Reasons For Taking Your Child To The Best Summer Camps in Europe

While Europe is a relatively small continent, it has an astounding historical, cultural, natural and artistic diversity. Europe attracts more tourists than anywhere in the world, thanks to its momentous history, breathtaking landscapes and cutting-edge culture. With our vast selection of summer camps, we have a rich choice of destinations which are carefully selected based on the following things;

  • Quality of the location
  • Choice of activities that are close by, to ensure that there is a harmonious combination of leisure, language and fun
  • Comfort of accommodation

Best summer programs for students

While many students look at summer as a time to disconnect from the stress that comes with being in school; for a lot of their parents this is a time that they are fraught with anxiety wondering if their children are making the most of their time in school.  One of the best ways your child can spend their summer holiday is by being active both mentally and physically. Summer programs provide students with an intelligent, curious, inquisitive and adventurous nature, a chance to break out from their strict and stressful school routine an back into the old world. This allows them to engage in an unforgettable experiential learning opportunity that is not only a chance at taking a deep dive into preexisting interests but also perspective-expanding.

Summer programs are important because no matter what your child does over this holiday, it should have some value added effect especially if they are in high school looking to apply for college later. With that said however, your child should pursue his or her own passions over the summer. Our summer camps feature interactive teaching methods, exciting excursions, activity-driven afternoons and entertaining evenings. Therefore, it is paramount that your child develops knowledge and skills over the summer and that can only be done through some immersive summer program.

Why your kid should participate in summer programs in Europe

Visiting a new place with a different language and culture can be as terrifying as it is thrilling. There are many benefits of letting your child experience culture shock first hand. They range from boosting their confidence to unmatched educational experiences, challenging themselves with a new routine. Typically, our school travel programs in Europe  combine experiential travel with some degree of cultural immersion. What this means is, if there are not chatting with the locals, they will probably be leaning about cultural customs in galleries, museums or hands-on workshops.

For older students looking to join international colleges and universities, traveling to Europe for the summer might just be the start of things. Keep in mind that  youth and inexperience are unique factors that are associated with teenage years making a summer camp in Europe right choice to make. This way, your kid will discover more about themselves, unlock their potential career opportunities as well as have a unique resume by they time they graduate high school.  

Why Europe is a great place for your kid to attend summer camp

Students who travel to Europe for a summer camp have a wide choice of programs to choose from coupled with picturesque surroundings, activities, languages and nature. Here are some of the reasons why Europe is the best place for your kid to attend summer camp.

Ideal weather

During summer, the weather is generally sunny hence why it is the best time to discover Europe. Summer camps for students usually take place from June to late August with average temperature for July ranging between 25 to 32 degrees Celsius in major cities throughout the continent.

Food culture

Many people believe that Europe represents the height of culinary accomplishments. Each country in Europe offers a unique culinary history recognized by many people. They may include Swiss chocolates, French cheese, Spanish tapas and Italian meats and pastas among many others.

Accessibility

It doesn’t matter whether the campsite is at the lake, in the city, in the mountains or at the sea, routes leading there are very accessible.

Quality accommodation

We take accommodation very seriously hence why we aim at providing the best quality. Often, children are housed in rooms with separate accommodations for boys and girls.

Choice of program

Summer camps in Europe will provide your kid with a broad choice of both sports and other activities. In addition to this, they get to choose educational options such as performing arts, language lessons or leadership courses.

Activities and programs that take place at summer camps in Europe

Europe offers an endless choice of sports that is why it is has the best summer camps. It doesn’t matter whether you are on a bike, on foot, in the air, on water or in the Alps. We have have age-specific programs and activities that boost confidence, build character adds new skills. Below are some of the activities that take place at summer camps in Europe.

Summer camp excursions

During our summer camps, we have a an excursion planned during every week. They include day trips to some of the historic and interesting places as well as all day mountain hikes. They may also include a hiking trip that involves camping. Both hiking and camping are very popular activities with kids and always prove to be the highlight of the camp program. The excursion exercises are meant to provide your child with all the best Europe has to offer.

