After a ski season in the Alps last winter with less snow than we may have wished for, it was great to put away our skis in April and start welcoming schools and groups from all over Europe for a taste of the Camp Suisse outdoor education programmes and residential class trips in May.
By the time we started the first of our international summer camps in July, the beautiful summer sunshine had well and truly arrived in the Alps and the Camp Suisse team was a well-oiled machine, delivering outdoor educational and adventurous activities of the highest quality to our campers.
This summer we welcomed campers from 37 different countries spanning 6 continents. From Australia to Albania, Canada to Cameroon and Peru to Poland, the cultural and ethnic diversity of our camp is something we are very proud of and will continually strive to encourage and broaden.
After 15 years the Camp Suisse programme continues to evolve and lead the way as a uniquely personal, great fun, safe and pedagogic experience. This summer we introduced paddle boarding on Lake Geneva for the first time and revisited some of the old favourites such as the Caillers chocolate factory and the Parc Aventure high ropes course. Creating an activity programme that is flexible and adaptable is of paramount importance to us; when there was no snow left on the glacier in late July and August for husky dog sledding we introduced the Snow Bus and Canirando activities as new and alternative adventures for our glacial experience.
Summer 2017 will go down as another great summer at Camp Suisse with fantastic campers and an amazing staff team who are completely dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of the campers in our care.
Post-summer we had the pleasure of welcoming campers from far and wide onto our autumn residential programme for international schools, which takes place down the road from our Torgon site in the beautiful village of Champéry. Autumn was a huge success with campers and teachers alike benefiting from mountain adventure sports, field education and outdoor pursuits with the usual Camp Suisse flair.
2018….. what is to come?!
Well in the winter we have the Olympics in Pyongyang (of course). Camp Suisse will be offering pedagogic ski and winter sports camps to its international school clients – and in the summer more fun and adventures at summer camp which we are already excitedly planning and building towards.
Amongst other things, next summer will see the launch of our French immersion programme as well as further development on our entire language course offering. The French immersion programme will involve campers undertaking their activity programme and excursions as well as the general camp life in French with our French-speaking staff and teachers.
We will also be introducing more water sports on Lake Geneva in addition to looking at different options for our overnight expeditions for older campers.
Keep in touch 🙂 Julie & Richard
Today the campers went Ghyll scrambling! They had a fantastic time manoeuvring over rocks and through the water. They worked together to climb over a fallen tree trunk and through a rubber tyre obstacle. We also had a lot of fun splashing each other! The cool water was really refreshing from the hot, sunny day! After our river adventure the green group ate lunch and went to language lessons.
They finished the day with a group game of volleyball!
International Camp Suisse is well-known for its school holiday summer camps, but did you know that the camp also opens its doors to school groups from mid-May to the end of June?
Schools all over the world use Camp Suisse’s perfect combination of Alpine location and excellent facilities to offer students the opportunity to study and enjoy a wide range of outdoor pursuits at our purpose-built centre.
Whether it’s brushing up on language skills, getting hands on with the unique geography and geology of the Torgon area or learning teamwork and useful life skills such as map reading and how to use a compass, Camp Suisse can be the perfect end to a long school term.
Students stay at Camp Suisse with their teachers who work closely with the knowledgeable camp staff to ensure that each camper gets to enjoy everything that Camp Suisse has to offer as well as boosting their learning by bring subjects like glaciation, European history and languages to life.