18th June 2013
From Huskies to Hikes to Climbing to Camping and to Swimming in the Swiss Sun!
With 150 campers now on site, breakfast was a busy affair with cereal, yoghurt, toast, boiled eggs & of course chocolate spread flying out of the kitchen. For half of Mont-Olivet, Geneva English School and CGB there was an early start with a 6.15am breakfast to be ready for the sensational journey to the Glacier at 3000m above Les Diablarets. After two spectacular cable car rides and a chairlift, which landed them directly on top of the glacier itself, our very excited campers were met by the Husky Dog Sled team. With the panoramic views of the Alps, including the ‘Toblerone’ Matterhorn as the backdrop, the campers took it in turns to ride the sled as it hurtled across the perfectly white snow. Lunch was enjoyed by all at high altitude before students of the Mont-Olivet and CGB group made the journey to ‘La Plage’ in Villeneuve on the banks of Lake Geneva. The students were in for a real visual treat as they appreciated the stunning Swiss backdrop while taking a dip in the swimming pool and Lake Geneva. While students from Geneva English School instead headed with their group leader Freddie, office administrator Jodie, Camp Suisse’s camp baby Maisy and Nanny Amy to the thermal baths for an afternoon of relaxation. After their long arrival day yesterday, Strothoff relished the opportunity to head to the beach at Le Bouveret with banana boating on Lake Geneva where campers made the most of the sweltering heat in Rhone Valley with group leader Matt. Meanwhile back at camp Ecole International de Genève enjoyed the challenges of archery and indoor climbing wall while learning some useful survival skills in the bushcraft hike. There was a trip down to the mountain’s foot for the excitable throng of campers who then tried their hand at a bit of outdoor rock climbing at the crag in Collombey. With their newly acquired belaying skills, each camper was required to entrust their peers while making the journey up the rock face. All the while other members of Mont – Olivet School invested time in getting to know their friends better while building on their communication and teamwork skills during a host of team building games. No rest for the wicked and after some necessary packing and kit checks the campers hiked deeper in to the mountain towards the Torgon Ski Club where they spent the night camping. Meanwhile, back at Camp Suisse HQ, students from Mont-Olivet, Strothoff and Geneva English School joined forces to try their hand at Bingo, which was conducted in English, French and German – a perfect opportunity to pick up some new language skills! All vying for the chance to get their hands on a stash of coveted Camp Suisse merchandise, the lush evening panned out well for the students allowing them to make friends and learn about the different nationalities present. Finally, on request for their (students from CGB) last night on camp, activity leader Féarghal along with their group leader Tiff opened the doors to the Camp Suisse casino. – Jenny, Head of group leaders