Top 3 Luxury Summer Chalets with Ski Verbier Exclusive

If you’re looking for a luxury property in Verbier to base yourselves at whilst your children are enjoying a Summer Camp, our partners, Ski Verbier Exclusive, are the longest-standing operator in Verbier. They have a selection of 11 luxury properties to offer from June – September with a catered and self-catered service package. Slip into Summer relaxation with one of their top 3 picks for 2022: Self-Catered Apartment Rosalp 3: From CHF7,500 per week Sleeps 4:4 Rosalp 3 is a perfectly located, self-catered, three-bedroom luxury apartment. It offers a superb location and a beautiful private garden, being just 100m from the Médran lift station with the whole village right on your doorstep. Balcony in the mountains with wine Self-Catered Chalet Chalet Rock: From CHF12,500 per week Sleeps 10 Chalet Rock is fast becoming the most popular summer chalet, it’s a fantastic 5-bedroom freestanding chalet, set in beautiful wildflower meadows with stunning panoramic views towards the Mont Blanc Massive. It’s hard to imagine a better summer hideaway! Chalet Rock is available as a self-catered apartment with catering services on request. Chalet Rock In Summer Time Catered Chalet Chalet Nyumba: POA Sleeps 12 Chalet Nyumba is one of our most private, luxurious mountain hideaways, perched high on the Savoleyres side of the valley, nowhere in Verbier enjoys a more spectacular view. Chalet Nyumba boasts two hot tubs, a private pool, and panoramic views. Chalet Nyumba is available with a fully catered luxury service, with a chef, host and daily cleaning so you all you need to worry about is relaxing!   Luxury Chalet In The Mountains  

Healthy snacks to make with children

In a previous blog we explored many ways of encouraging healthy eating in your children, and involving children in the food preparation process as well as having healthy snacks on hand can be an important way of discouraging binging on biscuits, sweets or crisps when hungry. Whether it’s just as an after-school snack, or for an upcoming kids party, here are a few of our favourite healthy snack recipes for making with your kids!

Octopus Houmous

Kids eat with their eyes just like we do, so this fun and healthy dip can be a great way to get some veg into your kids with no complaints! Hummus with a pepper You will need: one bell pepper, houmous (shop bought or home-made) and one olive!
  1. Take a bell pepper (any colour you like as octopuses come in all shapes and sizes!) and cut off the top 1/3 of the pepper. De-seed the bottom 2/3rds and put to one side.
  2. Chop the top of the pepper into strips to make the ‘tentacles’!
  3. Spread houmous – shop bought or home-made – into a shallow bowl.
  4. Place the bottom half of the pepper in the houmous to make the body of the octopus, and use 8 of the pepper strips around the outside to form the tentacles.
  5. Chop the olive into round slices and stick two to the pepper with a little houmous to make the eyes! Kids love doing this bit too.
Done! Recipe and image courtesy of https://www.superhealthykids.com/will-your-kids-eat-this-octopus/

Avocado Boat

Another way to make a heathy food appeal to your kids! Avocado Boat You will need: tortilla chips, one avocado, a wooden skewer and small piece of paper, half a lemon, and some sour cream.
  1. Half the avocado and take out the stone. Spoon out the avocado from the skin and put in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream, and squeeze in some lemon juice.
  2. Mash the avocado, sour cream and lemon juice together to form the dip
  3. Use the skewer and piece of paper to make the sail for your boat. A great tip is to let your kids decorate this while you are busy making the dip!
  4. Surround with a ‘sea’ of tortilla chips, and a lego pirate or two if you have any handy!
https://www.superhealthykids.com/avocado-boats/

Cucumber Sandwiches

A super quick one, and a great way of getting more veg into your kids! This idea uses cucumbers as the ‘bread’ of mini sandwiches, and are fun for kids to assemble however they want them too! Tuna Cucumber Sandwiches You will need: a cucumber, fillings of choice: eg. slices of cheese, soft cheese, ham, slices of tomatoes
  1. Slice cucumber into slices a few mm thick.
  2. Use a cookie cutter, or just a knife if you don’t have one to hand, to make slices of the fillings such as cheese and ham a similar size to the cucumber. If you’re feeling brave you could use tuna mayo!
  3. Assemble your sandwiches! Soft cheese is a great way to make the layers stick together too.
We hope you enjoy these snacks, and getting creative with your kids in the kitchen!      

