The Mountain Adventure Summer Residential Camp is designed for children who love to be outdoors and want to get stuck in to exploring the mountain environment, whilst also learning new skills and appreciating the benefits of leadership and teamwork.

Morning Mountain Adventures

Every morning, campers will enjoy a new activity in their age-specific activity group, such as fire building, using compasses and map reading, shelter building, mountain biking, and climbing. Small groups of up to only 8 children per activity leader encourages teamwork whilst ensuring each camper receives personal one-to-one guidance from the team leader, building self-confidence and understanding.

 

Take your learning to the next level

Each camper’s experience and ability in each activity will be assessed individually by the team leaders during the session, and each camper will have his or her own specific targets to work towards to complete their level, as follows.

  • Beginner : can demonstrate a grasp of all basic rules and concepts, and is able to perform the activity at a basic level with supervision and assistance.
  • Intermediate : fully competent at the activity with some supervision working in a group, moving towards independence and further understanding.
  • Advanced : shows a high level of ability and understanding and is able to perform with no assistance, also showing the ability to lead others in the activity.

 

An Action-Packed Afternoon and Evening Programme

After lunch campers will also enjoy a balanced afternoon program running of sports, team building games, and local excursions together with those on the language camp programme. All residential campers participate in an exciting evening programme each evening, and enjoy an additional excursion day each week on Saturdays.

The international environment of the camp helps children to form new international friendships whilst learning to live and work alongside other campers.

Paul Keppel Photography 139 Altitude summer camps day 6

Camp Details

  • 7 to 14 year olds
  • 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 week sessions (Sunday to Saturday)
  • 4* Full board Accommodation in Verbier
  • Qualified and experienced activity instructors
  • Staff to camper ratio 1:8

 

 

Camp Goals

  • Learn new outdoor skills and use them in practical situations
  • Gain an appreciation for nature and the outdoor environment
  • Experience active adventures in the mountains and challenge your limits
  • Enjoy a fun and memorable summer camp whilst experiencing the Alps
  • Form new friendships with children from around the world
  • Develop communication and teamwork skills
  • Build self-confidence and develop personal growth
  • Experience living away from home alongside other campers

All our mountain adventure campers are split into activity groups according to age, with no more than 8 campers per activity leader. Campers work through ability-based goals within each activity to ensure they are constantly engaged, challenged and learning new skills at camp.

 

Example Programme Week One

circular210 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8:15 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00 Fire Building Shelter Building Compasses Nature Studies Hiking Olympic Museum
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:00 Arrivals Tennis Golf Underground Lake Swimming Ropes Courses Cheese & Chocolate Factory
16:00 Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
18:30 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:30 Games Bench Ball Art Workshop Camping Drama Workshop Camp Fire Movie Night

 

Example Programme Week Two

circular210 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8:15 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00 Hike at the Dam Biking Maps Ropes Scavenger Hunt Climbing Departures
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:00 Volleyball Ice Skating Trotinette Excursion – Chateau Chillon Mont Fort Walk Football
16:00 Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
18:30 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:30 Bingo Mini Olympics Quiz Night Talent Night Bowling Prize Giving

All our mountain adventure campers are split into activity groups according to age, with no more than 8 campers per activity leader. Campers work through ability-based goals within each activity to ensure they are constantly engaged, challenged and learning new skills at camp.

 

Example Programme Week One

circular210 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8:15 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00 Fire Building Shelter Building Compasses Nature Studies Hiking Olympic Museum
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:00 Arrivals Tennis Golf Underground Lake Swimming Ropes Courses Cheese & Chocolate Factory
16:00 Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
18:30 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:30 Games Bench Ball Art Workshop Camping Drama Workshop Camp Fire Movie Night

 

Example Programme Week Two

circular210 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8:15 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00 Hike at the Dam Biking Maps Ropes Course Scavenger Hunt Climbing Departures
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:00 Volleyball Ice Skating Trotinette Excursion – Chateau Chillon Mont Fort Walk Football
16:00 Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
18:30 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:30 Bingo Mini Olympics Quiz Night Talent Night Bowling Prize Giving

All our mountain adventure campers are split into activity groups according to age, with no more than 8 campers per activity leader. Campers work through ability-based goals within each activity to ensure they are constantly engaged, challenged and learning new skills at camp.

