax, preferably by a fireplace.

8) Does pineapple belong on pizza?

This feels like a trick question to ask a German. I have not eaten a pineapple pizza since about the time I last had a Nutella salami sandwich.

9) If you were offered a place on a one-way trip to mars would you take it?

I probably could not resist but it might just depend on the company.

10) The mountains or the lake? and why?

A lake in the mountains. Why choose if you can have both!

Louis – Colour Group Supervisor

18th March 2021

Reliable, dependable and always enthusiastic, Louis is a ‘Yes man’ down to his bones and is a strong favourite amongst campers and staff alike! Alongside his 5 years at Camp Suisse, Louis has also completed a university degree, specialising in History and French. Louis is a super-talented musician and has played percussion and drums in theatres across Europe as well as heading up the Jazz Orchestra at Exeter University, from where he has just graduated. As well his incredible musical literacy, Louis is also fluent in French. When at Camp, Louis is usually found giving impromptu lessons around the piano or sitting around a campfire telling longwinded.. but engaging…stories!

One of Louis’ best qualities is in the way he will tirelessly take the time to ensure everyone has the best experience possible. Luckily for us he found the time to answer some questions!

1) Apart from Camp Suisse, what has been your favourite job to date?

My favourite job to date has got to be drumming at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo two years ago. It was a life-changing experience to play in front of thousands of guests every night alongside musicians from France, Germany, Nigeria, China, and New Zealand. The excitement and cultural diversity of Edinburgh during the festival is hard to beat.

2) Where are you living at the moment?

Currently living in London, which is further from the mountains and the sea than I would like!

3) Most Suisse thing you have ever done?

Doing group yoga in the morning sun alongside the lake at Taney. Either that or adjudicating a particularly loud Moo-off (the Camp Suisse tiebreaker) on Olympic day.

4) What is your favourite thing about working at Camp Suisse?

There are so many highlights from across the years, but the standout feature has got to be the location. Waking up to stunning mountain views every day, moments away from some of Europe’s best hiking, mountain biking and climbing, is the best perk of the job. It means on your days off you can really take advantage of the outdoors. And when you’re working, you get to share your passion for the mountains with kids from all over the world; it’s a great feeling.

5) Favourite Camp excursion?

My favourite excursion is definitely the hike to Taney (which we do with the older age groups). The initial hike takes you through green pastures of Swiss cows, up past the imposing peak of La Braye, and over the watershed to the next valley. There’s a fantastic climb from Le Flon that finally takes you to up to the crystal-clear lake for a rewarding swim. Relaxing by the lake in the sun followed by campfire stories in the evening really sums up the Camp Suisse experience. It’s always one of the most talked about activities among the kids and it’s a great opportunity for them to get to know each other at the start of the camp.

6) Favourite meal at Camp?

Fresh bread, butter and jam at Taney breakfast, or chicken pie at camp.

7) Favourite activity at Camp?

Mountain biking! After skills-based games and challenges to build up everyone’s confidence, we take small groups out on the trails around Torgon, so it’s really enjoyable both for the instructors and for the kids. As it’s a full day activity, many kids will start off the day having barely ridden a bike and will then develop the confidence to take on jumps, drops, and trails. It’s such a rewarding experience to see and be a part of that kind of progression – we often try and fit in extra sessions later on in the camp because the campers love it.

8) If you had to be an animal what would you be and why?

I am actually a dog person, but if I was going to be an animal it would definitely be a cat. They’re free to come and go and have a bit of an explore, but also like to chill out in the sun.

9) If you were offered a place on a one way trip to Mars would you take it?

No way – there might be mountains on Mars but they’re not green enough for my liking. Also, the food at Geneva airport is expensive enough for me, I can’t imagine what it would be like on Mars.

10) And finally: The glacier at Diablerets or the beach at Bouveret?

Definitely the beach. You can’t beat chilling out alongside Lake Geneva on a sunny afternoon.

If you would like to request staff members for upcoming interviews, or ask questions please get in touch via our social media!

Hannah – Camp Manager

24th February 2021

Hannah is one of the backbones of the Camp Suisse team. At camp she can usually be found where the excitement is thickest and is always with a smile on her face. A veteran of 4 summers, Hannah is an integral part of the Camp Suisse family!  Having spent time living in both France and Spain, Summer 2021 cannot come soon enough for Hannah, Hannah who is currently finishing her dissertation for her final year at university.

Hannah is an instant hit with campers and her fluency in English, French and Spanish means she’s always at the centre of attention! Here we get Hannah’s thoughts on everything from soup to super activities!

1) If you had to be a household object for a day what object would you be?

I would be a fridge. Nice and chilled and full of all the good stuff. 

2) If you had to be an animal what would you be and why?

