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Ready for one big sleepover with all your new best friends?
World-Class Summer Program for junior young learners, ages 8-13, might be the first sleeping away from home. Let’s rephrase it as a one big sleepover, for minimum 2 weeks, with new best friends from all around the world. This Swiss summer camp is going to enrich your child’s summer with a unique life experience, with the quality label “Made in Switzerland”. Children will meet other cultures while living in the middle of the Alpine countryside. Meanwhile World-Class Summer Camp at Gstaad offers immersion in language , sports, creative activities and adventure.
During our summer holidays, the Schönried campus in the picturesque Swiss region of Gstaad —a famous mountain resort nestled in the Swiss Alps and nowadays home to world-famous celebrities— hosts summer camp participants in large Swiss chalets set in some of the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland.
Since 1916 the whole school has moved up to the mountains during the winter season to offer its students a term of sun, snow and winter sports whilst continuing their regular school program.
-Full board and accommodation in a twin-bed room (or, at certain camps or special activities, in tents or mountain refuges), according to age.
-Provision of bed linen and towels.
-Full laundry service (dry cleaning is not provided during the camps).
-Classes, sports, arts and activities offered within the programme, including associated coaching and material. Evening activities.
-Excursions, cruises and weekend activities.
-Insurance of emergency expenses in case of accident and illness. This is a travel insurance and assistance solution providing cover in the event of a medical emergency resulting from illness or accident. If the child’s health/accident insurance in his/her country of residence does not cover the costs abroad or if the child does not have health/accident insurance, our insurance is activated to cover the costs in Switzerland during the camp. In all cases, our company will contact the child’s health insurance, if it exists.
-Personal liability insurance, and local taxes.
-Transport to and from Geneva Airport on the official days of arrival and departure.
- Transfers to and from the school are included in the camp fee
We would love to show you how to make the most of living in the Alps! That’s why we put together a broad sports and arts programme for all participants, ensuring that you will be able to do different activities each week, based on some, but not all, of the following activities: basketball, climbing, cooking, creative arts, football, golf (practice only), mountain trekking, swimming, tennis, via ferrata...
Every evening has something different in store! From inter-team competitions to discos, movie nights, art and craft activities, board games, sport matches, BBQs or spending the night in a local mountain hut!
On Saturday morning, there will be two shorter language lessons. In the afternoons, you will participate in an excursion such as canoeing, rafting, laser games, bridge swing jumping, and more. Sunday starts with a brunch, and continues with an all-day excursion such as Aquaparc or Glacier 3000. For those children whose parents are visiting for the weekend, you may leave campus after Saturday morning lessons and return on Sunday before dinner.
Counsellors and teachers live on the floor with the students. The aim is to create a family atmosphere, to ensure the wellbeing of each child and to have a permanent presence to maintain order and security.
Boys and girls sleep in separate buildings. Some of the youngest may be in a co-ed building, where one floor is for boys and one floor is for girls. Sports and activities are mixed.
We allocate rooms 24h before camp starts and this information is not provided to parents in advance. Any request to share room with someone in particular must be communicated to the school at least one week before the camp starts. No room changes will be allowed after that. We try to make sure that each room is occupied by 2 different nationalities/cultures to ensure an intercultural exchange can happen.
All our rooms are spacious twins with ensuite bathrooms. A mini-safe is provided per student. All bedding and towels are provided.
There is no air conditioning in the rooms. Fans, however, are available in case of a heat wave.
Internationally inspired meals are served buffet style. Meals are prepared by our own chefs who pay meticulous attention to quality, presentation and flavour to produce healthy, balanced menus. During mealtimes, each student is assigned a table which is also shared with the camp teachers. Attendance at all meals is compulsory.
Any food allergies should be clearly indicated in the health questionnaire. Meals on the menu containing pork will be indicated. Vegetarian menus are also offered.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide Kosher, Halal or vegan meals.
We know how important birthdays are, and especially so if it’s the first time the children are celebrating it away from home. We’ll organise cakes, balloons and sing happy birthday in the dining room.
A school camp desk is situated in the Arrivals area at Geneva Airport, right next to the visitor centre.
Children travelling alone are met by our staff, wearing the school uniform, and driven to camp.
The school oragnises transfers from/to Geneva airport on the official dates of arrival and departure, which is included on the camp fee. Outside these dates, transport organisation is the responsibility of the parents.
No transportation is organized from/to Zürich Airport nor train station.
No visa, flight reservation or modification will be made by the school.
If you are travelling with your child, we are unable to offer you transportation. The campus is easily accessible by car or train (2h30 to Schönried).
World-Class Summer School in Gstaad is structured to make the most of your child’s time here, balancing intellectual pursuits with creative work, cultural explorations and time to socialize and make friends for life.
How? Here is the answer:
Choose English or French lessons for the duration of the camp. Classes take place in the mornings, 2 periods of 75 minutes
**LANGUAGE(English or French)**After taking a level placement test upon arrival, you will be grouped with other students who have the same level as you.
After 2 weeks of language study , Ultimate Adventure week starts.
Instead of language lessons in the mornings and sports/arts in the afternoons, we’ll take you on an original adventure that will last the entire week. Join a group of maximum 30 students for a spectacular final week of energy-packed activities that will take your breath away!
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