 

Example Programme Week One

circular210 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8:15 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00 Fire Building Shelter Building Compasses Nature Studies Hiking Olympic Museum
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:00 Arrivals Tennis Golf Underground Lake Swimming Ropes Courses Cheese & Chocolate Factory
16:00 Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
18:30 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:30 Games Bench Ball Art Workshop Camping Drama Workshop Camp Fire Movie Night

 

Example Programme Week Two

circular210 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8:15 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00 Hike at the Dam Biking Maps Ropes Scavenger Hunt Climbing Departures
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:00 Volleyball Ice Skating Trotinette Excursion – Chateau Chillon Mont Fort Walk Football
16:00 Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
18:30 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:30 Bingo Mini Olympics Quiz Night Talent Night Bowling Prize Giving

Our Chalets

Altitude Residential Summer Language and Mountain Adventure Camps include full board accommodation in Verbier, Switzerland. Campers stay in traditional Swiss-style private chalets, conveniently located within easy walking distance of the town centre of Verbier, as well as the mountain lifts and sports facilities.

Altitude staff co-ordinate activities between 9am and 9pm each day, and staff stay in the chalet each night with the campers providing 24 hour supervision.

Paul Keppel Photography 77 Altitude summer camps day 6

Bedrooms are split boy/girl and we sleep no more than four campers to a room, each with its own private bathroom, to provide children enough personal space as well as friends to share bunk time and stories with. Internet, indoor games and table tennis are included in all chalets to allow children to relax during the free time and also to communicate with their parents whilst being away.

 

Camp Mealtimes

We understand the importance of providing quality accommodation and healthy, nutritious food. For this reason, we only employ experienced staff, and our chefs use fresh produce, with all meals freshly prepared on the day. We are also happy to cater for all dietary requirements.

Paul Keppel Photography 20 Altitude summer camps day 5

RESIDENTIAL CAMPS (7-14 years) PRICES
2-Week Options (our most popular duration)
1st July – 14th July 2018 CHF 4800
15th July – 28th July 2018 CHF 4800
29th July – 11th August 2018 CHF 4800
3-Week Options
1st July – 21st July 2018 CHF 6900
8th July – 28th July 2018 CHF 6900
15th July – 4th August 2018 CHF 6900
22nd July – 11th August 2018 CHF 6900
4-Week Options
1st July – 28th July 2018 CHF 9000
15th July – 11th August 2018 CHF 9000
1-Week Options
1st July – 7th July 2018 CHF 2600
15th July – 21st July 2018 CHF 2600
29th July – 4th August 2018 CHF 2600

Included in the cost

  • Activities
  • Language coaching (Language Camp)
  • Nutritious food
  • T shirts
  • Staff ratio 1:8
  • 24/7 Supervision
  • Laundry
  • Excursions

Additional Options

  • Return transfer from Geneva airport
  • Private horse riding lessons
  • Private tennis lessons
  • Private language lessons
  • Paragliding

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Fires and Outdoor Cooking / Ages 6-8

Taking place in the mountain forest, campers will be taught about priorities in survival, and the necessities of fire in the context of a survival scenario. Those who are new to fire building in an outdoor environment will be given an introduction to fire building, and why we need fires, as well as understanding the science behind fires, i.e. ‘the fire triangle’.

Fires and Outdoor Cooking AGES 6-8

Campers are taught about the different techniques for fire building, and given the opportunity to build their own fire in teams with supervision of the team leader. Depending on their ability and experience campers will work through the Altitude specific ‘Ranger’ ‘Adventurer’ and ‘Guide’ levels. 

Goal of the session: To understand the importance of fires and how to make them in the outdoors

Shelter Building / Ages 6-8

Through a series of discussions and games, Campers will be introduced to the importance and purpose of shelters via a survival scenario, learning about the priorities in survival, and different types of shelters are used all around the world.Fires and Outdoor Cooking AGES 6-8

Campers are given their own opportunity to build shelters in teams using tarpaulin and rope – and then have to use it to keep dry during ‘rain’ shower during the waterproof test!

