Best Summer Camps Switzerland
Sea & Island Adventure Camp
This unique camp blends in exploration, bonding and leadership to offer students the experience of a lifetime, as they embark on a 2-week journey sailing around the coast of Corsica with a small group of likeminded youngsters aboard 50 foot modern yachts.
The focus of the programme is on the multitude of activities – taking place in the mountains, on shore and at sea. Sailing is done by the experienced captains and crew, assisted by students. Students will develop essential leadership skills like goal setting, time management, optimisation and conflict resolution through exciting activities, such as coasteering, windsurfing, rock climbing, kayaking and horseback riding, to name but a few.
The camp operates in very small groups per vessel, which gives students the opportunity to form friendships to last them a lifetime while reducing the chance of covid infections to practically zero.
Summer Leadership Course
Inspiring leadership summer camp for boys and girls between 11 and 17 years old in Lausanne with challenging outdoor activities in the Swiss Alps, international environment and a team of talented, professional staff.
Organised by the Swiss Leadership Academy and hosted by the prestigious boarding school College Champittet, the camp offers a great programme focused on leadership skills for the 21st century. Each student will grow as a person by learning to set goals, manage time and stress efficiently, improve organisation and communication skills while creating synergy in a team, all through fun outdoor challenges and activities such as rock and ice climbing, canyoning, water sports, media training, dancing and etiquette courses.
The camp’s language of instruction is English but those wishing to improve their French can do so by participating in 15 hours of conversational classes.
Préfleuri has over 70 years experience in organising educational, cultural and sports holiday camps for children aged 3 to 14 years old. Children from all over the world and from many different cultures gather together, make friends and exchange ideas and traditions in the school’s 2 hectares of nature in the Swiss Alps.
In the morning, students have 3 hours of language lessons in English or French, followed by a very active afternoon with sports ranging from tennis to horseback riding, from martial arts to rock climbing or even from mountain biking to kayaking. The evenings are dedicated to parties, games and themed shows.
La Garenne Summer Camp
La Garenne International School is a private bilingual school set in Villars-sur-Ollon, a famous resort in the Swiss Alps. Besides its regular academic courses, the school offers a residential summer programme for students aged 8-14 with a focus on language learning – French and English – and additional extracurricular activities.
International Summer Camp Montana
International Summer Camp Montana is a private summer camp located on the sunny plateau Crans Montana and offers mixed education for children from 8 to 17 years old. The focus of the camp is foreign language learning (French, Spanish, Italian), complemented by sports, arts and creativity, games and ecology. Students are divided into 4 different age groups. Starting from the end of June and running until the end of July, students can choose the length of their stay (1 to 4 weeks).
TASIS Summer Programmes
Located in Lugano, Switzerland, the TASIS Summer Programs offer students aged 4–18 a variety of programs to choose from:
Le Château des Enfants (CDE) is for students aged 4 ½–10 and features language and performing arts courses, sports and outdoor activities, and day trips to nearby destinations.
The Middle School Program (MSP) is for students aged 11–13 and offers intensive courses in languages and performing arts, sports and outdoor activities, elective academic programmes and cultural excursions.
The TASIS Summer Program (TSP) is for students aged 14–18 and features intensive courses in languages, arts, IB prep, sports and outdoor activities, and cultural excursions.
Rosenberg Summer Camp
Institute Rosenberg offers 2 summer programmes, a junior one for students aged 6 to 13 years which can run for up to six weeks, and a senior camp for participants aged 14 to 18 years which runs for a minimum of two weeks. Both camps run from July to August and offer “Focus Courses”. The camp students have the opportunity to choose either English or German lessons or one of camp’s focus courses (see website). Besides these classes, students can join sports programs and optional activities such as coaching for golf, tennis, horse-riding, personal training.
Zuoz Summer Language Camp
Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz resides within the small Swiss town of Zuoz, about a 20-minute drive from St Moritz and 15 minute drive from the Samedan Airport.
The Summer Camp Program runs for two, four or six weeks from late June to early August, although participants can also break up their stay into two-week chunks. This program only accepts applicants from 10 to 15 years and offers outdoors activities coupled with language courses.
