For a better future
A summer adventure with over 40 different outdoor activities, quality language classes and discovery of Switzerland with new friends from all over the world.
3 Age Groups
For each different age group, we have specially designed courses so that our new campers can find a challening programme packed with outdoor activities and our returning campers can develop their skills and continue to progress both personally and linguistically each summer.
Verbier, set in a breathtaking panorama, is one of the most famous resorts in Europe and offers the best in sporting and leisure activities all year round in a cosmopolitan and relaxed atmosphere.
Verbier, a two hours car journey from Geneva airport, is our original home and was purpose built in 1991. Southern facing stone and wooden chalets with a capacity of 146.
Verbier is located in the French part of Switzerland, 1 hour and 45 minutes from Geneva, 2 hours and 45 minutes from Zürich and 30 minutes from the Italian and French borders.
Despite Verbier’s reputation as a leading ski resort in the winter, the summer is packed with festivals, mountain sports and visitors from all over the world.
Each weekend brings a new crowd starting the summer with the Verbier Festival, a prestigious Classical Music Festival, attended by the most esteemed musicians from around the world, to the splendid display of athleticism offered in the Jumping International de Verbier Equestrian events towards the end of August.
Verbier also has many shops and restaurants, from the most informal to the most sophisticated.
The basic all-inclusive cost includes: accommodation in 4-bed rooms with ensuite bathroom, full-board and drinks, daily cleaning of the rooms by our cleaners, laundering of sheets once a week, excursions with our private buses or coach and entertainment, all sports mentioned in the brochure except for paragliding, horseback riding or other extras.
Swimming An indoor and outdoor swimming pool with a big garden to relax is located next to the campus (2 minute walk) within the summer camp. Each day, kids at the summer camp can choose to spend a few hours at the pool, with diving boards and new to 2020 water slides, a great location to mingle with staff and friends and cool off in the afternoon heat. Surrounded by mountains and only 100 meters from the campus, kids can grab an ice cream, enjoy the view, learn some new skills and enjoy. Swimming is also offered each time we head down to the lake and some kids at the summer camp will have the chance to swim up in the Cabanas at Tanay. For those, we who wish structured swimming lessons, simply request upon registration and we can make it all possible. Water Skiing So popular and a lot of fun, kids can water ski with our boat down in Bouveret, not the easiest of summer camp sports but really exciting. Even if it's the first time, or you are a pro all are welcome to try and give it a go. Wakeboard So many of our international summer camp staff are snowboard instructors, and wakeboarding is as popular with these guys as with the kids. Wakeboarding is indeed a challenge, but once you have the hang of it can provide hours of summer camp fun, even though afterwards your arms can be a little sore! Tubing Certainly the most adrenaline-filled summer camp activity on the lake, the kids are pulled at high speed behind our speed boat whilst sat in their tubes (think inflatable doughnut) two at a time, once the tube zips over the wake of the boat, the tubes are thrown into the air usually resulting in a very wet happy summer camper! Not to be missed. Banana boat With up to 8 summer camp kids on the large bananas, the drivers do their best to give the kids an ascetic experience on the lake, and make sure the kids fall into the lake of course! Kids at the summer camp will get many goes at this and it always a challenge getting them off! All our water sports are so popular, and our philosophy at the international summer camp as with all our activities is for everyone to take part. We understand that not all the kids are expert swimmers and may even be a little nervous around the water, our dedicated team of summer camp staff are on hand to teach and make sure everyone has a safe, enjoyable experience.
Billiards, trampoline, basketball, football, card games, musical instruments, theatre, bonfire, picnic, barbecue, boat trips, disco, talent show, photography on campus, shopping in Verbier, Geneva, Italy during excursions. Ball Summer Camp Sports We propose all kinds of different ball sports: tennis, golf, minigolf, football, volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball (streetball), table tennis, squash, badminton, pétanque. Tennis Practice, private summer camp lessons and tournaments on the tennis courts directly next to our campus (2 minutes walk). Kids at the camp can book additional private lessons on top of the basic sports program. Please contact us for extra tennis lessons. Golf We organize golf lessons with a professional golf teacher who teaches our kids a the summer camp the basics of golf. Mini-Golf There are 18 holes that kids at the summer camp can play on. There is a monitor who supervises this activity.