10 questions to ask your camper on the way home

Camp can be an exciting time for children and all campers, especially those on residential programmes, often find a new level of independence. Whether your camper is about to start their first day camp or is an old-hand at residential camp already, they are experiencing a world that is quite different to their normal lives at home or the familiarity of school. Your child will have experienced a lot over the camp session, from participating in new activities, exploring new places and learning life lessons about cooperation and friendship. They will have absorbed so much that when they see you again, sometimes it’s difficult for them to know when to start in telling you everything! Altitude International Summer Camps - young boy smiling Here are a few questions you can ask your camper to get the conversation flowing and learn a bit more about their camp experiences.  
  1. What was your favourite activity at camp this summer?
 
  1. What activity did you try for the first time at camp that you would like to do again?
 
  1. Tell me about your favourite staff member, why were they your favourite?
 
  1. Tell me about 2 new friends that you made at camp?
 
  1. How are you going to keep in touch with your camp friends from this summer?
 
  1. What did you do this week to help someone else out?
 
  1. Where did you go on your excursion day each week?
 
  1. What was your favourite food at camp, did you try anything we don’t have at home?
 
  1. When did you feel most proud of yourself at camp this week?
 
  1. What was your favourite game at camp and can you teach me how to play it?
  Your child will love sharing some of their experiences, stories and games with you once they get started! You will be surprised about how much normally untalkative teenagers will have to tell you once they start remembering some of the things they did at camp, and some of these may even turn into new hobbies they want to keep going once they’re back home. The world is your oyster when it comes to summer camps and if we look specifically at day camps (a camp where you don’t stay overnight) you can pretty much choose anywhere in the world to head to. Likwise, you can probably “do” most things you can think of, there are many camps out there all with different concepts and focuses. Ultimately, what camp to choose and what you do when you’re there depends on your requirements and your budget. Day camps are often booked alongside a family holiday, with the whole family traveling somewhere for vacation and the children attending camp in the daytime however for some families, the camp is the biggest priority. In this case, they may first find the right camp and then work out the rest after. For example, some families choose our day camp specifically for its language programme of adventure programme, and then work out plans for the rest of the family once this is booked, something we can help you with too. From accommodation to airport transfers to concierge, we can assist you with all elements of your trip. Our camps in Verbier are available from 1 week up to 7 weeks so you can spend as little or as long as you like here with us!

Who can I expect to meet at a day camp?

Here at Altitude, we are based in the mountains so as well as local Swiss kids, we also welcome expats and tourists. This makes for a very international environment, with many nationalities, cultures and religions each week, a great experience for children! Kid playing with a racket in the sand

What do I do at camp and what are the classes like, will it feel like school?

Summer camp shouldn’t be too focused on the academic side as its main agenda. Summer camp should give kids a feeling of escapism, a new environment, a sense of fun, and a way of discovering new exciting activities. If a camp promises you that your kids will excel in say their language skills within one week, it’s likely going to feel like school and may not be what you are after so just bear that in mind! Here at our summer day camps, we aim to provide a fun and positive environment where kids can meet others from around the world, experience the mountain environment, get out in the fresh air and enjoy a sense of challenge and achievement. We very much focus on encouraging children to gain confidence, independence and to learn leadership and teamwork skills as part of their experience. All whilst having fun! Whether children choose our adventure camp or language camp, the aim is to learn through fun and play, to stimulate their minds, and to make them feel that they WANT to learn without even realising that they already are. We are as active as we can be with our mountain adventure camp being run outdoors every day, (so long as the weather is dry) and even our language camps focus on conversation as much as possible, to ensure the kids don’t feel like they are writing and reading too much. We even spend some sessions outdoors in the fresh air with our language campers, just to teach the kids in a different way and to avoid that school like feeling. Likewise, language lessons are always only in the morning, the afternoons are always spent enjoying sports and excursions so that kids can get a mix of language learning as well as being in the outdoors and keeping active.