Weekend programs

Saturday’s tend to be more relaxed when it comes to activities. After completing their morning chores, the students normally have free time to play outdoors. On the other hand, Sundays are for all-day excursions. They are organized to provide your child with an opportunity to see different parts of Europe as well as learn about the Alpine environment. This involves visiting lakes, local mountains and trips to the zoo.

Special events day at the summer camp

With every camp session, there is a number if specially organized events including the following;

  • Camp fires
  • End of session disco
  • Barbecue
  • Pool parties
  • Among others

Our camp sessions usually end with a “Special Events Day” where your child gets to participate in a variety of swimming and field events. After the special dinner, kids are then recognized and awarded for their achievements in interest groups, hiking, language, camping and swimming. Both camping and hiking give students allows students to increase their awareness of the environment and also practice outdoor skills.

Clubs

During summer camp, students get to choose between a number of clubs, which they will be required to attend. At the end of the session, they all join to present what they have learnt. There are several clubs to choose from including the following:

  • Photography
  • Arts and craft
  • Mountain Orienteering
  • Tapas
  • Rockstar
  • Dance Academy
  • Hollywood
  • Music Video

Language courses

A good percentage of Europeans speak at least more 2 languages or more. This is because it is compulsory to study a second foreign language in over 20 European countries. You are guaranteed to find the language your child is interested in studying be it English, French, Spanish, German, Italian or more. We have 8 hours per week compulsory language learning lessons as well as 15 hours per week intensive language courses.

Sports and activities

A wide array of sports and activities are offered to children as interest groups. For instance, we have more than 40 different sports to choose from including football, mountain biking, tennis, horseback riding, wakeboarding, rock climbing, paraglading and golf, among many others. Your child decides which fun group activity they want to pursue and participate in. With multiple lakes and rivers, snowy mountain peak and a turquoise sea, Europe is an outdoor paradise which offers unlimited opportunities for kids to engage with the nature and the great outdoors. This way, it is not difficult to find something fun that piques their interest, even if they are shy.

Personal development programs

Adolescence can be hard, especially when a lot is expected from you (academically and morally), as you are still trying to make sense of your mood swings and becoming aware of the changes in your body. This can be a trying time for your kid, hence why it becomes a rebellious stage for some. The good news is summer camps help to some extent.

Your child will not only be in the company of others going through the same but they will also be attending dynamic and interactive workshops that will enable them to know themselves better and become better people. Our personal development programs allow students to develop a toolbox of teamwork skills which will help them build mature and long-lasting relationships with colleagues and friends. They also get to create imaginative, complex solutions to potential problems that they may face in their everyday lives. This way, they get to focus on their ’emotional intelligence’ using practices and theories from professionals in the field of experiential learning.

Conclusion

In addition to everything mentioned above, attending the best summer camps in Europe, allows your child to make new friends from all over the world this making their summer holiday a truly memorable experience.

Friday 2nd October 2015 – prize giving, departure

Hello everyone! We are sad to say our goodbye to this wonderful group of kids. We have had so much fun with you and wish you could stay a little longer!

After breakfast everyone was already fully packed and we could start our prize giving. Everyone was excited for that and there were a lot of prizes to give out. Challenge winners, tidy room competition and many more where appreciated for their hard work, great attitude and never ending energy!

See you all next year!!

Thursday 1st October 2015 – Aqua park, ropes course

Kids where definitely excited for today’s activities! Straight after breakfast they where ready to begin their day.

Ropes course in the morning was just in time to wake everyone up, but later on it was hard to get kids down from he trees. Like little monkeys they where hanging, jumping and zip lining from tree to tree. One on the most exciting parts where the big zip line at the end of course – exciting and scary!

Aqua park was fun as always – bubble baths, big water slides, wave pool, lazy river and so much more – kids definitely had things to do.

Once everyone came back it was time for packing, but in the evening after dinner it was Disco time!

See you all tomorrow for our last day together!

Wednesday 30th September – salt mines, hike

Beautiful sunny day here in Verbier! Perfect for outdoor activities, that is why first thing in the morning kids went hiking.

