Camp Blog

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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Camp Suisse : La solution à la Staycation cet été !

28th May 2020

Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer que Camp Suisse ouvrira ses portes pour cinq semaines cet été : du samedi 11 juillet au vendredi 14 août.

Camp Suisse 2020 sera la parfaite opportunité pour votre enfant de profiter des grands espaces, dans un environnement de sécurité. C’est notre ambition cet été de remplir les jours avec encore plus d’activités.

En même temps, nous mettrons en ouvre des mesures pour assurer la conformité à la réglementation Suisse à propos du COVID-19.

De plus, pour nos campeurs Suisses et de l’Europe Occidental, puisque COVID-19 a rendu les voyages internationaux plus compliqué, Camp Suisse propose une bonne solution pour la Staycation !

Réservez la place de votre enfant, avec l’annulation gratuite jusqu’au 30 juin.

En savoir plus >

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Camp 2020 is ON!!!

27th May 2020

Ready, Set, GO!!!! – Camp Suisse Opening 11th July.

We are more excited than ever about opening our camp this July.

With three months of built-up energy to burn we have an action-packed programme planned focusing on getting our campers back outside in our beautiful surroundings and having fun with friends.

From husky dog sledding across the glacier to whizzing around Lake Geneva on a banana boat the 5 weeks of camp this summer promise to be fast, fun-fueled and fantastic.

To comply with COVID-19 requirements we have made many amendments to our operational procedures ensuring the safety and well-being of our campers and staff.

Registrations are now open with a limited number of places available.

More information and sign up >

COVID-19 update

27th April 2020

At this stage we remain positive and our international camp is still scheduled to go ahead in summer!

We are at the mercy of many things including international health developments and travel recommendations. 

We will always base our planning and strategy on what we believe to be in the best interests of our campers and their families. With the local, national and global situation evolving so quickly it is quite hard to project ahead into July and August just now.

We would love nothing more than to be able to open our doors as usual to our wonderful international adventurers but we will only put ourselves in a position to do that if we genuinely believe the risks to be so low as to be outweighed by the benefits of operating.

Of course there are many factors at play around the globe which we are keenly monitoring.

Time will tell and we are waiting patiently until the moment is right to welcome young people to our camp. We really hope it will be sooner rather than later.

If we have no other choice but to cancel any of our camp sessions for this summer, we will refund any payments made or roll places over to any future camp with us.

Please stay safe and we look forward to getting back to our outdoor adventures just as soon as we can!

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to get in touch. We have time on our hands…

Julie, Richard and everyone at Camp Suisse.

Protecting ourselves from COVID-19

9th March 2020

Our international summer camps will be running this summer

The health and well-being of our campers and staff is our highest priority. 

We would like to reassure parents that our existing policies and procedures are in line with the guidance provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO). We are regularly monitoring the ever-evolving situation with COVID-19 and will amend our procedures if and when required.

If we are unable to operate our international camp sessions this summer then you will be able to postpone your camp to a later date or we will refund your monies.

What does this mean in practice?

Following advice from the WHO and the Federal Office for Public Health (FOPH) we will be implementing a range of preventative strategies and processes throughout the summer season including:

– asking camp participants screening questions about their travel history and illnesses in the run up to camp.

– educating on and practising good personal hygiene practices to control and limit the spread of infection.

We will continue to monitor official guidance for schools and other educational settings, and we promise we will always base our planning and strategy on what we believe to be in the best interest of our campers and their families.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

Julie Tyler & Richard Young

Join the Camp Suisse Catering Team this Summer!

4th March 2020

Camp Suisse is on the search for ambitious, highly motivated individuals to join the catering team this summer.

