Since the advent of adventure tourism the role of the outdoors in personal growth has remained pertinent. Stepping out into the wilderness to experience the sublime and to broaden one’s horizons has continued to capture the interest of generations. I often see the trepidation on parents’ faces as they bid farewell to their son/ daughter and leave them to fend for themselves.
A frequently asked question from dubious parents is: “Why should I send my son/ daughter to camp?”.
Camp is an experience your child will never forget!
At Les Elfes camp my favourite part of the week is the weekend. Unlike many other young professionals my weekends are the busiest working days, hectic, exciting and often punctuated with campers’ tears. It may seem strange that the highlight of my week is when our campers are upset but, for me, the weekend signifies a huge shift in the emotional frame of our young Elves.
Upon arrival campers are usually jet-lagged, tired and missing their families. Our camp is nestled in the Swiss Alps but our campers come from 60 countries around the world. It takes a little time to settle in, so… we have tears. The reason I cherish this time is not because the students continue to cry throughout their time with us but, quite the opposite, because there are only two times at camp that our campers cry. When they arrive and when they have to leave! Whether they entered the camp ready to embrace the experience or clawing at the reception door like a cat heading for an unwelcome shower by the time they leave, they are changed. Their perception of their own abilities, their capacity for independence and their relationships with other campers have all shifted and, it’s in these weekend change-overs that this journey is most apparent.
At Les Elfes we understand that the next generation are expert programmers, they are the ones we call upon to set up our new phones and to show us how to use our video editing software. They think Facebook is for old people and receive 20+ snapchats per day. Camp allows our youngsters to look up from the world on their screens and to experience the sublime in panoramic-real-life view. To smell the freshly cut grass, to feel the cool winter breeze against their skin and to stand on top of a mountain knowing it was their own legs and perseverance which got them there.
We frame our activities and design our programmes to offer a steady progression for campers from new arrivals to fully fledged Elves.
Our philiosophy at Les Elfes International is to:
- Provide adventurous activities built on a well-established foundation of professional and safe practices.
- Inspire holistic personal development through culturally diverse experiences.
- Outdoor learning which enables young people to discover their true potential to be dynamic & prosperous in their future lives.
At camp our Elfes learn to cope with adversity, harness equanimity and gain confidence in expressing themselves. Social media will still be there when they go home, but so will the knowledge that their resilience and personal strength can enable them to achieve astounding things!
Experience it today. Remember forever!
Les Elfes International
CP 174, 1936 Verbier, Switzerland
- Tel: +41 27 775 35 80
- Fax: +41 27 775 35 89
“Learning through Adventure since 1987”