A Message From The Camp Director,
Today is arrival day for Session Three of Village Camps, Switzerland. We have 172 campers this session. Like all sessions, our campers come from all over the world.
When campers first arrive at our campus in Leysin they are greeted by counsellors and directed to the Grand Salon where tables are set up for campers and parents to complete the registration process.
They visit the Health Center station and leave any necessary medicines under the care of the camp nurses, language campers meet with a language teacher for an interview to help place them in the proper level of instruction and campers visit the Bank and deposit spending money with Wendy -- they can make withdrawals every day for spending money for the day and for excursions later on in the session.
All the counsellors, teachers, and other staff have worked hard getting the building ready for another group and we are all looking forward to another fun-filled, very active two weeks. I hope you will follow the activities of our camp on this web site.
Joe Rikley, Camp Director
Click on the link below to see photos for 27 July, 2008
July 26, 2008
Parents, we thank you for trusting us with your children and we hope you will consider Village Camps, Switzerland again next summer -- or, perhaps, one of our other camps in Austria, Ireland, England or France.
Click on the link below to see photos from 26 July, 2008
25 July, 2008
Last full day of camp -- lots of activity going on. Morning had awards and graduations ceremonies for the programmes at Village Camps, Switzerland. The Outdoor Adventure Club spent the morning at the High Ropes Course in Aigle.
There are stories about Graduation Day & Prom Night and the High Ropes Adventure below and there are two photo galleries today -- one for each of those activities. All of the graduation pictures will be on tomorrows photo gallery -- Departure day.
Have a great day!!
Today was the last full day of Session Two at Village Camps, Switzerland. Tomorrow is departure day and on Sunday we will welcome a new set of campers. Graduation day is 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.
Tonight is a very 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 and then some dancing. There is even a selection of Prom King and Queen for the evening.
Tomorrow is departure day -- lots of hugging, exchanging e-mail addresses, and even some tears are expected.
This morning the Outdoor Adventure Club jumped on the train to Aigle to check out the High Ropes course. This was 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.
Click on the links below to see photos for 25 July, 2008
24 July, 2008
Our feature story today is about International Night -- and we have TWO photo galleries -- one devoted the food and food preparation for this special night and one devoted to the skits, dances, etc. after dinner.
Somehow or other France and Switzerland were left off of this list -- but the picture below shows that they were really represented.
Tomorrow is Graduation Day tomorrow night is Prom Night.
Hope you are having a wonderful day
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 and counsellors were busy preparing skits, signs, and authentic cuisine from various countries and regions.
This session we had groups representing Germany & Holland; Italy; Arab Nations; U.K.; Egypt; Greece; Russia; Brazil; Spain; France & Switzerland; and USA & Canada. That is why we say "at Village Camps, the world is our campus." The campers’ cooking skills were very impressive. The tastes of all the different types of food was somthing worth experiencing.
Click on the links below to see International Day Photos for 24 July, 2008
23 July, 2008
It has been another beautiful day in the neighborhood
The feature story today is about last nights' disco at Club 94 in the Mont Blanc Palace Hotel. The disco is always a successfull "all camp" event and the one last night was no exception.
The photo gallery has a number of disco pictures AND a number of pictures for Aigle Pool outing on Sunday (finally).
This session is rapidly winding down - but not slowing down. Tomorrow is International Day, Friday is Graduation Day and Prom Night, and Saturday is Departure Day.
Hope that your day has been as nice as ours has been!!
Each session the campers from Village Camps, Switzerland descend on the Mont Blanc Palace Hotel for an all-camp Disco Night.
The Hotel is just a short walk from our campus - on a path through the woods, by the village church, and down the hill to the Mont Blanc. Village Camps takes over the entire club for the evening so the campers and counsellors have no competition for space.
After dinner the campers leave our campus in shifts 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.
Click on the link below to see photos for 23 July, 2008