International School Basel – Thank You & See You Next Year!
February 20th, 2017
We have been welcoming International School Basel to ski camp each winter since 2011! This year we were so happy to partner with them again, in an even larger capacity. We welcomed three different year groups over a three-week span in January. Each week there was between 80 – 100 people at the Mountain Lodge. We were treated with fresh snow, cold temperatures and beautiful sunny days!
The children’s enthusiasm and excitement for the program was second to none. All campers fully immersed themselves in the Lovell Camps program right from the get go, both on and off the ski slopes. Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities were able to experience the breath taking views and amazingly groomed runs, with some even skiing straight from the front door of the lodge. After a fun day of skiing campers returned to the Mountain Lodge where they had the opportunity to take part in the afternoon program. The afternoon program options included swimming, snow games, tobogganing, shopping in Gstaad or free time. I am sure you can guess which was the most popular! Dinner was a meal thoroughly enjoyed by all. A time to refuel the body, catch up on the latest gossip and enjoy the delicious flavours of the dinner. The day wasn’t done after dinner, evening program was a blast for all those involved. Children involved loved showing off some ridiculous gymnastics moves at the Wacky Talent night and others danced the night way at the end of the week disco!
None of this would have been possible without the help from all the staff accompanying the children! A big thank you to the school staff, as well as our staff for all of the time and effort dedicated towards the children at camp. We are already looking forward to welcoming the International School Basel in 2018!
Ski & Snowboard Camp
February 7th, 2017
Most people think of ski camps as trips organized through schools, and whilst Lovell Camps certainly provide many school ski camps, we also offer ski camp for individual children. Small ski/snowboard groups, with dedicated, experienced and highly qualified instructors, plus a comprehensive after ski and evening program, means your child is engaged from the moment they are picked up from the airport or dropped off at camp. The Saanenland has over 220km of pistes, and our ski in/ski out Mountain Lodge is right next to one of the many wide, scenic blue runs ideal for beginners and intermediates and providing access to the reds and blacks for our more experienced skiers and snowboarders.
Ice skating, rock climbing, camp fires, star gazing, pizza making, ten pin bowling, arts and crafts, night skiing, tobogganing, igloo building, shopping in Gstaad, tennis and swimming await your child between the hours of 4pm and 9pm, both before and after evening meal. Language lessons, once again in small groups offering personalized attention, are an option between 4pm and 5:30pm three days a week. Language lessons are modern, interactive and practical – for example this week we are making pizzas then writing the recipe. Lessons are offered in English and French and delivered by qualified school teachers.
We must not forget about the food! Our passionate chef prepares fresh, healthy food that is always popular with children and adults alike. Everything is homemade – burgers, soups, polenta chips, lasagna, chicken fillet burgers and there is always a fresh salad bar to accompany the meal. Breakfasts feature ham and cheese croissants and pancakes! Lunch is as substantial as the evening meal, and is served back in the warmth of the Mountain Lodge, to provide a re-energizing break from the slopes.
Accommodation is in comfortable bed rooms for 2-4 children, all with private ensuite bathrooms and splendid views of the surrounding mountains. The Mountian Lodge also has many play areas, classrooms, a large and small dining room and a movie room with a large screen. Our front garden is a huge play area and is full of fresh snow ready to build a snowman or an igloo!
Lovell Camps is very much an international environment with campers this season alone coming from China, Japan, Switzerland, Greece, Russia, Oman and England. Combine this with staff from Canada, Spain, Australia, England, the Czech Republic, and Denmark, your child is sure to hear a lot of English, and learn about other cultures and countries. So, whether your child comes with their school, or independently, a fun, memorable and positive experience awaits at Lovell Camps.
You’re Never too Old to Come to Camp!
December 8th, 2016
Think your child is too old to attend camp? Think again! Our Leadership Training program is specially designed for 16 – 18 year olds to gain confidence and leadership experience while still enjoying the atmosphere of summer camp! Participants will engage in seminars and workshops about professionalism, working with children, program planning, conflict resolution and leadership styles. They will gain experience by shadowing mentor counsellors through various programs, such as language lessons, swim instruction and specialty interest group programs. Participants will be able to explore the local areas and cultural events for added enjoyment while in Switzerland. Participants will walk away from this 4-week program with more self-confidence and independence, added job experience and memories to last a lifetime!
There is No Mystery Meat in Our Kitchen!
December 2nd, 2016
When you think of camp food, I am a sure hot dog and fries and other mediocre food come to mind – not at Lovell Camps!
Lovell Camps is fortunate to have an amazing kitchen team, led by our head chef Geoff – aka “Geoff the Chef”. We are proud of all the hard work and dedication that goes into running the kitchen so smoothly. We are keen to have Mr. Joshua join us this winter, as our Kitchen Assistant.
