Welcome to the NEW Les Elfes Autumn camp. From the 17th until the 31st of October, a 1 or 2-week long camp in Verbier!
Rock Climbing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Leadership, Public Speaking and many more activities are on option...
Mountan activities, water sports, evening games, find out all the details about Les Elfes Autumn Camp...
Mountain biking in the Alps and particularly Verbier mountain biking provides you with thrilling downhills, natural single tracks (for all levels). The downhill trail and the hundreds of kilometers of cross-country provide endless opportunities to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps. From challenging to leisurely, there’s plenty of mountain biking that is suitable for our campers who want to discover Verbier and its surrounding villages without having to furiously pedal uphill or kit up in full body armor.
Professional mountain guides supervise this activity.
On the climbing wall at a natural rock, which has varying difficulty levels, our instructor ensures that all campers make good progress and gain confidence in the safest conditions. Campers will learn different skills and progress from one age group to another.
Our campers will go with their counselors to the rope course in Sion. It’s always an exciting day. This activity is a high forest adventure of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip-lines, all set high up in the tree tops. Campers will be fitted by professional experts with a climbing harness and supervised during the whole time of this activity.
Campers go on the marked trails with our trained counselors. In the Verbier area, 950 km of footpaths are waiting to take campers to the heart of nature. Each skill level is welcome to go hiking.
Campers will discover colorful and impressive landscapes, massive water dams, natural mountain lakes, wild forests, traditional villages and nature reserves. Exceptional view of the treasures of the Alps guaranteed! Maybe, campers will even get a glimpse at Swiss wildlife, such as the marmot or the chamois, an excellent climber in high altitude.
1 volleyball court on the grounds around les Elfes. There is a monitor who supervises this activity.
1 basketball court on the grounds around Les Elfes. There is a monitor who supervises this activity.
1 football field on the grounds around Les Elfes. There is a monitor who supervises this activity.
We play squash at the sports center. There is a teacher who teaches this activity.
We offer many activities including team challenges, quizzes, disco night, games competitions, dine out in a swiss restaurant, Torchlight walk, Camp fire...
Each year we introduce new enrichment programs such as Leadership & public speaking.
Leadership & public speaking
Campers will become a master in three main areas: goal setting, making choices and evaluations. All skills will be used in their daily life, friendships, sports and study.
Leadership & Public speaking
Our Leadership & Public Speaking program is a question as much as an answer. Through our activities we pose questions to our young people that spark creative action and engender reflective thinking, giving them the tools to cultivate a leadership style which is truly their own. The experiential learning pedagogy employed in Les Elfes Leadership is focused on the unlocking of innate potential within the young people we teach.
The aims of the Leadership & Public Speaking programs are to:
- Provide Adventurous Activities built on a well-established foundation of professional and safe practices.
- Inspire holistic personal development and an exploration of inter-personal identities through culturally diverse experiences.
- Facilitate Outdoor Learning which enables young people to discover their true potential to be dynamic and prosperous in their future lives.
The sessions in these educational courses have been designed to be flexible in their content and structure to suit the requirements of the individuals participating in each course, building on their current level of experience and confidence.
This course gives you a reliable model for preparing and delivering effective presentations. In school, and in public life, we are often called upon to “make a few comments.” Often, people tasked with such speeches find this incredibly intimidating, become nervous, and trip over their tongue. They might not know what to talk about or ramble without making a point, or simply be confusing to listen to. This section of our program is designed to help you shine where others falter!
Each of our cultural excursion days is a little different, with new options each year for those returning campers who are ready to see something new! ...
What better way to really appreciate the culture of Switzerland than to dedicate a day to visit some of the most iconic cities and some of the famous organisations.
Each of our cultural excursion days is a little different, with new options each year for those returning campers who are ready to see something new!
Whether it is souvenir shopping that interests you or the science exhibitions of CERN the options are endless. Sample some of the finest Swiss chocolates and cheeses at the factories in Gruyere, learn a little about global cooperation with a guided tour of the United Nations or Swiss Red Cross museum in Geneva, an interactive tour of the Olympic museum in Lausanne the home of the International Olympic Committee, walking inside a glacier at the nearby ice caves in Chamonix, visiting many of the beautiful castles in the area, experience the tranquility of the natural Bains de Lavey hot springs, take a stroll through the winding cobbled high streets of Zurich, see how some of the most exquisite and delicate watches in the world are built and many many more options.
