Bridge swinging and evening clubs

The campers woke up at 7:30 and ate breakfast at around 8:15. One part of The older group left for bridge swinging while the others had an activity where they had to make a path for an egg to land from the first and second floor without breaking. The younger group went rock climbing and to the rope course. After the older group returned and had Pizza for Lunch, the other group went bridge swinging where they had to jump off a platform. After returning, the older group went for a dine out while the. Younger kids had dinner at the camp. Evening clubs took place at 8 and everyone went to bed by 9:30.

Rope course and music video

The campers woke up early at 7 and ate breakfast by 8:30. The older group went rock climbing first. After playing football and managing to scale the wall, the hungry group ate lunch at 12. The younger kids went bridge swinging, where they had to jump off a bridge. After lunch, the older group went to the rope course, where they had to walk over tightropes and zip line. When everyone returned to the camp, they were divided into 7 groups and shot the les elfes music video on the song thriller. After dancing and singing along, they ate dinner and had a leadership course which included a volleyball match. After the match, everyone went to the cinema room and watched a live football match between Real Madrid and Liverpool. After the match was over, they finally went to bed.

Visit to UN, CERN and shopping

The campers woke up at 7 am and ate breakfast. Then, the younger group left in a bus to shop first while the older group headed off to the European headquarters of UN in Geneva. There, we were briefed about the history of the UN and the buildings. Then, the older group went to CERN where we learnt facts about the collider and the Higgs boson. Then, we ate lunch on the grass and left to the mall where we shopped for clothes, shoes and accessories. After The younger kids shopped , they went to CERN and UN. The returning students went to France to visit Evian water factory where they bottled  their  own water. Everyone returned in time for dinner and as soon as dinner was finished, their evening clubs started. The clubs finished at 9:30 and they went to sleep soon after.

Hiking and Les Elfes olympics 24th may thursday

the campers were woken up a little later today at around 8:30 and ate breakfast at 9. After breakfast, the older group went hiking through a scenic route for an hour and stopped at migros for a drink and a small snack. the younger group competed in the Les Elfes olympics where they had to choose an existing country and draw its flag and write its national anthem.

after the older group returned to the camp, the campers had barbecue for lunch. then, the younger kids went for a hike and the older kids participated in the olympics. The older kids had to make up a country and write its national anthem,rules and make the national dance. after that, there were a few games like egg and spoon race, relay race and volleyball jail. at 4, they got their phones and sat around for a bit. their  daily courses started at 5 and ended at 6:30.

dinner was served at 7 and their evening clubs ( photography, baking,journalism and sports coaching) began at 8. at 9:30, the campers were ready to hit the sack.

Cycling and zermatt hunt

The campers woke up early at 7 am and went skiing. They ate spinach ravioli for lunch and continued skiing till 2. After reaching the hotel, they went cycling and shopping. At 5, their courses started and some of them went to the escape rooms. After getting back, they were served dinner and the zermatt hunt started at 8. The younger kids had a photo hunt, where they had to find some locations based on the pictures given to them while the older kids were given some Riddles and challenges like dancing and planks.v Continue reading “Cycling and zermatt hunt”

Shopping and evening clubs

The campers went skiing at 9 and skied down the blue slope. After returning to the hotel at 3 :30, some kids went into town to shop while others went to play football. After shopping for chocolates and souvenirs, they returned to the hotel at 5. Their courses started soon and some kids from the leadership course went to escape rooms to test their abilities. After dinner at 7, they had their evening clubs and went to sleep.

Skiing and dine out

The campers woke up early at 7 am and rushed off to the slopes. After having a lot of fun, they headed back to the hotel at 3. Soon, it was time for their courses. After their daily courses ( leadership, mountain Biking ), the older kids headed off to the restaurant ‘grampis’. The younger kids went to mallinos to eat dinner. After delicious dinner, they returned to the hotel and went to sleep.

Sunday Skiing, Courses, Dine Out & PJ Party

It was a tough day on the slopes today with some snow and tricky visibility and it was really nice to see how well all of our campers coped with the conditions and continued to progress in their skiing lessons. Some of our groups ventured to Italy, others are now turning confidently and others stood in the snow for photos for the first time in their lives.

