Football Camp + Mountain Adventure

En collaboration avec la Lausanne Premier League, notre camp offre une fusion unique entre des cours journaliers de football et des sports d'aventure en plein air.

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In brief:

Get ready to lace up your boots and hit the pitch with Lausanne Premier League’s top-notch football lessons. Our experienced coaches, dedicated to fostering a love of the game, will guide campers through dynamic drills, skill development drills, and friendly competitions. Whether your child is an aspiring football star or a newcomer to the sport, our inclusive and supportive environment ensures that everyone has fun while honing their skills.

After a morning filled with football-related emotions, it’s time to embark on thrilling adventures with the Young Explorers Club. Our experienced outdoor educators are committed to providing a safe and exhilarating environment where campers can push their limits, discover new passions, and develop crucial life skills.

The program:

Why should I attend this camp?
  1. Holistic Development: Our camp focuses on the physical, social, and personal growth of each camper, creating well-rounded individuals.
  2. Experienced Coaches and Educators: Lausanne Premier League and Young Explorers Club bring together a team of passionate coaches and educators dedicated to creating a positive and impactful experience.
  3. Safety First: The safety of our campers is our top priority. We maintain high standards of safety throughout all activities, ensuring a worry-free experience for parents.
  4. Fun and Friendship: Our camp fosters a sense of camaraderie, creating an environment where lifelong friendships are formed.
Dates

The camp consists of several one-week sessions: Session 1: 7.07.24 – 14.07.24, Session 2: 14.07.24 – 21.07.24, Session 3: 21.07.24 – 28.07.24, Session 4: 28.07.24 – 04.08.24, Session 5: 04.08.24 – 11.08.24. Attendees can participate in one or more consecutive sessions. Participants may arrive or leave the camp on slightly different dates (depending on logistics and location), contact us for more information Attendees can participate in one or more consecutive sessions. And for those who want longer camps, we have other camps of 2 and 3 weeks (especially in Switzerland and elsewhere (Climbing Camp in Greece and Bike Trip Camp in Graubünden (Switzerland)).

Prices & Materials

With the help of our local sponsors we are able to provide a discounted price to all Swiss nationals: Swiss national: The price for a 1-week session is 680 chf. International participant: The price of a 1-week session is 1030 chf. 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 and friends.

Logistics

For Swiss participants, the meeting point for all the different sessions of the camp is at Parc Bourget in Lausanne. From Lausanne, transport is organised to the start of the camp. Another meeting point will be organized from Geneva airport for international participants.

The return point at the end of the camps is again at Parc Bourget in Lausanne where a small barbecue and farewell party will be organized and offered to participants and parents.

Ages & Languages

We offer this camp in 2 versions, one for 9 – 11 year olds (itinerary and activities adapted to needs) and the other for 12 – 16 year olds. In addition, we have enthusiastic 16-18 year olds participating to help manage camp tasks, in case you want to come as a helper, please contact us at contact@youngexplorersclub.ch. 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
Day 1: Welcome to Camp!
– Morning: Campers arrive, registration and orientation.
– Afternoon: Icebreaker activities, team-building exercises, and introduction to the week’s themes.
Day 2: Football Fundamentals and Team Dynamics
– Morning: Intensive football training sessions with Lausanne Premier League coaches.
– Afternoon: Team-building challenges, strategy discussions, and small-group friendlies.
Day 3: Outdoor Education Day
– Morning: Engaging outdoor education sessions focused on nature appreciation, survival skills, and environmental awareness.
– Afternoon: Guided nature hike and hands-on activities to apply lessons learned in the morning.
Day 4: Climbing Adventures
– Morning: Introduction to climbing techniques and safety measures.
– Afternoon: Climbing sessions at a local facility, allowing campers to challenge themselves and conquer new heights.
Day 5: Football Tournament Day
– Morning: Last football practice and team strategy discussions.
– Afternoon: Lausanne Premier League football tournament with exciting matches, cheering crowds and awards for sportsmanship.
Day 6: Water Sports Extravaganza
– Morning: Introduction to water sports, including kayaking and paddle boarding.
– Afternoon: Water activities on a nearby lake or river, promoting teamwork, coordination, and water safety.
Day 7: Grand Finale and Closing Ceremony
– Morning: Adventure relays and team challenges.
– Afternoon: Closing ceremony with awards, certificates and celebration of the week’s achievements.
– Evening: Campfire with stories, songs and reflections on the week’s experiences.
Camp Highlights:
– Theme Nights: Entertaining evenings with themes such as “Night of the Superheroes” or “Camp Olympics”, encouraging creativity and camaraderie.
– Campfire Sessions: Engaging discussions, storytelling and reflections to strengthen the bonds formed during the week.
– Adventure Journal: Campers will keep an adventure journal to document their experiences, thoughts, and personal growth throughout the week.
A typical day
7:00 am – Wake up and have breakfast at camp.
8:00 am – Camp preparation and start the hike
12:00 pm – Stop for lunch (sandwich, crackers, fruit, etc.)
13:00 – Resumption of the hike
14:00 – Camp set up for the night
15:00 – Explore the surroundings or relax.
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 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 (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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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."
Anais Richet , Participant 2019

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."
Felix Garcia , Participant 2019

I also learned a lot about myself

Hiking around Mont Blanc this summer was truly a life-changing experience. Not only did I learn a lot about hiking, but I also learned a lot about myself. I came back from the trip feeling more confident, empowered and grateful for the incredible memories I created."
Sophie Lopez , Participant 2019

My son was in good hands

"As a parent, it was such a relief to know that my son was in good hands at this backpacker summer camp. The staff was well trained and always prioritized the safety of children. The trips were challenging, but also so much fun, and I was able to see my son's growth as he accomplished each one."
Patrick Roy , Parent 2019

Explore new challenges in a fun, safe and caring environment

"My son had an unforgettable time at this backpacker summer camp (Around Mont Blanc)! The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful, and the scenery was breathtaking. He learned a lot about nature and gained a new appreciation for the great outdoors."
Marie-Claire Rousseau , Parent 2019
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