16th August 2011
This summer our evening activity program has undergone a major overhaul and revamp. In a bid to inspire, enthuse, challenge and broaden the horizons of our campers we’ve taken a long hard look at our evening entertainments and added a selection of new activities designed to achieve this goal.
Montreux Jazz Festival
Carlos Santana, BB King, Sting, Paul Simon and… Camp Suisse? Yes, this year’s 45th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival made its way onto our evening activities schedule. The older campers from Session 1 enjoyed an evening trip down to Montreux to soak up the atmosphere of the annual jazz festivities. With the backdrop of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Swiss Alps, there was no better way to spend the evening. Campers enjoyed the free live music from both the official stages and the street artists, whilst dotted around were an array of other artists from painters to dancers and all that’s in between. Music wasn’t the only attraction, as all the senses were engaged with stands all along the water front selling a range of ethnic products to a massive variety of international food and drink. A truly memorable evening was had by both campers and staff alike.
There’s been a murder!
A murder mystery night designed and executed by our staff was among the big hitters on this year’s evening program. After dinner campers were led up to the sports hall to the scene of the murder of our activity leader Joe (we’re glad to say that it was all in the name of fun and games and Joe is fortunately still with us!). After a short visit from the local inspector, he set teams of our own inspectors on the trail of Joe’s murderer. Who done it? Was it Stacey the cleaner, Rachel the night guard, Anna the chef or any of the other Camp Suisse staff suspects? Teams were sent to investigate 6 suspects, if the teams managed to complete a task set by these suspects they became privy to more clues that could lead them to the culprit. By the end of the investigations most teams had managed to work out that it was Stacey, with the mop, in the sports hall. To reassure campers that no crime had actually been committed, the ‘deceased’ Joe made an appearance at the end to put to bed any doubts.
2 minute movies/Flash mob
As a way of challenging the creative side of our campers we put a task to them to create a two minute version of a well-known film. 4 teams, armed with a camera and a couple of group leaders had an hour to decide on a suitable film, choose which iconic or recognisable scenes would be shot, who would play which role and at which locations they would film. After much discussion, costume making, speedy script writing and multiple rehearsals teams had 15 minutes to capture their winning shots. Some of the films included Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Lion King and High School Musical, all of which were edited and played on the big screen during the disco. Continuing with the film theme, we subsequently set campers the task of creating a flash mob style video (flash mobs, for those not in the know, consist of groups of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and sometimes seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment and/or satire). This time armed with a camera and a sound system loaded with the song ‘We speak no Americano’ by Yolanda Be Cool and Dcup, campers were pre-taught the accompanying dance and tasked with making short flash mob clips of them doing the dance in whatever situations they could think up. At one point this resulted in the song being put out over the restaurant sound system and campers/group leaders getting up to dance along.
Put on your dancing shoes
This summer was all about trying something new and tapping into those hidden talents of our staff members. Once it came to light that we were amongst some very talented dancers, the train was in motion to organise an evening of dance classes to pass on these skills to our campers. We gave campers the option of attending a salsa class, a hip-hop class, a Scottish dance class or, for those campers (of whom most, I must add, were mostly male) too cool for dance class, martial arts. The classes went down a treat, evidenced in the proceeding days as we saw campers continuing to try and master their new moves around camp.
These new actvities complemented the existing ones a treat, but it has to be said some of the old ones are the best ones!