Would you like to try out our activities before the summer camps?

Gel Blaster Weekend: May 4-5

This edition with prizes from our educational partner: EVULPO!

Prizes to be won at the tournament:

Most Valuable Player: One year of free and unlimited access to Evulpo (~180CHF) and sports polo online courses!

Weekend Astronomy Quiz Winner:
Surprise prize!

Top 3 players
: 6 months of free and unlimited access to Evulpo (~90CHF) and sports polo online courses!

Top 5 players:
3 months of free and unlimited access to Evulpo (~60CHF) and sports polo online courses!
All participants: 1 month of free access! A cap and certificate.

This tradition is open to everyone aged 7 to 15 who want to participate in a fun weekend filled with activities in the heart of nature. From Saturday morning (meeting point Lausanne Station) to Sunday lunchtime (return Lausanne Station) 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).

We are organising a weekend (4-5 May) open to all and all young people aged 7 to 15 (16-18 are part of the Student Leadership Programme) in Gryon with departure from Lausanne Gare.

Registration Form:

Please fill out the form before the spots are sold out!

20% group discount on all bookings!
This means that if you register two or more participants, each of those registrations will be 20% cheaper.

*Thanks to our local sponsors, participation in the weekend costs 130chf for Swiss residents and 150chf for others (including everything: transport (from Lausanne Station), accommodation, food, activities. etc.. included).


Book a place in the camps for free!

Weekend program:

In partnership with EVULPO

Saturday 4 May 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 5 May 2024:

      • 11:00 Lunch at the hut
      • 12:00 Descent from the hut
      • 14:15 Arrival in Lausanne at Pier 2.


Price of the activity

With the help of our local sponsors, we are able to provide a discounted price. Weekend prices: 130CHF. FAMILY / GROUP DISCOUNTS: In order to promote the camp to more families (who might also share our values), we are able to offer a 20% discount on all bookings if they join a friend or family member. This means that if you register two or more participants, each of those registrations will be 20% cheaper.

Weekend Activities:

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.

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. 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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