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!
Check out Lovell Camps on Social Media
October 14th, 2016
Even though we unplug while at camp, and we sincerely appreciate the importance of less screen time. Lovell Camps is trying to stay more connected with families and friends online! Help us to spread the word about our programs and connect with new people by sharing our Facebook page, or using the hashtag #lovellcampsgstaad on Instagram.
Check us out:
Facebook – Lovell International Camps
Instagram – @lovellcampsgstaad
Great Memories from Summer Camp
October 6th, 2016
As winter is approaching quickly, we are looking back fondly on the summer months and remembering all of the good times we had!
Let some campers tell you about their summer experiences:
“I liked the overnight in the teepees and also playing basketball everyday. Today, I liked making lava lamps and slime. I also really like going to the pool.” – 5 year old
“I loved that the counsellors are very willing to help. Also, I like that if something was wrong, counsellors are willing to sit and listen. They are very understanding.” – 8 year old camper
“This camp is the best camp I have ever been to – and I’ve been to a lot!” – 9 year old
“I liked the overnight, when I tried many new things! I also liked the selection of activities.” – 11 year old
“What would you like to see changed at Lovell Camps? Nothing it is all epic!” – 12 year old
“Lovell Camps allows us to feel our very best! We get to try new food, we make friends, and we feel fresh mountain air. There are a lot of fun activities that keep us moving. We go rafting, rock climbing, and at the disco, we get grooving! Fun counsellors entertain us, help us, and teach us new things. Camp organizes a carnival night with fun games like eating a cookie off a string. Thank you for all you’ve allowed us to achieve!” – 12 year old
“My favourite camp memory was the tepee overnight. I liked the overnight because it was fun! Up in the mountains, we had a delicious dinner, burgers and potatoes and then we roasted marshmallows. In the evening we had a cool program, we played hide and seek in the forest. We also saw horses and cows. It was very quiet at night and we looked at the stars and even saw a shooting star in the sky. Then we chilled and then we slept in the teepees.” – 12 year old
“My favourite camp memory was wakeboarding. I had so much fun, that I did it three times! The first time I tried it, I was not able to stand up on the board. The next person who tried to wakeboard failed too. The fourth person who tried was able to actually stand up right away. About 45 minutes later I got a second try and I did it! I definitely wanted to wakeboard again, so I went with the juniors when it was their turn. Mr. Max came with us and he went first. At the beginning he looked really funny but he got better. After all the juniors took their turns, I went for a third time and it was awesome because I stood on the wakeboard for quite a long time. I also tried to jump and I did it! After wakeboarding we went to swim in the lake, which was a beautiful end to the day.” – 14 year old
“I like everything here. I feel safe and happy, just like a family. It’s my first year at Lovell Camps. I am new here but I don’t feel that way at all. I had so much fun! My favourite part was the overnights. They were so much fun and lovely. At first it’s hard during the hike but when you’re at the top the view makes you forget everything, you just want to live there forever. I will miss everyone!” – 15 year old
“I like Lovell Camps because I feel safe and happy around both the staff and my friends.” – 15 year old
A Day in the Life of a Winter Camper
September 27th, 2016
“There’s no place like camp. I wish I could stay forever!” Well, you could join us for winter camp!
So most people have a good idea of a typical day at summer camp, but what happens at winter camp? Well, let me explain.
07.15 – Wake-Up
07.45 – Breakfast
08.15 – Room Chores & Prepare for the Day
09.00 – Day Campers Arrive
09.15 – Depart for Skiing
12.00 – 13.00 – Lunch & Supervised Free Time
13.15 – Depart for Skiing
15.30 – Return to Lodge
15.45 – Snack
16.00 – 17.30 – Language Lessons & Après-Ski Program
17.45 – Day Campers Depart
18.00 – 18.45 – Dinner
19.15 – 20.30 – Evening Program & Snack
21.00 – Lights Out
As you can see our winter program is just as busy as the summer and is full of many activities!
Children have about 5 hours of ski/snowboard instruction each day. Children really benefit from the personal attention with qualified instructors and small class sizes. The Gstaad Ski Resort offers such variety that participants will enjoy the new terrain to explore daily. After the first morning, children will have inside jokes, stories to share about their new friends and memories to last a lifetime. Après-ski programs are exciting and unforgettable, campers may have the opportunity to rock-climb, swim, ice-skate, sledge, build igloos and snow villages and other fun programs, arts and crafts and scavenger hunts. Language lessons are offered in both English and French and will be taught by professional teachers as an alternative afternoon option. Evening programs will include activities such as Lovell Camps’ Got Talent, wacky hair night, torch lit walk, movie night, trivia contest, Minute to Win it challenges, and of course, a disco and fondue party! The days are jam-packed with fun programs for everyone to enjoy.
What better way to spend winter days, than at camp with us?
Upcoming Winter Season!
September 22nd, 2016
If you have recently been on our Instagram account (@lovellcampsgstaad) you will realize that we are eagerly waiting the winter season to arrive. Looking back through old pictures of all the ski holidays, which children and adults have enjoyed at the Mountain Lodge, has brought us much energy and excitement for what this winter season will bring!
