Outdoor learning values direct personal experience and hence increases motivation and has a bigger impact. Learning happens in a natural environment where students can see, smell, feel and hear the real thing.
At JFK Swiss Outdoor Camps offers multiple opportunities to explore an alpine environment. With all senses students will explore forests, streams, and mountains. For example, students will survey a mountain stream, test water purity, velocity and temperature. They will explore flora and fauna of a river and find out how it changes over the course of the river.
The camp will offer separate boarding facilities for young boys and girls in traditional Saanenland Chalets situated in heart of the picturesque village of Saanen. After breakfast students explore the alpine environment in the Saanenland. Each day is packed with exhilarating activities such as rock climbing, water experience, canoeing and hiking. In the evening there is time to relax with new friends and enjoy a barbecue or Swiss fondue.
Multiple opportunities allow students to discover for example the wonders different rock formations have to offer. They will not only discover different geological rock formations, but also learn how limestone was formed and will search for fossils. In addition students will discover how different animals such as birds, insects and ibex use a rocky habitat for their purpose.
Sleeping under the stars can be a magical experience. It is essential to take the right camping gear to make it a pleasurable experience. Accordingly students will learn about camp craft, for example choosing a good camping spot, how to make a fire, how to take the necessary precautions before setting off. The absence of light pollution in an alpine environment provides a brilliant opportunity to discover the Milky Way and to get the chance to view nocturnal life.
Hiking is a brilliant opportunity to discover the alpine environment. Students will have the opportunity to discover alpine Flora and Fauna as well as life on the summer pastures. Furthermore students will learn how to navigate safely in a mountainous environment using maps and compass, how weather conditions need to be considered and which equipment is needed for a successful adventure.
Outdoor learning values direct personal experience and hence increases motivation and has a bigger impact. Learning happens in a natural environment where students can see, smell, feel and hear the real thing. It includes environmental education, personal and social development as well as adventure activities and can easily be linked to school subjects.
A:The camp provides a balanced and varied menu that respects cultural differences. We organise a barbecue outside at least once a week. The camp has its own Chef that prepares meals with fresh goods of the day and from the region.
A: Students do not have language classes as such, but English is the main language used in all the activities. Activities are based on learning experiences and English language is then taught through exercise and conversation games and activities.
A: We accept boys and girls, but they room in different houses on the campus. Activities are mixed and if necessary the students are separated by age groups.
A: On arrival at the airport, students are welcomed by JFK staff and then transferred to Saanen by school bus. It is a 2 hour drive to Saanen from the airport.
A: Students from some countries must hold visas to enter Switzerland. For more information about visa requirements please contact us at: Swiss Outdoor Camp email. Please allow at least 2 weeks for the visa procedure in your country.
A: We will send you a list of items we recommend you to bring once you have applied. You will receive all the information together in a Welcome Pack.
A: Saanen is 2 hours away from the Geneva airport, therefore the most convenient airport to arrive. We have a pick-up service only from the Geneva airport.
A: We recommend 3 weeks. Well, it's an Alpine mountain summer adventure camp. It takes that long to unwind, get in shape, and do something that makes this mountain summer camp experience one to remember.
A: Please visit our employment page here for the job descriptions, requirements and how to apply.
Outdoor learning is all about Nature. You learn with demonstration and evidence. Touching and seeing is all it is about.
Adventure is the move that thrives us now in this world. Watching nature will never be the same after our camps.
Team work will teach us how to work in a group, how to tolerate others and how to build self esteem.