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Country Summer Camp Overview | Switzerland | Leysin

Exciting, specialist programmes in this much-loved, sunny alpine village with fast-moving, fun-filled activities.

Programmes/ages available

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 47 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 7-18 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 2018 Village Camps introduced something completely new – a fascinating VC-STEM Robotics and coding course.

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.

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"Thank you and your team for everything you did with the boys. They had such a great experience and loved every minute. They are so sad leaving and cannot stop talking about how much fun they had. They told me that Village Camp was the best thing ever they did in their life :)."
COMBO CAMPS
Spend 4 great weeks in 2 different countries

Combine your camp experience with two more weeks of fun and learning at one of our other Village Camps locations. For further information please contact the Village Camps office.
Accommodation

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 7-18, 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 16-18 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.

Meals

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

Facilities in the Swiss Alpine Centre include:

Summer Camp snack bar

Summer Camp gift shop

Summer Camp classrooms

Summer Camp auditorium

Summer Camp 3 dining rooms

Summer Camp music & dance studio

Summer Camp arts & crafts centre

Summer Camp climbing wall

Summer Camp 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:

Summer Camp indoor swimming pool

Summer Camp large fully equipped multi-sport gymnasium

Summer Camp covered ice rink

Summer Camp basketball courts

Summer Camp football pitch

Summer Camp volleyball & beach volley courts

Summer Camp archery targets

Summer Camp 12 tennis courts - four of which are indoors

Summer Camp climbing walls

Summer Camp mini-golf course

Summer Camp squash courts

Summer Camp weight room

In this glorious mountain setting much of the time is spent outdoors to really enjoy:

Summer Camp a choice of many different hiking trails

Summer Camp a rock-climbing area

Summer Camp cycling paths and mountain-biking trails

Summer Camp adventure trails

Summer Camp a mountain hut for overnight stays and an exciting camp-fire.

Camp Organisation

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 Adventurers 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.

Evening Activities

Evenings are filled with exciting imaginative games, spectacular events and relaxing activities. These include:

Summer Camp Camp Fire
Summer Camp Village Outings
Summer Camp Treasure Hunt
Summer Camp Camp Olympics
Summer Camp Carnival Night
Summer Camp Sports Night
Summer Camp Ice Skating
Summer Camp Discos and Talent Night
Summer Camp International Cuisine Night
Summer Camp Final evening Awards and Farewell Prom Night
Summer Camp Team-building challenges.

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.

Excursions

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:

Summer Camp Cailler - Chocolate Factory and Lausanne
Summer Camp The Montreux Jazz Festival (15+ years old)
Summer Camp Olympic Museum & Lausanne
Summer Camp Labyrinth Adventure Park and Vevey
Summer Camp 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!

Activities available to the programmes in Switzerland

ArcheryArts and CraftsBadminton
BasketballBeach VolleyballClimbing wall
CookingDanceFitness
Floor HockeyFootballHigh and low ropes course
HikingMini golfMountain Biking
Mountain Hut OvernightMusicOrienteering
Parcours vitaRafting (15+ years)Rock Climbing
Ropes CourseSquashStreet Hockey
SwimmingTable TennisTennis
TrekkingVolleyballYoga

Sample Daily Schedule **

Monday to Friday
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)
Saturday Excursion Day
Sunday Morning: Late wake up call, breakfast and relaxed morning
Notes: ** This is a sample schedule and may be subject to change