On average there are eight campers per group and are generally accommodated in rooms of 4. The programs for each section are made appropiate with the ability, endurance and resourcefulness of that age level.
Our activities are directed towards personal and group growth; while they are fun and interesting, they challenge the camper to exercise their intelligence and to promote the development of their abilities and character.
English is the main language at Camp with French, Italian, Spanish and German also being spoken.
Sports and Activities
All sports and activities at International Summer Camp Montana are aimed towards developing the talents and physical fitness of each camper. They are varied in order to enhance the abilities of the individual as well as those of the group.
Campers may also take part in activities of their choice during free-time, always under the supervision and guidance of our staff. The following list indicates the main activities on the Camp’s daily program:
The Camp has its own putting green and practice net where our golf instructor coaches players of all levels. Advanced golfers with a golf handicap have the opportunity to play at the 9 hole Jack Nicklaus course.
Campers go on gently paced half-day and full-day hikes accompanied by experienced counselors. They follow marked trails through forests and alpine pastures of outstanding natural beauty.
Once during their stay, campers hike up to the Camp’s alpine outpost where our hut warden introduces them to map reading, camp craft and outdoor cooking. Campers stay overnight at the alpine outpost and hike back to Camp the following day. (Sleeping bags are provided).
Arts & Crafts
In our arts and crafts studio, campers enjoy a variety of creative activities under the guidance of a professional arts teacher. This includes drawing, painting, screen printing, nature crafts, weaving, macramé, modeling, nature collections and collage work.
The tennis program includes instruction, practice and tournaments on our full-sized tennis courts.
Additional technique training with the use of ball-throwing machines leads to competence and style.
Using safety foils as well as face and body protection, campers are introduced to the basic skills of fencing. Tournaments are organized for advanced fencers.
The Camp has an archery range in a separate area. Campers are taught in small groups with great attention to safety. Every session campers can take part in an archery tournament.
A professional circus artist introduces campers to juggling, acrobatics, tightrope walking, tumbling and balancing.
Outdoor billiards table, giant chess set and table soccer.
The Camp has its own riding stables with 18 horses and ponies. A professional riding instructor and his experienced assistants teach English-style riding, dressage, jumping, vaulting and trail riding.
Demonstrations, theory classes and horse shows are also part of the program.
International Summer Camp Montana has its own semi-olympic heated swimming pool. All pool activities such as swimming games, life saving, swimming tests and water polo are given by qualified instructors.
The Camp has its own rowing and kayak/canoeing on Lake Moubra. Seniors take part in river rafting on the Rhone River.
Basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball, touch-football, cricket, floor hockey, table tennis and petanque.
The Camp’s fitness room is equipped with the finest air-powered machines. Campers work out under careful instruction and supervision.
Mountain biking is for campers 10 years and over. An experienced instructor takes campers on designated mountain bike trails through picturesque countryside.
On the Camp’s artificial climbing wall, which has varying difficulty levels, our instructor ensures that all campers make good progress and gain confidence in the safest conditions.
Specialist sports instructors give aerobics and gymnastics classes, coach athletics, trampoline, karate, team games and yoga.
Drama, magic and performing arts classes, photography, stunt nights, campfires, cookouts, shopping trips, parties.
In addition to half-day and one-day hikes, during which campers explore the neighbouring mountain areas, there are two excursions (by coach) during each session included in the Camp fee. When planning the excursions, emphasis is placed on history and culture.
One excursion focuses interest in the Canton of the Valais, rich in tradition. Zermatt, the mountain village at the foot of the Matterhorn; Saas Fee, the village of the glaciers; the St. Bernard Pass; the Rhone Glacier and Martigny with its Roman amphitheater, art exhibitions and various museums.
The second excursion is to a different part of Switzerland such as: Geneva and the Lake Geneva area, Lausanne and the Olympic Museum, Montreux and the Castles of Chillon and of Gruyère; Bern, the medieval town and capital of Switzerland, the Bernese Oberland, Thun and Interlaken.
Language courses in English, French and Spanish as foreign languages are optional programs and campers may take one language per session. There are five lessons per week, each lasting 50 minutes and taught by teachers in their mother tongue.
Teaching is at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and specifically encourages the student to participate actively in the lessons. Audio-visual aids are also used and learning documentaries complete the program, giving the students a good insight into the culture of a particular country.