What activities will I do?

Our campers will all enjoy a mix of sports and excursions including activities such as tennis, swimming, ropes courses, crazy golf, climbing, hiking, hockey, football and more! Language campers will then also develop language skills whilst our mountain adventure campers will also take part in activities such as fire building, raft building, rocket making, orienteering, shelter building and survival skills. You can find out more about our activities available here. Altitude Camps - Blog - kids smiling and having fun

How is each day structured?

On a Monday morning, we welcome everyone to camp, double-checking their dietary/medical needs, camp choices and emergency contact details as they check in. Our team will give a short welcome talk before we head off for morning activities. For our language campers, they will head off with their language teachers for their first session which runs from 9am-12, with a short break in the middle. Our mountain adventure and marmot campers will head with their teachers, for their first activity of the week, often involving some ice breaker games to get to know everyone. At 12pm, all of our campers will head back to base for lunchtime and then come 1pm, our marmot campers will head home and our mountain adventure and language campers will enjoy sports and excursions until 4pm when they go home.

How do meal times work?

Our summer camps run Monday to Friday from 9am-4pm and we include a nutritious and freshly prepared lunch every day, this takes place between 12pm-1pm and campers will all meet together at our base for this. Our team of chefs provide fantastic meals with hot and cold options available, all in a buffet-style providing children with a choice of healthy food each day, catering to all dietary, medical, and religious requirements. On a Wednesday, children will take an excursion so on this day, they will take a packed lunch with them and we will prepare this freshly that morning.   There has been a great deal of recent scientific and media interest in the relationship between children and the natural environment, with fears that the increasing use of technology and a generational change in the attitudes toward outdoor play have led to a severe disconnect between our children and the great outdoors. We explore some of the most recent evidence on the subject, and how important getting out and into nature really is to your child or teenager.

So, what are the facts?

In a recent article, The Guardian published that on average, three-quarters of UK children are now spending less than an hour playing outdoors each day, based on an independent study by Persil’s ‘Dirt is Good’ campaign. The UK is not alone in this however, with other countries across the world showing similar trends, and studies in the USA also releasing figures that their children are now spending an average of 7 hours 40 minutes ‘screentime’ per day. The UK Government have expressed their ambitions ‘for every child to be able to experience and learn in the natural environment’. As part of research toward accomplishing this target, a 2-year pilot study released in 2016 found 12% of children in England had not visited a natural environment over the last year, and far less visit more than once a week. Only 8% of children visited with their school, and 22% visited without adult supervision. These results indicate that the responsibility now lies with parents to make sure they are getting their kids outdoors, indicating a generational shift from 30 years ago when children used to play outside with friends, exploring parks, woodlands or the countryside with little or no adult supervision. The result of this increasing disconnect from outdoor environments has lead to a disconnect from nature itself. In 2013, the RSPB published a three-year study, which concluded that 80% of children are not adequately connected to nature. Whether children were living in urban or rural environments seemed to have little impact on the figures, and in fact children in London were more connected to nature than those living in Wales. Altitude Blog - beautiful view at Champex Lac

Should we be concerned?

So, why are the government and other organisations so worried about children spending less time outdoors? The reality is that nature is seen to have such great advantages to overall health and well-being, that the term ‘nature defecit disorder’ has actually been coined by Richard Louv in his book ‘The Last Child in the Woods’, a book which outlines some of the major benefits for children to have a strong connection with nature. It has been established that spending time in natural environments is something required not only for a child’s mental health and wellbeing, but also their physical and physiological development, and deprivation of these environments is causing development issues in the younger generation.