“Even though the kitchen comes under enormous pressure at times, we’re passionate about what we do,” say Geoff.
If you have attended a Lovell Camps program in the past few seasons, you will remember Geoff. He is a tall, friendly Australian who loves to chat. He will go out of his way to make you feel warmly welcomed and ensure the food exceeds your expectations. “Although chefs in general are notorious for being loud and aggressive at times, I assure you that I am friendly and approachable and willing to answer any questions you may have.”
When planning menus, Geoff tries to find healthy alternative options for the children to enjoy, as well as the adults. “I believe the best food is fresh and sourced locally where possible. We at the Lovell Camp kitchen strive for excellence. We aim to prepare meals that are hearty, healthy and nourishing but at the same time are fun and delicious.”
Attached are two of the most loved recipes from the summer season. Thank you Geoff for sharing your secrets!
Lovell Camps Granola
4 X 1kg Rolled Oats
2 X 1kg Pumpkin Seeds
1kg Sunflower Seeds
750g Sesame Seeds
600g Coconut Chips
50g Ground Ginger
100g Ground Cinnamon
Zest of 5 Oranges
1200g Honey (warmed up)
500ml Olive Oil
1kg diced Dried Apricots
1kg Dried Cranberries
1. Mix dry ingredients together to incorporate spices.
2. Add honey and olive oil and mix well.
3. Spread mix out over 6 trays about 2.5 t/a containers per tray.
4. Bake in 160C oven for approximately 40 minutes ensuring to pull trays out every 10 minutes to mix ingredients to ensure all ingredients are evenly toasted.
5. Allow to cool completely.
6. Add dried fruit. Mix well.
Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding
15g Baking powder
350g Castor Sugar
80g ‘Good Quality’ Cocoa
50ml Vegetable Oil
2tbsp Vanilla Extract
- This recipe can be doubled when making it for a group of 8-10 people.
1. Using your pudding dish or a mixing bowl addsugar, salt, cocoa, oil, milk, eggs and vanilla and combine all ingredients together using a whisk or electric mixer. Try and mix to remove lumps.
2. Fold in sifted flour and mix well using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula.
3. Place in ovenproof dish and sprinkle with 150g castor sugar mixed with 30g cocoa.
4. Gently pour 500ml of hot water over this.
5. Bake for 30 minutes in a 180C oven.
- Best served with vanilla ice cream or double cream.
It’s Time to Start Thinking About Summer Camp!
November 28th, 2016
Before the winter season kicks off in full gear, we are also eagerly preparing for the 2017 summer camp program. Summer camp is shaping up to be an unforgettable season. We already have new and returning campers registered for the program. There will be many returning team members joining us again this summer, building upon their experiences from past summers.
The 2017 summer program has been tailored to include even more exciting and adventurous activities for all of the different age groups of children. Spectacular new weekly excursions and overnight trips are being offered; not to mention, the classic events such as the Swatch Beach Volleyball World Series, Swiss Tennis Open, Menuhin Festival, and, of course, Aquaparc will be a part of the program. Special activities such as, mini golf, pool parties, cook outs, campfires and shopping trips will once again be favorites of all the campers! Due to the success of the additional interest groups, campers will once again be able to select four activities to participate in during the afternoons. These activities will include, golf, horseback riding, tennis, mountain biking, rock climbing, football, dance and gymnastics, drama, music, arts and crafts, cooking and baking. It will be a program, you won’t want to miss out on.
Please visit our website, www.lovellcamps.ch and click “Apply Now” to register today!
Not Sure What to Pack for Winter Camp?
November 21st, 2016
Hundreds of families will visit our Lodge over the winter season, which means many suitcases coming and going from our facilities!
Packing and preparing for winter camp can be stressful, especially if you aren’t a winter expert. Don’t worry – we are experts in this area! We have learned a thing or two, after years of unpacking and packing participants bags through out the seasons. So, we wanted to reach out and help with the packing process, so it isn’t so daunting on your end.
Whether your children are coming to winter camp or on a school trip, please see the recommended clothing and equipment list for a one-week program. If you send exactly what is on the list, your child will be comfortable, warm and well prepared for the program.
Please label all items that are sent to camp. This not only helps our staff immensely, but is also ensures items will be sent home with your child.
If you are unsure of anything while packing, please just contact the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we would be happy to help clarify for you.
Our Youngest Campers are Nuggets
November 14th, 2016
In case you didn’t know ‘nugget’ is a term of endearment, for all things cute and sweet; just like the children in our Kids’ Club program.
The Kids’ Club program is designed for 2-5 year olds, with many opportunities for these young campers to discover, learn and grow! The energy these campers bring to camp each day is contagious and never ending. This program is much more then just babysitting, our Kids’ Club offers a well balanced and specifically designed program for this age group of children.