2016-2017 winter camp at Lovell Camps is going to be an unforgettable one! We are proud to say that each year, the winter ski program continues to develop and grow. Our growing success is due the Gstaad region, the diverse programs we offer and our dedicated staff team.
Skiing 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!
Each one of our programs is tailored specifically to the needs of the program. The programs run from the middle of December until the middle of March. We offer a wide variety of programs;
Winter Camp for Children – Our winter camp program is offered to participants between the ages of 6 – 16 years old. With 5 hours of instructions on the hill each day, children are guaranteed to have a great time and improve their skiing/snowboarding skills immensely. Après-ski programs will be exciting and unforgettable, campers may have the opportunity to rock-climb, swim, ice-skate, sledge, build igloos and snow villages and other fun programs, arts and crafts and scavenger hunts. Language lessons will be offered in both English and French and will be taught by professional teachers as an alternative afternoon option. Evening programs will include activities such as Lovell Camps’ Got Talent, wacky hair night, torch lit walk, movie night, trivia contest, Minute to Win it challenges, and of course, a disco and fondue party! The program is guaranteed to be engaging and children will leave with memories to last a lifetime.
Kids’ Club Program – There is never a dull moment for these little campers! Everything from music and dance, to art projects, local excursions to the ice rink or the petting zoo, professional ski lessons and fun in the pool, are just some of the activities children enjoy in one day in our Kids’ Club program. The program is offered for 2-5 year olds, and is held at Le Grand Bellevue Hotel in Gstaad. Attendance is flexible with half day or full day options and the program runs six day a week.
Family Ski Holiday Packages – Family ski holidays are always a great experience! We offer a way for parents and children to truly enjoy themselves in Switzerland. Children will experience a fun-filled, fully supervised and all-inclusive camp program – which will last from the moment they wake up to the time they go to bed. Parents will be able to enjoy their ski holiday knowing that their children are being well taken care of by professional staff and instructors.
Ski Trips for School Groups – Lovell International Camps has over 40 years experience running an international school and camp and therefore, we understand that each school or group is unique. We can tailor the programs specifically to fit the needs of any group. We have worked with many well-known and reputable schools from all over the globe and our relationships continue to develop. This winter we are so pleased to welcome Basel International School back for another year and this time for three full weeks of programming! We also are looking to welcome groups from Oman, Japan, Kuwait and many from the United Kingdom.
Last but definitely not least our staff team! We couldn’t run the outstanding programs we do without a highly qualified and dedicated team. We have hundreds of applicants each season and we hand select our team based on education, experience and personality. We are a small family run company and therefore, we highly value each and every member that works from us. Many staff return for multiple seasons, as they become part of the Lovell family and the Saanenland holds a special place in their hearts. These individuals work around the clock to provide the absolute best quality of care for all of our clients. Without our terrific team we wouldn’t be where we are today!
Have you started to register for our winter program yet? We would be thrill to welcome your children, family or school group this season! Please contact us directly at email@example.com for further information.
The Benefits of Learning to Ski as a Child
September 13th, 2016
There are numerous benefits to learning to ski as a child, here are a top few of our favourites at Lovell Camps.
1. Fosters Body-Awareness & Self-Awareness – Skiing teaches children how to use body parts separately and in sync with each other. Balance and coordination improves quickly while learning how to ski. Skiing uses the full body (and mind) in order to be successful. Children become more aware of their body in space, but also become aware of their personal strengths and weaknesses. Skiing challenges participants both physically and emotionally, allowing children to become more aware of themselves in all capacities.
2. Builds Confidence & Perseverance – Skiing takes tremendous dedication and perseverance. Skiing teaches children to get back up and try again! Each new improvement gives children more confidence and pride. The smiles on children’s faces at the end of the day, says it all.
3. Increases Overall Health – Skiing is great exercise and extremely hard work. When on the mountain, the heart is pumping faster and therefore the muscles get stronger. Lung capacity improves too, as it is an endurance and cardiovascular activity.
4. Healthy Competition – Friendly competition to always a good motivation to achieve personal goals and improve skills. Being in a ski class, encourages participants to keep up with one another and also allows for a positive environment to learn and improve in.
5. Enhances Social Skills – Children learn social skills while on the slopes. There are right ways to pass someone and help those in need. You must respect your fellow skiers and learn to interact appropriately on the slopes. Also the conversations and laughter on the chair lifts are sometimes the best parts of the day. Ski classes bring children closer very quickly, as the skiers are participating in a new experience together and immediately have new memories and stories to share.
6. Increases Mood – The increased production of endorphins gives skiers a sense of happiness. Research from Yonsei University in South Korea, has shown that individuals who visit the slopes show an increased feeling of happiness, satisfaction and reduced stress. Children will smile more! And also, sleep better at night from all of the activity and fresh air, leading to another happy day.
7. Allows for an Appreciation of Nature – Taking in the mountain top views and fresh air, allows skiers to appreciate the beauty surrounding them. Children learn at a young age, that nature and the outdoors is a valuable part of their daily life, therefor, developing an important foundation for their development.
8. A Life Long Skill – Skiing is an activity that can be enjoyed for many years to come. Children are more likely going to continue skiing, if they learn at a young age.