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!

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Friday 16th May – Excursion day & evening activities

It has been a beautiful sunny day here in Verbier and we were all up bright and early ready for our excursions. Our discovery group headed off to the Gruyure cheese factory and Cailler chocolate factory before going to Vevey shopping. They had a really good day finding out all about the local chocolate and tasting them!

The explorer group visited the Olympic museum this morning and enjoyed learning more about their favourite athletes and sports. Afterwards they had lunch by the lake before doing some shopping in Lausanne. The pioneers visited the UN building this morning for a tour round and then went to Genenva to do some shopping and sight-seeing.

Tonight some of the group are off to play some mini golf and have a nice meal out for dine out while the youngers ones enjoy a bin bag fashion show.

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!

Excursion day

Discovery – Theses students were full of cheese and chocolate by lunch time. They really enjoyed the visits this morning as they walked through the guided visits. The yhad lunch by the lake and then went shopping in Vevey

Explorers – The students arrived at the Olyimpic musuem feeling excited. This newly refurbished musuem was a brilliant visit and the students had a lot of fun and educational visit. Afterwards we went to Lausanne for shopping and sightseeing

Pioneers – These amazing students headed to the capital of Switzerland Bern. Upon arrival the students went sightseeing and shopping.

This evening…. Carnival night at les elfes was fantasic. We set up lots of different games around the campus for the students to participate in. The students won prizes and tokens. We face painted students and got the students dressed up in fancied dress. The music was playing and the vibe was very fun!

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First day of camp today followed by ice skating for all groups

Today we had an adventure filled day at camp for the discoveries, the explores and the pioneers.

All of the campers started the day with lie in and languages in the morning. Thereafter we had a BBQ lunch at camp!

The Discoveries had problem solving games, Walk the Plank, Spider web, Photo Treasure Hunt and Swimming § in the afternoon. The Explorers split into two groups and went mountain biking and trottinetting on the mountain. The Pioneers went down to Sembrancher and did rock climbing in the afternoon.

In the evening all the groups joined together and went ice skating at the sport centre! We had so much fun on the ice!

It was an eventful and fun filled day for all three groups 🙂

Ropes Course and Nature Hike with les elfes clubs in the evening

Today we had a really delightful day despite of the heavy rain. After hard work at languages, the Explorers and the Discovery both went to Ropes Course. They had fun in the trees and looked like amused little monkeys. The pioneers went for a Nature Hike and play some Hunger Games; They had lot of fun. At 5pm they were all back to Les Elfes and were happy to take a hot shower. After a good Dinner, all campers had Clubs; some were cooking, some others acting, singing, building, designing and dancing. They spent all their energy in this, and went to bed straight after for a good night with sweet dreams.

See you tomorrow.

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Welcome Session 4… over 50 different nationalities!

Summer Camp Session 4 just started…
Very good mix this session!

We are very happy to welcome over 50 different nationalities at the campus!

In the past, we have heard from many campers that they have found lifelong friendships and have built international networks for their future… For sure this session will be a good one…
Some of the countries represented: India, Russia, Hong Kong, Spain, Switzerland, USA, UAE, Hungary, Italy, Brazil, Singapore, Kazasthan, Belgium, Greece, Mexico, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Romania, UK, Nigeria…

International Day will be exciting!

Thursday 13th June (A very busy, and very sunny day of camp!)

After a busy morning of languages, horse riding, golf and tennis the students had a chance to relax in the sun and enjoy their barbecue lunch before each group split off for the afternoon activities…

For the Discovery group it was time to travel to Sambranche for some outdoor rock-climbing and sports. The group were all really enthusiastic, with some of the students trying rock climbing for the very first time!

Meanwhile… the Explorers were at Lac Leman trying their hand at tubing and volleyball at the lakeside. The students whizzed around the lake in large rubber-rings behind the speedboat with varying degrees of success… some seemed to prefer being in the water to riding on top of it!

The Pioneers this afternoon were given an option since they are the oldest group of the three… some went mountain biking whilst others chose to relax at the outdoor pool in verbier.

For the mexican-themed dinner, everybody ate together for a change, allowing the groups to exchange stories about their experiences throughout the day. After dinner the discoverers worked towards developing their problem solving and communication skills by completing a blindfolded nightline around the site. The explorers acted, mimed and demonstrated their artistic skills in the M.A.D.E. activity and the Pioneers played a very competitive game of ‘Who wants to be a millionaire!?’

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.