Campers are also challenged to build a natural shelter to keep either themselves or something small dry, using only materials they can find in the forest.

Goal of the session: To understand the importance of shelters and different ways of making them

Compasses / Ages 6-8

Fires and Outdoor Cooking AGES 6-8

Campers with little or no experience of using compasses before will be introduced to the basics of compasses, what they are for and how they work.

Campers will play a series of direction games, and practice taking bearings on each other.

Their final challenge is a treasure hunt using their new compass and pacing skills to find treasure hidden in several locations!

Goal of the session: To use compass skills correctly with pacing in a real life setting.

Nature Studies / Ages 6-8

Depending on the group size and experience, the Team Leader will take the group to one of the many locations in and around Verbier that are perfect for exploring the natural world around them.

Fires and Outdoor Cooking AGES 6-8

Campers will be given their challenge as a team, to find an animal, plant, tree or rock for every letter of the alphabet.

They will also play fun games to understand the importance of animals as part of the ecosystem, and how lifecycles work.

Along the route the team leader, with the help of identification charts, will help the team identify the different wildlife and rocks they come across.

Then it’s all down to them to complete the challenge and see what they can discover!

Goal of the session: An introduction to the wildlife in the Alps.

Hiking / Ages 6-8

Our hiking sessions are all about getting outdoors and exploring the mountain environment, gaining an appreciation for nature while having lots of fun!

There are 400km of amazing walking trails in and around the Verbier area ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging, and the team leader will choose an easy flat trail appropriate for those little legs!  

Fires and Outdoor Cooking AGES 6-8

Each session starts with a fun warm up game or two, and an opportunity to experience the views, animals and have fun along the walk, as well as an opportunity to take photos and have a break at the half-way point.

Each camper is responsible for making sure they have the correct equipment which will be checked by the Team leader before departure, including water, appropriate clothing and footwear and a spare layer of clothing if necessary.

Goal of the session: Have fun hiking and exploring the mountains on foot.

Mountain biking / Ages 6-8

Mountain biking AGES 6-8

All our mountain bike sessions start with fitting correctly sized bikes and helmets for each camper, and moving onto some warm-up exercises to make sure everyone can ride a mountain bike and has a suitable level of control.

Warm-up exercises include working on control and skills, including a mix of challenges over various terrain. Following this, the Team Leader will take the group for a ride on terrain suitable for the group’s level, exploring the paths along the river in the valley below Verbier.

The rest is all about having fun, trying something new, and taking in the amazing scenery.

Maps AGES 6-8:Where are we and fantasy Island?! (Hattey/Heaven)

Maps-AGES 6-8

The aim of this session is to understand more about maps, how to use them and why they are important. Using a globe and a world map, campers will identify where we are, where they were born, and where they would like to go!

Campers will learn about why navigation and being able to read maps is important. The different features and items that can be found on a map will be identified using the key and legend.

In small teams or individuals, campers will then build their own ‘fantasy island’ in a hoop using all the natural materials you can find, and draw a map of their own world using what they have learned about maps!

Goal: Know what a map is and how to use it for navigation.

High Ropes Course (Excursion day) / Ages 6-8

On our high ropes excursion, campers are all fitted with equipment including safety harnesses, helmets and gloves. The safety briefing is carried out by the centre’s staff, how to use the equipment and to stay safe on the course by remaining clipped on at all times. The various routes around the course are explained to the campers. After that, it’s all about having fun, staying safe and challenging your limits!

High Ropes Course (Excursion day)  AGES 6-8

The ropes course stretches from near the ground to high in the trees, and contains a variety of obstacles. There’s plenty for our younger campers to get stuck into on their first experience of a high ropes course, with three sections of the course gradually becoming more difficult with new obstacles along the way.

Altitude staff supervise the course from the ground and in the trees, and make sure the children remain safe at all times, as well as giving some much needed help and encouragement!

