VSF French Summer Camps 2018

Paragliding, Mountain Biking (VTT), Devalkart, Summer Bobsled


 AGE 14 - 17

Theme: "Séjour Aventure & Découverte"

In this country, the sky belongs to the jackdaws and only gliders get to share their freedom…flying above the earth, what an incredible sensation!



It is at the Paragliding School "Les Pantins d'Eole" that our campers will get their training. Our campers will learn to fly under the supervision of a qualified instructor, an incredible experience and a chance to see the valley in a whole new way !

- Learning body movements, learning how to inflate the glider,
- Firstly, exercises on land, left and right turns, changing directions,
- Learning how to control the glider which will provide a solid foundation for take-offs during flight exercises,
- Practicing from a small hill (50 m.) with direct radio assistance by the instructors,
- True flight accompanied by a professional instructor (two seats), experiencing take off and landing, mobility in the air, “you are now flying!”  

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During this activity campers will discover the region and its beautiful mountain trails.

Either upstream towards “Les Ports du Soleil” and the Swiss border, or downstream towards the Dranses Valley and Thonon-les-Bains, our campers, d ivided in groups of 8 or 10, will organize their own Biking/Camping trip: 3 days / 2 nights They will establish their route (itinerary), prepare their menus, do the shopping and prepare their equipment.

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Choice of other Activities:

  • Deval Kart : on the Rubis piste at Pré-la-Joux there are 20 karts for anyone wanting to try out this sport! Our campers will be able to come down the piste at their own speed and go back up again by hooking the kart to the ski tow.

  • The Rollerbe all terrain scooter is also on the same section or mountain. The pleasure of driving down the mountain, discovery of new sensations, without any noise!
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  • Summer Bobsled Runs: set among the trees at Pré-la-Joux, this 650 m track with 7 high speed bends is great fun for children of all ages. Activity supervised by a professional instructor, thrilling!
  • Swimming pool sessions in Châtel : 3 pools, a large 25m pool, a medium sized pool for children and a small pool with water slide and a large lawned area for relaxing.
  • Big games & Team sports (Volley-ball, soccer…)
  • Movie nights & Parties…  
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Choice of Field Trips

  • Visit to a local farm, visit to local museums...
  • Shopping in Châtel
  • Hiking trips in the Alps to explore the local fauna and flora



> Activities will be programmed according to the wishes of the children
and the proposals of the teaching staff.

Lodging:  "Chalet la Cascade", in Châtel, Haute-Savoie Region - FRANCE (...to read more click here)

This was my first summer sleep away camp! and it gave me the best memories of my life! I thought that maybe it would not be fun, but I had so much fun that I forgot all the things I worried about, for example the language. When I came to this camp I did not understand at all when people spoke ot me but after several weeks I naturally understood French and I felt more comfortable speaking, I also learned how to be close to people. The activities were fun and the counselors really nice. The French culture is very interesting! The countryside of France is so different from Paris....Next year I want to come back again. The food was great! Everyone was so nice, I miss them already. I think VSF is a great organization, GREAT VACATION! I want to come back next year!!!

  Juri I., Age 12, (China) Summer 2010


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