Friday 31st July – lake day, ropes course, bridge swinging, bubble football and prize giving

A final action packed day to wrap up an awesome summer camp session ! The discovery students had a blast at Lac Leman by going full speed on the banana boat and tubing sessions. The Explorers also enjoyed some time by the lake but then moved on to another challenge with the nearby ropes course, where they swing between the trees using ropes, ladders and zip lines. The Pioneers took the adrenaline to the next level with bridge swinging. They will be able to tell you themselves how exhilarating this is ! To top it off they had a great laugh knocking each other over with clumsily funny game of bubble football.

 

Lots of thrills, spills, but most of all big big smiles all around. And so to conclude it was time for the prize presentation, where many students received prizes for their camaraderie, friendliness and adventurous feats. After watching their very own music video and slideshow, it was time for bed, not forgetting exchanging contacts and a few tearful goodbyes … or rather – `till next time

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Thursday 30 July – Baratan Hike, Climbing, Dine Out

Once Languages were finished everyone was put on the minibuses and taxied up to the top of Savoleyres for a sunny barbecue at the Baratan. Good vibes were coming from all groups as they soaked up the rays and enjoyed the panoramic views .

Then the kids went down to Sembrancher to play football and do some rock climbing. They were supervised by three certified Swiss mountain guides learned a lot, pushed themselves and had an overall satisfying and experience.

In the evening the kids went on a dine out in the village with the monitors and then enjoyed the sunset in the Verbier park.

 

Tuesday 28 July – Excursions

Three excursions took place today. One in Milan, one at the Cheese factory in Gryere and the Chocolate factory in Broc and one in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

In Milan the students had the chance to visit the world famous Expo and then go explore the city, its historical center and the shopping districts.

The second group visited The Gruyère region, with its rolling green landscape and peaks of the Fribourg Pre-Alps, home to the world-famous Gruyère cheese. They visited the cheese factory there and after they headed toward Broc and the Cailler chocolate factory where they saw the production process and got to taste lots of different types of chocolate.

The third group went to Lausanne where they started with a visit at the Olympic museum followed by a walking tour of the old town and one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe.

Upon their arrival at Les Elfes all the groups had dinner and in the evening played various games indoor like the music game La Furer and a pub quiz to test their knowledge on various topics.

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After their languages classes the students got ready for the sports activities of the day.

The pioneers went up on the mountain for biking and trottinetting. Trottinettes are giant scooters that can go on the mountain bike trails and are a very popular activity here in Verbier – the kids loved it. After their fun session they all got on the mountain bikes traversed across the other side of the mountain and then cycled down to campus.

The Explorers competed in our own Olympic Games a range of various sports contests in between the campers.. The explorers got split in 8 teams and competed against each other in various sports and challenges for the whole day.

After dinner all the groups will join together to dance and sing and record a music video, which the monitors are going to edit and play at the end of the session.

 

Saturday 25 July – International Day, Carnival

Today was International Day! A chance for our campers to present their countries to us and to each other. This is a very busy session with students from every corner of the world. Every  one had the chance to do a presentation about their country and culture. The presentations where followed by a face painting session where everybody painted their national flags and colors on their faces  We all learned many interesting facts, ate some international food and had a great time!

In the evening the monitors had organised a carnival for all the campers. A barbeque was set up and various games for the kids to play and collect points. In the end the winners of the ruffle were announced. Check the photos!

Friday 24 July – Excursion Day

Today was excursion day at Les Elfes. Many different excursion were planned for the student groups. Lausanne, Geneva and Aosta Italy where the three main destinations. The Lausanne group visited the Olympic museum before going to the city of Lausanne for shopping and sightseeing. The Geneva group visited the United nations headquarters and the had a guided tour in the historical centre of Geneva. The Italy group visited the Fenis castle in the valley before heading to the traditional town of Aosta where they saw the sights and ate gelato! ***Check our Facebook page for more photos from the excursions.***

All the students are back in campus now having dinner and in the evening they are going to play our favorite music quiz game La Furer.

 

 

 

Thursday 23 July – Sports Day

Once all the students had their breakfast they followed their language lessons, intensive and conversational, until lunchtime.

Then all the groups followed the various sports activities that where planned for the day.

The discovery kids tried out mountain biking. They started with a short lesson about the basics of mountain biking here on campus, got through the safety speech, got their bikes and helmets and headed up to the mountain. There they explored the various bike trails Verbier offers under the guidance of qualified instructors.

