Village Camp, Leisyn

Summer Camp Leysin Switzerland - A truly international environment in the best summer alpine village

AccommodationThe Swiss Alpine Centre is the cosy home of Village Camps Leysin. This facility welcomes up to 180 campers, ages 7-17, who come from all over the world for the Language, Tennis, Adventure, Sport, Dance, Film Academy and Junior Camps.The Leadership Training Camp (LTC), for teenagers 16-18 years old, takes place at the Central Residence Hotel, a first-class facility (with its own indoor swimming pool), just 2 minutes below the Swiss Alpine Centre. Anticipated capacity for LTC is 60 campers.Bedrooms in both sites have en-suite facilities and they are quite spacious, comfortably accommodating up to four campers and offering a fantastic view of the Alps. Campers are assigned to rooms according to age and gender and experienced counsellors (who stay in rooms near the campers) are responsible for taking special care of each and every child.During free time, there are wonderful village cafes in Leysin that can be visited and enjoyed with newly made friends from around the world.

Facilities in or nearby the Swiss Alpine Centre include classrooms, a huge theatre, large dining area, music & dance studio, an arts & crafts centre and common rooms with table tennis, foosball tables, board games etc. Within easy walking distance or five minute bus ride are two state-of-the-art sports centres with: indoor swimming pool, large fully equipped multi-sport gymnasium, covered ice rink, basketball courts, football pitch, volleyball & beach volley courts, archery targets, 12 tennis courts (four of which are indoors), climbing walls, mini-golf course, squash courts, weight room etc. And, of course, in this gorgeous mountain setting there are numerous hiking trails, a rock-climbing area, cycling paths, adventure trails, campfire area and a welcoming mountain hut for overnights.

Camp Organisation
At Village Camps children are assigned to groups according to their choice of programme as well as age and/or skill levels. The morning period (3hrs) is devoted to the campers chosen specialty programme: Tennis, Language, Dance, Sports or Adventure. During the afternoons, campers from all programmes join together and either choose from a selection of ‘sign-up’ activities or join in age group and all camp events. Always present (at a ratio of 1:6) is a great group of experienced counsellors who are fun, friendly, caring, helpful and a source of inspiration for the young campers.

Healthy, varied food, adapted for all diets and eating habits is prepared by Village Camps' chefs, and is presented with no restriction on quantities. Some special dietary needs can be accommodated for.

Evening Activities
Evenings are filled with exciting imaginative games, spectacular events and relaxing activities. These include: Discos, Team-building Challenges, International Cuisine Festival, Plays, Music Shows, Games geared to age levels, Village outings, Films, Talent Show and much more.

Evening activities are often run by age group but often there are evenings where the entire camp comes together for some of the all-time favorites. A highlight of the week is the final evening where campers are served a fancy dinner by their counsellors followed by various awards and performances and a prom style disco.

One full-day excursion is planned for the whole camp and several half-day excursions with programme/age groups are possible, depending upon the weather and schedule requirements. Always included are cultural and educational visits as well as time for walking around and shopping with friends. The following are some of the choices for exciting excursions around Switzerland:
Geneva, Red Cross Museum or the United Nations
Bern and the Montreux Jazz Festival
Cailler Chocolate Factory and Lausanne
Labyrinth Adventure Park and Vevey