They were brought a little bit more up the mountain from where they started o hike across to lunch place in Le Hatay. A long the bise it was nice and relaxing walk with beautiful view all along. Kids where exploring flora and fauna, took a  quiz about nature around them and  learned mountain map reading. But after lunch in the fresh air it was time to continue the day with excursion to Salt mines.

2h long excursion in Sal mines was worth every second. The first excitement started when a little train took all kids inside the mountain for tour to start. After a short introduction of rules everyone continued excursion deeper int he mountain. Not only< kids found out the history of how salt was being discovered and used, but also how necessary it is for human body and even got to try mining themselves.

What a great day it has been! But it is not over just yet. After dinner kids will play Boys vs. Girls where they will have to complete different challenges and show their team work skills.

See you all tomorrow with more exiting news!

 

Tuesday 29th September 2015 – rock climbing, games

Hello everyone! Another great day ahead of us!

After a great breakfast everyone was ready for activities! While half of kids went rock climbing others gathered for teachers led activity – marshmallow challenge. Kids had so much fun building tower and competing which team will have the strongest, highest and prettiest tower. But everyone was waiting for finale when each team actual got to try their tower, mmmm yummeee!

Meanwhile other group of kids went rock climbing to a real climbing wall down in Sembrancher, just 20 min drive with the bus and everyone was on place for some physical activities. After safety instructions from guides kids put on helmets and harnesses and where ready for challenge. Some needed help with instruction, some with encouragement, but others went straight up showing great climbing techniques. We are so proud of you all!

Once everyone was back in camp it was time to shower and have little bit of free time with activities on camp site, but after dinner is was time for Who wants to be a Millionaire! Kids where enthusiastic and showed great knowledge about a lot of different subjects. Team work played a big role in figuring out the correct answer! Great job winners!

See you all tomorrow with more great news from our campers!

 

Monday 28th September 2015 – arrival day, team games, treasure hunt

Hello everyone! We are so excited to welcome new group to our camp!

Everyone has arrived just in time for lunch, but after that kids where introduced with camp rules and expectations. After introducing everyone with our staff members it was time for some team games  and treasure hunt. Afternoon was filled with different team building games; we where impressed to see how well kids coordinated assignments within their teams and communicated to reach the goal!

More fun to fallow in the evening when Bin Bag fashion show will take place 🙂

See you all tomorrow with more insight on how kids are doing and which activities they are participating.

Friday 25th September 2015 – prize giving, departure

We are glad to spend such a great week with such great group of kids! We are sad to say goodbye, but we know you will come back next year!

After breakfast kids went to rooms to pack their bags and check out. Once it was done everyone gather for prize giving. Tidy room competition, different awards for week long challenges and finally slide show with all the photos from activities that got students exited and remember all the fun times throughout the week!

See you all next year!

Thursday 24th September 2015 – Labyrinth, Salt Mines

Beautiful sunny day here in Verbier! It has been snowing higher up so we can feel the chilly breeze down here as well, but that wont stop us! Once warmer clothes were put on kids where ready to go!

Labyrinth – adventure park, was their first stop. What a fun time in there – bouncing castles, maze, slides and so much more to do. Kids definitely enjoyed their time participating in every single game and challenge and on the way to Salt mines couldn’t stop talking about their experience and compare it to others.

In the afternoon a little train took kids inside salt mines where they could try out mining, found out so much new about salt, taste it straight from the mountain and learned history of how it was discovered.

During free time everyone had to pack their bags as tomorrow is departure day! But it was done it was time for Prize giving and Slide show where ids could see all the photos taken during their stay here 🙂

Wednesday 23rd September – Aqua park, Ropes course

Aqua park day! Kids are so exited to spend some time on slides and bubble baths.

Day started with good breakfast for everyone, but as soon as it was finished monitors didn’t have to wait for too long until everyone where packed for fun water activities! Once teachers made sure kids had all necessary it was time to leave.

Kids had so much fun – water pirate ship, slides, lazy rivers and many more fun activities. All of that made kids hungry, so when it was lunch time everyone could finally rest, but just for a while as  the next activity promised to be  great fun as well!

