Today we saw the departure of lots of campers, which is always a hard day, seeing so many lovely students from the last two weeks head back home to their various countries. However was lovely to see this session so many friendships that have been made and also so many students wanting to return the following year.
We wish you a great arrival to home, enjoying with all your family and having lots of fun the rest of the summer. We will miss you and we hope to see you again in our camp!
On the other side, we were so happy to recive some new arrivals, 15 Ideas kids that came from China this morning after a very long flight and also 2 individuals that arrived in the afternoon. They played the Verbier Hunt this afternoon to have a first contact with the town and have fun at the same time. For the existing kids that stay longer, they played tennis and did rock climbing at the Sport Center and they had free time to do some shopping in the village.
After dinner we all watched a film in the cinema room, to chill, relax and get ready for tomorrow, a day full of activities and new arrivals that we want to welcome.
Today our amazing campers woke up full of energy ready to start a new warm and sunny day in Verbier. All of them had language lessons and a bit of free time to have fun before lunch.
After lunch, the Discoveries went to Sembrancher to do Rock climbing in real mountains. They had no problem conquering the wall and climbing to the top showing their skills. At the way back they did clubs, where they can choose beetwen swimmingpool, shooping or arts and crafts. The activity night was La Fureur, where they played lots of fun competition games.
Explorers went to play Zorb footbal into teams. They had lots of fun and they did lot of sport at the same time. After dinner they had different activities to join in. Some of them did baking, showing their skills with the amazing cookies that they did. Other played board games in the casino night and the ones a bit tired watched a film in the cinema room, with drinks and pop corn included.
The Pioneers came back late at the campus today. They spent all day at the lake doing amazing activities as tubing or sailing and sharing a delicious outdoor barbaque. Once at the camp they play some games to chill and calm down.
With a stormy night, it was time to relax and sleep to get ready for the emotional last day of the session.
We arrived in Zermatt today! Its really pretty as well as cold here. On the way we visited the beautiful Sion castle, which is an hour away. The hike was long but a fun experience. Campers returning to Les Elfes had the opportunity of trying something different, and visited the Zermatt fun park and did a rope course.
In the later half we started our club activities. The options include bushcraft, sports coaching, theatre as well as photography. It was a really fun day!
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.
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.
Wednesday 27th March: Great day on the slopes, Torchlight walk, Quiz and Escape Room!
Our students enjoyed another lovely day skiing and snowboarding in Verbier.
They gave their best on the mountain but still have some energy for the afternoon activities. Some played football, others watched a movie and while the rest of them prefered to play jungle speed and other table games. Two of our kids decided to try paragliding, flying from the top of the mountain and enjoying the amazing views.
In the evening, our students could chose between a Torchlight walk in the village, a Quiz Night or the Escape Room!
Today was the arrival of our individuals on camp, we also had a couple of individuals that are staying with us for another week of skiing which is really lovely to see. The weather this week is meant to bring us lots of snow in Verbier which will be amazing. The individuals that stayed on camp went skiing/snowboarding and the new arrivals prepared themselves for the fun filled week ahead….
Jebel Ali 7th February Ski Race, Prize Giving & Disco Night
What a fun-packed day of camp. Our group had their ski races and some of them have gone from barely turning to flying through the gates and many were proud to receive their medals this evening in the prize giving with their instructors. After Prize Giving we had an early dinner followed by our crazy crazy disco night.
The students had a big day on the mountain today. For many it was their first day skiing outside and it was really limited visibility sometimes which was a whole new challenge, even for some of our most advanced skiers. The groups were champions, their instructors returned to camp singing their praises. After skiing we had doughnuts, hot chocolate, showers and a bit of time to relax before a tour of the town. The students explored Verbier and did a bit of early souvenir shopping. For dinner we had fajitas and after dinner some students chose to sleep while those who were still full of energy joined us for a game packed with music, dancing and silly games.
Saturday 26th – Lazer Tag, Excursion, Arrival Day, Ski Fit and Movie Night!
This morning our remaining children were treated to a well deserved lie in! They loved it and had homemade pancakes for breakfast. They were then off on excursion for an exciting and competitve game of lazer tag. After a picnic lunch they hit the shops and had a look round one of the towns in the valley. Back at camp everyone was busy welcoming the new children, ski fitting them for tomorrow and playing games in the snow! Tonight everyone crashed out in front of a movie or played card games together.
Tuesday 22nd January – Skiing, Snowboarding, Flexi Time, Languages & Games Night.
Yet again everyone was awake early and tucking into breakfast, enjoying the chocolate croissants, bacon and eggs and cereal. It’s also another bright sunny day outside meaning the conditions are ideal for our beginners. Some were back at the beginners slope this morning, hoping that after lunch they may be able to progress up the mountain. Their achievements and stories have been great to hear when they returned back to camp. Out intermediate and advanced groups ventured to a different part of the mountain today to explore new, challenging runs. They all had great fun. Flexi time back at camp included games of uno and cards, whilst some took a walk into the town. After languages we all sat down for dinner which was followed by much more fun at the sports centre doing Rock Climbing or at Medran Slope doing sledging. It’s been an exciting, full on day so off to bed we go!!
