18th June 2012
After a week, ‘sans enfants’, dedicated to staff training camp is once more filled with the screams, shouts, cheers and laughter of our new set of guests. This week we welcome yet again two schools from Geneva – the Geneva English School (GES) and the ‘Ecole Internationale de Genève’ (EIG) – and all the way from Germany, a little delayed but never dismayed, we welcome the Strothoff International School.
Being rather a little closer the two schools from Geneva arrived almost simultaneously at 11.30am. After an introductory meeting and tour around the site it was straight into lunch, yummy hot dog baguettes with homemade coleslaw and potato salad. Once refuelled campers were sent straight out to make the most of the beautiful weather and the first activities of what is set to be an action packed week.
GES were fortunate enough to be the first group to experience one of our newest activities. Getting back to nature they headed off for a hike in the surrounding mountains, partaking in a bush craft session – picking up skills essential for survival in the outdoors.
EIG, on the other hand, stayed a little closer to home, splitting into two groups they divided between archery and the indoor climbing wall. A great time was had by all with some very noteworthy personal achievements.
In the meantime, whilst the other schools were out on activity, Strothoff arrived ready and raring to go despite the 8 hour long bus journey. After a quick snack it was straight out to the team building assault course. Students were tasked to work together to help each other succeed in a variety of different puzzles and physically challenging tasks. With some encouragement and advice from our expert team of Activity Leaders, even the teachers were impressed with the resulting team work.
If that wasn’t enough action packed fun for one day, after the evening meal all groups took part in the Torgona Hunt – a treasure hunt-style quiz that sees campers running around the site and the local village in search of the answers to cryptic clues, all with a view to becoming more familiar with the site and local area. By the time heads hit the pillow there was not a sound to be heard from the chalets. A good sign that energy had been spent and a good first day had by all!