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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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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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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

Camp Suisse: a Truly Global Experience

5th December 2018

The vast array of different nationalities of campers who come to enjoy the Camp Suisse experience never ceases to amaze us: over the past few years we have noticed a growing trend, indicating our campers are coming from an increasingly diverse range of countries; spanning six continents.

IMG_7500-LA typical arrivals day for our Summer Camp can see us welcome children from around forty countries. This involves a lot of planning; our administration team has to ensure that every camper’s travel details are in check, including their arrival time and flight number; then create a travel plan to give to our Airport Welcome Team, who go to Geneva Airport to greet each camper as they pass into the arrivals hall. Flights arrive from all corners of the globe: from Sydney to Los Angeles; from Frankfurt to Lima, our Airport Welcome Team always works hard to ensure the entire process runs like a well-oiled machine.

Other campers arrive directly to Camp with their parents by car; some live relatively locally in Switzerland or neighbouring France and Italy; other families are visiting Switzerland from further afield and choose Camp Suisse to give their child the perfect opportunity to partake in our amazing activity programme or to learn a language.

IMG_7174-LWhichever way campers arrive, they instantly start getting to know one another; something which is really special to see. For many, the linguistic immersion we offer starts from the moment they arrive; particularly if they have to use a “common language” with their fellow campers to communicate and make friends. While this is most often English, it’s not uncommon for campers to communicate in French, Spanish or German, depending on where they are from and what languages they can already speak. This leads to the formation of cross-cultural friendships, which many campers quite rightly feel is one of the best things about the overall Camp Suisse experience. Dinner times at Camp are one of the best places to see these newly formed cross-cultural friendships in action: having a table with a boy from Peru sat next to and chatting to his fellow campers from Australia, Poland, China and Portugal is a prime example – there can’t be many other places in Switzerland where cross-cultural friendships are quite as clear!

To find out more about summer 2019, and to reserve your place, visit our Summer Camp pages.

Check out the map below to see where our campers came from in Summer 2018:

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The Magic Ingredients that Make Camp Suisse…

With Summer 2018 all but a distant, dreamy memory, here at Camp Suisse we’re turning our attention towards the winter season; in particular our awesome Winter Ski Camp; we’re also already looking ahead to Summer 2019. In this blog we reflect upon the three key ingredients which we reckon make Camp Suisse so special year-round.

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We view our staff as being the key ingredient to the success of Camp Suisse; this is particularly important at this time of year as our recruitment process for next summer is in full swing. Every year we receive dozens of applications from well qualified candidates, which allows us to select the very best individuals to join our team. When recruiting we are really looking for people who we can envisage making a positive contribution to the unique family feel which we believe sets Camp Suisse apart from other Summer Camp experiences.

 

IMG_3718-X4The second key ingredient in making Camp Suisse so special is our carefully planned Summer Programme. Recent studies have indicated that Generation Z – that is, children born after 1997 – are becoming increasingly addicted to their mobile devices and social media. Camp Suisse provides the increasingly rare opportunity for your youngster to temporarily forget the imagined importance of Instagram likes, Snapchat streaks and emojis and puts them into an environment conducive to socialising with other kids and forming cross cultural friendships; all whilst taking part in amazing activities such as mountain biking, banana boating and eating marshmallows around the campfire on our camping excursion!

IMG_2030-X4The final ingredient is our outstanding location; our summer site in Torgon is perfectly located for a range of exciting mountain activities including mountain biking, Ghyll scrambling and rock climbing. Moreover, it’s only a short bus ride down the mountain to Lake Geneva where our campers enjoy swimming and banana boating – we can’t think of anywhere we’d rather be over the summer.
In the winter our Camps in neighbouring Champery and Crosets provide unrivalled access to the Portes du Soleil ski domaine, making the ideal venues for our Ski Camps in February half term. Our campers have the perfect opportunity to improve their ski skills under the expert guidance of l’École Suisse de Ski, whilst benefiting from our excellent après ski programme which includes a mountain survival course, ice skating, swimming and more!

There’s still time to book onto our Winter Ski Camp, although places are limited so we recommend surfing to our ski website now to check out our unbeatable all-inclusive ski package.

We’ve already started taking bookings for next summer; check out our dates and prices.

If you have any questions, drop us an email at info@campsuisse.com

We hope to welcome you to the Swiss Alps either this winter or next summer.

Time to Don the Skis

16th November 2018

With the lush green mountains of summer rapidly being blanketed in fluffy white snow, which transforms Switzerland into a winter wonderland, we’re swapping our mountain bikes for skis; our flip-flops for snow boots; and our summer t-shirts for a warm, snuggly winter jacket. We love winter just as much as summer, not least because it allows us to hit the slopes with our Winter Ski and Snowboard Camp.

Besides welcoming numerous schools and groups to the Swiss Alps, our favourite week of winter has to be February half term, 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.

Aside from the stunning scenery (check out our photos from last year if you don’t believe us!), we’ve been spending the autumn 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.

However, the fun doesn’t stop when our campers get off the piste: as well as enjoying three delicious meals per day, our campers then have the chance to après-ciate (pun intended) our action-packed après ski programme of events. Taking full advantage of Champéry’s location, we organise a mountain safety course, ice skating, swimming, a torch lit walk, sledging, disco, movie night and more.

Check out our video for a virtual look at what our ski camp has to offer:

So if your youngster still hasn’t made up their mind what to ask Father Christmas for this year, or if you’re looking for the perfect adventure keep them entertained during the otherwise cold and miserable February half-term break, why not find out more about our awesome Ski and Snowboard Camp…

Ski & Snowboard Camp Dates

Sunday 17th February – Friday 22nd February 2019

What’s Included?

  • 5 nights of full board accommodation (3 meals per day plus afternoon snack)
  • Pick up from Geneva airport or Aigle station on the Sunday (9am to 5pm)
  • Drop off at 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!

Price: 1600 CHF per camper

How to Book

Places are limited, so we strongly recommend reserving your youngster’s place before Father Christmas visits!

To reserve your place, head over to our Ski & Snowboard site.

 

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