Monday, 29th April: Transfer day

Today was finally the day, we leave for Zermatt where we would be skiing for the following week.

The group that had been to camp before went to Zermatt directly in the train and reached there at 12pm and had their lunch in a park. After a stomach full lunch the group headed to the rope course. After a challenging time in the course, all the kids played a game of football and headed to the hotel at 4pm

The other group took their way to the castle, Sion and spent their afternoon there. They hiked for 15 minutes and took some lovely pictures. They hiked down again and played a game of football and did some activities in the town. After the time spent they had their lunch in a park with a beautiful scenic view, and their next stop was in Zermatt and reached the hotel at 4pm.

Sunday 28th April: A chill day

It was a freezing day in verbier today and it snowed from dusk till dawn. Not only was the weather chilled, but also, our day. We had a pyjama breakfast followed by shopping in the town. We also had an option to stay in until about 10am before going for excursion. We had a delicious sandwich for lunch at the Chateau de Chillon . We then headed for the aqua park and had a lot of fun on the numerous rides they had to offer. We came back to verbier at around 5pm and welcomed the new arrivals from India. Finally, we ended our day with anm amazing dinner at Chez Martin.

Saturday 27th April Skiing , Free Time , Clubs

Skiing today was much different than any other day. as us students went skiing in the same group , you would think that the different levels would make a mess of a day but the opposite happened .Nobody fell even once and their combined skills helped them cooperate with each other. Today, there was an incredible amount of snow for the last day of skiing at Verbier. It was like the rainbow after the storm. If the skiing wasnt enough activity for the kids , they also went rock climbing. After some free time, the kids concluded their respective clubs with a final session.

Friday 26th April Skiing, Prize giving, Farewell

So the time has come, and we have to say goodbye yet again. After the last day of skiing for some kids, we had to drag them off of the mountains. You’d never believe how much kids connect to the people they survive with. we watched these kids survive their first snowfall, their first time skiing and their first time communicating with each other without having any languages in common. After two weeks of building each other up from scratch, goodbyes are the toughest on them. Prizes were given as a token of appreciation to all the young campers with extraordinary personalities and talents. They really outdid themselves at the camp. Losing these gems is the worst part of the journey.

Thursday 25th April Skiing, Escape Room, Music Video

Did you know that humans first started connecting with each other through music. Music is what brings different cultures and people together. Today at Les Elfes, we used music to bring different kids together. The kids were supposed to make a music video using funny props. The kids surprised us so much in terms of team work, talent and creativity. Then the kids went to solve an escape room which stimulates active thought process and analytical thinking. The kids were put in a room full of puzzles and they had to find different clues that led to the code of the door and would evenutally lead to the way out. The kids enjoyed the day due to the tight and fun filled schedule.

Wednesday 24th April skiing, excursion and fun games.

Our goal at les elfes is not only to teach children how to ski or snowboard but also, to inspire them to reach for the stars. Today the little ones went to the olympic museum at Laussane. At the museum, they learnt the rich history of the olympic games and also, learnt to appreciate the athletes for their remarkable achievements. After the museum, the kids were distributed into small groups and assigned different activities to stimulate group work and creative thinking. The kids slowly started thinking out of the box for various ideas and in the process learnt to respect each others views and use it to succeed as a group. Today was all about developing oneself from within and in a group.

Monday 22nd April Skiing, Shopping and Torches

It was a usual day of skiing at Les Elfes except today we welcomed a huge group of bubbly chattering kids from India. They were vibrant and full of energy, fluttering through the shops in the village, chatting away about how good they will get at skiing soon. While the new ones opted to take rest, the older students went on a torchlight walk through the woods. They turned out to be pretty responsible with handling fire as they walked up sloppy mountains with long torches. As the flames of the torches danced in the wind contrasting the dark sky, I realised that I had never felt more peaceful.

Tuesday 23rd April Skiing, group games and casino night

Today started of as any other day at Les Elfes, with skiing. When you put kids in a group and give them a common goal, you’ll be surprised how hard they’ll work to push themselves and others around them. I saw this first hand in the kids while we gave them fun games to play and problems to solve in groups. The best thing I noticed in them was how they were so focused, like horses with blinkers looking straight ahead at their goal. Casino night was all fun and games while some kids dressed up as funny characters while playing uno. As a whole today was a simple, fun and sweet day.

