Discovery Weekend: May 13 - 14

Venez découvrir notre Club lors d'un week-end fun ouvert à tous les 9 - 16 ans.

Do you want to meet people your own age and have a cool weekend full of activities and fun?

We organize a weekend open to all young people aged 9 to 16 to discover the club. The meeting weekend will take place on May 13th and 14th for all new participants or just curious to meet. Sign up to receive all the information!

This annual tradition is open to all ages 9 to 16 who want to participate in a fun-filled weekend of outdoor activities. From Saturday morning to Sunday lunchtime with an overnight stay in the chalet Le Bivouac (above Montreux), the club offers an exciting discovery programme for children to discover new adventures. It’s also a great time to make new friends and disconnect from school! The weekend program is a great opportunity to test out the club’s activities and discover these pedagogical values (providing children with unique and fun learning experiences while developing soft skills such as teamwork, communication, perseverance, problem-solving and empathy).

During the weekend we will have many activities and team games, but also fun educational workshops such as wildlife viewing, learning how to build a campfire, setting up a tent and cooking meals using natural ingredients. After an energetic day, we will have an astronomical evening and discover interesting stories related to the stars.

*Places are limited: To avoid last minute cancellations we will ask you in the next few days for a symbolic contribution of 20CHF.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, WhatsApp as well:

Gallery of Past Activities:

The Program: *

Saturday 13 May:

  • 9:00 am Meeting point at Lausanne Gare. Presentation and meeting of the participants.
  • 9:21 Departure of the train for Montreux and then Jor. Presentation and start of the hike to the Chalet en Baye.
  • 10:21 Hike around the hut.
  • 12:00 Lunch break: BBQ at the hut and allocation of beds. Explanation of the rules of the hut.
  • 14:00 Start of the team games: Finishing of the flag, and if the weather permits climbing on the local course next to the hut.
  • 16:00 Start of the Workshops: Forest Survival and How to Build a Shelter Using Only Forest Resources. Plant Identification Contest.
  • 18:30 Dinner at the hut.
  • 20:30 Bonfire and astronomy session.
  • 10:00 p.m. Sleep time.

Sunday 14 May:

  • 11:00 Lunch at the hut
  • 12:00 Descent from the hut
  • 14:15 Arrival in Lausanne at Pier 2.
*The program and location of the weekend may change depending on the weather or the number of participants. All changes will be notified by email.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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Price of the activity

With the help of our local sponsors, we are able to provide a discounted price to all Swiss nationals, but we also ask for a symbolic contribution to help reduce the number of last-minute cancellations: 20 CHF.

What physical condition should I be in?

Since we will be participating in different outdoor activities throughout the weekend, our students must have a minimum of physical fitness to participate. But in our experience, this is the case for 95% of young people between 9 and 16 years old! Contact us if you have any doubts.

Learning outcomes from this trip:
Our participants gain a variety of skills and knowledge, including:
  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • Outdoor Survival & Camping Skills
  • First Aid and Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Awareness and Conservation
  • Personal Values and Ethical Decision-Making
  • Cultural understanding and respect for diversity
  • Fitness & Healthy Habits
  • Citizenship and Community Service
  • The ultimate goal is to help our participants become responsible and well-rounded individuals, ready to make a positive impact in the world.
What if I don't know anyone else?

Most of our students come to Young Explorers Club without knowing anyone before their trip. You’ll start making friends as soon as you arrive at the airport (and our instructors will be there to help). Once the journey is over, you won’t want to leave your new community! Most of our students remain friends long after their summer is over. We firmly believe that life is about having new experiences and making the most of every moment. However, we also recognize that the most meaningful experiences often require stepping out of our comfort zones and venturing away from familiar surroundings. When we do this, we find ourselves in unfamiliar and challenging environments, which forces us to fully engage with our surroundings and truly live in the moment. These new places and situations often bring new perspectives and can inspire us to continue seeking out new experiences that push us to grow and broaden our horizons.

What are the other students like?

The teenagers who come to the Young Explorers Club are kind, welcoming, eager to learn and come from all over Switzerland, France, USA and elsewhere. Our groups are full of positive young adults who will work well with each other. Young Explorers Club places a strong emphasis on group dynamics and creating a supportive social environment, and our students reflect this.

Safety: Is this camp safe?

During each activity, all preventive safety measures are in place and strictly followed. To see all our safety measures and protocols, please visit our dedicated page: SECURITY & TEAM.

Do you have any other questions?

We believe in human-to-human interaction: write to us via our contact methods (https://youngexplorersclub.ch/contact/) and schedule a call or meeting with one of our employees. We will be happy to answer any doubts or questions you may have. Or find the list of all frequently asked questions on FAQs.

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