31st May 2016
Yesterday marked the arrival of the first International Camp Suisse groups for summer ‘16. The picturesque mountains of Torgon were draped with heavy lingering clouds but the mood upon the arrival of the International School of Geneva could not have been better! Camp Suisse staff were excited to welcome the first group of the season and the children and teachers brought a fantastic, positive energy to the Alpine camp.
We welcomed the children from Classes 6A & 6C and took them to the Cailler Chocolate Factory at Broc. At the factory we took an amazing tour where we learnt about the history and processes of chocolate making in this world-famous area. At the end of the tour we indulged in the many different flavours of the Cailler Nestle brand… Maybe a little over indulgence for some people!
After the chocolate factory and a spot of lunch, 6A & 6C headed to the medieval old town of Gruyères. We explored the old town, visited shops, tried a few of the local cheeses (delicious) and walked around the old castle.
Archery with Class 6B was the first activity of the afternoon, while Class 6D began with the climbing wall. Luckily, the stormy weather held back while both 6B & 6D enjoyed the archery range. Some great shooting skills were displayed by both classes and Mr Chamberlain hit many bullseyes, dispelling the myth that he was ‘rusty’.
The games, ‘Shark Attack’ and ‘Crab Football’, got 6B & 6D all warmed up and ready to tackle the heights of the climbing wall. Some impressive skills were displayed on the climbing wall and the bells at the top of each wall were soon proudly rung by triumphant climbers from 6B & 6D.
After dinner (a scrumptious lasagne with all the trimmings), we all took part in the ‘Torgona Hunt’ before catching some much-needed sleep in preparation for tomorrow’s mountain adventure!