Taking A Summer Language Course

A plethora students benefit from French, English, German, Spanish and Mandarin language trips, with the wide range of languages available leading to an increase in diversity of trip that are featured on our program. The beauty of language trips is that they allow students to have an immersive language learning experience which in turn offers a valuable contribution to personal development.

Taking a summer language course is beneficial because it provides students with a very worthwhile experience as well as enhances their understanding of foreign languages. In addition to this, being able to write and speak in another language is a much sought after skill in regards to their future careers. Many colleges and universities want to see students that have taken another language in their academic studies. What better way for students to learn a new language than combining sightseeing and exciting activities with a chance to practise speaking with the locals. This is the perfect introduction to the target language and culture.

True definition of a language trip

A language trip can be defined as combination of a language course and a vacation. The environment can vary from internships or traditional classrooms to field work depending on the student’s age. Our language learning course program also includes group activities and cultural study.

All our summer language course programs are different, depending language preference, need and degree of learning. Some courses are intense, while others focus more on the holiday aspect. Students, with their parents’ guidance get to choose between a more casual program or a complete immersion experience.

Why it is important for your child to take a summer language course

Taking a summer language course is important because it offers opportunities to experience the natural environment of that language everyday. We understand and agree that language learning immersion programs are one of the best ways to learn. There are a myriad of options for students who want to combine language study and a summer vacation. This way, they get to learn language for practical purposes, to learn something about art and history or to improve their business acumen.

Letting your kid join a language trip program is convenient in that you are allowing a professional else to handle all the paperwork and logistics. This way, your kid can just focus on enjoying their adventure. Part of our job is to also check visa requirements, make all arrangements for the kids’ accommodation as well as airport transfers.

Who qualifies to take a summer language course?

The phenomenon of taking a summer language course is popular across various age groups of students. Therefore, the excursions are tailored for kids of all ages. Students go on language trips to take a break from school. This way, they get to combine their summer vacation with something productive and fun.

Benefits of a summer language course

A summer language course has plenty to offer, whether you want your kid to focus on their academic and career future or self improvement. Below are some of the benefits of taking a summer language course.

Helps to develop language skills

Summer language courses provide many language development skills. For students looking to advance their verbal and written language skills, all they need to do is choose a course on English or any other international language. In addition to this, they get to learn specific academic terms as well as develop the vocabulary they need to complete an international education.

Offers an opportunity to study in a famous international city

Part of taking a summer language course is to also experience other cultures. By studying an international language, students get a chance to study in famous countries or cosmopolitan cities including the following:

  • Shanghai
  • London
  • Paris
  • Madrid
  • Athens
  • Rotterdam
  • Spain
  • Iceland
  • France
  • Ireland
  • The US
  • The UK
  • The Netherlands
  • Among many others

By taking a summer language course you also stand a chance of discovering impressive architecture, experience great cuisines, visit excellent museums and galleries all of which offer a highly enriching experience.

Helps to support their college or university application

For high school students, selecting a summer language course can help them decide if they want to pursue a master’s or bachelor’s degree related to the subject. This way they also get to upgrade their university or college application with relevant academic achievements. Older students who are interested in learning a new language can choose a course that will prepare them for them for various college or university entrance exams. Keep in mind that any evidence of interest in a particular subject matter will prove that the student is committed to excel in their academic pursuits especially since we live in a high competitive academic environment.

It helps increase self-confidence

A great way for students to prove that they are capable and self-reliant individuals is to successfully completing a summer language course program. Students who have taken a international language course have a higher chance at succeeding in enrolling in a highly rated university or college. Additionally, the short-term experience abroad offers enough insight into your kid’s life thus challenging them to dream higher. Therefore, taking a summer language course helps students access their true potential, silence their doubts and give them the confidence to pursue their dreams.

Helps them understand independent learning

Usually, students focus on cramming as much information as their brains can especially during a demanding academic year, in order to pass their exams. And instead of encouraging students to discover their potential, most teachers concentrate more on covering their set targets. The benefit of taking a summer language course is that it places heavier emphasis on skill development as well as stimulating creativity, self-reliance and curiosity.

Quenches their thirst for knowledge

If your kid’s school doesn’t offer a particular language course that they might be interested in, then a summer language course offers students plenty of options that will quench their thirst for knowledge. Even if they don’t know what language they would like to learn, they can browse through our extensive list of summer language courses. This might even inspire them to try out new study opportunities.

