Gel Blaster weekend: March 2-3 with overnight stay in a chalet.

Do you want to meet people your own age and have a cool weekend full of activities and fun? We are organising a weekend (2 – 3 March) open to all young people aged 8 to 16 in Gryon with departure from Lausanne Gare.

This biannual tradition is open to all ages 8 to 16 who wish to participate in a fun weekend filled with outdoor activities. From Saturday morning to Sunday lunchtime with an overnight stay in the chalet in Gryon, the club offers several activities during the weekend, including a Gel Blaster tournament. The weekend program (more info at the bottom of the page) is a great opportunity to test our activities before the summer camps and to discover our pedagogical values (click here to find out more).

Weekend Activities:

🔫 Gel Blaster Tournament: Unleash your inner warrior spirit in our Gel Blaster Tournament ! What is a gel blaster, you ask? Imagine paintball without the stains. It’s a thrilling, safe, and energetic game that combines strategy and excitement. Build teams, strategize, and roam our purpose-built forest for an experience like no other.

🌲 Nature Workshops: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of nature with our interactive workshops. Winter Flora Identification Workshop, our monos will guide you on an educational journey through the serene winter landscape.

🏠 Night at the Chalet: As night falls, relax in our charming chalet for a warm and friendly evening.

🔥 Campfire & Games: Gather around a crackling fire under the starry sky.

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*Thanks to our local sponsors, participation in the weekend costs 105chf (transport, accommodation, food, activities, etc. included).

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The Program: *

Saturday 2 March 2024:
      • 9:00 am Meeting point at Lausanne Gare. Presentation and meeting of the participants.
      • 9:21 Departure of the train for Gryon. Presentation and start of the hike to the chalet.
      • 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. GEL BLASTER TOURNAMENT
      • 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. AND CONTINUATION OF GEL BLASTER TOURNAMENT with lights.
      • 20:30 Bonfire and astronomy session.
      • 10:00 p.m. Sleep time.
Sunday 3 March 2024:
      • 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:

Price of the activity

With the help of our local sponsors, we are able to provide a discounted price. Price for the weekend: 105 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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