If I had to be any animal, I would be a monkey. They’re swift and agile but also not too intimidating. They also like bananas so I could roll with that.

3) What is your favourite thing about working at Camp Suisse?

The fact that two days are never the same; kids always have a random fact to teach you or a new trick to show you. Seeing them grow into more confident people and learn new skills also makes working with them so worthwhile. 

4) Favourite Camp excursion?

Banana boating! Always such a fun day out. 

5) Favourite Camp souvenir item?

The Camelbak water bottles. They’re strong, sturdy and reliable.

6) Favourite meal at Camp?

Ooooh that’s a tough one, the catering team always put on such a great variety of meals, I think for me it has to be mac and cheese! So good and so comforting. 

7) Favourite sport at Camp?

My favourite sport to play at camp is hockey. It reminds me of when I was at school and it’s such a fun and varied team sport which means everyone can join in!

8) And finally…. Is cereal a soup?

Absolutely not. Cereal is a god-tier food and should not be compared to soup. 

If you would like to request staff members for upcoming interviews, or ask questions please get in touch via our social media!

 

 

Declan – Group Leader Manager

2nd February 2021

When not at camp, Declan is either off counting mongoose in Africa, creating artwork in the style of the late great Bob Ross, or working as a qualified teacher in the UK. Currently Dec has been working for a Production Company in his hometown of Bristol, making TV shows for the BBC, Netflix and National Geographic. 

Here we have some hard-hitting questions from past campers Declan – so make sure you give them some thought:

1) Is cereal a soup?

 Absolutely not that’s ridiculous. Soup is warm and shouldn’t have bits in it.

2) Would you rather spend a lifetime counting mongoose or a lifetime painting like Bob Ross?

Bob Ross – I’ve done both and maths is not my thing.

3) Does pineapple belong on pizza!?

Absolutely not! You wouldn’t put bananas on a burger!

4) NASA is taking volunteers for a one-way trip to Mars, do you go? and if so what 1 luxury item do you take?

No – there are far too many (much cooler) things on Earth – Like mountains and Gruyères cheese. If I HAD to go and take one luxury – it’d probably be my camera, I go nowhere without it and would kick myself if I forgot to take it to Mars.

5) Favorite member of Camp Suisse?

It’s going to have to be a tie between Rosie and Steve – it would not be the same without you guys behind the scenes keeping things going (and coming up with ridiculous activities like 3-legged football).

Now for the serious stuff:

Dec…our first question has to be, out of all the fabulous things on offer at Camp Suisse – Banana boating, husky sledding on the glacier, the Aqua Parc – What is your favorite activity?

Well, what I really love about Camp is that there is ALWAYS room to be a bit silly. One of my best memories from Camp was when we me and a camper turned the ping pong room into a crazy golf course on an arrival’s day! We used everything and anything we could find to build obstacles – whether that was an entire library’s worth of books, a Jenga set and a hoover.

What about your favorite excursion?

For me it has got to be going to Villeneuve swimming pool for banana boating and paddle boarding. I grew up by the sea so it wouldn’t be summer without going to the ‘beach’.

If you would like to request staff members for upcoming interviews, or ask questions please get in touch via our social media!

Book now pay 31st May!

18th January 2021

2020 has been a year of uncertainty for everyone and 2021 looks to be continuing in the same vein. To provide a bit of financial stability, here at Camp Suisse, we are introducing a brand new ‘Book now pay 31st May’ offer.

Available to all, this offer gives peace of mind, in that your child’s place at Camp Suisse is guaranteed for summer 2021 without any financial commitment necessary until the 31st May.

It is as easy as going to campsuisse.com/register, filling out your details and selecting the session you would prefer. Under ‘other payment options’ select the box ‘Receive an invoice to pay later by card or bank transfer’. You can then submit your form to us and we will confirm your booking.

And voila! You’re all set and can rest easy, secure in the knowledge that you have a space at Camp Suisse 2021! All with zero payment required.

When the 31st May does finally roll around we will be in touch regarding payment for the upcoming session.

As soon as payment is processed you are included in our cancellation insurance policy which provides protection for (non-COVID related) cancellations and curtailment.

We will further still offer postponement of your child’s place at camp, or a refund of your monies, if there are further restrictions preventing you from travelling after you have paid, or if we are unable to operate for any such reason.

We cannot wait to get back to the mountains this summer and hope your youngsters will be a part of it.

 

INTRODUCING: Accompanied Air Travel From London Heathrow

1st July 2020

We’re delighted to announce a new accompanied travel package from London Heathrow.

Air Travel Camp Suisse

How does it work?

For campers travelling from or via London Heathrow, we can arrange for a member of the Camp Suisse team to meet your child at London Heathrow and accompany them all the way to Camp Suisse.