Helps to make new friends

Taking a summer language school course is the perfect way setting for students to make new friends. This is because the environment is highly interactive and welcoming. Through interacting with their classmates as well as participating in social events, your kid gets a chance to start long-lasting friendships. Even if your child is shy, they will find it easier to open up all thanks to the friendly atmosphere, the acceptance of diversity, shared interests of the participants and the small study groups.

Help improve their grades

Increasing exam outcomes is one of the obvious reasons why students should take a summer language course. The extra study hours helps them improve and strengthen their knowledge of that language especially since they are studying outside of the typical school environment. Both effective and innovative learning methods may even provide them with new ideas about how they can approach learning in general. This way they also get to gain practical skills such as learning how to apply effective techniques when studying something new.

Helps them have plenty of fun

A summer language trip can be a very entertaining and exciting experience. In addition to other great opportunities to interact with like-minded students, innovative class activities can be great social icebreakers. While here, your kid gets to participate in special parties, events as well as city trips thus making their summer school trip experience an unforgettable one.

Helps them to get inspired

Different students apply for a summer language course for various reasons. Some simply want to engage in a summer school study to occupy their time during the long summer holiday. Therefore, if you want your child to benefit from a fresh idea, then a summer language course may be the best plan.

Language school trips and tours

There is no better way of reinforcing a student’s classroom-based learning than by being surrounded by native speakers, exposed to their culture and being immersed in their daily rhythms of life. When students get to visit the destination of their target language, they open up a whole new learning experience. By taking a summer language course, students get be to challenged, engaged and inspired in the practical application of the target language.

Our language enrichment experiences are designed to develop comprehension and conversational skills through a wide range of exciting target language-focused activities and excursions with an emphasis on enrichment experiences.

Students also get a chance to interact with native speakers who help them build their confidence when communicating in the language that they are studying, in a variety of social situations. It doesn’t matter what your child or teen’s ability is, their experience can be brought up to exactly the right level needed to enrich their learning thus enabling them to engage with the target language as well as enjoy all the benefits mentioned above.

Remember, speaking a foreign language comes with countless benefits and always offers an advantage in our modern society.

Sunday 21st April Skiing and soccer

New beginnings are like opening a packet of gum, once the wrapper is off it’s not going to be too long before it’s over. Skiing with the new kids was like that, most of them knew how to ski from before but did not hesitate to learn or wait for the beginners. The old kids mingled with the new ones over hot lunch followed by some more skiing. Nothing gets kids along more than games, being a part of something larger than ourselves is exciting and stimulating. So we took the kids to the sports centre where they played a game of soccer. The kids did hurt themselves but showed thriving resilience and strength when they chose to play instead of sitting down. The kids are definitely keepers 🙂

Saturday 20th April Adios and Bienvenue

Goodbyes are usually bitter, but today we said goodbye to some of our students with huge smiles plastered on our faces and hearts filled with warmth. Then we went to the bowling arena, where surprisingly the little ones overshadowed the older ones with their diligence and willpower. On the way back their tired pouty faces were awarded an icecream each which was the cherry on the cake for them. We ended the day with a movie and welcomed new faces that we knew would make for the hardest goodbyes in a week.

Tuesday 16th April. Skiing, snowboarding, free time and Quiz night!

This morning after a delicious cooked breakfast, the children were full of energy and were meeting their ski instructors outside for a day on the slopes. Our advanced groups had a full day of skiing or snowboarding all the way to the 4 Vallees which challenged their ability! They all did so well and had a great day. Some of our beginner groups had their first experience up the mountain which was super exciting and they did so well, mastering their parallel turns and controlling their speed. Back at camp this afternoon we had a mixture of languages as well as trips to town and games at camp. Tonight we finished off with an exciting quiz night full of competition, games and challenges!!

Sunday, 14th of April. Skiing, snowboarding, free time and Sports Center!

Today, our students were all excited for gain more experiences skiing they leaped out of bed and were on the slopes in no time at all.

After a great lunch on the moutain and a sunny afternoon on the slopes, they headed back to the camp and ate some delicious snacks and hot chocolate.

As “après-ski” activities, our students had the choice between different funny activities or the went to language lessons.

In the evening, they all enjoyed some team games at the Sports Center!

Monday, 15th of April. Skiing, snowboarding, flexi time and torchlight walk!