Set between Lake Geneva and the beautiful Swiss Alps, Beau Soleil Summer Camp offers students aged 7 to 17 the Creative Activity Programme – which includes creative arts, sports, music and cooking – as well as the Interactive English or French Language Programme – delivered by qualified teachers. In addition, there are other age-appropriate activities for campers, such as nature hikes, team building games, rafting, biking, paddle board, ice-skating, theatre and yoga as well as cultural trips. Students can choose to stay for 2, 3 or 4 weeks.
Institut Montana welcomes boys and girls between 10 and 15 years old for sessions of 2 or 3 weeks that take place in July and August. The programme is a combination of intensive English and German morning classes (five days a week, four hours a day, in small class sizes), social, cultural and sports activities at the school’s own sport facilities. Students also take part in workshops on various topics as well as day and weekend trips to various locations in the surroundings.
International summer camps for boys and girls aged 4-18 years old with a focus on languages and outdoor activities in the Lake Geneva area. St. George’s International summer camps help children and teenagers to improve their language skills or get more creative with the S.T.E.A.M. programme.
For the summer of 2021, there are several 2-week programmes to choose from for students aged 8-18: Lake & mountain camp, Tennis masters or Performing arts academy.
Set in a natural scenery overlooking Lake Geneva, Surval Summer Camp is an exclusively girls camp for girls between 11 and 16 years old.
During the morning, girls enjoy French or English classes while in the afternoon they can choose from a wide variety of activities ranging from water sports on Lake Geneva, horse riding, yoga, go karting to savoir vivre classes such as etiquette, make up, colour and style analysis, and customs and culture. On the weekends, girls get to visit nearby cities like Geneva and Lausanne and go on excursions.
Girls can join the language and activity camp for 3 or 6 weeks and airport transfers to and from Surval are organised by the camp.
The Brillantmont Summer Course in July and August welcomes 10-17-year-olds from many different countries. Students choose French or English classes in the mornings and are in small classes (average of 12 students). In the afternoons, sports are played and may include stand up paddle, banana boat, volleyball, basketball, Frisbee, Zumba, or tennis.
JFK Summer camp
JFK summer camps welcome children aged 6 to 13 for a 2-week or 3-week boarding programme in the Swiss village Saanen. The programme is focused on experiencing the outdoors through themed weeks and specific activities such as hiking, climbing or camping and social events in the evening. Girls and boys are accommodated separately in traditional chalets.
Le Rosey organises several summer programmes for children aged 8-15 with a choice of 2, 3 or 4 weeks of activities, on the Lake Geneva or in the Gstaad mountains. The programme combines elective courses in the morning (languages, arts, technology etc.) with sports or creative activities in the afternoons and entertainment in the evening.
Aiglon Summer School
The Aiglon summer camp offers two programmes to international students: the Classic (8-12 yrs) and the Eagle (13-16 yrs). Each programme can be experienced for 2, 3 or 4 weeks as a residential summer camp or for 1 or 2 weeks as a day camp. The typical day structure implies an academic course of choice in the morning and sports and outdoors activities in the afternoon, with occasional excursions and expeditions.
Located in Leysin, Village Camps welcome girls and boys aged 7-18 years to their summer camp.
The daily schedule is divided into three parts. In the morning, campers devote 3 hours to their chosen programme which can be tennis, film academy, adventure, sports, dance or languages. During the afternoon they are encouraged to discover new activities suitable for their age such as archery, hiking, teambuilding, etc. In the evenings everyone gets together for whole-group events such as talent nights and discos. Cultural trips to Geneva or Gruyères are also organised.
Collège du Léman
Located in Geneva, Collège du Léman offers 3 summer camp programmes for boys and girls between 8 and 18 years old, combining French and English language classes, sports and other activities such as computer programming. The camps are available as boarding or day camps.
The 3 programmes offered are: GENIUS summer camp, with a focus on sciences and languages, the ACTION summer camp, packed with sports such as football and basketball as well as other activities including painting and modern dance and the PREMIUM summer camp, aimed at campers with an interest in golf, horse riding, music or tennis.
The Les Elfes summer camps are available from the beginning of June until the end of August, with a choice of several 2-4 week long sessions for international campers aged 7-17. Students will be in a fully international environment attending language immersion classes in the mornings and participating in group activities and sports during the afternoons as well as excursions and outdoor activities. Campers can choose between different arts clubs (dance, acting, photography, music video and more) and they each receive a certificate at the end of their stay.