The explorers got split into four rotating groups that played tennis, football, basketball and golf! Every sports started with a coaching session and ended with the students splitting into teams and playing various games and challenges, all focusing in improving their skills and having fun.

The pioneers left Verbier to go to the nearby ski resort of Fully and try out the amazing ropes course that is set over there. Less than an hour away from Verbier the course is set in a beautiful location under the glacier and inside the pine forest. The students started off with the easy ropes but then moved on to complete even the most difficult course.

Now its free time so the students are either shopping at the village, swimming at the pool, or relaxing and playing games here on the campus. Later on they are going up on the mountain where they are going to light up a big fire and have BBQ for dinner.

 

Wednesday 22 July – Return from Campsites, Clubs

Today all the students returned from the campsites and mountain huts where they spent the night.

The kids told as about their amazing experiences. The discoveries hiked down to Le Chable where they set up their campsite, build a fire had and a BBQ and marshmallows. The explorers went kayaking, hiking, played camp games and music around the fire. The Pioneers stayed at the Bonachesse mountain hut, played camp games like capture the flag, hiked and enjoyed the alpine nature and everything it has to offer. The campers also went through first aid training at the campsites and lifeguard training at the lake, gaining valuable outdoors knowledge.

Upon their return at the camp they had the choice to stay in and relax or go shopping in town with their monitors. After dinner it was time for our weekly clubs. This week the campers had the choice between, photography, hollywood, arts and crafts and cooking. The clubs bring out the best out of the campers in terms of creativity teamwork and always learning something new.

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So all groups got out of Verbier after there morning group language lessons. Once intensives got back and everyone had eaten, all age groups headed of for there afternoon activities.

The Discovery group went down to an amusement park called Labyrinth where they completed a maze then explored the grounds finding all sorts of fun games and bouncy castles.

The explorers went to a rope course, for some of them their fear of heights was really tested but all seemed to have a great time and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

The Pioneers went climbing in Sambrancher, a new spot for all of the group and for many it was there first time climbing on real rock. Its a great step up from the artificial wall with climbs of various degrees of difficulty.

All the groups came together after dinner for an evening of Ice skating at the local Verbier rink.

Friday 17th July – End of Session, Prize Giving

Last day of the session today and it was a busy one.

Languages, Optionals and of course todays sports activities. The discoveries and explorers went to the lake to do water sports like banana boating, kayaking and stand up paddling. After the Lake the explorers went to the ropes course in Aigle where they took on various high ropes courses and zip lines. The pioneers had a go at archery and then went on to do bridge swinging, an extremely intense experience which everybody loved!

But the main event of the day was Prize Giving which took place straight after dinner. All the groups gathered in the big Les Elfes chalet and the monitors put on  a show for them. Various awards were given for the competitions and activities that took place during the week, like the Olympic Games, the sports tournaments and the clubs competitions. From every group a star camper was awarded the highest prize for best representing the core Les Elfes values.

After the prizes where given out and the monitors made their speeches everybody headed down to the cinema room to get their sports and languages certificates and watch the videos and slideshows the staff had prepared for them.

Now everybody is saying goodbye and getting ready to got bed as most of the campers are traveling tomorrow.

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Thursday 16th July – Baratin, Sports Day

After the students finished their language classes, they headed up on the mountain to have lunch at the Baratin, a beautiful mountain hut at the top of Savoyleres with incredible views of the village and the valley.

Coming back to campus the students got split in groups and followed various sports activities. The explorers went down to Sembranchez to try rock climbing on a real rock face this time. The kids had already done their first lessons on the artificial wall here in Verbier the previous week, so they were familiar with the equipment and the basic techniques of ascent. They all loved it and their instructors were very impressed with their fast progress.

The pioneers got split into rotating groups that had lessons in tennis and golf. It was a perfect warm sunny day to be outdoors and everyone enjoyed themselves. The highlight of the sports day though was the football match between the students and the monitors!

The discoveries headed up on the mountain for mountain biking. They followed a few bike trails around the mountain and down to Verbier, accompanied by certified mountain bike instructors that taught them the proper techniques and safety precautions.

In the evening some students went on a dine out with the monitors and those who didnt attended a cooking class after dinner at campus.

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Wednesday 15th July Session 4

Its been another scorcher up here in Verbier today. Once Languages were over the real action could begin.

The DISCOVERY kids went over the mountain to a fantastic Ropes course in Sion. They enjoyed a lake side picnic then after a quick introduction into how to use the harness and equipment they were set loose to explore the pine forest.