The kids were eager to get on the slopes before it all melts in this warm spring. It was a sunny day with great visibility, so improvements in technique could still be made with their fantastic instructors!

Once they came back from their lessons, they chose between do some shopping at the village, do rock climbing at the Sport Center or stay at the campus relaxing and playing boardgames. Another group went to study languages during the afternoon.

After a dinner of delicious rice, veggies and turkey, some of them got their jackets on and went on a torchlight walk up the mountain. Those who stayed at camp watched a movie until it was time for bed.

International School Trips For Kids

Fun fact! Did you know that Europe is divided into a 44 incredible countries? If you are talking about the European Union, there are 28 countries. Switzerland, which is where we are located is not actually in the EU, but is of course in Europe.

Europe makes it a perfect place to go on legendary international school trips for kids. The historic sites, picturesque landscapes and cosmopolitan cities of Europe offer plenty to keep school-going kids of all ages entertained. From adrenaline-fuelled bike riding and hiking the great Alps to visiting cultural places, you are guaranteed to find a whole host of options for your kid. Whether they would like to understand the origins of Western civilization or simply want to seek a higher culture, a school trip in Europe will prove to be worth the while.      

Hiking

There is something about taking in the sensory joys of landscapes coming back to life, so the best time to hike the Alps is between May and October. Offering dazzling mountain scenery Alpine lakes, mountain streams, fir forests and hundreds of glaciers, the Alps is the best supported trekking and hiking destination in the world. It also offers plenty of walking and hiking opportunities for people of all ages. The heart of the Alps opens up to reveal a fascinating mountain world where both climbers and hikers can roam and master the various trails available. Remember,  the Alps are an extensive mountain system stretching over eight different countries.

In addition to all these, there is no better place that one can enjoy drop-dead gorgeous mountain scenery and never have to carry anything more than a light day pack. This is because there are a plethora of well-linked accommodations, spaced out nicely along its length. The Alps also offer magnificent day hikes that are not only well marked but also easy to follow. This way, one can hike the mountains from either direction. It also means that you can enjoy the wildflowers ,waterfalls, wildlife, mountain scenery and glaciers during the day and still move on to the next alpine destination or be back on town before sunset.

Some of the treks on the Alps are defined by high alpine passes and trails that have been used for hundreds of years and some even more. Making hiking in the Alps, one of the best international school trips for kids.

Camping

Peaceful, untouched, neatly tucked between the firs and pine forests, a slice of heaven, all these are words used to describe camping. The countryside is often overlooked by most city dwellers thus why it offers a learning experience of life outside of the bustling city. Camping also shows a slower and kinder image of the countryside. Stunning Alpine campsites can be found right across the Alps as well, surrounded by glaciers, meadows, forests or frozen rivers thus epitomizing the wonders of high-altitude camping.

In Europe, camping is a great way to revisit the simplicity of nature without necessarily giving up on the every day comforts. The lazy afternoons, bird calls and meandering trails can be a welcome distraction from every day living. In addition to this, camping is equals to the warm glow of a campfire and star-filled nights. It is quite an old-style outdoors holidays where children of all ages can enjoy,  either goofing around the campsite or taking  nature walks

Wild camping is not allowed in In some parts of Europe, meaning that one can only camp inside a camp-site where services, tourists and any other thing you need can be found. Other than that, the Alps tend to be significantly populated, such that you are bound to come across villages near almost all the places on the ‘must visit’ list. While snow news is good news, when it melts in Spring, the Alps turn into a paradise for nature-lovers, sport enthusiasts and also walkers.

The Alps is a hidden gem that features plenty of options for both outdoor adventures and relaxation. There are a plethora of reasons for going camping in the Alps including taking in the fresh air, fresh scenery, fresh experiences, fresh food and fresh blooms. Offering a traditional alpine way of life,  camping in the Alps is also a good way for refreshing your senses, taking in the scene and admiring the beauty.

Ski trips

Europe is the world’s best destination for ski enthusiasts. Thousands of people enjoy ski resorts in Europe because they are among the most stunning in the world. The snow record, diversity of slopes and picturesque views are among the many reasons to go skiing. From December until the end of April, the prestigious Swiss resorts in Verbier, La Tzoumaz and Crans-Montana offer great skiing activities. All the ski trips are fully supervised and guarded with professional instructors and staff from when the kids arrive at the airport of the destination.

