3 August, 2008
A full week of going to classes, playing tennis, dance instruction, ourdoor adventure and sports -- followed by a full day excursion with bus travel, and lots of walking. Everyone was ready for a kind of lazy day and a trip to the Aigle pool was just what the camper ordered.
The spotlight today is on the trip to the pool and the photo gallery has pictures from the pool and also some pictures from Saturday's Yellow-Green excursion.
We will have some more pool pictures later this week.
After such a busy day with excursions yesterday -- lots of travel -- lots of walking -- lots of fun -- it was nice to be able sleep just a little bit later this morning. Today, the whole camp went to the swimming pool in Aigle riding on Aigle - Leysin cog railway (the final stop on the line is just outside the back door of our building). We had to go in shifts since there are only two cars on an A-L train.
The campers and counsellors took a picnic lunch to the pool and had fun swimming, using the water slides, diving, or just lounging around the pool. The Aigle Pool complex also has mini golf, beach volleyball and a very special climbing wall -- the wall is built out over the pool so, if you fall, you land in the pool.
The campers were back (again in shifts) in time for dinner and then had a chance to view movies of play a number of games before bedtime. English and French classes, tennis lessons, and club activities start again tomorrow.
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2 August, 2008
It's the weekend -- a time for something different. No formal language classes today but the teachers try to have the campers speak the language they are studying as much as possible.
The big event for today is excursions to a number of different places in the area. The "spotlight" story below tells where each of the groups spent the day. Jessie, the camp photographer, was with the Blue group so the photo gallery pictures are of that group. We will try to get photos from the other excursions and post them later.
Remember, it takes more muscle activity to frown than it does to smile
- so why do extra work?
The Saturday at the end of the first week of each camp session is always Excursion day. Today, three big excursion busses were at the camp ready to take everyone off on an all day adventure.
Campers were organized by age groups and were off to number of different locations. The BLUE group (15 and older) started with a bus ride to Geneva (at the Jardin Anglais with its flower clock, fountains etc. and then a chance for one of the campers' favorite activities - shopping. In the afternoon they boarded the bus again for a trip to Lausanne and the Olympic Museum. Next came a trip to Villeneuve with dinner at the Golden Arches Café (McDonalds) and then on to bowling (and other activities) at Fun Planet.
The RED group (ages 13-14) had a bus ride to Lausanne and a visit to the Olympic Museum. There was a talk and video about the museum and the Olympic movement and then a chance to visit different parts of the museum with their passes. The group then went to Geneva (at the Jardin Anglais) with a chance for shopping. They returned to Leysin in time for dinner and then had a movie evening.
The GREEN group (ages 7-9) and the YELLOW group (ages 10-12) were combined for their excursion. They first went to Vevey and, after a picnic lunch on the shore of Lake Geneva they went to the main part of the city to do some (that's right) shopping. Later then were taken to the Labyrinthe Adventure Park with lots of fun and activities. They returned to Leysin for dinner and then met in the Grand Salon for fruit salad.
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