Over in main camp, students were eager to begin activities after a action packed first day of skiing. On arrival back to camp they were able to recharge their energy with a delicious snack of jam filled doughnuts and a cup of hot chocolate to help warm up. They had the possibilities of ice skating or a range of team games in the sports centre which they all enjoyed thoroughly. We all headed back to camp for dinner and closed out the night with a couple of games bringing out bursts of laughter and joy from everyone involved.
Thursday 17th January – Skiing, Snowboarding, Free Time & DISCO!!
This morning, after a delicious breakfast all the children headed out with their instructors for another fantastic day of skiing. The snow rolled in around lunch time making the conditions hard but everyone tried super hard and perservered. They have achieved so much since they have been here and are all poud of their progress. Back at camp they signed up for activities in their free time, most of them chosing to dine out or shop for some last minute presents for home. Tonight, we partied the night away at the disco which they all loved. No one wanted to leave.
8th January – Snow, Skiing, Rock Climbing & a trip to the Sports Centre
Snow has begun to fall here in Verbier so the skiing conditions were excellent and all the children were excited to get out on the slopes. Lots of groups have progressed up the mountain today which is great news and a real challenge to set their minds on. This afternoon a few children opted to go Rock Climbing in their free time whilst others chilled out at camp or wandered in to town for some shopping and dinner. Tonight after a lovely meal everyone took part in some fun and games at the sports centre, including Football, Basketball and Hockey!!
Tuesday 12th of June. Chocolate and cheese factory, shopping in Vevey, baking, “La Fureur” and optional games
Today everyone woke up full of energy and so excited about the day. The weather was really good during the morning.
So after a nice breakfast everyone was ready for the excursion day. All the campers divided by groups (discoveries, explorers and pioneers) visited the chocolate and cheese factory and did shopping in Vevey.
After that all kids were back to Le Elfes then, they had time to shower and relax for a bit. Afterwards it was dinner time, this night it was the turn of Mexican food and “Fajitas”.
Right after dinner every group had different evening activities.
Discoveries had a baking course were they prepared a really nice eggless and gluten free cookies. Explorers enjoyed all together our famous game “La Fureur” were they could show their skills at dancing and singing. Pioneers were playing optional games as pool, table tennis and foosball and others were watching a movie in the cinema room.
When the activities were finished all the kids went to their bedroom and after the tidy room competition everyone went to sleep!
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.
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.
Thursday 19th April 2018 Day 1 of Skiing for our school from India
We started the day with an energizing breakfast, which kept us going for what was coming today. We started putting on our equipment which was an experience within itself. We did have a bit of trouble at first, but we got the hang of it. We started off by doing a few warm ups to get ourselves ready for the day ahead, followed by learning how to balance on skis by doing basic activities. We started with very easy slopes but we slowly learnt to tackle the harder ones. The lunch break was very refreshing as we could feel like we were back home by eating chole bature. By the end, even though a few felt hurt and tired, we knew the pain was worth it. After we came back to the chalet, all of us were ready to pass out but after a refreshing shower we were ready to begin the evening activities planned for us. The activities we did were very unique as we learnt about leadership through a practical method. The games that we played helped us bond with our peers. There were two clubs organized for us. The clubs were animations, in which we learnt to make stop motions films to present it at the end and the journalism club, in which we started planning to make a magazine about our different experiences in Switzerland. These clubs helped us create more experiences and memories.
We started the day with an energizing breakfast, which kept us going for what was coming today. Every moment of the day was exciting right from the start to the end. At around 8.30 a.m. we were putting on our equipment which was an experience within itself. We did have a bit of trouble at first, but we got the hang of it.
Our anticipation could not be missed even during the ride. Some of us had never been in snow before today so the excitement was understandable. We started of by doing a few warm ups to get ourselves ready for the day ahead, followed by learning how to balance on skis by doing basic activities. No matter how easy the coaches made it look, we can assure that it was not but we got the hang of it by the end. The coaches never gave up and were understanding as they were there during our every fall. We started with very easy slopes but we slowly learnt to tackle the harder ones.
The lunch break was very refreshing as we could feel like we were back home by eating chole bature.
The coaches after lunch, were taking us through harder and harder challenges and we have to admit it wasn’t easy but it was satisfying to complete the challenges put forth by them. By the end, even though a few felt hurt and tired, we knew the pain was worth it.
After we came back to the chalet, all of us were ready to pass out but after a refreshing shower we were ready to begin the evening activities planned for us. One group is working together to write a magazine while the other has been learning about making stop-motion movies.
Written by our campers…
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