Ideally, since the Alps cover such a great area, it hard to clearly define when the skiing season truly starts or ends thus you can ski all year round depending on where you plan on going. Even with some man-made creations, pristine parks and sparkling snow help to beauty the place a little better. While skiing during winter months make more sense, the summer and spring months months in the Alps are almost beautiful. In fact, kids are bound to have a more memorable vacation when they go skiing during summer. This way, they can try out other activities such as hiking or trekking the excellent foot paths to experience the Alps from a new point of view.

A myriad of ski resorts found along the Alps have everything your child may need. Therefore, it doesn’t matter whether they are pro at skiing or they just want to enjoy the experience. In Europe, skiing is a long-standing tradition especially with the Alps providing a magnificent background and skiing wonderland. Some of the slopes have even been the subjects of films. All your child needs is to come ready to hit the slopes with their snowboard or skis.

Bike riding

Biking is becoming popular especially in the lesser-explored regions in Europe. During the summer the Alps are a truly magical place for mountain biking, offering epic rocky descents, high-altitude blasts and hidden single tracks. Bike riding in the Alps is a fun activity and a good way to pursue personal health goals as well as attain a feeling of accomplishment.

Of all the destinations of the world for riding a bike, none is as defining and integral to the activity as cycling in the Alps. Stretching over 1,200 kilometers across Europe,  the Alps are a grandiose mountain range that features majestic valleys, soaring snow-capped peaks and high-altitude grassy plains, all of which are characteristics of the best known mountains in the world.

There is no region in the world that has had a greater impact on cycling together with its history than the Alps. The best time for cycling in the Alps is September, regardless of which part of the range you choose to visit 

Learning languages

The best way to become deeply involved in other people’s culture is by being able to talk their language. This is why language learning is included in some of the school trips. This way, students can dip their toes in the water with a beginner’s course or go all out with an advanced language immersion program and language exchange.

In a number of European countries, children have to start leaning a second language that is not necessarily English. Since kids tend to acquire languages using different principles, they learn languages faster than adults. Since most European countries speak more than one language, they is plenty to keep your child occupied. Gorgeous scenery, crisp and clean air as well as other fun activities offer a great way to enjoy Europe as well as learn a language or two. Therefore,  if your kid is interested in adventure and immersing themselves in some specific culture, then consider getting them to take language learning lessons.

Visiting cultural places

Europe is the only place in the world with a plethora of art galleries and museums, all of which are both exciting and educational for young minds. There are also tens of thousands of cultural activities that students can take part in. 

In addition to this,  Europe is the birthplace of some of the  most profound artists. Thia has helped us to change  the way we view the world and living. It is here where the likes of  Leonardo da Vinci, Dali, Duchamp,  Shakespeare, Picasso, Baudelaire, Van Gogh, Renoir and Cervantes among many others were born.

Europe also has some of the most beautiful landscapes that inspired the most beautiful decorations and paintings that may be seen in films. Another good thing about visiting cultural places in Europe is that it is easier to move from one place to another using the speed train. There are plenty of interesting cultural spots where one can learn a lot about the European history.

Everybody loves a good European adventure whether it is going hiking, camping, skiing, bike riding or simply visiting cultural places. While here, one can never ran of fun activities to do or places to go. Therefore,  if you are looking for a city break for culture-rich long vacation, Europe is one of the best places for international school trips for kids.

Saturday 13th April

Today we had to say a sad goodbye to a lot of our campers but also a warm welcome to plenty of new students! We welcomed them at camp with games, a ski fit and a tour around the village with a chance to explore some shops! We had a dinner all together and its great to see our new campers integrating and making friends. Tonight, we finished off with a chilled evening of cards, uno, table tennis and a movie!

Thursday, 11th of April: ski race, skiing, snowboarding, free time and Disco!

Most of our individuals woke up today excited because is Race day, the day when they can show all of their skills and their strong competition to win the gold medal. After lunch, they had fun skiing or snowboarding a bit more before come back to the camp.

After a delicious snack and hot chocolate, they recovered themselves of this cold and foggy day and then they chose between bake some cookies or go shopping.

At night, they enjoyed one of the best nights, with all of our kids from the main campus, it’s disco night at Etoile Rouge!

Wednesday 10th April: Excursion, Skiing & Escape Rooms!!

This morning everyone woke up at the usual time. Most went on excursion and a few went skiing. Those on excursion went to the Olympic Museum and had some time to do some shopping too.