Scavenger Hunt (Excursion day) / Ages 6-8

Scavenger Hunt AGES 6-8

A scavenger hunt is always a great morning, and each group will be split into teams ready for the challenge ahead.

Our younger groups are always supervised by an adult at all times, who will accompany the group on the route. The rules of the hunt will be given to each team, and everyone in the team must work together to find everything on the list and be declared that mornings winner!

 

The scavenger hunt is focused on teamwork, campers exploring their environment and being creative with how to collect everything on the list!

Indoor Rock Climbing / Ages 6-8

We are lucky to have two climbing walls here in Verbier, as well as one of Switzerland’s largest indoor climbing centres only a 40 minute drive away.

Campers are given a safety briefing by our own qualified staff, and  staff will fit their harnesses correctly, and make sure they are correctly attached to the rope and belay.

Indoor Rock Climbing  AGES 6-8

The climbing walls have something for everyone, and provide a great introduction for younger campers, with easy routes.

Staff set challenges for each individual campers ability, with targets to get higher on the wall, and climb on as many different sections of the wall as they can, helping each camper to grow in confidence and experience as the session goes on.

Campers are encouraged to take it in turns, respect the safety rules and encourage their friends while on the wall.

Fires and Outdoor Cooking / Ages 9-11

Taking place in the mountain forest, campers will be taught about priorities in survival, and the necessities of fire in the context of a survival scenario.

Those who are new to fire building in an outdoor environment will be given an introduction to fire building, and why we need fires, as well as understanding the science behind fires, i.e. ‘the fire triangle’.  

Fires and Outdoor Cooking AGES 6-8

Campers will construct a safe place for building a fire, and learn and demonstrate the different techniques for fire building in small groups or pairs with little assistance.

Those who are confident will also be given the challenge of boiling a pot of pine-needle tea on their fire, and demonstrate how to relight a fire from its embers.

Goal of the session: To understand the importance of fires and how to make them in the outdoors.

Shelter Building / Ages 9-11

Through a series of discussions and games, Campers will be introduced to the importance and purpose of shelters via a survival scenario, learning about the priorities in survival, and different types of shelters are used all around the world.
Shelter Building Ages 9-11

Campers are taught about the basic knots they may need to build their shelter, and the location of the shelter and the safety of these locations are discussed.

In small teams, campers have the opportunity to use what they have learned to build shelters using tarpaulin and rope – and then have to use it to keep dry during a ‘rain’ shower during the waterproof test!

The shelters are reviewed, and then campers are also challenged to build a natural shelter to keep themselves dry, using only materials they can find in the forest. This waterproof test is usually a little trickier!

Goal of the session: To understand the importance of shelters and different ways of making them

Compasses / Ages 9-11

Campers will be introduced to, or refresh their knowledge of compasses, what they are for and how they work. Advantages and reasons for using compasses over modern technology eg GPS systems and Iphones will also be discussed.
Maps and Compasses AGES 9-11

The group will play a series of direction games, and practice taking bearings on each other, to learn how to use their compass and how pacings work. In pairs they will complete a compass bearing course set up in the mountain forest to help consolidate what they have learned. 

Campers will learn how to build their own compass using needles, water, cork and a magnet. Their final challenge will be to find the treasure hidden in the woods using the new skills they have learned!

Goal of the session: To use compass skills correctly with pacing in a real life setting.

Nature Studies / Ages 9-11

Our Nature trails mornings involve learning about the animals, plants, geology and ecosystem of the mountain environment that we are surrounded with here in the Alps.

With the guidance of their team leader and the help of identification charts, campers are challenged to identify trees and plants along their route. The Team leader will also lead a series of games helping the camper explore and understand both the life and nutrient cycles that occur in the Alpine environment.
Nature Studies AGES 9-11

They will also be given the opportunity to identify insects and other animals they come across, including butterflies, crickets and grasshoppers, as well as the elusive deer, chamois, mountain hares, pine martens, squirrels and marmots if they are quiet (and patient) enough to spot (or hear!) them.

