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Leadership Training Camp | Switzerland | Leysin


Situated in the Swiss Alps, this Leadership model camp creates an extremely attractive and challenging adventure to older campers interested in a better understanding of what it takes to be a highly effective leader.

Summer Camp Programme suitable for ages 16-18
" 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. "

Programme Overview

With a combination of incredible guest presentations based on Leadership and Team Building, plus experiences and challenges that support these, young adults emerge after two weeks with more confidence in themselves and their ability to achieve results through confident team performance. For mature teenagers, this is an experience that should not be missed.

The Director of LTC

David Allen is an entrepreneur and co-director of Challenge Tours which runs leadership courses at Greystone Adventure Centre and Camp Solomon in South Africa. He has been directing the award-winning Village Camps Leadership Training programme, both in Leysin, Switzerland and York, England for many years, sharing motivational presentations with our young leaders.

More recently, David has written a book, Leadership In The Trees, aiming to give students the tools to maximise their leadership potential and thus become better leaders in all areas of their lives. For those interested, the book is available through Amazon.

On the international scene, David is a renowned leadership coach and motivational speaker, with guest lectures given to corporates, school groups, universities, as well as police tactical and detective units worldwide.

Thanks to his interactive approach, David captivates his audiences, ensuring at the same time that people are actively involved in his presentations and retain what he teaches.

David is a resident of Estcourt, in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. He is happily married to Debbie and is the proud father of two young children.

Guest Speaker Bios

Undoubtedly, the quality of the international guest speakers specialising in leadership that are flown to the York Camp from all over the world continue to be a major factor in the success of the highly acclaimed LTC programme. Here are the speakers who have addressed LTC campers in past summers, some of whom will be back for 2018:

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 cost him 20 years of his life for no reason. Even more commendable is how he has picked himself up after facing impossible odds to lead a life with a promising and productive future. Based on his life story, a very successful play, “The Exonerated”, has been playing throughout the USA highlighting the travesty of justice that prevails in the US legal system. Kerry’s story is to be made into a film.

Alfred Eden
Eden is from Estcourt, South Africa where he is director of Greystone Camp & Adventure Centre and co- director and founder of Challenge Tours which facilitates Leadership courses for school and corporate groups. A fascinating guy, LTC enjoyed his absorbing presentation last summer.

Claire Young

From ‘The Apprentice’ boardroom to award winning entrepreneur!
Claire Young, 37, is the straight talking, no-nonsense business woman who is well known for reaching the final of series 4 of BBC1’s The Apprentice (2008) watched by over 11 million viewers. Lord Sugar dubbed her a 'Rottweiler' for her tenacious approach and mind-set of never giving up! Now a successful young businesswoman she hopes that her story will motivate others to realise that with hard work, drive and determination anything is possible.

Since then she has gone onto launch www.schoolspeakers.co.uk which helps to inspire, motivate and educate young people. The success of the business has been recognised by Claire winning several awards for its achievements.

She is passionate about raising aspiration and promoting enterprising skills to our younger generation. Claire has been nominated for the Queen's Enterprise Award and is honoured to represent the UK in The European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors. Claire is Ambassador, and co-founder, of social enterprise www.girlsoutloud.org.uk and enjoys working with female students. Her aim is to raise their aspirations and make them think big! Girls can achieve anything which they put their mind to. It is often commented in the press that she is a brilliant role model for teenage girls and young women.

David Hyner

David gives you the best bits from 19+ years of research interviews with top achievers, inspiring and motivating your students and staff to success.

An "average at best" student that became a chef to prove a careers officer wrong…. Now an acclaimed international professional speaker, trainer, author, BBC broadcaster, adventurer, father and husband, he delivers to between 10,000 and 50,000 students and staff each year. David is a bullish speaker with a FUN, challenging and inter-active style. The learning happens as they laugh. Having co-authored two no. 1 education Amazon books on classroom management and numerous others, David will inspire our LTC campers.

More on the programme:

A ‘top’ day for the LTC campers takes them on an outdoor adventure centre on a team building day. The challenges include using ropes and poles in rough terrain, raft building and making a temporary bridge - all part of an exercise to use speed, initiative and the skills of the team to rescue an injured pilot from a crashed plane. The damaged plane is real but luckily the crash is simulated! An action-packed, dramatic day that fully engages every camper and vividly illustrates what a team can achieve by working together. Brilliant!

Another ‘highlight’ day is set aside to take part in the highly regarded Village Camps T.A.L.E or The Amazing Leadership Experience. After group discussions this day is completely planned and organised by the course participants. The programme is designed around competitive contests with camper-teams given places to find, sites to visit, items to collect and missions to accomplish - all on a limited financial budget to promote the understanding of the R.O.I. principle (Return on Investment), one which guides corporate investment in today's world.

The typical daily programme includes: Workshops – Discussions – Team-Building – Activities – Off-site challenges in specially chosen locations – Guest speaker sessions – Debriefs.

Outstanding activities in LTC Leysin

Many great activities happen that require, patience, fortitude and teamwork skills. And they are all challenging and great fun. These include rafting and canyoning, a great ropes course, beach volleyball and fun mountain hikes. And further down the valley is a chance to experience a team competition at the Laserquest centre. Plus much more. WOW!!

Other events includes the highly appreciated TALE event, or The Amazing Leadership Experience. The programme is designed around competitive contests with camper teams required to find different sites around Leysin, items to collect and events to perform competitively, as quick as possible, to accomplish their overall strategy designed to win them this intense team competition. Add to this the understanding of R.O.I. (or Return on Investment) based on how many points are achieved based on the cost of achieving them, and the overall experience is mind-bending.

Accommodation, Excursions & Activities

The programme is separate from other Leysin programmes and has its own centre close to the main campus. The hotel features comfortable rooms for two to four campers, each with en-suite facilities. Evening activities include discussion forums and game-type situations and challenges, discos and movies, before free time. The weekend includes accompanied excursions to selected places of interest in Switzerland.

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David Allen