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9 August 2008
Time goes by very fast when you are having lots of fun. It is hard to realize that two weeks have gone by since this group of campers arrived at Village Camps, Switzerland -- but the reality is that today is Departure Day and most of the campers are heading home.
Our photo gallery today has a number of pictures from yesterday's graduation ceremony.
Thanks for visiting with us, we hope you enjoyed the pictures and stories!
After 2 weeks of incredible fun, and memories that are sure to stay with all of us a long time, it was time to pack up and leave. Some campers were up super early to be escorted down to the airport while others were able to hang out just a little longer as they waited to be picked up at camp by their parents. Mr. Phil was at the airport with his crew to be sure that everyone gets to where they are going with a minimum of difficulty.
The day was marked by sad goodbyes, tears being shed and the swapping of email addresses with promises made to keep in touch. All of us, counsellors and staff, will miss you. Till we see each other again...perhaps next year?
l' anno prossimo?
Hasta el ano que viene?
Parents, we thank you for trusting us with your children and we hope that, when next summer rolls around, you will again think of Village Camps - either back with us in Switzerland or in one of our other camps in Austria, England, Ireland or France.
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8 August, 2008
Today is the last full day of camp -- tomorrow is departure day -- but like everyday at Village Camps, Switzerland today was a very busy day. Language classes had their last lesson - a shorter lesson than normal with graduation exercises scheduled for 10:45 in the Grand Salon.
Tonight is Prom Night -- special dinner, talent show, presentation by the Dance Club, picking the King and Queen of the colour groups -- a fun time for everyone.
The spotlight story is on graduation and the prom. There are two gallery foldes, one on the prom activities and one showing food and food preparation from yesterday's International Night. For tomorrow's post we will have a set of graduation photos -- including class photos of all of the language classes.
Today was the last full day of Session three at Village Camps, Switzerland. Today was a chance for campers to be recognized for their achievements over the past two weeks. The language classes had a full graduation ceremony in the Grand Salon and other camps had some way of telling campers that they had done a good job. We will have a set of graduation pictures with tomorrow's post.
The afternoon was devoted to a number of activities around Leysin and, most important, packing for departure tomorrow. Campers being escorted are given instructions on where and when to meet. Banker Wendy has all their money set up in envelopes for them and Mr. Phil will be at the airport making sure that everyone gets to the right place at the right time.
Tonight is a special night - the dining room is decorated (with decorations made by counsellors and campers) and, instead of standing in line to get their food, the campers' meal is served to them by the counsellors. After the meal there is a talent show including a performance by the Dance Club and some interesting counsellor contributions - and then some dancing and picking the King and Queen of each of the colour groups. The person NOT wearing a crown in the pictures below is the counsellor in charge of that colour group.
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7 August, 2008
International Day -- a day with lots of history at Village Camps, Switzerland. A chance to celebrate the diversity present at Village Camps -- and to show that "The World is our Campus." You can see the different countries or regions represented in this sessions' celebration in the picture at the right. (The Greenies are the young campers in Junior Camp)
This morning the Outdoor Adventure Club went to the High Ropes Course in Aigle -- always one of the fun "adventures" for this club.
Both of these topic have a "Spotlight Story" below and have a photo gallery devoted to photos from that topic. Tomorrow we will have a special photo gallery devoted to the food preparation for International Night -- a chance for you to see your campers actually working in the kitchen. Here is a preview of this set of pictures ---
Today was International Day - a strong tradition at Village Camps, Switzerland and a chance to highlight all the different countries and cultures that are represented at camp. Last week the campers had a chance to choose the country they would like to work with. It could be their home country OR one that they would like to learn about. During the day the campers were busy preparing skits, signs, and authentic cuisine from various countries and regions. This session had the following countries/regions represented -- Russia, Switzerland, Italy, France, Latin America, Asian Nations, U.K. Spain, Arab Nations, and U.S.A.
This morning the Multi-Activity Outdoor Adventure Club hopped on the Aigle-Leysin cog railway to Aigle to check out the High Ropes course. This was definately a hit! Campers were able to explore the tree tops by walking, sliding and jumping from tree to tree. Smiles and laughing were the highlights of the morning. Many were also amazed they were able to overcome some of their fears and build self-confidence.
The Outdoor Adventure Club is designed for campers of all ages and provides campers with a chance to stretch their "comfort bubble" in a fun and very safe environment. The activities for this club include orienteering, outdoor living skills, mountain biking, rock climbing, exploring the high ropes course, and white water rafting
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6 August, 2008
We have two spotlight stories today - one on the Tennis Camp and one on yesterday evening's Disco at the Mont Blanc Palace. We focus an extra spotlight here on two of our tennis campers who had a chance to work as "ball boys" at the European under 16 Women's Tennis Championship.
The photo gallery today has pictures from tennis camp and from the disco.
Tomorrow night is International Night and campers have been getting ready for the past few days -- making signs, flags, learning songs, cooking traditional foods, etc. This is always one of the fun events of each session and a chance to highlight the diversity at Village Camps, Switzerland.
The food and talent is something to behold.
Three hours each day are devoted to tennis drills, lessons and play on both our covered and clay courts. The renowned California Tennis Academy under the direction of Steve Loft directs the overall programme along with top pros and highly qualified Village Camps’ counsellors. Emphasis is on conditioning, strokes, tactics & strategy, both in doubles and singles. Players are divided by age and ability, of course.
Tennis players are initially appraised and rated, and then taught at their appropriate levels. The talented tennis staff and even some top local players will be giving campers of all levels some tough matches and exercises.
After dinner the campers leave camp in shifts (youngest first) and have a chance to kick up their heels and dance the night away. They also return to campus in shifts - with the younger ones departing much earlier than the older campers.
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