Ropes course made kids challenge themselves and their classmates. They where hanging in tree and jumping from one platform to another like little monkeys. Zip lining were their all time favorite!!

One everyone came back to camp it was time to rest and have a shower after a long day full of fun activities. But day isnt over just yet, there is still time for evening activity- Boys vs. Girls!

Good night and see you all tomorrow with more good new from camp!

Tuesday 22nd September – mountain hike

Mountain hike day!

All kids got excited for today activity and where ready straight after eating good breakfast. Water bottles, proper shoes, comfortable clothes and kids where ready to start! Some groups where singing song a long the way, some where more interested in exploring flora and fauna of this area and guided where there to help with that. Breathtaking view of Petit Combin  while hiking across the mountain and lunch in a beautiful are called Le Hatay filled kids day.

Everyone came back still full of energy. After a short brake and shower it was time for some free time activities, but later in the evening La Fureur – Music quiz.

Kids where so excited to play the game – 2 teams competing with each other in many different musical challenges!

See you all tomorrow for more great new from our day!

Monday 21st- arrival day, team games, treasure hunt

Beautiful sunny morning here in Verbier! We are getting ready to welcome new group of students to spend this week with us.

Students arrived just in time for lunch. After quick check in everyone gathered in dinning room for lunch and welcome speech where they got introduced with our rules and expectations for the week. It was time for something more fun after unpacking like treasure hunt and team games in the afternoon.

Straight after lunch kids where ready for some fun! Outdoor activities where just time for such a sunny day! Kids absolutely loves team games and where getting competitive once they where divided in teams, but teams mates encouraged each other all the way thru challenges.

After dinner kids gather to play bin bag fashion show!

Friday 18th September – Prize giving

We are glad to spend such a great week with such great group of kids! We are sad to say goodbye, but we know you will come back next year!

After breakfast kids went to rooms to pack their bags and check out. Once it was done everyone gather for prize giving. Tidy room competition, different awards for week long challenges and finally slide show with all the photos from activities that got students exited and remember all the fun times throughout the week!

See you all next year!

Thursday 17th September – Hike, bridge swinging, ropes course

Today a little rain has surprised us, but that didn’t stop students to enjoy today’s amazing activities!

One them was trottinetting up in the mountains near Verbier! Kids had so much fun that they wanted to go again in the afternoon. Other fun activity was bridge swinging – a lot of adrenaline and such a good feeling once you have done it to prove yourself not be scared of short free fall and high. A lot of students did it more than once.

Ropes was fun as always – students like moneys zip-lining from three to three and competing with each other on who will complete certain course faster.

During free time everyone had chance to go shopping or relax in the camp, but evening  everyone spent Le Hatay making campfire and cooking marshmallows, torchlight walk on the way back.

Wednesday 16th September – Archery, Mountain biking, Via Ferrata

Fun day here in Verbier! Great outdoor activities and good weather to complete the day!

A group of kids went to Archery. All as one said it was great experience and fun for everyone. Students had to find their targets hidden in woods and fields. Some kids showed great map reading skills and found targets without problem, for some it was a bit harder to hit the target, but after a short practice every managed to get necessary points and finish the assignment successfully.

Meanwhile other groups went mountain biking up in the mountains near Verbier. After safety speech everyone put on their helmets and made sure they have the right bikes. For warm-up everyone rode to Medran and after took gondola up to begging of their fun adventure.

Other group had so much fun in Via Ferrata. Students where brave to climb up the cliff and proved to be not only fiscally but also mental strong – they helped and encouraged each other.

Design & Build and Cooking clubs in the evening was a lot of fun and everyone got involved and tried to make the best cheese cake! Yummeee!

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Tuesda15th September – Mountain biking, Via Ferrata, Team Games, Trottinetts

Morning started early in Les Elfes camp! Students couldn’t sleep for too long as today promised to be full of great outdoor activities!

4 different groups did 4 different activities in the morning and swapped in the afternoon. Mountain biking was one of the most challenging activities of the day, but everyone handled it very well and managed to surprise instructors with their skills and safe riding and good advises to others.

Team games where good challenge for everyone who thought it wouldn’t be as challenging. Strong team work and clear communication work where keys to success.

