A true summer sleep away camp feeling in Switzerland
Students spend up to 3 weeks in one of Switzerland's most scenic areas, indulging in a wide range of activities ranging from canyoning, surfing, zip lining, via ferrata, and more. The team will also embark on a Glacier Expedition up 3000 metres where they will be engaged in leadership workshops and enjoy an Alpine coaster, learn about glaciers and walk between two summits.
Distinct sessions for junior and senior students
Our summer camp welcomes students for separate sessions and two distinct age groups: Juniors (7-10) and Seniors (11-17). This authentic Swiss summer camp allows students to experience the magnificent Swiss Alps while enjoying a specifically tailored to their age programme, encompassing leadership modules, interactive workshops and challenges.
SUMMER CAMP IN SWITZERLAND: 21st Century Skills
A pedagogically aligned curriculum integrating the most outstanding activities with a learning path that results in an actionable outcome through which students can reflect on their development and identify areas of interest. SILC experts invite, encourage, and challenge students to develop their leadership skills throughout all activities, expeditions, and games.
AN AUTHENTIC SWISS EXPERIENCE:
One of Europe’s Best Summer Camps in Switzerland!
Something for everyone
We’ve prepared distinct sessions, ensuring something unique for each age group. Our youngest participants, aged 7-10, will partake in a one-week unforgettable experience, while our older students, aged 11-17, will embark on a one, two, or three-week leadership journey through the Gstaad Valley. With the guidance of our skilled trainers, this summer promises to be truly exceptional.
A programme like no other
Our camp offers students the possibility to get out of their comfort zone, explore new domains, explore wide range of experiences, identify what they wish to focus on improving from our leadership modules, and work towards their goals. Additionally, students are immersed in our SILC Family where they make new friends for life. The familial environment is further strengthened by the diverse programme that we have prepared.
Separate sessions for two distinct age groups!
The Gstaad Summer Leadership Camp offers a well-balanced programme where children are engaged with outstanding activities from morning till evening. Our programme, designed having in mind the utmost attention to the promised Swiss quality, incorporates workshops from our Leadership Modules focusing on various mediums such as optimising, communicating, global citizenship, goal setting, teamwork, and exploring the limits of one’s comfort zone, and the most exciting activities such as a Glacier Expedition, Surfing, Excursions, Bridge Swing and more. Explore below!
One-, Two-, and Three-week programme for SENIORS
11-17 years old
One Week: July 14th-July 20th 2024: Limited places!
Two Weeks: July 21st-August 3rd 2024: Limited places!
Three Weeks: July 14th-August 3rd 2024: Limited places!
All-inclusive fee per student (two weeks): 5,400.- Swiss francs
All-inclusive fee per student (one week): 3,200.- Swiss francs
Mandatory insurance fee: 200.- Swiss francs
One-week programme for JUNIORS
7-10 years old
July 14th-July 20th 2024: Limited places!
All-inclusive fee per student: 2,900.- Swiss francs
Mandatory insurance fee: 200.- Swiss francs
The fee is all inclusive and covers the entire camp programme packed with activities, as well as pick up from and drop off at Geneva International Airport or Geneva Train Station during regular pick-up/drop-off times* if required.
Arrival & Departure
We pick students up and drop them off at Geneva International Airport or Geneva Train Station upon arrival and departure. Alternatively, we can welcome students directly at our campus.
Food for all diets
We have a top chef who serves European and international dishes made from fresh ingredients. Salads, vegetables and fruits are always available, and vegetarian, religious, medical and any other special diets can also be catered for.
Language at camp
The main language during camp is English and a basic day-to-day understanding of English is sufficient. Students will improve their language skills throughout camp in a natural way interacting with our SILC Team and their peers.
*Please note that if pick-up/drop-off is not possible during regular pick-up/drop-off times (10:00AM-3:00PM), the extra charge for a pick-up/drop-off is 300.- Swiss francs per direction.
The summer camp is just awesome because of the cool people and how they teach things in a fun way. It's not like regular school; it's more like a big playground of fun activities that make you feel happy and excited. The friends you make there become like your summer family, and the way they teach you stuff is not boring at all – it's like learning while having a blast! What's really cool is that they made learning interesting by letting you do things with your hands, experience a glacier, jump from one tree to the other at the High Ropes Park or jump from cliffs during Canyoning. It's like a break from the usual school routine, and you get to try out all kinds of fun stuff. From working together as a team to doing cool creative things, every day is full of new adventures and chances to learn something new. The summer camp is not just a break from regular life; it's a super fun journey that you'll always remember. Highly recommended! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I did so many things this past weeks that I didn't think I would do in my life. I went canyoning, I went to a Glacier with my friends, I slept in a mountain hut in the middle of nowhere up on the glacier. I went through so many things, I met so many interesting people from all over the world. It is truly worthwhile. Very thankful to the entire team, to Martin, to Marianna and to everyone else who was there for all of us. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
William, United States
Everyone is really just like one big family and I honestly didn't expect it. I didn't really expect to get this close to so many new people from around the world here. I really didn't, it's great, it's amazing, I love it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Xiao Lu, China
This camp is really active and you always have something to do, which is really fun. The Gstaad Summer Leadership Camp makes me feel like I can go anywhere and do anything. I am so happy that my parents chose this camp for me! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Every summer, hundreds of students come together and join our various day and boarding summer camps in Switzerland and France. Our Gstaad Summer Leadership Camp in Switzerland is the product of many years of consideration and experience in delivering excellent leadership and personal development programmes to students from all over the world. Throughout the camp, students will tap into various domains of their personal growth such as communication, goal setting, prioritisation, teamwork and more.