In the afternoon our tired campers had a chance to unwind, chat to their parents, eat snacks, shower, change and spend some downtime with their friends before embarking on their next session of courses. Our younger leadership group did a problem solving session at the nearby escape rooms, the older leadership consider Ethics in wider society and in politics through the fun Ethical Islands activity and our orienteering group ventured out into the mountains to complete a route they planned yesterday using a compass and 25,000:1 scale hiking map for the first time.

For dinner our different groups had a chance to eat in 3 different restaurants with their friends or have a PJ party with popcorn and a movie… a welcome mid-week opportunity to relax. Our older students even played some pool and table football after dinner.

 

Second day on the slopes and evening clubs

The campers woke up early at 7 am and rushed off to the slopes
By 9 excited to Ski again. After many falls and a lot of fun, they headed back to the hotel at 3. Soon, it was movie time and the movie was enjoyed by campers of all ages. After their daily courses ( leadership, mountain Biking ), a healthy dinner of spinach lasagna at 7 pm, they had a half an hour break. At 8, They headed off to their evening clubs and then finally hit the sack at 9:15. I
[

Friday 18th of may ski slopes and evening activities

The campers were woken up at 7 am and were given a healthy breakfast . They were ready for their first day at skiing in Zermatt. There were many falls on the slope but our campers were determined to learn how to ski . Everybody had a blast . We finally started our descent by 2 p.m after a tiring day on the slopes .

Everyone hit the showers as soon as they reached back at the hotel and then went into town for ice cream or played football . Some people chose to stay back and relax. Then came their courses (leadership,bushcraft,etc).

Then came our delicious  dinner  of burgers and fries  after which we started with our clubs (apprentice,photography,etc) and the the first day of skiing ended just like it started on a happy note .

Thursday 17th May Transfer to Zermatt, Excursion & Torchlight Walk

What a busy first day at camp. We began with a hearty breakfast and met with the campers with all of the luggage on the basketball court ready to leave at 08h30. By 08h45 everyone was on the buses, luggage stowed away safely and ready for a big excursion day. Our returning campers transferred directly to Zermatt, had a nice picnic lunch and an afternoon together of team building at the ropes course.

For our new campers it was a nice opportunity to visit a Swiss town called Sion. They had a scenic stroll up to the castle and to visit a quaint chapel before a picnic lunch and an afternoon of lively team-building games to begin building friendships. In the early evening the students arrived at the hotel, checked into their rooms, had a chance to call their parents and to shower… some even squeezed in a football match before dinner.

Dinner was Pad Thai followed by chocolate and Caramel ice creams. In the evening the students let their food digest and took in their new surroundings with the torchlight walk. A beautiful route to the top of a col to get a night-time view of picturesque Zermatt, a nice team picture and an exciting adventure for everyone for their first evening.

Tomorrow we start early for our first day on the slopes and we are all excited to see our beginners progressing on the slopes and learning new skills.

 

Wednesday 16th of May. Arrival day, Ski fitting, Verbier hunt, Fondue dinner

Today We were pleased to welcome a big group of Indian kids to Les Elfes. Even when they were tired after the long trip still they had some energy left for the day. When they arrived we did the check-in and assigned their rooms. Right after that everyone was Ski fitted with all the equipment needed for our week in Zermatt!
Then It was time for lunch to take some energy for the rest of the day.
In the afternoon, all the campers were splitted in five groups and with the supervision of a staff member they went to village to play our famous “Verbier hunt” so they could get to know more the place.
Afterwards everyone was back to campus where we had a important speech about the rules of the camp and the schedule for the following days. By then It was already dinner time so we could enjoy all together the delicious Fondue and some Indian food.
After dinner and the long day for our campers It was bed time, so everyone prepared their things for next day and went to sleep!