Via Ferrata was another great challenge of today! It wasn’t easy, but students showed great climbing skills and where not afraid of high. Beautiful view was the prize for everyone once reaching the top. We are so proud of you all!

Trottinetting was so much fun! Most of kids haven’t done it before, but after trying they didn’t wanted to finish.

For pictures please check our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LesElfesVerbier?ref=br_rs

See you all tomorrow for more great stories!

Monday 14th September – Ropes course, Rock climing, bridge swinging!

Beautiful day here in Verbier! So much fun activities for kids today! We are happy to welcome such a big group to our camp and enjoy this short time together!

Rock climbing got students challenged, but they where not afraid to climb higher and higher and challenge each other. It took a lot of strength and practice to finally reach the top and some did it more than once! Impressive!

Meanwhile other group had bridge swinging which was so much fun and also scary for the first moment. But after it was time for Ropes course. Most experienced students straight after practicing went to harder track and try their strength, but zip lines where the most fun for everyone!

More fun in the evening when students will make their own Lip Dup!

Such a fun first day, see you all tomorrow with more good news!

For more photos please check our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LesElfesVerbier

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Thursday 10th September 2015 – ropes course, prize giving!

Another great day with great activities! Kids where excited and sad at the same time- ropes course are one on the activities that kids like the most as it is challenging and fun at the same time. But this is also a departure day for all kids which makes us sad as it was such a nice group to work with!

After having lots of fun up in the trees it was time for prize giving – tidy room competition and  challenge winner during their stay in our camp where given Les Elfes  souvenirs for nice memories!

We hope you all had a great time because we sure did! See you all next year!

Wednesday 9th September – Mountain biking, Rock climbing

Another beautiful and sunny day here in Verbier! Kids this morning where quick to wake up and it was such a fun day ahead.

Mountain biking in the morning was refreshing but also challenging. Some kids where very confident while other needed s little guidance on balance and speed. Lunch break was just in time for everyone to relax and get ready for the next activity.

Rock climbing was so much fun! After safety instructors kids started to put on helmets and harness. Braver kids went first and others while waiting played team games and encouraged climbers. Instructors where impressed with their skills and after each time kids where able to go higher and shoe better skills.

All day in fresh air got kids tired, but that didn’t stop them from participating in shopping or swimming during their free time. After dinner kids where ready for some fun in disco!!

Tuesday 8th September 2015 – Hike day!

Weather is just perfect for a long day hike today! Sun is shining bright, but you can feel the autumn freshness in the air.

After putting good shoes on and comfortable clothes everyone was ready for a hike. Good breakfast was a great start to prepare ourselves for a good hiking day. All day long beautiful views, physical challenges, fun and smiles on kids faces! Have to admit – everyone came back tired, but kids had free time to rest before dinner and evening activity!

Monday 7th September 2015 – Arrival day, Team games, Ice skating

We are excited to welcome  another great group to our camp! It is a beautiful day for some outdoor activities.

After arriving, checking in to the rooms and having some time to unpack kids where ready for lunch  -after a long way they where hungry. Kids where introduced with camp rules and after welcome speech it was time for some fun! Kids absolutely loved team games and where working really well together! In the afternoon everyone went to Ice skating – time to play games on the ice! After putting on helmets and ice skates kids when to ice with no fear and started to show their skills. For some it was a bit harder, but there was a big support team and friends who could teach how to ice skate properly!

Great fun today, but it is just the first day! See you all tomorrow with more exciting news!

Friday 4th September 2015 – slide show, music video, prize giving

Beautiful morning here in Verbier started with packing as we have to say goodbye to our group who leave today.

Once kids had packed and taken bags down outside it was time to check out from their rooms. Prize giving started shortly after and everyone was so exited to take a part in it. Tidy room competition, La Fureur and many other challenge winner got rewarded. Finally it was time to watch their own Music Video that kids made couple days before as it was put together and made in one great music clip. Kids where exited to see other teams performing and all the nice pictures from this weeks activities put together in slide show!!

It was pleasure to send this week with you! See you again next year!