02.05.2018 – Skiing, Courses & Clubs

The day started of with the sound of doors banging as a few of our interns got to work- waking up the elfes! Half dressed and half asleep, everyone had breakfast and headed to the slopes. Unlike the cold and windy weather that greeted us the previous day, today it was considerably hotter. This caused the snow to stick causing some, actually a lot of falls. Through the course of a very interesting day of skiing, Iggy’s and Fernando’s group actually went to Italy and ate pizza, Eddie’s group made their way from the T-bar to the chairlift, Elliot’s group skiied in deep powder snow although it proved quite disastrous. Over all every ski group had an amazing day, with a whole lot of exhausted but excited discoverers and pioneers returning home.

After all of that it was still only around 3:30 in the afternoon. Every smelly and sweaty skier was sent to their room, some surprisingly against their will. Then came phone time. Every singe person crowding to get their phones, sitting downstairs to get better internet, telling their parents about their day, before being chased around until they finally gave in their phones and headed to the courses. A flurry of footsteps resulted in all the instructors having their full groups and starting the activities. From the sounds of it, all the elves had a fabulous time in their respective courses as the interns prepared for the evening. After a really good dinner of lasagna, fries and chocolate mousse, children scattered to their respective meeting points for the clubs.

The clubs went off amazing as well. The debating kids impressively potrayed their opinions without planning, the journalism buffs got an amazing amount of work done, the photography fans had a passion filled relaxed and interesting evening, the sports coaching apprentices had a nice visit to the gym and were introduced to circuit training, the little baking chefs had the time of their lives planning their cookie company.

At the end of this eventful day, the most appealing prospect for the kids, interns and instructors was undoubtedly heading to bed.

Friday 19th May – Skiing, leadership, journalism, mountain biking and clubs

It has been an interesting day here in Zermatt with the weather not on our side this morning. There was snow storms and some very cold conditions with bad visibility so not ideal for the first day on the mountain. However the campers had great spirit and attitude and didn’t let it spoil their fun or learning. They never complained and really impressed the instructors. They all did really well getting to grips with the ski’s and learning how to stop and start.

This afternoon was the start of some of our activities after some well deserved snacks and freetime. Our mountain bikers learnt how to put a bike together and all the important things like repairing tyres. Afterwards they went out and explored the town which was really fun. In leadership our groups were split so some had a turn in the escape rooms and worked together as team to solve all the problems and clue to make their way out in 60 minutes. Mean while our other group took part in some ice-breakers and problem solving games to get to know each other and improve their communication and listening skills. In journalism the team began to design the magazine and came up with some ideas for the stories.

This evening we began our clubs night with our photography club creating their story board of ideas for the stop motion and perspective slideshows. The theatre group started with some scenarios and rotated around doing different acting games. In orienteering the teams designed maps of the camp and hid some clues around for other groups to find. It has been a brilliant day here and we are all looking forward to what tomorrow brings.

Friday 12th – Ski Race, Last Day, Prize Giving!

Today has been fantastic and to top off a brilliant two week in Switzerland our group of students finished with their ski race. Everyone was very excited this morning and eager to have a go at our slalom course. The groups battled it out between themselves for those all important Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. They have improved massively over the last week and their instuctors are very proud of each of their achievements.

This afternoon there was no time for chilling as we had to head off and catch the train, sadly leaving Zermatt behind us. However, we were heading back to Verbier where we were welcomed with a lovely dinner followed by a prizegiving, where all the awards won over the two weeks were handed out. We had prizes for our tidy room competition, a football competition, star camper awards and much more. All the staff here at Les Elfes has had a brilliant two weeks with the children and it will be sad to say goodbye. Thank you all for being amazing and we hope to see you all again soon!!