Campers will also discuss the geology of the area; they will learn about how the Alps formed, and discuss in this context the three main types of rock: Metamorphic, Igneous, Sedimentary, and how the rock cycle works. Campers will then identify rocks they have found themselves.

Goal of the session: An introduction to the wildlife and geology in the Alps.

Hiking / Ages 9-11

Our hiking sessions are all about getting outdoors and exploring the mountain environment, gaining an appreciation for nature while having lots of fun!

There are 400km of amazing walking trails in and around the Verbier area ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging, and the team leader will choose a trail appropriate for the group’s ability, usually with a few uphill sections to give everyone a bit of a challenge!

Each camper is responsible for making sure they have the correct equipment which will be checked by the Team leader before departure, including water, appropriate clothing and footwear and a spare layer of clothing if necessary.

Hiking AGES 9-11

Each session starts with a fun warm up game or two, and an opportunity to experience the views, animals and have fun along the walk, as well as an opportunity to take photos and have a break at the half-way point.

Along the hike campers will be able to put into practice what they have learned during the camp, from identifying animals and plants, and using their new map and compass skills.

Goal of the session: Have fun hiking and exploring the mountains on foot.

Mountain biking / Ages 9-11

Mountain biking AGES 9-11

All our mountain bike sessions start with fitting correctly sized bikes and helmets for each camper, and moving onto some warm-up exercises to make sure everyone can ride a mountain bike and has a suitable level of control.

Warm-up exercises include working on control and skills, including a mix of challenges over various terrain. Following this, the Team Leader will take the group for a ride on terrain suitable for the group’s level, with the opportunity to use the cable car to access some of the flat paths and trails high on the mountain.

The rest is all about having fun, trying something new, and taking in the amazing scenery

Maps AGES 9-11:Where are we and fantasy Island?! (Hattey/Heaven)

Maps-AGES 9-11

The aim of this session is to understand more about maps, how to use them and why they are important. Using a globe and a world map, campers will identify where we are, where they were born, and where they would like to go!

Campers will learn about why navigation and being able to read maps is important.

The different features and items that can be found on a map will be identified using the key and legend. They will go through how to take a grid reference using the map.

The group will discuss scale and what we can see on each map (Towns, villages, rivers, terrain), and compare the map to where they are now, and the changes between seasons, as Verbier is covered in snow in the winter!  

Campers will each draw a map of the location they are in, adding as much info from the above, and will use their maps in teams to set locations hide treasure for the other teams to try and find.

Goal: Know what a map is and how to use it for navigation.

High Ropes Course (Excursion day) / Ages 9-11

On our high ropes excursion, campers are all fitted with equipment including safety harnesses, helmets and gloves. The safety briefing is carried out by the centre’s staff, how to use the equipment and to stay safe on the course by remaining clipped on at all times. The various routes around the course are explained to the campers.

High Ropes Course (Excursion day)  AGES 9-11

After that, it’s all about having fun, staying safe and challenging your limits!

The ropes course stretches from near the ground to high in the trees, and contains a variety of obstacles. There’s something for those new to high ropes to get their first taste of exploring the course, right up to a challenge for those who have been here many times before, with yellow, green and blue level courses for those aged 9+ to explore.

Altitude staff supervise the course from the ground and in the trees, and make sure the children remain safe at all times, as well as giving some much needed help and encouragement!

Scavenger Hunt/ Ages 9-11

Scavenger Hunt AGES 9-11

A scavenger hunt is always a great morning, and each group will be split into teams ready for the challenge ahead.

Younger groups are always supervised by an adult at all times. The rules of the hunt will be given to each team, and everyone in the team must work together to find everything on the list and be declared that mornings winner!

The scavenger hunt is focused on teamwork, campers exploring their environment and being creative with how to collect everything on the list!

Scavenger Hunt/ Ages 9-11

We are lucky to have two climbing walls here in Verbier, as well as one of Switzerland’s largest indoor climbing centres only a 40 minute drive away.

Campers are given a safety briefing by our own qualified staff, and shown how to fit harnesses correctly, and make sure they are correctly attached to the rope and belay, with all equipment being checked. Campers will begin to learn how to tie their harness on to the rope and the figure of 8 knot used for this.