A trip to the Olympic Museum with its wealth of memories will keep your passion for the Olympics burning, followed by a walking tour in the old town to one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe.
With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the UNO and headquarters of the Red Cross is known as the “capital of peace”. Visit the old town, the heart of Geneva with its shopping and business quarter.
The capital of Switzerland – the old town of Bern has been entered on the list of UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites. The Houses of Parliament (Bundeshaus) rise above the city just a stone's throw away from the railway station. Bern and bears, the city’s heraldic beast, are inseparable. When visiting the city we will take a trip to the Bear Pits.
Gruyère, Cheese Factory
The Gruyère region, with its rolling green landscape and peaks of the Fribourg Pre-Alps, is home to the world-famous Gruyère cheese. In the famous cheese factory, you will see how the tasty Gruyère cheese is made and the tour of culinary delights will be followed by a guided tour of the Cailler chocolate factory.
Visit the town of Montreux that nestles in the shelter of Lake Geneva, surrounded by vineyards, with the breathtaking backdrop of the snow-covered Alps, followed by a visit to Château de Chillon. We also visit the Charlie Chaplin museum.
Get a taste of France with a visit to Evian and the famous water factory, with also a walk along the world-famous Lake Geneva.
Discover the famous Italian city of Aosta, visit the old town and enjoy some Italian shopping.
Every week students can choose among 3 destinations.
Our purpose-built Swiss Style chalets are located in the center of verbier, next to the sports centre .
Our two purpose built wood and stone chalets follow the Swiss Alpine tradition and offer charm and comfort to our guests. Both chalets are situated in green, peaceful surroundings....
Our two purpose built wood and stone chalets follow the Swiss Alpine tradition and offer charm and comfort to our guests. Both chalets are situated in green, peaceful surroundings and only five minutes from the center of Verbier. The girls and boys are separated in each of the two chalets, which are completely equipped for holiday camps :
- A permanently staffed and welcoming reception hall
- Large rooms with two to three beds and ensuite bathrooms
- Two spacious, sunny dining room with an open-planned sitting room
- Open fireplace leading onto a south facing terrace with a barbecue
- A library, games hall, cinema, music room ( or discothèque )
- Conference rooms and internet room
- Professionally equipped kitchens in both buildings
- All equipment for indoor and outdoor games and sports: football field, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, golf putting/driving range, trampoline, pétanque area and climbing walls
Les Elfes Camps offer a large buffet breakfast and a range of varied and exciting lunch and evening meal options. All of our food is prepared using fresh products and the wide-ranging international menus are well balanced, tailored specifically to suit the needs of our students throughout their active programs with us.
Our kitchens cater for all dietary requirements and menus can be personalised to suit the requirements of your group.
With such a busy program of activities it is likely students will be off-campus for their lunch. For our winter camps in Verbier students will have use of our two, private Les Elfes restaurants on the mountain where they will receive hot fresh meals while they relax after a busy morning of skiing. With our Summer programs, we also use these restaurants for stunning, mountain-top BBQs or we provide packed lunches for activities outside of the resort.
Verbier is one of the most popular resorts in Switzerland. Located at 1500m with lifts up to the Mont-Fort glacier (3300m)...
Verbier, set in a breathtaking panorama, is one of the most famous resorts in Europe and offers the best in sporting and leisure activities all year round in a cosmopolitan and relaxed atmosphere.
Verbier, a two hours car journey from Geneva airport, is our original home and was purpose built in 1991. Southern facing stone and wooden chalets with a capacity of 146.
Verbier is located in the French part of Switzerland, 1 hour and 45 minutes from Geneva, 2 hours and 45 minutes from Zürich and 30 minutes from the Italian and French borders.
Despite Verbier’s reputation as a leading ski resort in the winter, the summer is packed with festivals, mountain sports and visitors from all over the world.
Each weekend brings a new crowd starting the summer with the Verbier Festival, a prestigious Classical Music Festival, attended by the most esteemed musicians from around the world, to the splendid display of athleticism offered in the Jumping International de Verbier Equestrian events towards the end of August.
Verbier also has many shops and restaurants, from the most informal to the most sophisticated.
