The winter season can be boring more so because you and your children can no longer engage in the fun and exciting wintertime activities. Winter can make both children and adults lazy seeing that they spend most of their time indoors. However, this doesn’t have to be the case anymore with the numerous winter camp activities available in Switzerland.
How to Survive During Winter Camp
Here are some tips to help your child survive through winter camp with ease.
Ensure their Tent has a Vestibule
When choosing a tent, make sure it comes complete with a vestibule or a hallway. Make a ditch at the hallway to allow accumulation of cold air. This will make way for warm air to rise over the cold air and make your sleeping compartment warm. The ditch will also come in handy to ensure kids can sit upright inside the tent with their feet down, just as they would do while sitting on a chair.
Pack their Stuff in Water Proof Bags
During winter, the weather tends to be drizzly and wet which means stuff will take longer to dry. To ensure that your child’s belongings remain as dry as possible, pack them well in waterproof bags. You should also ensure that they understand the importance of storing their essential equipment inside the tent when they’re not using them.
If you have to Boil Water, Don’t do it inside the Tent
Camp instructors and organizers should already know this fact. When you boil water inside the tent all moisture from the boiling water freezes inside the tent. As a result, a slight encounter with the tent walls will cause snow to fall inside the tent. Remember, you want to ensure that your belongings are dry and having moisture inside the tent isn’t going to help you achieve your dryness goals. Where possible, boil your water outside the tent.
Ensure Your Child’s Sleeping Bag is Warm Enough
A sleeping bag is a must-carry item whether you’re going for summer or winter camp. However, your child’s winter camp sleeping bag should be sufficiently warm to keep them comfortable throughout the camping season. Opt for a synthetic sleeping bag during winter because it can withstand wetness and still keep kids warms enough.
Where to go for Winter Camp Activities in Switzerland
Switzerland is a beautiful country where both adults and school-going children from various parts of the world go for both winter and summer camps. The country has different places you can choose as your camping site. What’s more, there are numerous activities you and the children can engage in as we shall see later in this post. Here are some of the places you may want to go for your winter camp.
Camping Des Cheseaux
This camping site is located in Saint-cergue Switzerland. Some of the facilities available include; a playground for the children, a meeting room for the adults, a launderette, and free wifi. Both children and adults can participate in some of the sports activities offered here such as horse riding, alpine skiing, and mountain biking, and snowboarding. There’s a cinema room where you can enjoy yourselves and relax after a hard day’s work.
Camping Des Frassettes
This camping site located in Gryon offers 65 pitches of caravans, tents, and motor homes. There’s lots of bread for the kids, a playground, and a kid’s club where children can engage in various camp games to keep them occupied albeit the cold weather. Other activities you can engage in at this campsite include; table tennis, boules, and board games.
If you’re going for your winter camp in Les Haudères, then the Camping Molignon is an ideal site for both adults and children. While here, you can enjoy the scenic sights of panoramic mountains. If you enjoy marveling at rivers, then this site lies approximately 25 meters from the river.
All you need to enjoy the beautiful sight of a frozen river is walk towards it. This site offers 120 pitches of caravans, tents, motorhomes, and also offers table tennis on site. If you prefer engaging in diverse activities, you may want to explore other fun camp theme ideas from a nearby location. These include; horse riding, hiking, climbing, snowboarding, and alpine skiing.
Verbier is a popularly known alpine village situated in Valais Canton Switzerland. If you’re planning a winter camp for students in your school, this location is ideal as it offers a vast ski area complete with exceptional views of the Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.
Here, you’ll have an opportunity to explore and marvel at the ski slopes, a lake, and a nature reserve. If you’re planning to visit Switzerland for your winter camp, Verbier camps should be a must-visit location.
Must-Try Exciting Winter Camp Activities
If you want to keep the children occupied and busy during winter camp, do it through camp games. Let’s find the outcome of the ideal games for winter camping.
Tug of War
If you’ve ever played tug of war, you know how challenging it can be. Now imagine how much more challenging it will be if you tried playing it during winter. Not only will the game be fun and exciting, but it will also present you with more challenges especially because it involves sliding and slipping on snow. All you need for this game is a strong rope. You will also need to shove away the snow to prepare a middle ground for the game.
Snowboarding is a fun and exciting winter sport that has been practiced since ancient times. Unlike in the past when participants engaged in the sport by tying wooden planks or plywood to their feet and fastening them using horse reins and clotheslines, today, snowboarders use a special boot specially designed and fixed on a mounted binding. The evolution of snowboarding was and inspiration derived from various other winter sports such as skiing, surfing, sledding, and skateboarding.
It’s important to understand that sometimes the weather can be extreme during winter camp. If you’re tasked with organizing the winter camp, you need to consider this fact and include various winter themes to choose from. Language lessons are an ideal indoor winter camp activity which the children will enjoy. Remember, children are fascinated by learning new stuff and it’s no doubt that they’ll be interested in learning a new language. What’s more, they’ll be excited to learn new words in the company of their peers.
Scavenger hunting can be fun for the kids, especially if they’re trying this for the first time. Make use of food coloring and have the kids use different colors to dye ice cubes. Come up with a creative game where the kids can take turns in hiding and searching the ice cubes. This game is guaranteed to keep children occupied and entertained.
Learning Leadership Skills
Winter camp is an ideal opportunity to develop your child’s leadership skills. As the children engage in different activities with other children from various parts of the world, they get a chance to learn how to be good leaders. Seeing that parents won’t be there with them, the children get used to taking charge of different tasks.
One good thing about winter camps is that children are often divided into groups where each group is tasked with delivering certain responsibilities. This exposes the child to various situations and stimulates their brains enabling them to make decisions. By sending your child to summer camp, you give them a chance to experience the world differently, to see things from a different perspective, and to participate in different challenging activities that they would otherwise not have managed at home.
Sledding is also known as sledding. It is a popular winter sport where participants sit on a sled and slide down a snowy hill. Children can participate in sledding while on a winter camp. However, they should be assisted by adults depending on their age and previous experience.
Have Cooking Competitions
Learning how to bake or cook is one way in which children can engage in fun learning activities while on winter camp. To get your recipe right, you have to incorporate various skills through counting, measuring, sorting out, sifting out, and pouring out your ingredients. Camp leaders can make the activity more fun by having the participants practice their recipes from scratch. They can as well identify and name each ingredient as well as try other different cooking methods such as boiling. Cooking can also help students understand various concepts in science.
Make and Wrap Gifts
Making holiday cards and gifts can be a good opportunity for students to enhance their creativity and writing skills. Come up with the card making concept, and have the children execute it on their own. For instance, you can teach them how to create the cards while incorporating a short letter complete with the salutation, the body, and the closing part. Leave the rest of the task to the children and watch them put their skills into practice.
Once the gift and card making activity is over, have the children wrap and address their gifts to one another. Camp leaders can leverage the wrapping session to develop measuring and math skills by having the children measure their gifts using a ruler or tape measure. The children can also determine the amount and design of wrapping paper they need for their gifts.
Winter comes with unfriendly weather and planning for winter camps can be challenging for both organizers and parents. However, there are many exciting activities that your children can participate in during winter camp. Where possible, allow your children to go for winter camps and watch them develop exceptional skills.