Monday 13th Aug 2018- Languages, Nature Hike, Mountain Biking, Boys vs. Girls, The cube

The sun was up very early and so were the kids at 7:30 am. We started our day getting everyone ready for breakfast, so that everyone had the energy to start the day with a smile in their face. Languages started at 9:00am and campers were taken to their corresponding classes. Intensive, conversational English and Intensive French were drove to the Verbier Language School, while the other students met their teachers on camp. Languages ran from 9:00 to 11:00, for conversational languages and from 9:00 to 12:00 for intensive languages. Campers with optional sports were taken to their corresponding optional, horse riding and golf; unfortunately, because of the weather tennis had to be cancelled and rescheduled for another day.
At 12:00 campers had a delicious lunch at Les Elfes, followed by a healthy dessert, watermelon.


As soon as lunch was over the kids went to their corresponding meeting points where they were told what they were going to need for their afternoon activities.
With new friendships we started our activities, after lunch the kids were filled with energy and excitement.
The youngest ones, group 1, went on a beautiful hike/walk around Verbier. Singing songs and telling stories as we hiked up and down this wonderful mountain. An hour went by and we decided to make a stop in a small cafe for a well deserved scoop of ice cream. Full of energy we continued to hike by a path with a gorgeous view of the Swiss Alps.
Group 2, the oldest campers, had a great time mountain biking down the mountain all the way to Le Chable. What an amusing view they had cycling down from Verbier. Campers reached Le Chable and took the lift back up to Verbier.
From 5 to 7 some of the kids stayed in camp playing games and having showers, while some of them were in town getting some snacks and checking out the interesting stores.
From 19:00 to 8:00 dinner was served in the dinning room at Les Elfes 1.
After dinner the little ones had a great time playing “boys vs. girls”, a game that consists of many challenges such as pass the orange, mummy, magic carpet and many others. Meanwhile, group two was having fun playing the cube, which is a very similar game, but the challenges are different.
Today we had a big day with loads of activities, fun and laughter.
At 9:00 little ones went up to their rooms, brush their teeth, got into their pyjamas and into bed. The older campers went up to their rooms at 22:00, with the same routine as the youngest ones.
A big day awaits tomorrow so rest is a very important part of this wonderful day.

 

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Saturday 20th of January, arrival day, ski fitting, chill night

Hi everyone, today was a pretty chill day, a lot of our little campers left during the night and some more arrived during the day while the ones who stayed were skiing in our great resort or went on excurtion to the laser tag. A lot of snow had fallen during the last past days so skiing has been amazing today. After a good day on the slopes we all had a hot chocolate together and a bit of free time to socialize with the new arrivals.

During the afternoon we had the choice between going to the village to do some shopping, or doing a Verbier Hunt or even staying in the camp to play games and relax. Our little campers that just arrived got ski fitted to be ready for tomorrow’s ski session.

For dinner the individuals went for a lovely dine out in town. After a good dinner the new arrivals had a chill movie night because a lot of our new little fellas were quite jetlag after their long journey to come here.

 

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3 Questions Every Asian Parent Should Ask

Do you see a growing interest in camps for children in Asian countries? If so, can you share a little bit more on this?

Les Elfes was founded in 1987, starting with 20 students and now providing Summer, Winter and Spring Camps to over 5000 students worldwide, we have seen growth from all over the globe. Asia is no exception, with over 300 International Schools attending our camps, including many top schools from Asia, the increased reputation and profile has paved the way for parents to send their children to our Summer Camps. Increasingly we are seeing affluent families from Asia choosing Les Elfes and this trend can be seen in other camps also. The world is becoming smaller, with air travel costs at an all time low, and connectivity at an all time high, the prospect of sending a child across the globe to Switzelrand to Camp is becoming less of a far fetched notion. India, Hong Kong, Singapore, have historically been very strong markets with steady growth over the last 20 years, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, following suit more recently. Overall therefore we have definitely seen a growing interest in Summer Camps from Asia.

International Campers Arrivals by Country of Origin 2015
International Campers Arrivals by Country of Origin 2015

What do children get from time spent at Les Elfes that they would not get at any other place?

Although Les Elfes has been running camps for nearly 30 years, we have still kept a family feel. A key factor to success at camps is the relationship that monitors and staff have with the campers and of course the campers with each other. In our Verbier resort with 146 beds and a students to staff ratio of 5:1 everyone gets to know each other very quickly, and this helps them all settle in, become relaxed and ultimately have more fun! Being the only camp in the world that is open from December through to October, allows us to keep hold of our staff all year(s) eradicating the problem of high staff turnover which other camps inevitably deal with. With a massively international mix, over 40 nationalities, and a vast choice of activities Les Elfes isn’t just any other place, it’s a very special one.

Winter Camp 2015
Winter Camp 2015

What life skills do children get from time spent here?

The benefits of camps are endless. It is not just a great program with superb activities, learning languages and going on cultural excursions. Life skills such as understand how to live in a different environment and community away from home and school. Developing their resilience, independence, and self-confidence, as well as connecting with nature and being physically active all set un the stunning backdrop if the Swiss Alps.
What makes an experience here so special?
A good question and one in which our campers will answer better than me! From my experience, the campers constantly talk about the friendships they have made with other campers and monitors. At the start of the camp they are a little sad because they are away from home and missing mum and dad, but by the end they are sad because they don’t want to leave! The camp is a special place in many ways, as said earlier it has a family atmosphere, and with our returning rate of students increasing every year, the camp has a really positive feel. Without the pressures of exams and academia at school, campers can grow and learn new skills in a fun safe environment with new friends. A unique setting in the mountains with new activities and adventure every day, where lifelong memories are made.

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