Our surrounded-by-nature campus is located in Château-d’Oex – a picturesque town in the Gstaad Valley, and promises the true feel of a summer camp. Students are immersed in our private domain in the midst of the Swiss Alps. Bus rides are minimised so that our students can spend more time enjoying the most spectacular activities. We are simply a step away from the best summer camp activities one could wish for.
Students enjoy thrilling outdoor activities like canyoning, river rafting, rock climbing or via ferrata while developing their leadership skills such as communication, time management and collaboration and discovering the most stunning places in Switzerland, from the Gstaad Valley to Montreux, Interlaken and all the way up to the glaciers!
The participants will also finish camp with a course completion certificate and an overview Personal Action Plan, including all 21st Century competencies and skills learned. Many of our alumni see this as a valuable tool for future development and a great way to show mentors at school, friends or anyone else what they have learned.
In short, this is an ideal leadership camp for the youth of today that require a polished approach to education with our learning by doing concept. All this amounts to a unique experience that is very fun, meaningful, and truly memorable. Check out our camp photos below!
Typical day at camp
Example of a typical day
- 07h30-08h00 Wake-up
- 08h00-08h30 Breakfast
- 08h45-09h00 Morning assembly
- 09h00-09h15 Learning about connecting with others and types of communication we can use
- 09h00-12h30 High Ropes Course or Bushcraft & Forest Games
- 12h30-13h30 Lunch
- 13h30-17h30 Canyoning Adventure or Mountain Biking
- 17h30-18h30 Leisure time
- 18h30-19h30 Dinner
- 19h30-21h30 Go-Karting or Scavenger Hunt
This is just an example of a day. Our camp includes many activities that are aligned with all leadership modules and workshops. All activities are closely aligned with the leadership learning experience.
Activities throughout camp include
- Glacier expedition and overnight stay at our mountain base
- Ice climbing
- Nature & Mountain Hike including a first aid training in the Swiss mountains
- Rock Climbing
- High Ropes Course
- The Boat Game: Build a boat with your team and set sail!
- Mountain Biking
- Dance workshop
- Fun excursions to various spectacular places
- And more…
Gstaad Summer Leadership Camp
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A campus in the midst of nature nestled between a beautiful valley, traditional villages and the Swiss Alps
Our campus is located in the picturesque village of Château d’Oex that presents an array of exciting experiences. The region’s charm stems from the mountain views and the traditional Swiss chalets that add to the special atmosphere that the surroundings provide. Nestled between the sophisticated town of Gstaad and renowned for its famous cheese – Gruyères, some of the most stunning places await students to explore, cherish and embrace.
- Traditional Swiss chalet accommodation.
- High standard accommodation in a luxury boarding house.
- All rooms have en-suite bathrooms.
- Boys and girls are separated by floors.
- Healthy, fresh and great meals for all possible diets.
- Beautiful private mountain campus in a safe and quiet setting
- Spacious dining room and a large terrace overlooking the Gstaad Valley.
- Dedicated conference room for indoor games and workshops.
- 2 purpose designed pitches for sports games.
Students are accommodated with the utmost attention to detail and comfort in our traditional and comfortable Swiss chalet-style boarding house. Each room is shared with only one to three other students and possibilities to have friends or relatives share the same room are available. Care is taken to house students with those from other nationalities, languages, and backgrounds to enhance the international experience.
Organisation & Safety
Our experienced and international team has all the expertise required to manage the camp with great care, passion, attention for detail, operational excellence and safety.
We are dedicated to upholding the highest standards for creating a wonderful learning experience and looking after the health, safety and well-being of our students. We give all the support needed to ensure students are safe, enjoy their time and perform to the best of their abilities.
Reserve without risk: no deposits and full refunds
Secure your child’s place now without worrying about any financial impact as we do not ask for deposits and offer a full refund before the start of camp!
To assist you to the best of our abilities, we offer full refund in case:
1. Cancellation until 15th May 2024.
In the following case, SILC Academy will provide a partial refund:
1. Cancellation from 15th May 2024 until June 1st: 80% refund on the total camp fee
2. Cancellation from 1st June 2024 onwards: 50% refund on the total camp fee
No refund is made for cancellations as of 15th June 2024, inability to obtain an entry visa for Switzerland, a shortened stay, missed activities or workshops, withdrawal or dismissal during the camp, and in case of force majeure circumstances such as events/occurrences that are out of the control of SILC Academy such as, but not limited to, natural disasters, pandemics, airport strikes, accidents, technical difficulties, conflicts, fire, and bad weather conditions.
Gstaad Summer Leadership Camp in Switzerland
Register to unleash an unforgettable summer experience in the midst of the spectacular Swiss Alps. Limited places left!