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Leadership Training Camp | Switzerland | Leysin

At the point when children move into their mid and late teens our innovative leadership training programme can play a vital part in their personal development, preparation for university and for the challenges of their lives ahead. They learn to work more effectively as a team and become more confident young adults under the inspiring guidance of our Programme Director and his team.

Early booking is essential as this is a popular programme for returning campers and is usually fully booked many months before the summer starts!

Programme suitable for ages 15-17

Programme Overview

This award-winning programme is led by Programme Director, David Allen, assisted by a team of experienced staff plus an international selection of renowned guest speakers, specially flown in to engage with our young leadership campers. Our speakers typically fly in from the USA, South Africa and the UK. These thought-provoking presentations lead to lively discussion sessions amongst the young campers, which are interspersed with outdoor action-packed physical challenges and tasks. It adds up to an exciting new experience every day!

This much-acclaimed Leadership Training Camp (LTC) is designed to:

Summer Camp build self-confidence
Summer Camp raise self-esteem
Summer Camp encourage motivation
Summer Camp improve communication skills
Summer Camp develop individual leadership qualities
Summer Camp develop team working skills

The programme combines thought-provoking talks by specialist Village Camp staff and invited international speakers with a programme of testing challenges and action-packed activities. Each day is constructed around:

Summer Camp leadership training sessions
Summer Camp inspiring talks from our range of top guest speakers
Summer Camp talks are followed by an open question and answer session
Summer Camp challenging discussions that stretch the mind
Summer Camp goal-setting exercises and time management
Summer Camp innovative team-building exercises and
Summer Camp a programme of off-camp visits to outdoor sites

Highlight Activity Days

Our highlight activity days are challenging, great fun and require patience, fortitude and teamwork skills.

These include:

Summer Camp Rafting and canyoning - an exhilarating experience
Summer Camp Ropes Course – tough and challenging
Summer Camp Beach Volleyball – energetic fun and team work
Summer Camp Laserquest – a skillful team competition

The Award –winning T.A.L.E

A competitive series of challenges that demand skills, application and multi-tasking whilst operating to a strict financial budget.

Everyone takes part in the Village Camps T.A.L.E – The Amazing Leadership Experience. The programme is designed around competitive contests with camper teams given places to find, sites to visit, items to collect and missions to accomplish. Teams are limited to the constraints of a limited financial budget, which promotes the understanding of the R.O.I. principle (Return on Investment), one which guides corporate investment in today’s world.

Programme Director

David Allen David Allen is an entrepreneur, renowned leadership coach and inspirational, international motivational speaker. He runs his own innovative Leadership Camp in KwaZulu, South Africa and is an in-demand lecturer to corporate companies, schools and Universities, as well as an expert, specialist security consultant to tactical police forces and detective units worldwide.

David has directed the Village Camps Leadership Training programme in England and Switzerland for many years. Thanks to his interactive approach, David captivates our young leadership campers, ensuring that every participant is actively involved in his presentations.

David is the author of a book - Leadership In The Trees - that aims to give students the tools to maximise their leadership potential and thus become better leaders in all aspects of their lives.

International Guest Speakers

The quality of the international guest speakers flown from all over the world continues to be a major factor in the success of the highly acclaimed LTC programme.

Here are some of the speakers who have addressed LTC campers in recent summers:

Kerry Max Cook (USA) - Kerry is an extraordinary man with an extraordinary story. His presentation is riveting as he goes through his life explaining how someone else’s mistake and a travesty of justice cost him over 20 years of his life in prison for no reason. Kerry’s story is to be made into a film.

Alfred Eden (South Africa) - Alfred is from Estcourt, South Africa where he is the director of Greystone Camp & Adventure Centre. He is also co- director and founder of Challenge Tours which runs exceptional Leadership courses for school and corporate groups. He gives a fascinating presentation.

Claire Young (UK) - From ‘The Apprentice’ boardroom to award winning entrepreneur! She is a straight talking, no-nonsense business woman. Lord Sugar dubbed her a 'Rottweiler' for her tenacious approach and mind-set of never giving up! She hopes that her story will motivate others to realise that with hard work, drive and determination anything is possible.

David Hyner (UK) - David gives you the best bits from 20+ years of research interviews with top achievers, inspiring and motivating our LTC campers.

Accommodation, excursions & activities

Campers attending the Leadership Training Camp are based at the nearby Alpine Classic Hotel where the unique this programme has exclusive use of its lounge and recreational amenities. The Hotel is well situated close to the centre of the village and to outstanding sport and leisure facilities. The comfortable bedrooms accomodate 2-4 campers all include en-suite facilities.

The programme has its own dedicated programme of lectures, discussions, events and activities during weekdays. On the weekend campers usually joins campers from other programmers for exciting excursions that include:

Summer Camp Geneva centre and selected landmarks
Summer Camp the lakeside town of Lausanne
Summer Camp Maison Cailler – a chocolate factory
Summer Camp Water-Park in the nearby town of Aigle

Further details on the excursions and on the activities available at the Leysin camp can be found on the Switzerland Overview Page.

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David Allen
" Hi VC! The Leadership Training Camp was the best summer experience in my life. I really enjoyed it and want to come back. I made lots of good friends from many different countries that I will stay in contact with. Everyone was really nice, thank you. "