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Days Out with Camp Suisse: Montreux Jazz Festival

28th April 2014

Campers who attend Session 1 or 2 of our two-week programmes with get to visit the 48th Annual Montreux Jazz Festival this year. Set on the shores of Lake Geneva, the Montreux Jazz Festival is a world-renowned celebration of music that showcases some of the best established and emerging musicians from all genres.

Although our Session 1 and 2 campers won’t be able to see any of the headline performances, they will have the opportunity to spend an evening soaking up the atmosphere in the free section where plenty of brilliant musicians perform. Who knows! We might even get to see the next big music superstar!

A Day at Lake Geneva

Our evening trip to the Montreux Jazz Festival is usually combined with a great daytime activity that all of our campers get to experience, regardless of which session they attend! We normally end up on Lake Geneva itself and get to enjoy the fast-paced experience that is a banana boat ride as well as a large grassy beach with a private swimming area that leaves us with plenty of space for all sorts of fun and games. If the weather is unkind, we visit the brilliant Aquaparc, with super-fun rides and slides guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping! Check out the fun here!

An Evening of Jazz

After the fun of the lake, we then head into Montreux to watch some of the free shows and have a stroll around the stalls in supervised groups. The part of the festival that our campers will attend has loads of free live performances from up and coming acts, giving children the experience of a musical extravaganza set in beautiful Montreux.

Although the free programme has yet to be released, you can check out who’ll be performing and the free acts that campers might be able to catch on the 4th June 2014.

Not to Worry 

If you’re unable to book a place on either Session 1 or Session 2 not to worry as there are still plenty of great activities for our campers throughout the rest of this season’s sessions, and most of our sessions involve a trip to Aquaparc!

If you’re interested in what other excursions Camp Suisse offer, then why not check out our Cultural Trips page. For more information about our camps, or to book a place, get in touch via our contact us page, or give us a call on +44 845 5191 031.

What to Pack and What to Expect from the Weather Here at Camp Suisse

27th March 2014

Torgon is famed for being covered in snow with its mountain ranges being filled with skiers and snowboarders, but the view we have of it at Camp Suisse is something a little bit different. When most of the snow clears away in the spring the beautiful greenery of the mountains and valleys are exposed, making it perfect for our summer camps.

What is the Weather Like?

Those coming to stay with us this summer can expect great weather. With summertime temperatures in Torgon averaging 25°C and the sky normally blue and sunny, we are able to make the most of the outdoors.

What to Pack?

Now that you know what to expect from the weather, you’ve probably got a bit of an idea about what you should be helping your child pack, but here’s an outline of essential items that all of our campers should bring with them:

Clothes– During a two-week stay with Camp Suisse, campers will be able to have their clothes laundered once, so you will need to make sure enough clothes are packed to cover the majority of your trip. We also advise that you bring along some warm clothing and a raincoat as, although we’re expecting sun, there may be some rain and adverse alpine weather.

Toiletries– Along with shower gel and shampoo, don’t forget to pack a toothbrush and some sun cream! The sun shines bright here at Torgon, and with the majority of our activities being outdoors, skin protection is important, so please bring plenty of water-resistant sun cream in a high factor.

Sun Protection– As well as sun cream, remember to pack other forms of sun protection. A baseball cap or sun hat along with a pair of sunglasses, and a water bottle to help you child stay hydrated and safe in the sun.

Walking Shoes, Swimming Costume, and Trainers– Our programmes involve a lot of outdoor activities, so please make sure that your child has the appropriate clothing and footwear so they can have fun.

Journal– Although with all the activities your child will do throughout the week they may not have time to write, they might want to keep a diary of all the fun that they are having.

Book– Wherever your child is travelling from, a book or activity pack might keep them from getting bored on the journey.

We hope that this outline can be of help when packing, but parents and guardians will be happy to know that all campers booked onto one of our activity programmes will be receiving an extended list of essential items that they will need to bring to Camp Suisse.

If you’re interested in what activities Camp Suisse, one of the best summer camps in Switzerland, has to offer, then please check out our activities page. For more information, take a look at our FAQ’s, or get touch through our contact us page or by calling +44 845 5191 031.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning a Language in the Mountains

26th March 2014

Switzerland – one of the most multi-lingual countries in Europe. Where better for your child to learn a language than in a country with four national languages!
Learning a language at a summer camp in Europe is a great way to learn whilst also having fun. At Camp Suisse we offer language classes as part of all our holiday packages and your child can also choose from one of four languages: Spanish, French, German or English.
Language Lessons
All of our lessons focus on building up our learners’ confidence to speak freely. We provide an extra emphasis on practical conversation, because we feel that this is the best way to internalise the meaning of a language.
We use a variety of modern teaching techniques, because we want to engage children in active learning. When we are just listening for long periods it’s hard to learn how to speak. We’ve developed some very interesting audio and visual aids, which we think are fantastic at holding our learners’ attention – we get them learning without even realising it!
A two-week programme includes 15 hours of language lessons and 9 hours for a one-week programme. We cater for all abilities and classes are available at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Learn whilst having fun
French is widely spoken at Camp Suisse, so our campers get real-life exposure in this language. Our language teachers are involved in the outdoor activities and cultural trips and this gives the children a great opportunity to keep practicing.
We find this is important when learning a new language, because using a new word naturally in conversation gives the word a context and is therefore easier to remember.
International Camp
Although the main language at Camp Suisse is English, we cater for campers from all over the world. This offers a wonderful opportunity for the children to keep practicing a language with their peers. It gives children an added incentive to learn languages – in order to make friends!
It can sometimes be difficult for children to find reason behind learning languages in a classroom, which can make motivation difficult. Children often keep in touch with international friends they make at Camp Suisse, meaning that they keep on practicing their languages even after they leave us for another year!
For more information on the activities we offer and the dates and prices available, please take a look at our website campsuisse.com. Or if you’d rather talk to somebody, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on +44 845 5191 031.

Why is Camp Suisse so Good for You?

20th March 2014

We’re always trying to look after our health here at Camp Suisse. Most people would agree that it’s incredibly important to stay fit and healthy, especially for a young and developing mind.
Whether it’s the healthy food or the constant exercise; there are a lot of benefits in coming to stay at Camp Suisse, some of which we’ve detailed below:
Personal and Social Benefits
They say that variety is the spice of life and here at Camp Suisse our campers are certainly from a variety of locations! We believe that one of the main benefits of coming to camp is that our campers will meet and experience people from other cultures, which is in itself a life-changing experience.
There are a lot of reasons why interacting with people from different backgrounds is so important. One can learn more about other cultures and how to be more respectful. It also helps create compassionate and open-minded thought-patterns.
Spending two weeks away from home is a great experience for children. It really is a great way to boost independence, which can lead to greater levels of self-esteem and personal responsibility.
Physical Health
We do a lot of exercise here at Camp Suisse. It’s a rare moment when we’re not out and about getting active. Whether we’re climbing rock faces, scrambling down tracks on our mountain bikes or running around on any of our other exciting activities, we like to get up and about, moving our bodies.
We all know about the benefits of exercise for our bodies. Being fit and strong improves almost everything else in your life and it’s great for your brain as well! Coming on camp will make you fitter, stronger and hardier come school-time in September.
Mental Well-Being
We all love the thrill of a challenge, but did you know that challenges are also good for you? When your brain feels like it’s being worked hard, it releases natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins. These make you feel happier, more confident and better suited to take on the world! Just by being outside and running around in the sun, your brain is releasing endorphins.
Breathless?
If you like the idea behind getting active in the summer-time, we have plenty more info available in our information packs. Alternatively, if you have any questions –  contact us by clicking here.

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