Children have the opportunity to explore many activities such as music & dance, crafts, imaginative play, language activities, baking and a variety of sports. The endless laughs and fun times in the ball pit, can’t be forgotten either! Optional skiing lessons are offered each afternoon. If children aren’t skiing, they still get to enjoy the magic of the winter season with outdoor play. Swimming wraps up the day for campers. Children are guaranteed to be exhausted and full of stories from an action packed day at camp!
We are so happy to be partnered with Le Grand Bellevue Hotel in Gstaad again this winter to offer this program. The schedule is very flexible, with half day and full day options, as well as 3-day and 6-day packages. Please note, Kids’ Club is closed on Mondays.
Book a School Ski Trip Today with Lovell Camps!
November 11th, 2016
Winter is eagerly knocking on our door and preparing for a top-notch ski season! Over 60 cm of snow has already fallen in the last five days at the Mountain Lodge. This is just the beginning and will help to develop a solid base of snow on the mountains for the rest of the season. Many people have already taken advantage of this early snowfall and have been out skiing on Glacier 3000!
Here at Lovell International Camps in the heart of the Swiss mountains we offer wonderful school ski trips, resulting from over 40 years experience running an international school and camp. We understand that each school or group is unique. We can tailor the programs specifically to fit the needs of any group.
The skiing here in Switzerland is top quality, and the Gstaad region is one of the largest and most diverse winter sports regions in the country. The region offers over 220 kilometers of ski-able terrain and guaranteed snow between the end of October through to the start of May. Our ski resort offers a taste of everything from absolute beginner skiers, who can enjoy the eight different nursery slopes, to the most advanced skiers, who can enjoy the difficulty of the black pistes, three snow parks, ski-cross run and a timed race-course. Compared to other ski resorts in Switzerland, the Gstaad region remains untouched, meaning line-ups don’t exist and you will never feel crowded on the slopes. If it isn’t skiing you are looking for, the region offers hundreds of kilometres of hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, numerous tobogganing tracks and ice sports such as skating and curling, not to mention beautiful village towns with many shops and restaurants. There is something here for everyone!
We work with many well-known and reputable schools from all over the globe and our relationships continue to develop. We are happy to welcome back numerous returning schools again this winter! Basel International School is joining us for not one week, but three weeks of programming this year. We have been working with Basel International School since 2011 and we are thrilled for our partnership to be growing and developing further. We are proud to welcoming and hosting new and returning school ski trips from Oman, Japan, Uganda and many from the United Kingdom this season!
During a week’s school ski trip, not only do you get a lot of high quality ski and snowboard instruction from our professionally trained staff with full supervision but you also experience a very wide scope of apres-ski and evening activities. Apres-ski and evening programs may include, language lessons (English or French), swimming, rock climbing, skating, sledding, tennis/badminton, various sports & games, scavenger hunts, night hikes and camp fires, talent shows, movie nights, bowling and disco parties! The ski instructors carefully monitor all of these programs, so there is much continuity and bonding between campers and staff, which sets us apart from other programs.
No wonder so many schools rebook us each year for their school ski trips! Why not ensure your school also enjoys a special winter camp experience, here is beautiful Switzerland with Lovell Camps by contacting us today.
50 Days Until Winter Camp!
October 30th, 2016
The count down is on, only 50 days until our winter camp programs begin!
We can’t wait to welcome many new and returning families to the Mountain Lodge. We have been working hard in the office to prepare an outstanding program, and we know everyone will enjoy their stay with us. Now, we are just waiting on the snow to arrive!
Keep an eye out in the upcoming days to meet the 2016-2017 Winter Staff team on our Facebook page. They are a terrific group of great people – talented, qualified and overall awesome!
If you haven’t already registered for the upcoming season, please visit our website, www.lovellcamps.ch, for the online application form. There are only a few spaces left, so please contact us as soon as possible to secure a place in the program.
Just a Few of the Many Lessons Learned at Summer Camp
October 24th, 2016
Camp is a special place that allows all campers participants, to learn, grow and develop themselves further. Whether campers attended our program for one week or the entire summer, we wish for all of them walk away standing a little taller and with more confidence in themselves because of all the new experiences they have been exposed to.
Campers were asked what lesson(s) did you learn at camp and below are some responses:
- Be yourself
- Try new things
- Meeting new friends from around the world is cool!
- Always wear sun cream
- How to be a good friend
- You should smile often!
- Working as a team is more important then alone
- Believe more in myself
- Survival skills – I built a fire!
- How to solve problems with other people
- Always pack a rain coat, water bottle and a hat
- How to make my bed and clean my room
- I don’t always need my phone
- How to plan an event for others – Carnival Night!
- Say nice things to others
- Four square is the best game ever!
Campers never cease to amazing us!