26th July 2021
The Greens and Yellows were on their way to the Camp Suisse centre, when suddenly disaster struck! In a stunning turn of catastrophic events, their pilot, disorientated by low hanging cloud, overshot their landing area and careened into the forest – thankfully, THEY SURVIVED!
Each team worked together in order to complete tasks for their survival. The first problem they faced was that of shelter- each team made a stable structure that was capable of withstanding wind and rain, utilising sticks and moss. Each team were dehydrated so they had to filter water using plastic bottles, rocks, moss and a nearby stream. Another problem survivors faced, as well as the lack of heat, was the lack of food, as well as the threat of predators… fire solved both of these problems! Armed with a flint fire striker, each team raced for sparks and smoke to create a fire great enough to boil and purify the water. Lastly, each team discovered an injured survivor who had broken their tibia and fibula into two parts. This required campers to stop the bleeding, make a splint and keep the casualty warm. The deserved winners were Megan’s team, including Mohammed, Mason, Brendon, and Ellie!
Happy to have saved every team member, campers set off back in search of Camp Suisse before an evening of pizza and pasta in Caprins after all their hard work!
– Mary Brown, Group Leader
25th July 2021
What a day, what a day! We can still feel the sugar rush. We had an absolutely wonderful day! We started the morning with a cinematic introduction to the Cailler chocolate factory. After that, we went on to walk through the factory learning about the history of Cailler. The best part of all this was the end. We got to taste all the different flavours of chocolate! We then rolled our way to Gruyères, where we explored this cute little town. The Greens went on to buy some souvenirs and some of them even had the pleasure of eating fondue!
– Suzanne Wallet, Group Leader
24th July 2021
Today was the Olympics, and all campers from Reds right up to Yellows, took part. It all began with an opening ceremony for the ages, replete with chants, dances and even some mock sword fights to entertain the crowd!
After this, the Olympic Torch was lit and the tournament began. Self made flags were waved and face paint proudly shown as we paraded down to the football pitch, where the events took place. Events such as unihoc, three legged football and the tug of war proved popular. Some serious skill was shown by Mathilde and Maria in the three legged football, but they were not to be outdone by Ari’s performance at the water can relay.
After all of the excitement of the day, the closing ceremony was held and the winners were announced. After an unusual tie-breaker of a ‘moo-off’ between Norway and the UK, Norway took third, the UK took first and the winners of the Olympics were Brazil! A great and exciting day was had by all!
– Sam Kelly, Group Leader
23rd July 2021
A marvellous morning once again. The sun greeted our Greens with a lovely smile. After a much needed breakfast, everyone went on to their language classes. Vasili and Louise smashed the ASAP game with their English vocabulary. Sijal knew all the answers in Spanish class, and Greta really stood out in the French dance class.
After a healthy lunch, we went on to Move some Mountains. A great team-building game, where we learned how powerful you can be when you work together. We navigated our way through the forest, climbed through nets, disposed a bomb, and Eline even led our whole team through the entire thing!
It was once again a great day, filled with laughter, fun and making new friends. We can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us.
– Suzanne Wallet, Group Leader
22nd July 2021
It was an early start to the day for the Greens today as they set out on the glacier excursion. That and the slightly longer bus journey was made up for by the exciting day, jam-packed with activities. First, the Greens experienced dog sledding with a pack of husky dogs. Afterwards, Windsor discovered the fastest sled and the best technique after a fair bit of trial and error during our tobogganing activity. The Alpine Coaster was the most thrilling part of the day perhaps, the kids used minimal brakes as they hurtled down through the twists and turns of the track!
After taking in the scenery of the Swiss Alps, including the Matterhorn, from the breath-taking Peak Walk, it was time to head back to Torgon for some afternoon activities. The Greens then split, with some art jamming and making decorations for our space-themed prom, and others partaking in a fiercely-fought football match. Piergiorgio brought some Italian fire to the match, while Bente in goal and Eline on attack kept the score even and the match finished 2-2. Meanwhile, Vittoria, Veronica, and Sasha were setting the scene for our space-themed pro, designing artwork of space-cows and aliens!
– Hugh Duffy, Group Leader
21st July 2021
Our morning commenced with languages lessons, consisting of really fun singing and games for all our keen linguists.