Based in the spectacular Swiss Alps, we run international summer camps for over one thousand kids and teens aged 7 to 17, from May through to August. With so many hungry mouths to feed, we require dedicated, ambitious and motivated individuals to work in our catering department. We are on the search for chefs and catering assistants to join our kitchen, which is run by our dynamic and charismatic Head Chef, Helen, and Catering Manager, Ellie. This is an excellent summer opportunity to gain hands-on industry experience. Many of our staff return year after year, creating a family atmosphere among the team.

You will be exposed to all aspects of our busy kitchens, your duties will include:

• Food prep (including starters, packed lunches and breakfast)
• Pot wash (including operating industrial dishwasher and washing and drying equipment by hand)
• Maintain cleanliness of kitchen and service areas
• Offer support and assistance to chefs as required

In addition to in-resort training and uniform, we will provide you with:

• A competitive salary
• Accommodation for duration of contract
• All meals for duration of contract
• In-resort insurance
• Discretionary option to enjoy Camp excursions and activities on days off.

You will work split shifts which will give you ample time to explore our stunning local area. We’re based at an altitude of 1000m up in the mountains, where activities such as mountain biking, hiking and climbing are available. If you’re after more relaxing days off, Lake Geneva is a short journey away, where there are lively towns such as Vevey and Montreux (which hosts the awesome Montreux Jazz Festival in early July – not to be missed!).

 

A Word from our Catering Manager

Camp Suisse is one of the best summer camps out there, not only do the children have an amazing time, but the staff do too. It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had, and I’ve grown so much as a person because of it. What could be better than working in the Swiss Alps!

Ellie – Catering Manager (joined Camp Suisse in 2017)

 

Requirements

To apply, you must be a UK, EU, or EFTA national, or hold a permit to work in the EU and have been integrated for at least one year in the EU or EFTA labour market.

Application Process

Step One – Submit an Online Application

Fill out and submit your application using our online application form. This will then be reviewed, and we will be in touch via email to inform you whether or not you have been shortlisted for interview. 

Step Two – First-round Interviews

If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to select a time for a preliminary Skype interview with one of our Directors. Following your interview, we will be in touch to let you know if we have decided to progress your application. 

Step Three – Second-round Interviews 

If successful in the first round interview, you’ll be invited to a second  Skype interview.

Step Four – Job Offer

If we decide you’re who we’re looking for, we’ll be in touch with your Job Offer via email.

Step Five – Welcome to the Team! 

once your references and paperwork are all in order, it will be time for you to come and join us in Switzerland for an awesome summer!

 

Start your application today

Outdoor Education – The Matterhorn is our Classroom Window!

16th January 2020

At Camp Suisse we believe there is no education like Outdoor Education! As a holder of the Learning Outside the Classroom (LotC) Quality Badge, we thrive on creating experiential learning experiences for our campers in multi-sensory environments.

So when one of our longstanding international school clients asked us to develop an Outdoor Education program focusing on glacial retreat, rocks and environmental sustainability we jumped at the chance to set up our classroom at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn,  surrounded by the magnificent peaks and glaciers of the Zermatt region.

Seminal moments like these instil sheer excitement in our team and have seen our Outdoor Education program go from strength to strength. Our drive and desire to create amazing and relevant educational experiences has taken groups of campers to some of Switzerland’s most inspiring and unique regions. 

In 2019 we very proudly created new programs in Zermatt whilst further developing our offerings in both Torgon and Leysin. In May 2020 we are very excited to be launching our Outdoor Education programs based near the traditional Alpine villages of Evolène and Arolla in the Val d’Herens. With its preserved Swiss heritage and surrounding famous peaks, the Val d’Herens is a mountain lover and an educator’s paradise.

From forest forages to fire lighting and sedimentary rocks to sustainability, each of our lessons is designed to be great fun, interactive, safe and completely unique.

If you would like to learn more about our Outdoor Education programs and locations please contact the team via info@campsuisse.com.

Excursions at Camp Suisse – Montreux Jazz

Montreux Jazz Festival is the second largest annual jazz festival in the world. 