Indoor Rock Climbing  AGES 9-11

The climbing walls have something for everyone, and provide a great introduction for those who haven’t climbed before with routes all the way from beginner to expert. Campers will be set challenges within their ability to climb certain routes on the wall using only one or two colours, learning different moves and techniques on the wall.

Those who are experienced at climbing are also set additional challenges – beat your own time up the wall or try and make it to the top blindfolded.  A great fun way to finish is often a relay race to see which team can get the highest and climb the fastest!

Fires and Outdoor Cooking / Ages 12-14

Taking place in the mountain forest, campers will be taught about priorities in survival, and the necessities of fire in the context of a survival scenario.

Those who are new to fire building in an outdoor environment will be given an introduction to fire building, and why we need fires, as well as understanding the science behind fires, i.e. ‘the fire triangle’.

Fires and Outdoor Cooking AGES 12-14

Campers will construct a safe place for building a fire, and learn about the different types of ‘tinder’ that is found in the outdoors. Campers will then learn about and demonstrate the different techniques for fire building in small groups or pairs, and discover how different fire structures are specific to certain survival situations.

Working through the Altitude ‘Ranger’ ‘Adventurer’ and ‘Guide’ levels, the most experienced campers will have a number of challenges to work through including lighting their fires with no assistance, being able to light a one-match fire and be able to lead a team of less experienced campers in all the steps of building a fire.

Goal of the session: To understand the importance of fires and how to make them in the outdoors

Fires and Outdoor Cooking/ Ages 12-14

Through a series of discussions and games, Campers will be introduced to the importance and purpose of shelters via a survival scenario, learning about the priorities in survival, and different types of shelters are used all around the world.

Campers are taught about the knots they may need to build their shelter, and the location of the shelter and the safety of these locations are discussed. In small teams or pairs, campers have the opportunity to use what they have learned to build shelters using tarpaulin and rope – and then have to use it to keep dry during a ‘rain’ shower during the waterproof test!

Shelter Building  AGES 12-14

The shelters are reviewed, and then campers are also challenged to build a natural shelter to keep their whole team dry for a nights sleep, using only materials they can find in the forest. Additional survival challenges for the session include finding a way to transport an injured team member to the shelter area.

 

 

Goal of the session: To understand the importance of shelters and different ways of making them.

Compasses / Ages 12-14

Campers will be introduced to, or refresh their knowledge of compasses,  what they are for and how they work. Advantages and reasons for using compasses over modern technology eg GPS systems and Iphones will also be discussed.

The group will play a series of direction games, and practice taking bearings on each other, to learn how to use their compass and how pacings work.

Maps and Compasses AGES 12-14

Campers will be challenged in their groups to use the compass in conjunction with map to take bearings to navigate during real life scenarios, such as a hike on the mountain. In teams, campers will also explore how to use the compass in zero visibility scenarios working together to find home!

Campers will learn how to build their own compass using needles, water, cork and a magnet, and complete a navigation challenge using their own homemade compass.

Goal of the session: To use compass skills correctly with pacing in a real life setting.

Fires and Outdoor Cooking/ Ages 12-14

Our Nature trails mornings involve learning about the animals, plants, geology and ecosystem of the mountain environment that we are surrounded with here in the Alps.

Campers will be challenged to find certain plants and trees with the help of identification charts along their route. They will also be given the opportunity to identify insects and other animals they come across, including butterflies, crickets and grasshoppers, as well as the elusive deer, chamois, mountain hares, pine martens, squirrels and marmots if they are quiet (and patient) enough to spot (or hear!) them.

Nature Studies  AGES 12-14

Campers will also discuss the geology of the area; including the formation of the alps in relation to plate tectonics, and discuss in this context of the rock cycle and the three main types of rock: Metamorphic, Igneous, Sedimentary. Campers are then able to identify rocks using keys provided.

The team leader will also lead a series of games helping the camper explore and understand both the life and nutrient cycles that occur in the Alpine environment and what impact humans have had on these cycles and what we can do every day to help lessen this impact.

