Wednesday 6th March: Excursion day and Skiing!

Today half of our students went skiing or snowboarding while the others went on excursion.

It was not as sunny as yesterday but those on the slopes did enjoyed it. They had a great lunch on the mountain and skied an other couple of hours.       Après-ski, they could choose between going shopping in the village, baking some delicious cookies or playing table games.

Our students on excursion went first visiting the Chocolate Factory of Maison Cailler , then went on with the Cheese Factory of “Maison du Gruyère”. In the afternoon, they had the opportunity to do some shopping in the town of Vevey.

At dinner, all our students discovered the ice-skating ring and had lot of fun.

Monday 22nd of January, arrival and excursion day.

Hi everyone, hope you’re having a good day as much as we do !

Unfortunately the montain was closed today due to high avalanches risks so we had to modify our schedule a bit. Because of theses high risks on the slopes we had to use our back up solution : excursions !

Therefore some of our kids left to the Charlie Chaplin museum, some others went to the Nestlé museum and the others went to Bern. After their picnic they all kids had a bit of time to go shopping in the cities their were at. They all came back around 6pm and had a bit of extra free time to chill before dinner.

Our new arrivals got there around midday, just on time for delicious lasagnas for lunch. Right after that they all went to the sport center to play games such as dodge ball, hockey, basketball and finally practice on their trampoline skills. The next step of the day was to handle the organisation of the ski gears, followed by one of our favourite games : La Fureur.

When all the groups were back from excursion we had a a nice dinner out in town!

See you tomorrow !!

17th January 2018 – Excursion, Casino Night, Dine Out, Escape Rooms

Today all the kids went on excursion which they had a lot of fun! one group went to the chocolate factory and the cheese factory were they could eat all the chocolate they want!, while the other group went to Geneva for some shopping!!!!

For dinner some kids had a lovely dine out in town or pasta party at camp!

For the evening activities we had casino night (we discover the competitive side of the campers) and escape rooms (they were so into getting out before the time wqas out and they did it successfully)!!!!!

 

Wednesdnay 20th, Excursion day/Skiing day/ Disco

Another great day at Les Elfes ended and all our little campers are about to fall asleep after these tiring but amazing activities and excursions.

Our bunch of kids had three options concerning the activities of the day :

The first option they had was to go in excursion in Evian (France), followed by the visit of the famous Olympic Museum, and finally ending with some shopping in Lausaunne to bring a few typical presents to family and friends.

The second group chose the excursion to the chocolate factory, which was apparently really huge and impresive. Right after that they had the chance to do a bit of shopping in the enormous Chrismas Market of Lausanne.

For the ones who were keen to go skiing the third option was perferct, all day on the slopes riding and having loads of fun with their favourite instructors.

As usual we finished the day with a delicious dinner, followed by one of kids favourite evening activity…THE DISCO!!

Have a good night and don’t let the bugs bite guys.

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Tuesday 20th June – Excursions to Bern Einsteain Museum Chocolate and Cheese Factory

Another scorching hot day today as all the campers went on their various excursions. All the campers headed out all around Switzerland for a taste of Swiss culture.

The Discoveries visited the Servion zoo in the morning, where they got up and close to some of the animals there. In the afternoon they then headed to Charlie Chaplins World and discovered lots of interesting facts about Chaplin and how he lived. On the way home, there was time for a stop at Chateux Chillon for a nice cooling ice cream and a quick shop in the castle. When they returned it was a quite night for the campers as they enjoyed a pajama party and p     popcorn.

The Explorers ventured out to the Swiss famous Caillier Chocolate Factory, where the tour itself takes you through the history of the chocolate, where it comes from and how it is made, also with the chance to taste lots of delicious chocolate along the way. Following on from this visit, the campers then went straight to Gruyere Cheese Factory. After being full with cheese and chocolate, it was time for a bit of shopping in Vevey. The campers enjoyed an evening playing the Apprentice, having to come up with and design a superhero T-Shirt. May the best superhero win!

The Pioneers headed to visit the Einstein Museum and had an amazing afternoon wondering around the city of Bern, doing a bit of souvenir shopping whilst also lapping up some of the culture the city has to offer. In the evening, the campers had some fun with the mini golf in Verbier.

 

All in all another smashing day for all the campers!!

                      

 

 

12.04.17- Skiing, Snowboarding, Excursion,Games, Town , La Fureur, Escape Rooms.

Another full packed day here at les Elfes with many different campers going on excursion where they got the chance to have a day out of camp and visit the chocolate and cheese factory and also a bit of shopping. If the campers didn’t go on excursion they decided to do some more skiing and snowboarding which they all enjoyed as the weather here was great.

In the afternoon everyone came back and had some snacks and hot chocolate and signed up for activities they had the choice of town for a bit of souvenir shopping on stay and chill on camp and play some games in and outside.

In the evening all the schools took part in a game show called la fureur which is a music game show where they competed against each other to win points for their teams. Everyone really enjoyed with lots of interesting dancing and singing. The individuals got the choice of going to the Escape rooms or having a competitive games night downstairs which involved playing pool, table tennis and also playing on the Wii to try and win themselves points.

Everyone had a lovely day and their are lots of happy faces going around camp today. Everyone is looking forward to another fun filled day tomorrow.

Thursday 3rd September 2015 – Ropes course, Salt mines

Exciting morning today in Verbier as it is excursion day!