When they got back from excursion it was nearly dinner time. They had an hour or so to relax and then dinner was served. Straight after they went to the Escape Rooms and enjoyed every second cracking codes.

Once they got back, they chatted and hung out until it was time to simmer down and go to sleep.

Tuesday 9th April: Skiing, Climbing, Dine Out & Torchlight Walk!!

With snow having recently fallen, the kids were eager to get on the slopes before it all melts in this warm spring. It was a sunny day with great visibility, so improvements in technique could still be made with their fantastic instructors!

As they all started coming from the mountain, they either went climbing in the sports centre, went to language class, explored the village or stayed and relaxed at camp.

After after a dinner of delicious tortillas and sushi, for those who went on dine out, most got their jackets on and went on a torchlight walk up the mountain. Those who stayed at camp watched a movie until it was time for bed.

Summer Camp Activities

What would you do if you could come up with a list of summer camp activities, that would make any camp director swoon?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been hearing more and more of the parents contacting our camp thinking and saying the same thing.

Oh no, not another summer like last year, where your child sat inside all day complaining that there was nothing to do, while you fought as hard as you could just to get them off of their iPad.

Nope, not this year. We are going to give you a list of summer camp activities so engaging that your child will be bounding out of bed every morning, eagerly awaiting to hear what is on for the day.

Well, that’s the hope at least…

Bike Riding (with the family):

I know this one sounds obvious, and maybe you’ve tried it before but how about trying to tie something more relaxing into the activity to give it more appeal. For example, instead of saying let’s go for a family bike ride, how about burying the biking aspect in with “How about we go on a family picnic where I make your favourite lunch dish, and we go for a swim in the cool lake?”. When asked how you’ll get there, then you slide in the, Well, by bikes of course.

It’s been known that children, and teens of this day don’t get nearly enough exercise during the summer. Because not every child has the option for summer sports activities during the summer months, you’ll have to get creative ways to get children off of the couch at home, and out into the glorious summer sunshine. What better way to do this than by good old fashioned bike power.

Rock climbing wall at the local gym

Many gyms these days have a climbing wall right inside the gym. How about taking your child to the local gym? You’ll first need call them to find out if they have a climbing wall, but I bet you’ll be surprised that they do. Then the outing could be down to the local gym, where they often give you a free pass to check out and try the climbing wall. This is a great activity, and you may surprise yourself by finding your child has a knack for climbing that they never knew about. This happened to my sons friend last summer, and now he’s hooked.

Many of the rock walls have a free session for children where the children can train with a trained coach or expert, and they’ll lend you the shoes, harness and the ropes are already there. Just make sure to bring your own socks!

Friendship bracelets

Friendship bracelets are really easy and fun to make. All you will need is some yarn, or coloured floss to weave together, some tape, and some fun doo dads to hang off the bracelets. I’ve seen children use beads, and other trinkets to make them more fun or personal. Even beads with letters, so they could put their friends name on the bracelet.

If you want to see a more detailed description of how to make these check out this site.

Homemade Ice Cream

Now what other thing reminds us more of summer than ice cream? And making your own ice cream, or even better, having your child or teen make ice cream is an age old summer activity that will be sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. You would be surprised at how easy it is to make, and even with only a few common household ingredients that you likely already have on hand.

Ingredients

2 -3 cups (16oz/450ml ) heavy whipping cream, cold

14 ounces (1 Can/ 400ml) sweetened condensed milk (fat-free or regular), cold

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (optional)

For additional flavours, you can go as crazy as you want. Think mango puree, strawberries, salted caramel, kiwi, the list goes on and on, and who can forget about chocolate sauce.

Instructions

  1. Place sweetened condensed milk in the fridge to keep cold.
  2. Using a hand or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the cold cream on medium/high speed until soft peaks form.
  3. Pour the cold condensed milk into the whipped cream.
  4. Whisk until the mixture is thick and stiff peaks form. Then mix in your vanilla or other flavours that you like. How about some fresh blueberries that you might have picked from a nature hike that morning?

In case you didn’t know, this is what stiff peaks looks like. I was always confused by this term myself until I tried making ice cream and later a tiramisu. You’ll need to whip your ice cream mix until it reaches the consistency of the below.  

Then, just stick in the freezer, wait a few hours and enjoy!

