Camp trip in October: Crossing the Jura by bike.

A very popular camp: An adventure on the balcony of the Alps!

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In brief:

Our beginner bike camp started as a trial trip at Easter 2019 and its longer version (the summer bike camp in Graubünden) has now become a classic. The October camp: Cycling across the Jura is an outdoor adventure suitable for young explorers. During the camp, we will travel through the natural balcony of the Alps: The Jura Ridges. We’ll explore incredible landscapes, host fun activities, participate in team games, meet locals, and even a two-day stay at a local scout camp to learn survival skills. The camp is an absolute mix of outdoor experiences and fun: This is not a bike camp, it is a travel and exploration camp, that is, the camp consists of short days of cycling in order to enjoy all the other wonders that the area has to offer.


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Why should I attend this camp?

As many of our alumni say, in many cases the bonds you create with other camp participants run deeper than those in school. Camps at the Young Explorers Club are specially adapted for students looking for exploration, but at the same time in a safe and predictable environment. This camp builds confidence, develops new skills, and teaches you to appreciate the beauty and value of nature. It also allows children to disconnect from technology and participate in activities that promote creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Overall, this camp shapes our students’ personal growth and helps create the foundation for a lifetime of meaningful experiences.


The camp takes place in 1 session of one week: 14.10.23 – 21.10.23.


For Swiss participants, the meeting point for all the different sessions of the camp is at Lausanne Gare. Another meeting point will be organised from Geneva airport for international participants as well as Genevans wishing to come directly from Geneva. Transport will also be arranged from there.

Prices & Materials

Thanks to the help of our local sponsors we are able to provide a discounted price to all Swiss nationals: Swiss national: The price of a 1 week

session is 670chf (without bike and bike bags) or 970chf (all included). International Participant: The price of a 1-week session is 970chf (without the bike or bike bags) or 1270chf (all included). This includes all of the participant’s expenses during the camp period, i.e. any public or private transportation during the camp, food, accommodation costs, and any common group equipment (tents and any other equipment related to the activities, harnesses and climbing equipment). Not included: transportation to and from the meeting point and any personal equipment (sleeping bag (contact us if you need it), clothing and other personal expenses). We offer a 20% discount to all participants coming with sisters, brothers or friends.

Ages & Languages

We offer this camp for 9 – 16 year olds (itinerary and activities adapted to needs). In addition, we have enthusiastic 17-19 year olds participating to help manage the camp tasks, in case you want to come as a helper, please contact us at [email protected]. We believe in bringing together an international community, which is why the languages spoken at the camp are French and English, which is what we have seen from our past experience and the huge benefit of mixing Francophones and Anglophones and learning from both groups.