“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives” – Thomas Berry

We took a look at the findings of the latest research into the benefits of nature, to see why nature really is so important to children in more ways than one:

Nature contributes to the development of children’s sensory systems

From the tactile experience of squelching through mud to developing spatial awareness from hearing birdsong in the trees around them, nature leads to the development of children’s sensory systems, and the development of their core strength, coordination and balance. In fact, nature is so important to this aspect of development that deprivation of exposure to natural environments can actually cause sensory development issues, such as a decreased tolerance to touch, noise, and temperature. Residential camps - kids reading maps

Time spent in natural environments can help prevent behavioural issues in children

It has been shown that restricted movement throughout the day, and not enough active play leads to poor development of the middle ear complex, which leads to these balance problems and reduces the brains ability to use the ears and eyes efficiently. As a result, children will find it near impossible to learn, and to concentrate for periods of time. It is even believed that this may be leading to the increase in ADHD amongst children, and that literally prescribing time to be spent outdoors in natural environments could be a solution to treating the condition drug-free.

Nature stimulates intellectual development and a love and empathy with the natural world

Introducing children to nature at a young age leads to a greater understanding and responsibility for the natural world. Stephen R. Kellert, School of Forestry and environmental studies at Yale University has stated that ages 6-12 is a time when children are most likely to be interested in and understand the natural world. “Intellectual development at this stage is especially facilitated by direct contact with nearby natural settings, where a world of exploration, imagination and discovery becomes increasingly evident to the child”. In a world where climate change, environmental disasters, widespread habitat destruction and what could be the 6th major extinction event the planet has ever seen threaten our planet as we know it, instilling a love and connection to nature in our children could be the most important gift we give to their generation to enable them to protect our earth and their future.

Activities outdoors lead to the improvements of key skills such as confidence and decision making

A meta-analysis of data from 96 studies has shown that children who spend time taking part in outdoor adventure programmes also show significant improvements in independence, confidence, self-efficacy, self-understanding, assertiveness, internal locus of control and decision making as a result.

Natural environments teach risk management

Nature provides a playground in which children can be active, explore and learn. Letting children experience more risky activities outdoors, such as adventurous play equipment or something as simple as climbing a tree, has been shown to be important to the development of risk management for a child, helping them manage their own decision making processes and learn about risk and reward as well as teaching perseverance and resilience.

Your child and nature

The combination of modern day technology, an increased social pressure for parental supervision and extra-curricular activities, and with children in school for approximately 8 hours a day, there is now a responsibility for parents to ensure that nature is something they incorporate into their children’s childhood. After school is a great time to be able to make use of local rural environments and parks, and the school holidays is a great time for children to experience nature may be further away from their homes.

