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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 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.

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

  • 6 to 14 year olds
  • 9am – 4pm Monday- Friday
  • 4* facilities in Verbier
  • Lunch provided
  • 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

circular210 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 Fire Building Shelter Building Compasses Nature Studies Hiking
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:00 Tennis Golf Underground Lake Swimming Ropes Courses
16:00 Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time

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

circular210 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 Fire Building Shelter Building Compasses Nature Studies Hiking
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:00 Tennis Golf Underground Lake Swimming Ropes Courses
16:00 Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time

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

circular210 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 Fire Building Shelter Building Compasses Nature Studies Hiking
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:00 Tennis Golf Underground Lake Swimming Ropes Courses
16:00 Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time

 

Our Chalets

Altitude Summer Language and Mountain Adventure Camps are based 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. Language lessons take place within classrooms in the chalets, as well as including trips in and around the town of Verbier.

Altitude staff co-ordinate day camp activities between 9am and 4pm each day.

 

Camp Mealtimes

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

Paul Keppel Photography 77 Altitude summer camps day 6

DAY CAMPS (6-14 years)
Monday-Friday 9.00-16.00
DATES PRICES
Camp 1 3rd July – 7tht July 2017 CHF 815
Camp 2 10th July – 14th July 2017 CHF 815
Camp 3 17th July – 21st July 2017 CHF 815
Camp 4 24th July – 28th July 2017 CHF 815
Camp 5 31st July – 4th August 2017 CHF 815
Camp 6 7th August – 11th August 2017 CHF 815
Camp 7 14th August – 18th August 2017 CHF 815
Camp 8 21st August – 25th August 2017 CHF 815
Two or more weeks (Day Camp) During operational dates CHF 775 / week
One-Week Marmot Camp (3-5 years)
Monday-Friday 9.00-13.00
During operational dates CHF 450

Included in the cost

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

Additional Options

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

Check out the video of our Summer Mountain Adventure Camps below:

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  • Webcams
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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.

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.

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.