It means their Camp Suisse adventure starts even sooner and we can give more young people the chance to enjoy the safe and secure Camp Suisse experience from the beginning of their journey.

The price for the accompanied air travel option is £100 return plus your flight ticket. Please contact our team for details of applicable flights and to add the air travel option to your Camp Suisse 2020 booking.

Find out more about our COVID Compliant Summer Camp >

Camp Suisse 2020 Dates

Session Two 2020 Programmes

Two-week: Saturday 11th July – Friday 24th July
One-week: Saturday 11th July – Friday 17th July
One-week: Saturday 18th July – Friday 24th July

Session Three 2020 Programmes

Two-week: Saturday 25th July – Friday 7th August
One-week: Saturday 25th July – Friday 31st August
One-week: Saturday 1st August – Friday 7th August

Session Four 2020 Programme

One-week: Saturday 8th August – Friday 14th August

Here to Help…

To find out more about the accompanied air travel package, and to add it to your booking, please get in touch:

info@campsuisse.com

+44 (0) 845 5191 031

 

 

Keeping COVID Compliant this Summer

26th June 2020

Here at Camp Suisse, we’ve been busy preparing our 2020 Camp to be COVID Compliant; guided by information issued by Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

Check out our infographic below to find out some of the measures we’re putting in place this summer.

Find out more about our 2020 Camp >

Summer 2020: Get Outside and Get Active!

14th June 2020

We are absolutely thrilled that a relaxation in border controls means that we’re able to open our doors this summer from 11th July! Now more than ever it’s more important to get our young people outside and moving again, so we’ve adjusted our programme this summer to place the emphasis firmly on our spectacular surroundings, mixed in with a few of our favourite cultural trips. We’ve created this blog post to give you a flavour of what’s on offer…

A sense of adventure

  • Bushcraft and survival skills
  • Ghyll scrambling
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking and camping at our outpost

Fine-tuning skills & creativity

  • Archery
  • Leadership and team building games
  • Sports coaching – football, volleyball, hockey, and basketball 
  • Art jamming

…and our favourite slices of Swiss culture

  • Maison Cailler chocolate factory
  • Husky dog sledding on the glacier
  • Aqua Parc
  • Swimming in Lake Geneva and lakeside pools
  • Optional French/ English classes

Free cancellation before June 30th

Reserve your child’s place today, with free cancellation until June 30th

Session dates & prices >

Registration form > 

UPDATE: Travel Restrictions to ease from June 15th

9th June 2020

The Swiss Confederation has just announced some important changes to rules about travel into Switzerland which mean more young people can join us this summer!

The Swiss Government has announced that it intends to lift entry restrictions from 15 June for travellers from:

  • The United Kingdom
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • The European Union

With Camp Suisse 2020 opening on 11th July, it’s the perfect opportunity for young people from these countries to get active and enjoy the great outdoors in safe and secure surroundings.

Every day will be packed with more activities, excursions and fun than ever before – we will be implementing a range of special COVID-19 compliance measures to keep everyone safe.

Places are limited to 60 people per camp – you can book your place now with free cancellation available until 30 June.

Find out more >

 

Two week activity program to include:

  • Optional French / English classes
  • Sports coaching
  • Paddle boarding
  • Glacier day with husky dog sledding
  • Maison Cailler chocolate factory
  • High ropes courses
  • Banana boating on Lake Geneva
  • Hiking
  • Overnight camping
  • Aquaparc water park
  • Rock climbing
  • And much more…

Camp Suisse 2020 Dates

Session Two 2020 Programmes

Two-week:    Saturday 11th July – Friday 24th July
One-week:    Saturday 11th July – Friday 17th July
One-week:    Saturday 18th July – Friday 24th July

Session Three 2020 Programmes

Two-week:    Saturday 25th July – Friday 7th August
One-week:    Saturday 25th July – Friday 31st August
One-week:    Saturday 1st August – Friday 7th August

Session Four 2020 Programme

One-week:    Saturday 8th August – Friday 14th August

Make a Booking >

Switzerland named safest country for COVID-19

8th June 2020

A report published by Deep Knowledge Group has identified Switzerland as the safest country on Earth for COVID-19. The report notes this is thanks to:

‘Factors like an efficient quarantining programme, and effective monitoring, detection and treatment of the virus, preventing an “overburdening” of the country’s healthcare system… and a continuing decline in its rate of infection spread’

Read more on TimeOut and SwissInfo

The full report can be read on Deep Knowledge Group’s website.

We’re naturally thrilled to learn of this news, and the confidence it brings as the countdown continues to the launch of our Summer Camp on 11th July, which will comply with all COVID-19 guidelines set out by the Swiss government. Find out more about our 2020 Summer Camp: https://www.campsuisse.com/summer20/

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