The EXPLORERS used the ski lifts surrounding Verbier to get up high  into the mountains . They had a choice of either Mountain biking or Trottinettes which are a type of giant scooter with suspension. They all enjoyed a long decent back down to Verbier with plenty off stops along the way to take in the stunning views.

Its been lake day for the PIONEERS they headed down to lake Geneva to private lake side beach for an afternoon of sun bathing and water sports which included Banana boating and stand up paddle boarding. They all seemed to have blast and I have just got back in time for some dinner then continue the good times at a disco in town for all the students to get there boogy on.

Tuesday 14th July – Excursions

In addition of the regular program (language classes in the mornings and sports during the afternoons), our campers go on a full day excursion once per week. Excursions are organized to discover the exciting region and environment of Verbier and its surroundings.

Today three different excursions were carried out. The discovery group visited the salt mines of Bex .On a visit to the museum and the mine, the kids saw the various techniques of salt mining from the year 1684 to the present and the history of this white gold. A small mine train took them into the subterranean world and to the restaurant located in the mountain at a depth of 400 meters.

The explorer group visited The Gruyère region, with its rolling green landscape and peaks of the Fribourg Pre-Alps, home to the world-famous Gruyère cheese. They visited the cheese factory there and after they headed toward Broc and the Cailler chocolate factory where they saw the production process and got to taste lots of different types of chocolate.

The pioneers visited the Olympic Museum in Lausanne followed by a walking tour in the old town to one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe.

Upon their arrival at Les Elfes all the groups had dinner and in the evening played various games indoor like the music game La Furer and a pub quiz to test their knowledge on various topics.

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Monday 13th July – Careers Day, Mountain Hike, Clubs

Every sessions we offer a one day leadership training course. The course is run by highly professional experts who developed a unique and fun-based approach. Our campers that attended the course today gained valuable practical skills, such as goal setting, presentation skills, group dynamics and the essence of time management, which was discussed and experienced through interactive presentations, great role-plays and exciting fun-filled games. Based on an interactive method, the students discovered their talents, interests and management styles and learned how to apply these elements in their future goals. Each student received a motivation profile and his personal talent definition.

The campers that did not participate in the leadership course enjoyed a beautiful hike up on the mountain.  They started from the top of the Carrefour hiked all the way up to the Baratan mountain hut for lunch and the walked down to the village passing through the Savoyleres tunnell and La Marlene. When they returned to campus had showers and ate dinner they joined various clubs such as dancing, cooking and Hollywood.

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Sunday 12th July – Olympic Games, Mountain Biking

After their languages classes the students got ready for the sports activities of the day.

The pioneers went up on the mountain for biking and trottinetting. Trottinettes are giant scooters that can go on the mountain bike trails and are a very popular activity here in Verbier – the kids loved it. After their fun session they all got on the mountain bikes traversed across the other side of the mountain and then cycled down to campus.

The Explorers competed in our own Olympic Games a range of various sports contests in between the campers. The games included swimming, basketball, football and volleyball. The explorers got split in 8 teams and competed against each other in various sports for the whole day.

 

After dinner all the groups joined together to dance and sing and record a music video, which the monitors are going to edit and play at the end of the session.

 

Sunday 11th July – International Day

Today was International Day! A chance for our campers to present their countries to us and to each other. This is a very busy session with students from every corner of the world. Every  one had the chance to do a presentation about their country and culture. The presentations where followed by a face painting session where everybody painted their national flags and colors on their faces  We all learned many interesting facts, ate some international food and had a great time!

After the international day events finished three evening games took place around campus.

The discoveries played NightLine. An obstacle course was set around the Les Elfes campus which teams of students had to complete blindfolded with a climbing rope as their only guide. The explorers played boys vs. girls, a contest between them with many different ball games, and fun team challenges like the egg toss and the hula hoop train. Finally the Pioneers played the music game La Furer. Everybody got to sing and dance until it was bedtime.

 

Friday 10th July – Excursion Day, Dine Out

We had three different excursions planned for today.

One group went to Geneva where they had the chance to visit the United Nations headquarters and have a guided tour there. After that they went down to the city centre where they did some shopping and visited the business and commercial quarters. The second group went to Lausanne where they started with a visit at the Olympic museum followed by a walking tour of the old town and one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. The third group went to France and visited the world famous mountaineering town and ski resort of Chamonix. The tour started by taking the steep gondola ride up to Aguille du Midi. The gondola still holds the record for the highest vertical ascent in the world going all the way up to 3800 metres high. After that the headed down to the beautiful traditional village for a cultural visit.