 

Click here for more photos

Saturday 12th of May. Courses, Aqua park, packing, dinner, prize giving and slideshow

Everyone was so excited about the last day at camp, all the campers woke up full of energy for the day. The weather was amazing today and after a nice breakfast we had the last session of courses. The kids could enjoy activities like leadership, bush and craft, orienteering and mountain biking where they had a nice ride to La Chable.
After the courses everyone came back to Les Elfes where we could enjoy a nice BBQ outside. Right after lunch everyone went to Aqua park . The kids had so much fun in the wave pool and in the different slides.
Then in the afternoon all the kids were back to camp. They had time to pack their luggage and it was time for dinner already. Everyone enjoyed the great Raclette.
Afterward it was time for the expected Prize giving., all the campers received their certificates for courses and clubs plus other prizes for the life in the camp.

 

 

 

Thursday 10th May Ropes courses, bridge swinging, rock climbing, MTB

As we near the last few days of camp, the wake up calls are received with  less resistance but rather with a smiling morning face as the elves look forward to the many fun activities lined up for the day.

The day began with the different groups A, B, C and D assembling with their instructors to head to their various activities for that morning. The different activities included rock climbing, mountain biking, rope courses and bridge swinging with each group completing the activities they could not finish yesterday.

Rock climbing channeled the inner Bear Grylls of the elfes. They thoroughly enjoyed challenging themselves to push further and try and reach the top. Mountain biking was appreciated by all for it included a visit to the nearby market place. Some found it difficult to cycle uphill, but succeeded in the end. Bridge swinging for many, was an opportunity to overcome their fear of heights and relish the adrenaline rush that the activity brought. Finally to top it all off, the afternoon was spent at a rope course centre forty five minutes away from the camp where all the children, despite their ages, had a blast trying out the different courses, each modified for each age  group. The elfes then returned back home where they had burgers for dinner followed by chocolate cake for desert.

The Elfes spent their evening completing the final session of their courses of bushcraft , leadership , orienteering and mountain biking after which they headed back to their rooms for a good nights rest .

Thursday 3rd May Skiing, Courses & Dine Out

The weather has been persistently trying to ruin our day today, snowing, raining sleeting but our campers have not been defeated. They have battled on with smiles on their faces and the sound of giggling in the air. Throughout the day on the mountain the campers have looked after each other, kept spirits high, made the most of the new powder snow on the slopes and returned in the afternoon shattered but happy.

After a relaxing snack, shower time and a chance to speak to their loved ones at home our students began their optional courses. All of the courses this afternoon were run inside, in the warm. Our mountain bikers learnt about bike maintenance and route planning. Our bushcraft group prepared an adventurous journey for their session tomorrow. The orienteering group made their own maps today and learnt about scale, using a key and producing their own accurate maps. Our elder leadership session learnt about teamwork under pressure in the escape rooms while our younger leadership group made the most of the fantastic sports hall for their problem-solving session.

For dinner tonight our younger students chose to eat Thai food or take-away pizza before a PJ party at the hotel. It was a much-needed calm evening for many of our younger campers with plenty of popcorn and pillow fights thrown in. Our older students all chose to at in a local pizzeria and to taste the beautiful Italian food.

Tomorrow the students will have a bit of extra time in bed in the morning to recuperate before another action-packed day on the slopes and evening of activities ahead.

 

First Day of Skiing, Courses & Zermatt Hunt

WOW! What a busy day. Our morning started early with a 7am wake-up, breakfast and a swift departure for day one on the slopes. For many of our campers it was their first day ever skiing and they did SO well. It was cold and a bit windy and the conditions were challenging but their spirits were high, they smiled all day long and learnt lots of new skills.

After skiing we had a short time for snacks, showers and phone calls before beginning our afternoon courses. We had: moutnain biking, bushcraft, two leadership sessions orienteering and our internship training. Dinner was delicious with a mix of chicken burgers and three different types of vegetarian burgers.

After dinner it was time for our interns to shine. 4 of them organised a photo orienteering hunt for the younger students while the remaining 4 organised the Zermatt Hunt activity for the older students. They planned the activites, made sure they had all the resources they needed, explained, delivered the session and managed the students AND our Les Elfes staff thoughout the evening. All of the students ran around searching for the answers around Zermatt…

now, it is time for some sleep ready for another early morning!