It is legendary, arguably the most famous in Switzerland and takes place during the height of summer on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Camp Suisse campers on Sessions One and Two 2020 will experience first hand this fiesta of musical festivities.

Despite the name, the impressively diverse line up boasts offerings from across the musical spectrum. From pop sensations to R&B royalty, rock and roll and reggae artists, hip hop heroes and indie legends as well as a whole area dedicated to emerging artists for whom the festival is like a rite of passage. 

The festival, now in its 54th year is one of our favourite cultural excursions to share with our summer campers. Celebrating a diversity of talent, and bringing together artists of all types and backgrounds into one spectacular celebration lasting two weeks sits well with the ethos of our camps. 

We usually hit the festival in the day time, taking a stroll along the lakeside soaking up the atmosphere with street performers, stands and stalls, boats bobbing in the background. Emerging and established artists perform at the free Music in the Park venue and there is entertainment all along the length of the lake side allowing our campers to celebrate music, culture and diversity, all in one supervised, sensational afternoon.

Montreux Jazz – 54th edition. Friday 3rd July to Saturday 18 July 2020. Program announcement 26 March 2020.

Experience More with the Camp Suisse Winter Camp

9th November 2019

With the nights drawing in and temperatures plummeting, we’re looking ahead to the winter season in the Swiss Alps.

Our favourite week of the winter is in February, when we host our Ski and Snowboard Camp at our base in Champéry, situated in the Portes du Soleil skiing area. Boasting over 650km of pistes, 201 lifts, and ten terrain parks, this ski area is the perfect challenge for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities.

We’ve been spending the past few weeks preparing an action-packed programme so that our campers get the most of their week in the Swiss Alps. For starters, we’ve teamed up with École Suisse de Ski et de Snowboard to offer lessons, which cater to all abilities, five hours per day, Monday through to Friday. While our beginner lessons focus on the fundamentals of skiing and snowboarding, those requiring more advanced lessons can work on fine-tuning different disciplines such as racing, bumps and off-piste. Our ski lessons aim to make learning to ski or snowboard as fun as possible, ensuring everyone has fun on the snow. What’s more, we’ve invested in some great ski equipment and helmets to make sure our campers stay safe when out on the mountain.

Experience More

The fun doesn’t stop when our campers get off the piste. Camp Suisse is all about ensuring our campers Experience More – we’ve teamed up with excellent chefs to provide three delicious meals per day, and we’ve also developed an action-packed après ski programme, which takes full advantage of Champéry’s stunning location. Among the highlights are a mountain safety course, ice skating, swimming, a torch lit walk, sledging, disco, and movie night.

Unbeatable Connectivity

In addition to our established transfer services to/ from Geneva Airport (which boasts an average of 80 flights a day from the UK) and Aigle Train Station (provides connections across Switzerland and Western Europe), there is also the option of accompanied transfers from across the UK to our base in Champéry. Our accompanied UK transfer service can be added when making your booking. With so many ways of reaching our base in the snowy Swiss Alps, arranging the logistics of your child’s winter adventure couldn’t be any easier.

Winter Camp Dates

Sunday 16th February – Friday 21st February 2020

What’s Included?

  • 5 nights of full board accommodation (3 meals per day plus afternoon snack)
  • Accompanied transfers from Geneva airport or Aigle station on the Sunday (9am to 5pm)
  • Accompanied transfers to Geneva airport or at Aigle station on the Friday (4pm to 10pm)
  • Lift pass
  • 5 days (Monday-Friday) of ski or snowboard tuition with l’Ecole Suisse de Ski et de Snowboard (5 hours per day)
  • Ski or snowboard equipment hire (including helmet)
  • Medal and Swiss Snow league progress book
  • Full après ski and evening activity programme including mountain safety course, ice skating, swimming, torch lit walk, sledging, disco, movie night and more!

How to Book

Head over to our Ski & Snowboard site to book your youngster’s place.

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