Summer camps can help grow your children’s love for nature

Summer camps can provide the perfect experience for children to explore outdoors, with supervision by staff who are both trained and responsible for your child’s wellbeing but also don’t represent parental figures, so children have more independence and an opportunity to explore themselves. When choosing a summer camp programme for your child, we would recommend finding a programme that provides a significant amount of outdoor activities each day. If you opt for an academic-based programme, make sure that either the mornings or afternoons are dedicated to sports, excursions, or other forms of outdoor exercise. Alternatively, outdoor-based learning and adventure programmes are perfect for helping children and teenagers to learn new skills, stay active and learn an appreciation and connection with their natural environment. A camp set in a safe, rural environment is an ideal option to ensure children experience the outdoors even when taking parts in sports and other activities, and gives young children the freedom to explore and play in an outdoor environment which may not be possible at home. Unstructured play is also often a very important component that is often overlooked. Children need ideally at least an hour if not more of unstructured play each day in order to practice social and play skills, use their imagination and challenge their bodies. This is usually represented by ‘free time’ at camp, so make sure that you don’t overlook the importance of this time when looking at a camp programme.   References and further reading http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/25/three-quarters-of-uk-children-spend-less-time-outdoors-than-prison-inmates-survey https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/498944/mene-childrens-report-years-1-2.pdf http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-klasky/our-children-deserve-as-m_b_4791244.html https://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/connecting-with-nature_tcm9-354603.pdf
VITAMIN N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, by Richard Louv — National book launch San Diego April 19
http://www.englishoutdoorcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/Change.pdf
How the Vestibular System Affects Your Child’s Behavior {Behavior vs. Sensory Series}
http://www.ourkids.net/kids-need-nature.php Family Accommodation in Verbier When joining Altitude Camps for the summer, we not only help you to select the right camp for your child(ren) but we also offer assistance in booking all of your airport transfers, additional activities for you as parents as well as your accommodation. If you are visiting for the first time or perhaps just don’t know the village that well then don’t worry, we know it extremely well and are very happy to help. From somewhere close to the biggest supermarket, to being nearby to the sports centre all the way to knowing which chalet is closest to camp or which has a private pool, we’ve got all the knowledge you need. Whatever your requirements may be, rest assured that we can provide something to suit you and your family. The range of properties available in Verbier in the summer is vast too, providing you with many different options to think about. We can book simple self-catered apartments allowing you to cook for yourselves or to take advantage of the numerous restaurants and local cuisine available or if you prefer something a little more luxury, we can find some beautiful apartments for you on either a catered or self-catered basis. Likewise if you’d like the full stand alone chalet, private cinema, wine cellar, swimming pool etc, there are a great range of properties available, a lot of which we’ve been in ourselves so can happily advise you on their location, suitability and more. Some of our favourite options amongst clients are featured below: Coup De Foudre – a popular apartment amongst our families, this chalet sleeps 6 over 3 bedrooms (2 doubles and 1 bunk)  and is located just a 10 minute walk from camp and a 10 minute walk the other way into town, ideal for campers and their families! Calesberg 329 – another great option for 4 people, this lovely apartment is located in the village a short walk from the main lift station, ideal for those who wish to explore the mountains at weekends together. Chalet Spa – one of our favourite luxury chalets! Chalet Spa combines a beautiful contemporary design with a spectacular spa, tranquil location and beautiful views of the Alps! Their chalet manager Nick is always on hand to help you with whatever you require and you can be assured that you’ll love this escape in the mountains.

Chalet Spa

If you prefer the hotel option, there are some fantastic options in Verbier from the 5* contemporary style W Hotel, to the traditional Swiss style Hotel Cordee, a 4* superior hotel located right in the centre of town. At the W hotel, you are located right at the lift station, you have the Verbier “beach”, indoor/outdoor pool, spa, restaurants and fantastic design. The Cordee has one of our favourite restaurants with a beautiful spa area, probably the nicest in Verbier. It also oozes Alpine chic with a traditional mountain feel.
Hotel in Verbier

W Verbier

We also love the Hotel Vanessa, a family hotel located in town with a bright family style design. All of these hotels have a shuttle service too making it easy for you to get the kids to and from camp each day if you don’t fancy the walk. If you’d like any assistance in booking your accommodation, just let us know your dates, requirements and number of people travelling and we’ll send you some options to look through. Once you’ve booked your summer camp, it’s time to start the exciting countdown and for your children to get excited about their upcoming adventure! You’ll have no doubt organised travel to and from the camp, bought travel insurance and planned and booked all of their activities so now all that is left to do is pack! When sending your children to a new country for camp, or even a new location in your own country, it is important to remember that the weather may be quite different to where you live normally. It is worth checking the upcoming weather forecast but also looking at the locations average temperatures over the last few years as something to base your clothing items on. Here in Verbier, we are in the mountains and that can mean hot days of beautiful sunshine but it can also mean snow, sometimes all on the same day! If the children are in the village and then head up the mountain it can change by more than 5 degrees so we always ensure that kids have backpacks with additional layers when we head out and about. This list below is an accurate reflection of what the “average” camper needs and uses during a 2-week Altitude Summer Camp. If a child is participating in the mountain adventure camp it may be worth investing in appropriate outdoor equipment, such as some good hiking shoes. Please also remember to apply name tags to clothing so that items can be returned to you if they get forgotten and left at camp. – 14 x underwear – 2 x pyjamas or nightwear – 3 x shorts – 3 x trousers (1 pair of jeans is ok but 2 pairs need to be able to be used for sport) – 14 x t shirts – 5 x jumpers – 1 x sweat top and bottoms – 1 x raincoat – 1 x backpack – 1 x water bottle – 1 x sun hat – 1 x sunscreen – 1 x sunglasses – 2 x swimwear (including 1 full swimming costume for girls) – 2 x towels – (1 for the pool and 1 for showering) – 1 x flip flops – 1 x trainers – Toiletry Bag (including toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel etc.) – Laundry Bag Please remember: Don’t bring any unnecessary valuables.