Ring Toss

A few years ago, we went on a family vacation to Jamaica with a few other families. There was a simple game that was a ring, tied to an old piece of fishing line that you had to stand a few meters away from and swing it onto a spike stuck in a tree. Believe it or not, this simple game provided hours of entertainment for children and adults alike. Nevermind that the adults turned the activity into more of a frat party drinking game, it was still fun. Be creative and tie in some tricks or prizes into the mix, and you’ll have an instant and nearly free activity that can entertain children for a few hours the rest of the summer.

Giant Bubbles

OK, this might be for the younger ones, but I’ve even seen the street performers standing at the stop lights trying to earn a few dollars with this one. It’s pretty fun to watch. The recipe is you’ll need is: 6 cups water, 1 cup corn syrup, and 2 cups regular strength dish soap. The corn syrup as you might have guessed is the key to allowing the bubbles to get really big.

Stir mixture into a shallow tub. Dip blower into solution, lift out, and blow. Or even run with the soapy mixture into the breeze and let a huge bubble fly.  As you can see from this image, you can get some sticks and some string to make the area for the mixture to cling to. Then just add the breeze by running, and let those giant bubbles fly.

A makeshift puppet show

This activity is as easy as it sounds. Grab some old socks, paint some faces on them, and let your creativity run wild. You can even cut out some yarn and glue on a wig, or get as crazy as you want for the puppets themselves. Just do like you see in the movies and have your child hide behind a box or table that is turned on its side and reenact Shakespeare or be their silly selves. It may sound corny, but this one has brought our family and friend to tears as the children make up funny stories and enjoying bringing out the hidden thespian.

A family visit to a nearby historical site or museum

Oh, the horror, a museum and learning in the summer? But wait, it’s not as bad as it sounds. There are plenty of museums or historical sites that are a lot of fun to visit in the summer. Many museums these days have fun science experiments or educational how-tos to illustrate fun activities and lessons to children and teens.

Your own ropes labyrinth adventure park

You or your child / teen can make a labyrinth park.

What’s a labyrinth park you ask?

Well, it’s like a maze but labyrinths are designed so that you can’t take a wrong turn to get out. You walk through the labyrinth, and of course making it is the most fun part. The even better part is that this is likely a multi day project, and one that you can actually turn into a garden centerpiece if you want.

The first step is to draw out your design. To give you an idea, here is what a labyrinth could look like. Once you have a design you like, you’ll need to buy some rope and steel to construct the labyrinth. I told you this was a multi day project, but it doesn’t mean you need to construct in consecutive days, it could be done throughout the summer if you wanted. Once you have the rope and stakes, measure it out according to your diagram and hammer the stakes into the ground to attach the ropes. A more detailed explanation with all of the steps can be found on this excellent labyrinth making post.

Here’s what it could look like at the end of the creation.

Neighbourhood Football/Soccer match OR capture the flag

When we were growing up, we used to put together football/soccer matches all the time at the local school ground, or park that could accommodate the size needed. In fact, I’ve been doing this nearly my whole life. Even during beach vacations. We would just grab anything that could make a goal post (a shoe, a coconut, a stick stuck into the ground) whatever we could find. And voila, you have an instant impromptu football pitch. Now, start inviting the neighbours or your friends to come and play. You can make it more organised and create flyers, even game shirts for teams and with Moms bringing over a different snack for the children to have during the match.

The other really fun thing to do for all ages is capture the flag. With capture the flag you don’t even need a field, in fact, it’s better without a field. You can designate a loose area in the local forest or wooded section near your house. Organise into two teams, separate by age differences, boys, girls and create the boundary and general rules.

In case you don’t know the rules, they are quite simple. There is a flag that usually a person or persons stand near to guard. This is usually away from the front neutral area towards the front of the game area. Then there will be some offensive aspect of the team that will try and sneak into the other team’s area to try and capture the flag without being tagged. To get out or caught, you just need to be tagged by a member of the opposite team, while you are in “enemy territory”.

If a member of the opposite team tags you while trying to get the flag, you are put into “prison”. Usually a team of the defence then needs to guard the prisoners, because if a member of the offensive team tags a prisoner, all prisoners are released.

We have found both football/soccer matches and capture the flag to be equally as fun with adults and children of all ages playing together.

A nature treasure hunt

A lot of children and teens likely have done treasure hunts, but a natural treasure hunt is done with a natural twist. Examples of hints, or clues are below, but you can make it more natural by having the hunt be articles of nature. Examples could be pine cones, moss from trees, types of rocks, or different types of leaves.