Meanwhile, those who don’t study a language went on an adventurous hike in the sun, playing blind-cone in pairs and scrambling through the river finding flora and fauna and learning to skip stones. Both group leaders and campers agreed it was one of the best spent mornings, and many discoveries and splashes in the sun were had!
In the afternoon, all of us played sports on the football pitch, including archery and frisbee golf. Iñaki was amazing at archery, whilst Ines stunned the crowd with her abilities with the bow and arrow.
Later this evening, there will be an all camper and staff barbecue in the forest. Until tomorrow!
– Megan Carey, Group Leader
20th July 2021
The sun was shining over Lake Geneva today as the Greens headed down the mountain for an action packed day of water sports. Arriving at Villeneuve Pool at the far eastern end of Lake Geneva, campers relaxed by the pool and dived into the lake to cool off. In the morning, they took to the lake for a fantastic Stand Up Paddleboard masterclass with instructor Yann. Learning the basics, they were soon off on a scenic tour to Chateau de Chillon – followed by a race back to the pontoon to test their skills!
In the afternoon, it was more play and less work with banana boating. Although the lake was perfectly flat, no camper was left hanging on as they went on a whirlwind banana ride around the lake on the high speed powerboat.
After lots of time at the lake, the Greens are looking forward to some chill time, playing some games in the shade of our alpine football pitch – what an awesome day!
– Louis Brown, Group Leader
Bright and early this morning, the Yellow Group awoke (a little earlier than usual…) to their second excursion of Session Two – Glacier 3000!
They ambled sleepily to the dining hall, where we had breakfast, grabbed our packed lunches and hopped onto the bus. After a winding bus ride down the mountain, across the Rhone Valley, and up the Diablerets Massif to the glacier, we then boarded the gondola which whisked us up to the top of the glacier.
Our first activity was husky sleigh rides – the Yellows zoomed across the snow, and even got to pet the dogs after! Next, we arrived at the sledding zone- where we all slipped and sledded down the slope until our hearts content! We even had some staff-camper races… in which the campers came out on top!
We then headed up to the Alpine Coaster (Europe’s highest altitude roller-coaster!) – which Lucie and Samantha particularly enjoyed!
It was then time to embark on the exhilarating Peak Walk; a hair-raising walkway that links two mountain peaks, where the views were absolutely stunning. All too soon, it was time to get back on the bus to Camp, where this afternoon we chilled out and played a few games.
– Mary Brown, Group Leader
19th July 2021
With the morning sun shining bright over the Camp Suisse centre in Torgon, the senior campers began their day with the first class of language lessons of the session. Unlike the typical school setup, the spectacular views of the soaring Swiss mountains provided the backdrop for their outdoor classroom as the students learned about all things related to the international cultures of their classmates through the target language. In the advanced English class, each student shared facts regarding their families, interests and future plans and found out that they had more in common with each other than had initially anticipated. The campers made their way back from the outdoor classroom to the centre in time to enjoy a delicious warm lunch of hot dogs and salad cooked fresh from the kitchen.
After lunch the greens and yellows trekked to the football pitch for a sports tournament with a twist! Eight teams led by the group leaders battled it out with three-legged football, tennis-baseball, ultimate frisbee, and hockey. Greta gave her all on the footy pitch, while Hannah P excelled in in the ultimate frisbee. We witnessed thunderous smacks of the ball on the rounders bat, particularly when Mohammed stepped up to the mark. Nico was a real team player, keeping his team spirits up during hockey. Pablo and Vasily kept good rhythm during three-legged football and hobbled to victory for Suus’ team. It was Joan’s team who ultimately clinched victory in an epic moo-off.
The campers await an evening of rhythm and rhyme in one of the most popular evening activities- Junkyard Band! And an early wake-up tomorrow for the Glacier…
Hugh Duffy & Aisling Vaughan-Witts, Group Leaders
18th July 2021
Today the greens and yellows all spent the day at Parc Aventure. The campers enjoyed swinging through the forrest’s skyline and pushing themselves to the limit with their agility and balance. Matthew whizzed around the high ropes whilst Sasha and Jasmine developed a newfound love for climbing. Louise and Jojo pushes themselves and did the climbing wall and tried the drop. The campers also completed a language test and will start their lessons tomorrow.
– Floriane Day