Camp is all about having fun, so the best thing to do is pack clothes and equipment that allow your kids to do just that. It’s better to pack clothes that are appropriate for activities and not too expensive, as activities can be outdoors in all weather and may involve getting wet, muddy, or even having a snowball fight in the middle of summer! Make sure that you pack clothes you are happy for your child to play sports in, and that can get wet or muddy. Valuables, jewellery or anything that needs to be kept safe are best left at home.

  If you bring phones, cameras, computers, iPods or musical instruments, you will be responsible for any loss or damage.   Hiking with young children – tips and tricks from our camp activity staff! Hiking is a great summer activity in the Alps, and there’s no better way to enjoy the spectacular mountain views and serene landscape of the mountains in and around Verbier than exploring some of the trails this beautiful area has to offer. Many trails are family-friendly and hiking can be a great way to spend time together, however, for families with young children, it can be a challenge to keep them both interested and motivated so that everyone can enjoy the hike. For young children, a great tip is to make sure that you take your hike at a time of day when they won’t be tired! If you have very young children who will be in a baby backpack, then you may want to go over nap-time so they fall asleep, but for older children make sure your day trip allows time for their usual periods of sleep so they aren’t cranky and tired, and can fall asleep in the car on the way home. Play games along the trail. This is a great way to keep children motivated and make the activity fun for them as well. Games such as ‘I spy’ are easy and can be played anywhere, and get children interested in looking at their surroundings as well. Another favourite at camp is ‘lava’; perfect for woody paths in the woods, children have to move along without touching the lava, stepping on rocks and tree branches instead. Scavenger hunts can also be a great option for younger children on a hike, and although it won’t necessarily get them moving in one direction very quickly, it will help them explore their environment. This doesn’t have to be complicated or planned in advance, but finding simple things like pine cones, 3 different shaped leaves, a smooth stone, and a rough stone, a feather; these can all be simple things and adapted to where you are walking, to keep kids looking and moving forward as they search! Children playing in the water Hike with friends! This isn’t always achievable, but especially for a longer hike, kids are much more motivated when hiking with friends! They will also entertain each other by making up games and keep each other moving, making for a more relaxing hike for the grown-ups! Sing! Songs can be a great way to distract children and cheer them up if they’ve suddenly discovered tired legs or uncomfortable shoes! Walk family-friendly, themed trails. There are a great selection of trails in places that are designed for families and children, with interesting things to see and do along the way. In Verbier, a great option is the ‘Sentier des Sculptures’, which is part of the bisse walk and offers interesting mountain and animal-themed sculptures with information on each section to read to kids. Walking along the bisse can also be lots of fun, as this is a very gentle flowing man-made stream with water that can be paddled in or used for ‘races’ of sticks or other floating natural objects you may find! Check the details of each trail before you start and make sure that it is marked as easy or family-friendly, isn’t too long or steep to avoid carrying tired children. Have a fun destination or activity planned Planning your walk with something to look forward to, perhaps a restaurant for lunch or even just a juice is a great idea, and kids will stay motivated to reach their destination. Other things can be a look-out point, or a lake or waterfall, for example. Incorporating rides of the lifts is also great fun for children, for younger ones that you are worried about on the chairlift there are bubbles, or for slightly bigger kids chairlifts are a fun way to see the views too, and get up high without too much uphill walking! Pack snacks! A water and snack break is very important to keep kids fuelled up! There are lots of benches along trails that provide the perfect spot for this. We hope you have a great time hiking with your little ones! Safety at Camp Safety is our number one priority at camp, no matter what the day, time or activity. From a parental perspective we know that you want your child to have