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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: 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.

No snow, no worries

2nd January 2017

No snow, no worries. We create our own fun at Camp Suisse. A very Happy New Year everyone. Roll on summer! #campsuisse #campsuisse17

 

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Customer Testimonial ‰- Justine LK

10th April 2015

Justine is British with a Danish husband and her four children, although British, have also lived abroad as well as travelling extensively. That makes them a truly international family and gives Justine an ideal point of view from which to judge Camp Suisse’s appeal to families from all around the world.

Hi Justine, thanks so much for talking to us today. Tell me, which of your children have stayed at Camp Suisse? 

All four of my children have, at some stage, stayed at Camp Suisse. The first time they all went, in 2009, they were 13, 11, 9 and 6.  The following time I believe was in 2011 and my second oldest and youngest attended, then in 2013, the two youngest went. Every year the kids ask to go but often school trips get in the way so make it impossible!

Why did you choose Camp Suisse?  

Primarily we were attracted to the language lessons as our children had lived in Monaco for 2 years and attended a French school.  It was important to us that the kids kept their language skills going. In addition, as our kids are all very sporty the range of different activities offered appealed to all of us.  And finally, the high number of international students attending was of great appeal.  Our family is very international and we like our children to mix with kids from all countries.  We have always wanted our children to feel that being in an international environment is the norm and to be accepting of other cultures and traditions.

What advantages does it have compared to other camps?  

Location was always a great advantage for us and the initial attraction.  Once we saw how happy the children were and how friendly the staff were there seemed little point in looking to go elsewhere. As we saw how much the children enjoyed the camp, the reasons we sent them to Camp Suisse became less about just the language tuition and more about the friendliness, location and activities.

What do your kids like about it?  

I think they like the camaraderie and activities.  They always come back raving about this mentor or that mentor, this child from that country and what fun they had.  Fun levels seem to be very high and there is obviously lots of laughter!  They also love the outings.

Was the decision to go to Camp Suisse made more by you or your children?

Initially, it was a decision made by us, but all the activities and trips offered by Camp Suisse made it pretty easy for us to ‘sell’ the idea to the kids. After they attended the first year it was almost a given that they would go if they could.

Are your kids going back to Camp Suisse this year?  

We’re just now in the process of looking at the summer diary with the kids. Our eldest is now 18 and is just about to contact Julie and Richard about him returning this year as a mentor as he has experience with children and is now a qualified tennis coach, football coach and speaks fluent French, Spanish and English. He has very fond memories of Camp Suisse and has always wanted to return in a mentor capacity. Our second oldest is already booked to do work experience but the two youngest are both keen to return, although it depends how it works out logistically.

Have you got any other comments or feedback that you think would be of interest?  

I think Camp Suisse do a great job, hence why my children keep returning in one shape or another!

Camp Suisse is one of the top international summer camps in Europe for teens and younger children. If you would like your kids to get to know children from a range of different cultures in a safe, entertaining and educational environment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

 

Camp Suisse brings education to the mountains

19th January 2015

International Camp Suisse is well-known for its school holiday summer camps, but did you know that the camp also opens its doors to school groups from mid-May to the end of June?

 Schools all over the world use Camp Suisse’s perfect combination of Alpine location and excellent facilities to offer students the opportunity to study and enjoy a wide range of outdoor pursuits at our purpose-built centre.

Whether it’s brushing up on language skills, getting hands on with the unique geography and geology of the Torgon area or learning teamwork and useful life skills such as map reading and how to use a compass, Camp Suisse can be the perfect end to a long school term.

Students stay at Camp Suisse with their teachers who work closely with the knowledgeable camp staff to ensure that each camper gets to enjoy everything that Camp Suisse has to offer as well as boosting their learning by bring subjects like glaciation, European history and languages to life.

Roger Federer ‰- a real Swiss sporting hero

31st December 2014

Switzerland is an amazing country with a proud history. It has also been home to some remarkable people over the years, one of the most celebrated right now being tennis ace Roger Federer. He represents many of the Swiss people’s best qualities, so this month we’re shining a light on Roger Federer and exploring how he reflects the values we hold dear at Camp Suisse.

Early Years

Roger Federer was born on the 8th of August 1981 in Basel, Switzerland near to the French and German borders. His father, Robert, is Swiss, while his mother Lynette is originally from South Africa. Roger therefore has both Swiss and South African citizenship, a perfect example of the coming together of different cultures that happens every day in Switzerland and is one of the main purposes behind Camp Suisse.

Federer grew up in various towns around the Basel area and, because Switzerland is a multilingual country, he learnt to speak Swiss German, Standard German, French and English fluently from a young age. This ability to communicate in different languages is one of the reasons Swiss people are so welcoming to visitors from around the world. The language classes we run at Camp Suisse are designed to give our campers the ability to broaden their cultural horizons by allowing them to more easily engage with people of other nationalities.

Sporting Achievements

A tennis fan from an early age, Federer’s first major success came in 1998 when he won the boys’ singles tournament at Wimbledon aged just 16. He has since won 17 Grand Slams, more than any other men’s singles player in history and holds the men’s singles records for time spent as the world’s number one ranked player (302 weeks) and longest unbroken streak at the top (237 weeks).

Federer won the Olympic gold medal in doubles partnering Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic singles silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Currently ranked the world number two men’s single player, Federer hasn’t been outside the top ten since 2002. He has won more prize money than any player in history, taking home over $80,000,000 and is widely considered to be the greatest tennis player of all time. He recently finished the 2014 season in style by clinching the Davis Cup for Switzerland for the first time in history.