Itinerary and activities
Stage 1: Ste-Croix to Vallorbe
Description : In the Jura, Ste-Croix and L’Auberson plunge you into a nostalgic world of automated magic, music boxes and puppeteers. After a brief performance in the plain, the TGV set off in Vallorbe.
Strengths: Ste-Croix, L’Auberson, automata, music boxes, artistic representation.
Stage 2: Vallorbe to La Côte-aux-Fées
Description: After a short drive along Buttes, Mont-de-Buttes welcomes you into the mountains. Modern tractors quickly pass you, contrasting with memories of a more peaceful time. Avoiding the marsh of La Vraconnaz after La Côte-aux-Fées, the atmosphere can evoke a horror movie when the fog rises.
Strengths: Mont-de-Buttes, the marshes of La Vraconnaz, the Jura Mountains, a mysterious atmosphere.
Stage 3: La Côte-aux-Fées to Vallorbe
Description: The nature reserve “La Mouille de La Vraconnaz” at 1100 m altitude is located on the border of Vaud, Neuchâtel and the Doubs in France. Museums in L’Auberson and Sainte-Croix display pianos, automatons and dancing dolls. The enchantment continues at the Col de l’Aiguillon and the beautiful meadows of the Jura guide you to the “Aiguilles de Baulmes”.
Strengths: Nature reserve “La Mouille de La Vraconnaz”, Col de l’Aiguillon, art museums, Aiguilles de Baulmes, spectacular landscapes.
Stage 4: Lac de Joux to Lac Brene
Description: The peaceful Lac de Joux rests in the upper valley, surrounded by dry stone walls artistically assembled in the tranquil Jura Park of Vaud. The descent is effortless, the anticipation growing to return to the joyful shores of Lake Geneva.
Strengths: Lac de Joux, Vaud Jura Park, artistic dry-stone walls.
Stage 5: Lac Brenet in Charbonnières
Description: A detour leads to the captivating Vallorbe Caves, a world of stalactites and stalagmites in a cool 10-degree environment. The Orbe River flows with a roar down an underground path here. By bike, the forest path climbs steeply, hiding the view of the imposing Dent de Vaulion (1483 meters). A visit to the Cheese Museum in Charbonnières is recommended.
Strengths: Vallorbe caves, Orbe river, Dent de Vaulion, Charbonnières Cheese Museum.
Stage 6: Charbonnières at the Col de Marchairuz
Description: Leaving the cool of the Lac de Joux, another climb begins in the direction of the Col de Marchairuz. This mountainous region attracts both cyclists and motorcyclists. The route departs from the main road to pass through the splendid Vaud Jura Park, a regional mosaic of forests, meadows, marshes, sinkholes and isolated alpine huts.
Strengths: Col de Marchairuz, Vaud Jura Park, various natural landscapes.
Stage 7: Col de Marchairuz to Nyon
Description: The descent to Lake Geneva offers a striking contrast. Thriving wheat fields, vineyards and charming wine villages create a Mediterranean ambience. In the village of Bassins, historic fountains dating back to 1688 are to be admired.
Strengths: Wheat fields, vineyards, historic fountains, cultural and musical attractions of Nyon.
A typical day
7:00 am – Wake up and have breakfast at camp.
8:00 am – Camp preparation and start the bike trip
12:00 pm – Stop for lunch (sandwich, crackers, fruit, etc.)
14:00 – Camp set up for the night
15:00 – Explore the surroundings and schedule activities.
6:00 p.m. – Cook dinner (freeze-dried meal, soup, etc.)
7:00 p.m. – Campfire and socialization, educational program (astronomy, team game).
9:00 p.m. – Lights off
Note: This is only a sample itinerary and activities can be adjusted according to the needs and preferences of the group.
What physical condition should I be in?

Since we will be participating in different outdoor activities throughout the trip, our students must have a minimum of physical fitness to participate in the bike camp. But in our experience, this is the case for 95% of young people between 9 and 16 years old! In the months leading up to your trip, we recommend that you participate in physical activity at least once a week if you are not already doing so. Contact us if in doubt, we will be happy to guide you to the best camp.

What equipment should I bring?
  • Sleeping bag, mattress and pillow
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Diapers for 4 days and 3 nights
  • Hiking boots
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Jacket/sweatshirt
  • Several swimsuits and sunscreen
  • Towels (Shower & Beach)
  • Multiple sets of socks and underwear
  • Sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)
  • Medicine
  • Pajamas
  • Raincoat
  • T-shirts, shorts, pants and long-sleeved shirt
  • A slice of house (photos, notes, stuffed animals, etc.)

*Note: A more detailed packing list will be emailed one week prior to camp*

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 ( 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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Best investment we could have made

"The travelling summer camp in Graubünden was the best investment we could have made for our child's summer. Not only did they come back with new skills and confidence on a bike, but they also came back with hearts full of unforgettable memories and lifelong friendships. Attentive and knowledgeable instructors made the trip possible, and the breathtaking scenery provided the perfect backdrop for our child's personal growth. We are truly grateful for the experience and the positive impact she had on our child. Thank you for giving them the gift of adventure and self-discovery.
Mana Blaga , Parent

As parents,

As parents, sending our child to the Swiss bike trip camp was a decision we will never regret. Not only did they come back physically stronger and more confident on a bike, but they also came back with a new sense of independence and maturity. The memories and friendships formed at the camp will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We are truly grateful to the experienced and supportive instructors who guided our child on this incredible journey. Thank you for giving them the gift of adventure and self-discovery.
Jake et Caroline Luc , Parents

The perfect escape from monotony

The 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
Ioanne Melchior , Participante

I'm not a cyclist

I've never considered myself a cyclist, but the bike Camp in Graubünden in 2022 proved to me how much fun bike trips can be. The beautiful scenery and itineraries were not only physically demanding but also mentally uplifting. The sense of accomplishment I felt after each outing was indescribable. But what made the experience truly special was the supportive and inclusive community of the camp. I made lifelong friends and memories that I will cherish forever. Thank you for showing me the power of determination and teamwork.
Jake Hu , Participant


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