19th June 2012
Glacier and Thermal Spa
Today started early as we needed to get to Glacier 3000 in time to get the cable car to the summit. We travelled comfortably in the two Camp Suisse Minibuses with our friendly drivers Mike and J, so comfortably so that some campers were soon counting sheet as well as cows as we descended down the winding road from Torgon. There were a couple of picture perfect clouds in the sky as we ascended in the two cable cars to the top of the glacier. We were greeted by some very excited husky dogs, which we took us on a super sledge ride in the snow. In the picnic area with a panoramic view of the glacier, Rosie, the activity leader delivered an interactive talk on the formation of glaciers and some interesting facts about the surrounding mountains.
Next we had some tasty packed lunches then hopped back on the buses to go to the thermal spas at Saillon! A slide, a lazy river, a hot tub, and several pools kept us happily busy for a couple of hours before a quick nap on the journey back to Camp Suisse. After a scrummy dinner of soup, salad, chicken pie and potatoes finished off by waffles and ice-cream, we were well fed before we headed to our evening activity choice of 5-a-side football or karaoke. After an action packed day, we all gladly fell into our beds ready for another great day tomorrow.
Archery, Climbing Wall and Camp Olympic Games!
This morning we headed to the Camp Suisse archery range to try our hand at being modern day Robin Hoods! We all worked hard to improve our skills; one of us even got a bull’s eye! The sun was beating down and with the beautiful mountain backdrop to the archery range it was impressive that anybody managed to hit the targets at all.
We then headed back to Camp Suisse and tackled the indoor climbing wall. With overhangs and rock faces to scale everybody took up the challenge and all involved in the climb managed to hit the summit.
If that wasn’t enough excitement and energy for one day next on the agenda was the famous Camp Suisse Olympics!
We split into 3 teams and competed fiercely to win the prestigious Camp Suisse Olympic Champions title and, of course, Camp Suisse medals! First up we put our new climbing skills to the test in a series of challenges on the wall including blindfolded climbing! This gruelling session was followed by head to head tasks including three-legged races and a strenuous tug of war! Our sports skills were also tested with basketball, football and hockey challenges. Last on the agenda was a chant battle where our teachers voted USA the winners! Overall winners were South Africa. Their enthusiasm and great teamwork carried them through in the lead all day and straight across the finish line!