Likely, your teen will be rolling their eyes at this one, but you can make it more fun by having a prize that you know they will enjoy.

A family hike

Being from the Swiss Alps, this is a hugely important family activity. It helps when you have some of the most stunning alpine and mountainous scenery in the world, but hikes are a great way to get outside and enjoy any type of environment. No matter where you live. There are many apps in the Apple app store or Google play store that will give you great information on where the best hiking areas are in your area. The app will tell you based on your physical fitness ability what is most appropriate, the length of the hike, what features you may want to visit (fishing, swim in a lake, reach a mountain peak).

Here’s picture of my sons and dog on a local hike near where we live. Not bad, eh?

Plus, tell you where to park to find the trailhead. You don’t need to live in Switzerland to enjoy a family hike, so go out and do some hiking or walking today.

Talent show

Talent shows are great fun for the family. They can be as elaborate as you want them to be, by inviting your friends to take part, and even other families to put on competitions. Children and teens love the opportunity to show off their hidden talents, be they in singing, telling stories, playing instruments or acting out a play that they wrote. Maybe you have a comedian in your family, and this will give them a chance to shine. Jim Carrey used to put on stand-up every day after school, you’ll never know what you may find out about your child’s talents until you let them show them off.

Make tapas

Tapas, in case you’re not familiar with them, are small, sometimes even bite sized snacks with origins from Spain. In the Basque country, the area around the border of Spain and France, tapas are a way of life, and nearly all local restaurants serve them from lunch through to dinner. The idea of having a number of small dishes with a wide variety of choices has become so popular, tapas restaurants are opening up around the globe. Chances are you have even had them yourself while never having visited Spain.

At our camp, we make tapas and the campers love the idea having many options to choose to eat.

Here are a list of some of our favourites. And the good news, is that most of them are quite easy to make.

Spanish omelette – This is an egg dish with potatoes, olive oil, and other spices. If you want the exact recipe to make this one, you can check out this comprehensive tapas recipes.

Calamari – Any way you cut it, people love calamari, or fried squid. It may be a bit difficult to get if you’re located in a land locked area but the idea is some type of chewy white meat, cooked in a light tempura or batter, then complement with some lemon zest. Careful to make enough of this one, because it’s very popular.

A mix of local cheeses and hams – No matter where you live, you likely have access to cheese, try and go to the local butcher or gourmet shop to get some good ones. Traditionally, the cheeses that are used for this are Manchego or Mahon but you can make it with some different types that you like. Stiltons, goat cheese, strong cheddar cheese. Then compliment with some good bread, and some ham’s (Iberian cured ham is great if you can find it). Add some walnuts and some grapes, and you’ll have a real tapas dish.

Olives – That’s right, just plain olives and I usually find the ones that still have the pits inside them have the best flavour. If you take the pit out, for some reason some of the strong salty flavour is lost. Usually, it’s best to have a mix of olives, black and green and with different sizes.

Patatas Bravas – This just potatoes baked with a bit of paprika and spice sprinkled on before you place in the oven. To make it traditionally the Basque way, use some aioli sauce, which is made from mostly garlic and olive oil. Who doesn’t love those?

To get your creative juices flowing, here’s a shot of a plate that might get you inspired.

Well, this is just a few ideas that we think might be enough to motivate your child or teen up off of the couch, off of their iPad and out into the bright beautiful summer sun. We hope that you’ll find some inspiration from these ideas.

In case you are wondering where these ideas came from, many of these ideas are ones that we encourage or use with our own campers. We are an international summer camp located in the heart of the Swiss Alps. With children and communities from around the world, we have been entertaining children for more than 30 years. So we know a thing or two about how to keep children busy. Our camp actually runs from December through August too. If you’d like to learn more about what we do, or more about the ideas we wrote about, just hit the button below to get more information. We’d love to chat with you about these ideas, or even to hear some of your own.

Now go out and enjoy some summer sun!

Monday 8th April

This morning was a lot brighter and the children had loads of fun skiing and snowboarding through heaps of powder and learning how to parallel turn.

This afternoon back at camp there were plenty of activitities on offer, including shopping, playing games and snowman building. Some of the students had languages in the village.
Tonight after a delicious dinner the children had the option to either sledge or take part in our casino night which involved a friendly game of poker, uno, jungle speed and cards.