Snow in July
Lovell International Camps are like nothing you’ve ever heard of before. They were founded in Switzerland by two Canadians steeped in the Canadian camping tradition—William and Sandra Lovell—and who transplanted it to the Alps. Today the camp welcomes campers from around the world. This story was submitted by Bryce Lovell, program director of Lovell International Camps, Switzerland.
I will never forget an overnight excursion a few years ago in July. I took a group of 14 children on a hike to the Wildhorn high in the Swiss Alps. The children were very international and most had never really seen mountains before, let alone hiked up hundreds of meters in altitude in the July sun while carrying personal belongings and lunch.
With some games, songs and encouragement along the way we made it to the top! The children had such a sense of accomplishment beaming off their sweaty faces. We settled into the alpine hut, had a delicious dinner and all of us fell asleep early from the physical activity all day long.
To our surprise the next morning, we peacefully woke up to a snow-covered mountaintop and beautiful large flakes were falling from the sky! It was so magical. The children rushed outside to experience this new wonder, sledding and snowballs were immediate activities for the children to enjoy. I will never forget the excitement and looks on all of the children’s faces – “snow in July?” Needless to say, many pictures were taken that morning and children didn’t stop talking about this experience to their other friends upon our return.
About Lovell International Camps
Lovell International Camps is based in the heart of the Swiss Alps in the Gstaad ski region, and offers summer programs to children between the ages of 6 – 18 years old. Campers come from all corners of the globe, including England, America, Switzerland, Canada, Holland, and, Australia. The camp prides itself on our professional daily language lessons in English or French. Through interest groups, campers have the opportunity to explore various programs such as mountain biking, rock climbing, gymnastics, tennis, golf, horseback riding, archery, football, drama, art, music and cooking and baking. Due to the location, outdoor education is a major component of the camp programming.
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