This Summer Camp is suitable for girls & boys aged 6 -17 years old.
Summer Camps are nothing new to the World. As far back as the early 20th century children have been sent away from home to help develop certain skills, experience the great outdoors, meet new people, to learn that all important element of independence, and quite simply to have fun away from home!
Fast forward to the present day – any global destination is now reachable on a plane, worldwide communication at the click of a button, times and attitudes have changed so the need for the summer camp exists more than ever.
At Les Elfes our Summer Camps provide more than just great activities and experiences.
Les Elfes introduce life long skills such as communicating with others, without your phone or laptop, understanding the value of living in a community away from the familiar environment of home or school. Of course there are massive benefits to learning a new activity such as Mountain Biking or Rock Climbing, and gains from our tailored Leadership and Career Guidance programs, but having a break from the academic cycle of school and putting fun, creativity and excitement on a daily basis as the priority is where the strength in summer camp lies.
At Les Elfes every guest is a young adult, with each and every one expressing his or her individuality within a truly international circle. Children and teenagers come from over 60 different countries to have an unforgettable holiday trying new sports and activities, discovering other cultures and making new friends.
From end of June to the end of August
- Accommodation in rooms of 4 beds
- Full board and drinks
- Daily cleaning of rooms
- Laundering of sheets
- Excursions with our private buses or coach
- Activities, excursions and entertainment
- All other sports (not inclusive of paragliding, horseback riding & other extras)
For more information on this camp, please refer to the official website of Les Elfes here.
- Travel Insurance
- International Flights
- Personal Expenses
- Optional and extra activities (excursions/transportation/ daily trip
- Additional drinks such as wine
Enjoy 2 daily delicious chef-made organic and vegetarian/vegan meals using locally sourced vegetables as well as our own home-grown olive oil. Non-vegetarian/vegan options or diet restrictions are available on request.
There are two purpose built wood and stone chalets follow the Swiss Alpine tradition and offer charm and comfort to our guests. Both chalets are situated in green, peaceful surroundings and only five minutes from the centre of Verbier. The girls and boys are separated in each of the two chalets, which are completely equipped for holiday camps :
- A permanently staffed and welcoming reception hall.
- Large rooms with 4 beds and ensuite bathrooms.
- Two spacious, sunny dining rooms with an open- plan sitting room and an open fireplace leading onto a south facing terrace with a barbecue.•A library, games hall, cinema, music room (or discothèque), classrooms, conference rooms and free wifi.
- Professionally equipped kitchens in both buildings.
- All equipment for indoor and outdoor games and sports (football field, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, golf putting / driving range, trampoline, pétanque area and climbing walls ).
- €1650/ US$1787 per person for shared occupancy, twin bedroom, Villa Olivo
- €2250/ US$2437 per person for private bedroom, single occupancy, Villa Olivo
*Bookings for Villa Oliveto will be available only once the rooms at Villa Olivo is filled.
*Deposit required: €495 / US$536 for shared room per person, €675/ US$730 for a single private room
Les Elfes offers a chance to meet young people from all over the world, learn new languages or brush up on existing languages, explore Switzerland and get involved in a range of over 40 different Outdoor Activities. Several sessions are offered from 2-4 weeks in length.
3 Age Groups
There are three different programmes for three different age groups :
• Discoverers : 7 – 11 years old
• Explorers : 12-14 years old
• Pioneers : 15 -17 years old
8-hours per week of language lessons are included in the price, with lessons in French, English, Spanish or German (intensive language courses of 15 hours per week and private lessons are also available).
Sports & Activities
Exciting outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, mountain biking, ropes courses, wakeboarding, tubing, paragliding, basketball, hiking, swimming, ice-skating, paddleboarding, tennis, golf, horseback riding and many more.
Excursions to Bern, Lausanne, Geneva (United Nations & Old Town), cheese and chocolate factories, and Montreux (Chillon Castle) are organized in order to provide children the best experience Switzerland has to offer.
Campers can choose between several clubs in the evenings including Arts & Crafts, Dance Academy, Hollywood, Mountain Orienteering, Music Video, Photography, Rockstar, Tapas, and more.
Verbier, the original home of Les Elfes, is situated in the heart of one of the most beautiful regions of the Swiss Alps. Directly opposite Le Grand Combin which rises to 4300 m, Verbier’s stunning location on a south facing plateau guarantees an exceptionally sunny climate in both summer and winter.
In addition to the breathtaking Panoramic views, Verbier is a cosmopolitan resort with a variety of shopping, eating and entertainment possibilities, and deserves its reputation as one of Europe’s finest mountain resorts
Les Elfes was founded by Philippe and Nicole Stettler in 1987. Together with the head office in Verbier, they run the marketing, public relations, school programs administration and supervise the organization.
Each camp is supported by a Resort Manager and an Activities Manager whose job is to co-ordinate the instructors & counselors, supervise the activities, manage security, and in general keep things running smoothly at the camps. Each age group is managed by a group leader, an assistant, and a team of instructors & counselors who accompany and take care of the children during activities and throughout the camp. On top of this, they use professional instructors for certain activities offered during the sessions.
Finally, there is a team of kitchen staff, cleaners, and drivers, all of whom watch over the well-being of the guests during the camps.
Les Elfes Camps offer large buffet breakfasts and varied lunches and dinners designed to satisfy all students. Meals are prepared with fresh products and the wide-ranging international menus are well balanced and tailored to the youngsters’ needs, requirements and wishes. Together the chefs and their teams prepare a variety of meals that also cater for the special needs of each individual (e.g. Vegetarian diet, European diet, Religious diet, etc).
STAFF & SAFETY
Les Elfes dedicated and enthusiastic team of staff are 100% focused on the safety of the participants and the smooth running of the activity programs.
Each camp is supervised by a Resort Manager, an Activities Manager and a Head of Animation. Les Elfes run the camps with all the appropriate staff, including monitors, animators, kitchen staff, secretaries, drivers, cleaners etc.
The ratio of animators to participants is 1:5 but if all the staff at Les Elfes are included, then it is 1:2.
All off their monitors have been carefully selected, in accordance with the Les Elfes criteria, for their skills and experience in working with children.
Les Elfes endeavour to provide the perfect mix of guardian, friend and teacher to all the participants, and while they are there to ensure that participants are happy, parents have peace of mind, knowing that their child’s safety is paramount. Les Elfes are very conscious of the enormous responsibility that caring for children entails and are completely focused on their well-being. Nevertheless, in the event of illness or accident, they are only minutes away from world- class professional assistance.
All of the summer and winter monitors and instructors are required to take a two week training course before the beginning of each season, one week of technical training and one week to learn and become acquainted with the philosophy of Les Elfes and the safety requirements. Our Activities Managers supervise the work of our monitors and instructors throughout the day.
Les Elfes also use sports experts for some activities. Risk assessments are designed for each activity and are signed by all of their monitors and head instructors during the morning briefing sessions and evening debriefing sessions that are held daily.
All of the camps have their own nurse, a 24-hour receptionist and a night guard, who, together with all of their monitors, enable us to offer 24-hour supervision of the youngsters.
Les Elfes have 3 state-of-the-art clinics in Verbier, and both camps have access to a regional hospital and two University hospitals only 40 minutes and 75 minutes away respectively or just 10 minutes by helicopter