Goal of the session: An introduction to the ecosystems and geology in the Alps

Hiking / Ages 12-14

Our hiking sessions are all about getting outdoors and exploring the mountain environment, gaining an appreciation for nature while having lots of fun!

There are 400km of amazing walking trails in and around the Verbier area ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging, and the team leader will choose a trail appropriate for the group’s ability. Usually the walk will involve some steep uphill and downhill sections, giving everyone a challenge and some stunning views along the way. 

Hiking AGES 12-14

Each camper is responsible for making sure they have the correct equipment before departure, including water, appropriate clothing and footwear and a spare layer of clothing if necessary.

Each session starts with a fun warm up game or two, and following this campers will be challenged to take it in turn to plan their route, and lead the group on the hike.

Each student will be able to put into practice what they have learned during the camp, using knowledge of the area, and their improved navigation skills as well as group leadership.

Mountain biking / Ages 12-14

All our mountain bike sessions start with fitting correctly sized bikes and helmets for each camper, and moving onto some warm-up exercises to make sure everyone can ride a mountain bike and has a suitable level of control.

Mountain biking AGES 12-14

Warm-up exercises include working on control and skills, including a mix of challenges over various terrain. Following this, the Team Leader will take the group for a ride on terrain suitable for the group’s level, with the opportunity to use the lifts to explore high mountain tracks.

Those with the confidence and ability will be able to explore some of the downhill terrain into Verbier.

Maps AGES 12-14:Where are we and fantasy Island?! (Hattey/Heaven)

Maps-AGES 12-14

The aim of this session is to understand more about maps, how to use them and why they are important. Using a globe and a world map, campers will identify where we are, where they were born, and where they would like to go!

Campers will refresh their knowledge about map rading, and using the legend to identify the different features and items that can be found on a map. They will go through how to take a grid reference using the map. Campers will then divide into two teams for a grid reference relay to consolidate their knowledge!

The group will discuss scale and what we can see on each map (Towns, villages, rivers, terrain), and compare the map to where they are now. Using the maps, they will then undertake an orienteering challenge set by the leader in small groups or pairs.

High Ropes Course (Excursion day) / Ages 12-14

On our high ropes excursion, campers are all fitted with equipment including safety harnesses, helmets and gloves. The safety briefing is carried out by the centre’s staff, how to use the equipment and to stay safe on the course by remaining clipped on at all times. The various routes around the course are explained to the campers. After that, it’s all about having fun, staying safe and challenging your limits!

High Ropes Course (Excursion day)  AGES 12-14

The ropes course stretches from near the ground to high in the trees, and contains a variety of obstacles. For our older campers, there are courses for all abilities from yellow, green and blue levels. There’s something for those new to high ropes to get their first taste of exploring the course, right up to a challenge for those who have been here many times before with 10 courses in total and 160 different obstacles.

Altitude staff supervise the course from the ground and in the trees for those aged 13 and under, and make sure the children remain safe at all times, as well as giving some much needed help and encouragement!

Scavenger Hunt (Parcours Vita) / Ages 12-14

Scavenger Hunt AGES 12-14

The Parcours Vita is based up beyond Medran, and is an obstacle course that is great fun for older campers to push their limits and have fun in the outdoors. 

Each obstacle can be used in different ways dependent on camper’s fitness and strength.

 Campers will be challenged individually or in teams to complete the obstacle course in the best time.

Indoor Rock Climbing / Ages 12-14

Indoor Rock Climbing  AGES 12-14

We are lucky to have two climbing walls here in Verbier, as well as one of Switzerland’s largest indoor climbing centres only a 40 minute drive away.

Campers are given a safety briefing by our own qualified staff, and shown how to fit their own harnesses correctly, and learn to tie the figure of 8 knot to attach their harness to the rope to safely secure themselves ready to climb. All equipment is checked by staff.

Campers will be encouraged to use only one colour on various routes, progressing to more difficult routes as they grow in confidence and experience. Older campers also are able to explore harder sections of the wall, with smaller holds requiring different techniques as well as overhanding sections. Campers can also start to learn how to belay a friend in a safe and secure manner.