Security is a must at les Elfes. 24/7 supervision, a nurse and cameras in the corridors and public areas.
Staff & safety
Safety is our highest priority. All of our staff must have a valid First Aid Certificate and a current Criminal Records Check before beginning their training at Les Elfes...
STAFF & SAFETY
At Les Elfes we have a huge responsibility for the safety of the students in all of the activities. Safety is our highest priority.
All of our staff must have a valid First Aid Certificate and a current Criminal Records Check before beginning their training at Les Elfes.
All our summer staff monitors, instructors, core staff and managers undertake a two-week training course before the start of each season combining one week of technical training and one week to learn and become acquainted with the Philosophy of Les Elfes.
With many of these activities, Les Elfes work with external guides/professionals who are specialists in the corresponding fields, such as rock climbing guides, golf/horse riding/ tennis coaches to name a few, all are vetted and hold the relevant qualifications.
Organisation: Each Camp is supervised by a Resort Manager, an Activities Manager, and a Head Organizer. Les Elfes runs the camps with all appropriate staff, including monitors, organizers, kitchen staff, secretaries, drivers, cleaning staff, etc.
Monitors: The organizer to student ratio is 1:6, however including all Les Elfes staff the ratio falls to 1:2.
All our monitors have been carefully selected in accordance with Les Elfes criteria for skills and experience in working with children. On top of this, Les Elfes uses sports experts for some activities.
Our Activity Managers supervise the work of our monitors and instructors all day long. In the summer each instructor is specialized in the different sports offered at Les Elfes.
All our Spring camps, Summer Camps, Winter Camps, have a nurse and a 24-hour reception and night guard, which together with our monitors work, allows us to offer a 24 hours supervision of the children. video & photos here
All our summer and winter staff monitors, instructors, core staff and managers undertake a two-week training course before the start of each season combining one week of technical training and one week to learn and become acquainted with the Philosophy of Les Elfes.
Our training for each season includes a First Aid refresher course, Lifeguard Training, Fire Safety, Child Protection awareness and Training in our SOPs and EAPs.
Our summer training includes intensive training in our core activities including orienteering and safety in the mountains, rock climbing, mountain biking, and paddles sports.
We also hire specific staff with teaching and leading qualifications in these areas to ensure the students not only get the best out of their activities and learn from the Staff but are safe throughout.
Throughout the year the students take part in what we call activities containing certain risk elements. We, therefore, have strict procedures in place to ensure that during these activities, the students are exposed to as little risk as possible. To ensure this, we make sure our staff is fully qualified and well trained according to the time of year, and whatever time of year the day has to begin with a meeting identifying these risks. In the Summer there are many things to consider when looking at these points, here is an idea of the safety measure taken:
07h45 WEATHER CHECK AND NURSE REPORT Groups Leave for the Mountain with Instructors, supervised by the Activity Manager and Head of Activities.
08h00 INSTRUCTOR MEETING Activity or Resort Manager delivers all critical information to the instructors for the day, discussing the weather, the condition of pistes, suitable slopes for the groups according to their level. The location for lunches and transport times.
09h00 GROUPS LEAVE Groups Leave for the Mountain with Instructors, supervised by the Activity Manager and Head of Activities.
12h00 LUNCH, CHECK OF GROUPS BY HEAD OF ACTIVITIES The Head of Activities will check and see how the groups are doing throughout the day, and if any changes or issues, to act accordingly.
16h15 INSTRUCTORS MEETING & NURSE INFO A debrief will take place with the Activity Manager and Head of Activities, any changes or issues of the day will be noted and discussed where needed. Should the Nurse need to look after any students, the information is passed on accordingly.
We are fully aware of the enormous responsibility of taking care of students and are completely focused on their well being. That being said, in case of illness or accident, we are only minutes away from world-class professional help.
Given all the factors to consider when choosing a program, parents should look at the security of the Summer Camp. There are several things that must be considered: Location, facilities, staff, medical support, and activities are points to consider as safe.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
Risk assessments are designed for each activity and are signed by all our monitors and head instructors during daily morning briefings and daily evening debriefings.
We have 3 up-to-date medical clinics in Verbier, and both campuses have access to a regional hospital and two University hospitals only 40 minutes and 75 minutes away respectively, or just 10 minutes by helicopter.