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!
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.
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.