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.
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:
The perfect escape from monotonyThe Swiss bike travel camp was the perfect escape from the monotony of everyday life. The breathtaking views and thrilling rides tested my mettle, but the sense of freedom and independence I gained was priceless. Instructors and other campers were not only knowledgeable and supportive, but also welcoming and inclusive. I returned home with a renewed sense of purpose and a heart full of unforgettable memories. Thank you for giving me the gift of adventure and self-discovery
I felt lost"I felt lost and unsure of my future before leaving for the trip to Mont Blanc, but afterwards I came back feeling refreshed, invigorated and ready to face the world. The staff were excellent, the scenery was breathtaking and the memories I made will stay with me forever."
I found acceptance"Who would have thought it would be around Mont Blanc where I found acceptance, friendship and a sense of belonging. The staff were amazing, creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. The journey was difficult, but it brought the group together in a way I didn't expect. I'm so grateful for this experience."
Everything was amazing!Young Explorers Club is a life-changing experience that will change your world for the better! I was surprised at how quickly I made friends and learned that getting out of your comfort zone has many benefits. I want to thank the instructors for taking care of me and giving me an extremely fun experience! At YEC, I learned how to make lemonade from lemons and see the bright side of things. (Plus, I learned a lot of outdoor skills.) I made so many new friends while getting closer to friends I already knew. Everything was amazing!
It's so cool to be able to meet new friends.I loved my two experiences with the club! It's so cool to be able to meet new friends without the pressures of technology, explore a beautiful new site, and feel part of a community. The camp made me enjoy small moments with people who matter. It made me realize how valuable it is to take time away from the unimportant issues that bother me at home. At home, I worry too much about doing well in school and I don't spend enough time doing what makes me happy. Being at the Young Explorers Club reminds me that it's so much more valuable to be happy than to focus on the end result or worry about succeeding.
I was a little scared at the beginning of the bike but...I loved the people, the views, the experience, the monitors - basically everything! I was a little scared at the beginning of the bike but I can tell you that it is not a problem, I was so amazed by all this. Towards the end, I had no words to describe the pleasure I was having! And the people are amazing. I wish the people in the "real world" were more like the people in the camp. But, I realize that the Young Explorers Club is a collection of very special people from the real world, who come together every year and become a family forever. Many of my best relationships have been with people at the Club.
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:
- 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?
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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