Salt mine visit in the morning where not only a lot of fun but also very educational for everyone. Kids found out so much new about salt, how people have found it, used it, how necessary it is and they got to try mining! The most exciting part was to drive in the mines with little train, seeing big slat crystals and trying very salty water coming straight out of salt mines.

In the afternoon kids went up to trees like little moneys jumping, zip lining, climbing from tree to tree. Kids helped each other with encouragements and advises and had the best time competing with each other on long zip lines.

For tonight we have prepared something special   -Disco night!

Tuesday 25th August 2015 – Excursion to Chamonix

Beautiful day here in Verbier! For some kids it started with horse riding lessons straight after breakfast but day continued with excursion from everyone.

Excursion promised to be exiting as it was in France, Chamonix – one of the oldest ski resorts in French, beautiful town with great sightseeing’s mostly because of majestic Mt Blanc- north side of Chamonix. Excursion day is always lot of fun – seeing new places, experiencing breathtaking views and of course buying a few souvenirs to take home!  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 meters high. After that the headed down to the beautiful traditional village for a cultural visit. The highlight was definitely visiting the magical Ice Palace on the Mont Blanc Glacier, before their own stroll around shops in town.

A very long but equally fun day!

Thursday 20th August 2015 – Excursion!

Beautiful morning here in Verbier! After nice breakfast sun was shining bright just in time for group photo when all kids gather together for this great memory of the session! Great day for great excursions!

Two different destinations of choice. Most of students chose to spend day in Aosta, Italy. Beautiful city lying between two rivers and surrounded by majestic mountains. A lot of monuments, historical buildings and nice walks through city center. After taking pictures in old town everyone had a nice pic-nic lunch enjoying the views.

Other students had opportunity to visit Chocolate factory. After a great guided fairy-tail like excursion through factor. Kids got to experience everything about chocolate from who it was discovered, used, evolved during time until nowadays. The most exciting part was at the end of tour when students got to try every chocolate possible and eat as much as they wanted. After chocolate tasting everyone had chance to buy their favorite ones for family and friends.

Everyone came back to camp just in time for dinner and enjoyed Mexican party with fajitas and tortillas with different sauces and fillings.

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Olympic Museum and Lausanne Shopping

Today the students headed to the Olympic museum. The museum itself has been rencently newly refurbished and it really meets the expectations of any visiter. This museum will guide you through the history or sports, present day and future of the sporting world. We loved the visit as a group and would go again if we had the chance to. After the exciting educational morning we sat down at the lake for lunch. A beautiful setting of the mountains and lake Geneva. We then headed to the city of Lausanne for some shopping and sightseeing. In the evening we played Casino night with the students

 

 

Summer Special Events

During Summer, Verbier and surroundings will host many great events. Those events will be the time for great special excursions with our campers.

This is a quick overview we would like to share with you:

From 5th to 20th of July
Montreux Jazz Festival

SmallThe 47th Montreux Jazz Festival will take place from the 5th of July to the 20th of July across the lake.
Kids will visit this magical place during an excursion to Montreux and enjoy the music and food in a great atmosphere.

Founded by Claude Nobs in 1967, over the years the Montreux Jazz Festival has become an unmissable event for music fans in Switzerland and around the world. Its stages have been graced by all of music’s greats, from Miles Davis to Ray Charles and from David Bowie to Prince.

More infos: www.montreuxjazz.com

 

From 19th of July to 4th of August
Verbier Classic Festival

Classic-SmallThe Verbier Festival brings together the greatest musical talents in Verbier. Since 20 years, the Verbier Festival has built up a reputation for quality, youth and frenetic artistic activity. 17 days of music with a line-up of exceptional soloists.

Every morning kids will be able to watch the training of the best musicians in the world playing Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Mozart, Bach and so much more.

Complete program (download link)
More infos: www.verbierfestival.com

1st of August
Swiss National Day

Web-SNDThe day was chosen because August 1st 1291 was the date on which three Alpine cantons swore the oath of confederation, an act which later came to be regarded as the foundation of Switzerland.

Verbier will celebrate this alliance with a display of fireworks, bonfires. Children used to carry lighted paper lanterns roam the streets at night.

Public and private buildings are decorated with national, cantonal, and community flags, and the bakers produce special bread rolls with a small Swiss flag on top.

More infos: www.myswitzerland.com/en/swiss-national-day-august-1st.html

From 16th of August to 25th of August
Jumping International Verbier

Horse-VerbierJust in front of Les Elfes Campus! From 16th to 25th of August on the parking of the Sport Center.

3 stars International Jumping.

This horse jumping show, featuring some of Switzerland’s and Europe’s greatest riders, offers outstanding entertainment for experts and novices alike.

The spectacular senery and frendly atmosphere of the village combine to create a unique experience : a glimpse of true equestrian magic !

More infos: www.verbier-cso.com

Cow fights

CowTo discover the “queens of the mountains” – the famous Hérens cows – the famous rituals known as inalpes (leading the cows up to the alpine pastures) and désalpes (leading them down again) are truly magical traditional experiences.

Cow fighting is a traditional Swiss event, mostly in Valais, in which a cow fights another cow. Each year, the Swiss canton of Valais hosts a series of cow fights known as combats de reines (“queen fights”), which began in the 1920s and has drawn as many as 50,000 spectators in a year.

The winner is called La Reine des Reines (“the queen of queens”) and increases dramatically in value. At the end of the year, a grand final is held in Martigny, where the six best from seven districts do battle in six weight categories.