All campers choose a country and base programme for their stay, and with a few exceptions these activities are during the morning period of 3 hours. For the rest of the day campers from all programmes come together for a variety of general camp activities. For more information about individual programmes, please choose below.
For over 49 years, the delightful alpine village of Leysin perched high above Lake Geneva, has been at the heart of the Village Camps Summer Camp programme. The camp has welcomed thousands of youngsters from all over the world. With campers typically coming from more than 30 different countries in each session, making new ‘international’ friends is easy!
Accommodation is at the Village Camps owned and operated Swiss Alpine Centre from where campers enjoy a friendly welcome, very comfortable accommodation and hearty meals. From the sunny south-facing terraces there are amazing, panoramic views over to the distant French Alps. The Centre is the base for the Village Camps specialist programmes for children in the 7-17 age-range offering a wide-ranging choice of fun-packed outdoor adventure, sports of all kinds, language studies, arts, science and award-winning Leadership Training courses. In 2020 VC is adding 4 NEW programmes to its Swiss selection! 2 more academically focused programmes: IELTS Prep and SAT Prep helping aspiring campers increase their test scores for these university prerequisites whilst still experiencing the magic of summer camp! Additionally, two exceptional programmes, which are moving from our camp in York, England to the sunny Swiss Alps: Performing Arts and Football!
Everyone will have time to enjoy the pure mountain air and the natural environment of this alpine paradise with its meadows, forests and wild-life. Highlights include a hike where campers taste homemade cheese and ice cream, a visit to the shores of the beautiful Lake and great international city of Geneva.
At just a 90-minute drive from Geneva International Airport the Swiss Alpine Centre in Leysin is the traditional Swiss home of Village Camps. The Centre offers spectacular views from its sunny terraces, public rooms and many of the bedrooms right across the Rhone Valley to the dramatic French Alps and the peak of Mont Blanc. Right outside the Centre are walks and hikes in the green alpine meadows with colourful flowers, local wildlife and the invigorating fresh mountain air.
The centre welcomes up to 180 campers, ages 7-17, who come from all over the world for the Language, Tennis, Adventure, Sport, Dance, Robotics, Film Academy and Junior Adventurers Camps. The Leadership Training Camp (LTC), for teenagers 15-17 years old, takes place at the Alpine Classic Hotel, a first-class facility in the centre of Leysin.
Bedrooms at both sites have en-suite facilities and offer quite spacious, comfortable accommodating for up to four campers. Campers are assigned to rooms according to age and gender and experienced counsellors (who stay in rooms near the campers) are responsible for taking special care of each and every child.
During free time, campers in small groups enjoy the traditional village cafes and small shops in Leysin Village, which they can visit with their new-found friends from all over the world.
The Village Camps chefs hygienically prepare three nutritious, healthy and varied meals. Campers make a special point of praising the salad bar with its fresh daily produce as well as the great choices available at breakfast time. We cater for healthy young appetites so ‘second helpings’ are always available. Most special dietary needs can be accommodated but please check in advance with the Village Camps Head Office.
Facilities in the Swiss Alpine Centre include:
3 dining rooms
music & dance studio
arts & crafts centre
common rooms with
Facilities in Leysin and the two excellent, state-of-the-art sports centres – all within easy walking distance or a five minute bus ride include:
indoor swimming pool
large fully equipped multi-sport gymnasium
covered ice rink
volleyball & beach volley courts
12 tennis courts - four of which are indoors
In this glorious mountain setting much of the time is spent outdoors to really enjoy:
a choice of many different hiking trails
a rock-climbing area
cycling paths and mountain-biking trails
a mountain hut for overnight stays and an exciting camp-fire.
At Village Camps children are assigned to groups according to their choice of programme as well as age and/or skill levels. The morning period (3hrs) is devoted to the campers chosen specialty programme: Tennis, Language, Dance, Sports, STEM Robotics, Film Academy or Adventure.
During the afternoons, campers from most programmes join together and choose from a selection of ‘sign-up’ activities. Leadership (LTC) campers and Junior Adventure campers have their own special programmes.
Always present for all activities (at an average ratio of 1:6) is a supervisory group of experienced counsellors who are fun, friendly, caring, helpful and a source of inspiration for the young campers.
Evenings are filled with exciting imaginative games, spectacular events and relaxing activities. These include:
Discos and Talent Night
International Cuisine Night
Final evening Awards and Farewell Prom Night
Evening activities are often run independently for each separate age group but sometimes are organised as all-camp events where the entire camp comes together for some of the spectacular and much-anticipated Village Camps all-time favourites. A highlight of the week is the final evening where campers are served a fancy dinner by their counsellors, to be followed by the last-evening awards ceremony, fun performances and a prom-style disco.
On all excursions we ensure free time for cultural visits, shopping and walking around in small groups. On visits to places of interest admission fees are included.
Highlight for campers are the two excursions that take place over the weekend.
Saturday – Excursion to a local point of interest
This excursion is organised separately for each age-group and is usually to one of the local points of interest set out below – according to weather conditions and any local special events:
Cailler - Chocolate Factory and Lausanne
The Montreux Jazz Festival (15+ years old)
Olympic Museum & Lausanne
Labyrinth Adventure Park and Vevey
Geneva - United Nations
Sunday – Excursion to the Aigle Outdoor Water Park
This is an ‘all-camp’ fun visit to the Park at nearby Aigle with a wide-range of water-based activities. Everyone has a great time!
|Mornings||07:30 - 08:00||Wake Up|
|08:00 - 09:00||Breakfast|
|09:00 - 10:30||Period A - Speciality Programmes|
|10:45 - 12:15||Period B - Speciality Programmes|
|Afternoons||12:15 - 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 - 14:00||All camp meeting|
|14:00 - 15:30||Period C - Sign-up Activities|
|15:45 - 17:15||Period D - Sign-up Activities|
|17:15 - 18:15||Free time|
|Evenings||18:15 - 19:30||Dinner|
|19:30 - 21:30||Evening Programme|
|21:30||Lights Out - (7-9 years old)|
|22:00||Lights Out - (10-12 years old)|
|22:30||Lights Out - (13-14 years old)|
|23:00||Lights Out - (15 and older)|
|Sunday||Morning: Late wake up call, breakfast and relaxed morning
|Notes:||** This is a sample schedule and may be subject to change