the experience of trying exciting activities at camp, and for some, one of their first experiences staying away from home, but also to be safe at all times. Many of our activities are active, outdoors and may involve doing activities that children are trying for the first time. We aim to make every experience as positive and fun-filled as possible, so that campers are encouraged to try new challenges and want to try these again. For our residential campers this extends to making sure they are safe and cared for 24/7 in down time and at night as well as in activities. To maintain our high safety record at camp we make sure we maintain high standards at all time throughout our camp, in the following areas: Experienced, trained staff At camp all of our activities are risk-assessed, and staff review risk assessments before taking any activity, hold current first aid qualifications, and complete training in the safety aspects of each activity as well as group management. All of our staff are selected based on experience and have all worked with children in their areas of expertise before. Many staff work for us year-round working in our ski school in the winter, taking groups of children skiing or snowboarding on the mountain each day. They know the camp well and they have great knowledge of the area of Verbier. Staff to Camper Ratio For all of our activity sessions, our campers are in groups of 1 staff member for every 8 campers, or for our youngest Marmot campers, groups of 1 staff member for every 4 children. All staff carry fully stocked first aid kits in case of any bumps or scrapes during activities! Medication and Allergies We always ask all parents prior to arrival to inform us of any known allergies or medication that needs to be taken. Our chef makes sure all food allergies and intolerance’s are diligently catered for, and our duty managers manage medications to make sure this is taken correctly each day. Nearby Facilities Verbier has three local medical centres of which one is always on call in case of an emergency, and local hospitals in Martigny and Sion. 24/7 supervision Campers are supervised 24/7; our residential campers are in activities all day from 09.00am – 9.00pm (with some down-time of course!) and overnight have a night-time staff member in the chalet with them in case of any problems arising. Directors We also always have a Director around in Verbier, offering support to staff in case of an incident where staff may need support. If you ever have any questions about safety at camp, let us know and we’d be more than happy to speak to you in detail about any of your areas of concern, so you can rest easy knowing your child is in safe hands.           Arrival Day Whether your camper is coming from down the road or flying across the world to camp, we have some advice for making sure your child is prepared for the journey and travels safely to camp. Flying Alone Most airlines provide an unaccompanied minor service. Each will have different rules, but generally this is compulsory for children travelling alone aged between 5 and 12, or sometimes 5 -14. Although children over 12 can travel alone with some airlines, you can often add on the accompanied minor service for younger teens up to the age of 18 if you think your child will need extra support, or perhaps if taking a long journey. Many of our campers choose to arrive this way and a trip to camp can be the start of a very exciting journey for campers! Airlines offer advice but here are some of our tips for unaccompanied minors: Taking a transfer alone Once your child arrives at the airport, whether as an accompanied minor or if someone has brought them to the airport but chosen an optional Altitude transfer, our staff member will meet them at arrivals with a sign. The journey by car to Verbier is just under two hours, so it’s a good idea to make sure your child has some water with them to drink on the way. They will usually be busy chatting to staff or other campers, and so entertainment isn’t needed for this journey. Day Campers We do require all campers to be dropped off and collected by their parents or guardian. If you are confident in your child travelling home from camp alone we will need written permission from you in order for them to do this, otherwise they will need to wait. Please also advise us who will be collecting your child if it is not a parent, or the person who dropped them off. It is also possible to arrange for them to be dropped off back at your accommodation, however again there will need to be a responsible adult here that is over the age of 18 and we have been advised that they will be responsible for the child if not the parents.