Upon their return to Les Elfes the kids started preparing for a dine out where they would get the chance to enjoy some of the fantastic mountain restaurants Verbier has to offer.

Thursday 9th July – Sports Day, Le Hatay

Thursday was a beautiful sunny day filled with sports activities.

After learning the basics of rock climbing in the artificial wall here in Verbier the discovery group was ready to take their newly learned skills to a real rock. So after lunch the kids hopped on the buses and went down to Sembrancher where they would try real rock climbing for the first time! They where accompanied by the Les Elfes monitors but also by two certified rock climbing instructors. All the kids did really where and some overcame their fear of heights through this challenging activity.

The explorers got to do a variety of sports this morning and afternoon including Tennis, Football, Basketball and Golf. They were split in four groups so everybody got the chance to try every sport. The Pioneers went to Aigle where they did a high ropes course. Many of the pioneers had done ropes courses before so this time they had the chance to try more difficult routes and of course the big zipline that is the main attraction in the Aigle adventure park.

All the groups joined together in the evening to have dinner up at Le Hatay a beautiful picnic area in the forest in Verbier with amazing views of the valley and the combins glacier. An amazing BBQ was prepared by our kitchen staff and after everybody ate we started gathering around the fire to eat marshmallows and play campfire games. As the sun came down we lit up the torches and walked all the way back to the campus.

 

Friday 7th August – Excursion Day

Excursion day is always lots of fun – seeing new places, experiencing things that make Switzerland famous, and buying a few souvenirs to take home!
The discovery students visited the Cailler chocolate factory (even if you dont’ like chocolate it is an awesome tour!), and then the Cheese Factory before splashing out on some shopping in Vevey.
The Explorers went to Lausanne to visit the Olympic Museum. Lausanne is home of the International Olympic Committee, so the museum is not only interesting but very interactive. You can spend hours taking fun photos, reading about the history of the Olympics and testing the sporting simulators! The group also then went for a spot of shopping in town.
The pioneer group went  a little further, 2hours drive, to Geneva. They visited the United Nations on very informative and eye opening tour, before having lunch by the famous ‘Jet D’eau’ water feature on Lac Leman – a huge jet of water on the lake. Of course, they also then went for a quick shop before making the journey back to Verbier.
For students who had already been on excursion the previous week, they had the option of going to nearby mountain resort, Chamonix Mont Blanc in France. The highlight was definitely visiting the magical Ice Palace on the Mont Blanc Glacier, before their own stroll around their shops in town.
With all the groups back on camp, around half of the Explorer and Pioneer groups went for an optional ‘Dine Out’ evening to restaurants in town. The others stayed on campus for dinner followed by a choice of baking or fun outdoor team games.
A very long but equally fun day!
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Wednesday 8th July – Return from Camping, Clubs

The campus was quiet this morning as all the campers where still at the campsites and mountain huts, they spent the night at. Upon their return everyone was telling stories about their overnight stay on the mountain. the campfire games they played and the various lake activities they did like a kayaking journey.

Before dinner the campers had the option to go shopping in town, swimming at the outdoor pool or stay in and relax as many where tired from camping. Others got two hours of optional activities they had signed up for, including paragliding which is becoming very popular among the students and everybody agrees that it is a once in a lifetime experience.

This evening was dedicated to clubs. We run three different clubs – photography, cooking and arts&crafts. In photography club the students where introduced to portrait and landscape photography and two different competitions where held, one for best portrait and one for best landscape shot – the winners are going to be announced at he end of the week. In cooking club the students learned the basics of baking and they made delicious cookies with different flavors that everyone is going to try out tomorrow. In arts and crafts the kids had to build a plane and try to fly it – they all came up with very interesting designs, some successful and others not so much!

Monday 6th June – Lake Day, Rock Climbing

First day of a busy session with many campers from all over the world and it could not start any better.

The Explorer group took advantage of the warm sunny weather and headed down to Lake Geneva where they got to try out a variety of water sports including banana boating, tubes and stand up paddling. The kids enjoyed their time on the water but also challenged themselves and acquired some new skills and experiences.

The Pioneers stayed in Verbier and spent their afternoon rock climbing and after that relaxed playing a few rounds of mini golf. The students where introduced to the basics of rock climbing by certified professional instructors who taught them all about gear, use of ropes and proper climbing techniques.

The Discovery group went down to the valley where they visited the Labyrinth adventure park. There they got to play various interactive and fun games and at the end of the afternoon nobody wanted to leave!

Now everyone is having dinner back at campus and in the evening we are all going to go ice skating at the ice rink here in Verbier.

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