En-suite rooms for 2-4 students. Separate chalets for boys and girls.
Our camps are fully catered with a varied international menu, freshly prepared and well balanced for a day full of activities. We cater for all dietary requirements and we are happy to tailor our menu to suit the needs of our campers. With such a busy programme students will often enjoy their lunch at one of our restaurants or lunch rooms on the mountain where they will receive hot meals with stunning views across the valley.
From excellence in engineering, gastronomy, banking, international peace-keeping and artisan chocolates, Switzerland is a nation steeped in tradition. With excursions around Switzerland and even nearby France and Italy students can discover more about this unique part of Europe.
he major commercial airport close to our Les Elfes campuses is the Geneva International Airport, plus many small private airports.At Les Elfes we welcome campers in the arrival hall of Geneva Airport (GVA) where we have our booth. Our friendly and helpful staff will take care of the youngsters right away and then drive them with our private Les Elfes buses to the camp for a hassle-free start to the week.
For younger campers who may be travelling alone the “Unaccompanied Minor” service, offered by most airlines, ensures your son/ daughter will be assisted throughout the airport and will be signed over to a member of Les Elfes staff so that you can be assured they have arrived safely, without any undue stress.
At the end of the week we help students to check into their flight, pass security successfully and, for unaccompanied minors, we stay with the students at the gate until time for boarding.
Discovery Camp (6-10 yrs)
At this camp, we know our youngest students need plenty of extra care and attention. When they come to us it is often their first time away from home and a big experience meeting new people, trying new activities and even eating new foods. Our dedicated Discovery staff offer sensitive guidance and clear structure so our youngest campers can enjoy a programme packed with fun and challenges to suit even our sportiest of little ones.
Explorer Camp (11-14 yrs)
Our Explorer programme offers a chance for our campers to experience all of the adventures the Alps have to offer. Full of challenges our Explorer programme invites our campers to be creative, daring and independent. With adventures from start to finish campers can step out of their comfort zone, push their boundaries and make new friendships with peers from around the world.
A truly exhilarating programme which challenges our eldest campers to push their boundaries. Our Pioneers are a vibrant and energetic group of teenagers, many of whom are preparing for being away from home in a couple of years at university or college. This wonderful swiss summer camps is a valuable step for many of our campers to gain confidence in becoming independent young adults.
In our summer camp, we offer 8-period language tuition a week. Youngsters who wish to learn a new language or improve their conversational skills can choose among** English, French, Spanish, German or Mandarin.** The intensive (optional) programs of 15-period tuition a week are also available. In the end of the session students receive a language certificate, signed and graded by their Language School teacher.
07h30 Students are woken by Les Elfes monitors for Breakfast 08h45 Groups meet their monitors for a morning meeting where they are briefed on the clothing and equipment they will need for the day & perhaps a warm-up activity 09h00 – 11h00 Language classes: children are taken to the classrooms of Verbier Language School for their language lessons. Here they are divided into small groups of a maximum of 7 students and divided according to language level. 11h00 – 12h00 This is the time for optional activities such as private golf, horse-riding and tennis courses or intensive or private language courses. Campers who have not chosen any extra course participate in group activities with our monitors. 12h00-12h45 Lunch on campus, picnic or barbecue. 12h45-16h15 Afternoon activities, split by age group: Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Nature Hike or an Afternoon down by the Lake with Kayaking, Banana Boating, Wake Boarding and Stand-up Paddle Boarding 16h30-17h00 Shower Time & Relaxation 17h00-18h45 Optional Activities: Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Trampoline etc. 19h00-20h00 Dinner at the camp or dinner in a restaurant in Verbier 20h00 Evening activities. The monitors at Les Elfes organise group games, cinema evenings, theatre evenings and other fun activities.
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