Student Leadership Program
Volunteer this summer and learn life long skills and experiences while exploring the Swiss backcountry
The Young Explorers Club’s Student Leadership Program is open to all students between the ages of 15 and 19! We are excited to offer young adults the opportunity to volunteer as summer camp counselors for our summer camp program.
The Student Leadership Program is a fantastic opportunity for young adults to develop their skills and gain hands-on experience in a fun and educational environment. As a student leader, you’ll work alongside our experienced camp counselors, helping to lead a group of campers through a variety of fun and engaging activities. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills, develop leadership skills, and make a positive impact on the lives of children in our community.
The experience gained:
One of the key benefits of the Student Leadership Program is the opportunity to gain valuable experience. As a student leader, you will have the opportunity to work with children in a camp, which is a unique and rewarding experience. By taking on a leadership role, you will have the chance to challenge yourself, step out of your comfort zone, and gain confidence in your abilities. These experiences can be incredibly empowering and help you develop a sense of self-awareness and self-assurance that will serve you well in all areas of your life.
Another benefit of the Student Leadership Program is the leadership development opportunities it provides. As a student leader, you will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced camp counselors, learn how to lead group activities, communicate effectively with children and parents, and manage a team. You’ll develop valuable leadership skills that can be applied in any future career or personal venture. Experience working with children can also help you develop skills such as problem-solving, conflict resolution, and decision-making.
Here are some other benefits of the Student Leadership Program and how they can have a positive impact on young adults:
- Career Exploration: The Student Leadership Program is a great way for young adults to explore different career options. By working with children in a camp, students can gain valuable insights into careers in education, social work, counseling, and more. This experience can help students make informed decisions about their future career path.
- Cultural Awareness: As a student leader, you will have the opportunity to work with children from different backgrounds and cultures. This can help you develop a better understanding and appreciation of diversity, which is an important skill in today’s global society. You’ll also learn how to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds, which is a valuable skill in any profession.
- Self-confidence: The Student Leadership Program can help build self-confidence in young adults. By taking on a leadership role, students will learn to assert themselves and take charge of themselves. They will also gain the confidence that comes from successfully completing tasks and responsibilities. These skills and experiences can have a positive impact on a student’s self-esteem and self-esteem.
- College Applications: The Student Leadership Program is an impressive addition to any application for admission to college. Colleges and universities are looking for students who have demonstrated leadership skills and a commitment to community service. By participating in our program, students can showcase these qualities and stand out from other applicants.
- Making new friends: The Student Leadership Program provides networking opportunities that can help young adults in the future. As a student leader, you will have the opportunity to connect with other students and professionals who share your interests and goals. These connections can be helpful in finding job opportunities or getting mentorship and advice.
- Memories of a lifetime: The Student Leadership Program offers students the opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime. Working with children at a camp, students will have the chance to participate in fun and memorable activities, make new friends, and connect with fellow student leaders and camp counselors. These experiences can be cherished for years to come and create lasting friendships and bonds.
Overall, the Student Leadership Program is a great opportunity for young adults to gain valuable experience, develop their skills, and make a positive impact on the lives of children in our community. By participating in our program, students will gain hands-on experience, develop leadership skills, and make valuable connections. They will also have the opportunity to explore different career paths, build their self-confidence, and create lasting memories. We encourage all eligible young adults to apply to our program and join us for a fun and rewarding summer camp experience.
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Find the preliminary registration at the bottom of the page.
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Itinerary and activities
Since 2019, this camp has been a new addition to our proven hiking camp program. Our goal was to provide a hiking camp that incorporates all of our essential goals of exploration, safety, learning, and memorable experiences, but in an easier, more local route. We have adapted the Via Alpina Camp 2019 to make it accessible to all newcomers to the hiking camp. The route follows a version of the “Tour des Alpes Vaudoises” route in the heart of the canton of Vaud with start and finish in Château-d’Oeux. This area is known for its dark skies, and so one of the main goals of the trip is to explore this part of nature with nighttime activities and night sky observations. Each day will include hiking, backcountry skills lessons, delicious food, and lots of fun. Campers will learn how to cook meals in the woods, set up the campsite, read a map, and leave no trace. We’ll play scavenger hunt, search for native flora and fauna, camp along the lakes, and soak up the beauty of the area.