Sportsman and Family man

In spite of his strong competitive streak, Federer is well liked and respected by both fans and his fellow players  having won the  ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite Award a record 12 times (from 2003-2014) and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (voted for by his fellow tennis professionals) a record 10 times (from2004–2009 and 2011–2014). Federer is a perfect example of how one can be a real winner while still showing great sportsmanship.

In 2009 Federer married fellow Swiss national Mirka Vavrinec, herself a former professional tennis player. The couple have two sets of twins, girls Myla and Riva born 23 July 2009 and boys, Leo and Lennart born 6 May 2014 and still live in Switzerland in the town of Bottmingen in the same area where Federer grew up.

Sports and activities are a big part of the program at Camp Suisse. We are one of the top summer camps for teens in Europe offering a huge variety of sports and outdoor activities, as well as language classes, cultural trips and much more. To find out about the range of activities and learning opportunities we offer to our campers, feel free to give us a call on +44 845 5191 031 or email us and we will get back to you.

Be the Next Byron and Get Inspired at Chateau de Chillon

9th June 2014

There’s more to Camp Suisse than all our fun outdoor activities and language lessons, we’ve got loads of great cultural excursions too. One of which is the Chateau de Chillon in an amazing location on the shores of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps. The scenery is absolutely stunning and there is loads to learn about its history and connection to the arts. Read on to see what it’s got in store.

History

The site of the chateau has been occupied since the bronze-age and has gone through many changes over the years. Back in the 12th Century it was home to the Counts of Savoy, which marks one of the three major periods of influence on the castle. The Bernese then took over the castle in 1536 and used it as a fortress, arsenal and prison for over 260 years with many structural changes taking place to optimise the castle for the latest advances in weaponry.The castle then entered the final Vaudois Period after the Vaudois Revolution in 1798 which initially saw the castle used as a place to store gun powder, weaponry and prisoners before being renovated in the Romantic Movement. It was then that Chillon began to attract the artists and writers that made the castle famous.

Poetic Past

It was Lord Byron who really put the castle on the map with his poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’ about the sufferings of François Bonivard (1493-1570). François found himself in prison due to his opposition to the Savoyards but was eventually set free by the Bernese and is now a symbol of liberty.

Exhibitions

Chateau de Chillon continues to inspire artists and so they host an exciting array of exhibitions to keep its rich history alive. Up until October 2014, you can see the spooky exhibition ‘Portraits of Ghosts’ where painter Hugo Bonamin shares his portraits of the artists that have been influenced by the Chateau over the years. You’ll see lots of the old masters such as Turner and Courbet and of course it wouldn‘t be complete without a portrait of the talented Lord Byron.

If you’re looking for European summer camps to broaden your child’s cultural horizons, take a look at our website to find out about all the other great sporting, cultural and language activities that we offer at Camp Suisse. Or give us a call on +44 845 5191 031 to find out more.

Yummy Trips to the Cheese and Chocolate Factories!

12th May 2014

You can’t experience Switzerland without sampling the wonderful food that Switzerland is famous for. I’m sure first on the list for most kids visiting Camp Suisse will be the Swiss chocolate, but don’t forget the amazing Gruyère cheese! Both have a long tradition in Switzerland and they’ve really perfected the delicious recipes over the years. You can find out all about it (and more importantly taste all about it!) at the super fun Maison du Gruyères and the Caillers chocolate factory on our trip to the region of Gruyères!

Caillers Chocolate Factory

Let’s start with the chocolate factory, because we know that’s what you’re dying to find out about! There’s loads to discover, starting with the history of Chocolate, which goes right back to the ancient traditions of the Aztecs. You can see and smell these traditions in action at the Caillers Chocolate Factory by watching the recreated cocoa ceremonies.

Then they’ll tell you all about François-Louis Cailler, who obviously had the best job in the world and started his own chocolate company! Who knows maybe you’ll get inspired and join the likes of Cailler and Willy Wonker and start your own chocolate or sweet company!

And last but definitely, by no stretch of the imagination, least…you get to taste the chocolate! Hmm, what a treat! This world famous chocolate has a well-deserved reputation for being utterly delicious and after you see all of the chocolate making processes, you’ll understand why!

Maison du Gruyères

This demonstration centre is right next to the lush alpine pastures and houses lots of interesting facts and secrets to making Gruyère. This delicious cheese is a real staple of mountain culture, with gooey fondue and lots of hearty recipes to keep the mountain folk going with their farming work. A fondue is also a social event as everybody shares a central bowl of scrummy melted cheese as they scoop up the drippy cheese with their bread. There’s only one way to describe it…“amazing!” It’s a Swiss experience not to be missed!

The Town of Gruyères

It’s not just about the food, on this day trip to see the factories you’ll also get to look around this historical medieval town including the grand chateau. The town is absolutely stunning with its cobbled streets and hanging flower baskets in the summer. It is almost impossible to take a bad photograph in Gruyères which is probably why its image has made its way onto so many chocolate boxes!

This is just one of our many excursions that make Camp Suisse one of the best kids’ summer camps around! Our summer adventures offer lots of fun physical activities as well as exposure to new cultures and languages, so our campers learn whilst enjoying themselves in the beautiful Swiss Alps. If you’d like to find out more, check out our website or give us a call +44 845 5191 031.

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.

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