Activities and Excursions

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Activities

What makes Surval camp unique is the inclusion in optional activities for all girls, of savoir vivre classes such as etiquette, make up, colour and style analysis and customs and culture. We offer a multi-activity programme for girls, and ensure all girls have the opportunity to join all activities. We encourage everyone to learn a new skill as well as to enjoy those with which they are already familiar. Trying something new is half the fun!

All sports and activities work on a rota. Five options are offered each session and one to two months before the start date, girls receive an option form for them to fill in. They then choose their favourite activity on the option form and return these to Surval. We make our lists from these on a first come, first served basis, and where possible girls will get their choice. Late sign ups may not always get their first choice.

Click on the tabs below to read more about our wide range of sports, recreational activities and excursions on offer. 

 Sport

As part of the programme, girls can take part in a wide variety of sporting activities, including: doughnut riding, wake boarding, banana boating, pedalos, kayaking, sailing, water skiing, stand up paddle board (SUP) which is one of the most popular activities, rafting and swimming in the lake or in the Olympic swimming pool nearby. Girls can also enjoy trips to Aquaparc with its fantastic adrenaline filled slides, and to the amazing thermal spa and pools at Lavey les Bains.

Land based action for both the adventurous and beginners includes hiking, walking, biking, tree top assault course, yoga, tennis, roller blading, aerobics, volleyball and horse riding. All girls have the chance to join in these activities and the rota ensures they all have the opportunity to do everything. 

Recreational Activities

All recreational activities are offered to all girls, and they can choose their options as outlined above.

Summer Camp includes etiquette classes where the girls learn how different nationalities greet each other, how they eat, and what forms of behaviour are appropriate in different countries. In addition, we also run sessions in make-up, style analysis, colours and presentation skills.

Cookery and pastry courses with our Chef, M Baumann, are the highlight for many girls. The opportunity to learn to cook, or to improve skills, is always fun, and most classes will lead to the preparation of some or all of the midday or evening meal, with suitably enthusiastic approval from the rest of the camp members.

All forms of art are offered, with indoor or outdoor painting lessons, jewellery making, masks, and a huge variety of other art and craft activities.

Many activities will be on offer again in the early evening, and girls can enjoy a relaxing session in the Jacuzzi after an energetic day of action.

Our games room is the centre for karaoke and dance sessions, Wii games, table football, watching DVs and general ‘chilling’ for all the girls.

Trips to Montreux, on foot or by minibus (or a combination) are available as an option in an afternoon session, while for older girls an evening out with optional dinner until 10pm on a Friday or Saturday (subject to parental signature) gives additional independence.

Fun Planet at Villeneuve is the base for many of our external activities in the evening. We offer mini golf, go-karting, laser games, bowling and we can enjoy a whole afternoon or evening session working round each of these activities in turn. Girls often return quite tired and are ready for a session with a DVD, a relaxing jacuzzi or just bed!

Excursion Programme

Surval’s Summer Camp includes the following day and weekend trips:

The chocolate train, stopping at Gruyères to see the cheese factory and enjoying a traditional fondue before going on to the unmissable Cailler chocolate factory. Even girls who have been to camp many times love this trip.

Montreux is not only known as ‘The Swiss Riviera’ but also as an important musical centre. The world famous Montreux Jazz Festival is open from 5 - 20 July, with many smaller musical events and activities also taking place in the town, both in the streets and the grassy areas around the lake. Girls coming during this period will love the musical atmosphere, and enjoy the many new cafes which are built out onto the lake for the occasion.

The famous Château de Chillon is a must for those who have not visited. It is one of the most popular sites in Switzerland - and indeed in Europe - with the first recorded mention of the castle in 1005AD! Don’t miss this part of Swiss history!

Visits for interest, as well as for shopping, to Geneva, Lausanne or Bern are popular at weekends.

Overnight trip to Disneyland Paris, or Europa Park (the biggest theme park in Europe) must be chosen in advance and are separately billed.

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​Fun and adventures at Surval

Lakebound sports:

  • SUP (the favourite!)
  • Banana boating
  • Rafting
  • Water skiing
  • Sailing
  • Wake boarding
  • Pedalos
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming

And on land:

  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Climbing
  • Tennis
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Judo
  • Dance
  • Roller blading
  • Aerobics
  • Volleyball
  • Tree top assault course
  • Horse back riding
  • Aquaparc
  • Spa and pools
  • Lavey Les Bains

Recreational activities:

  • Etiquette (customs and cultures)
  • Make up, colour and fashion
  • Cookery and pastry
  • Art (painting, jewellery making, masks, etc)
  • Bowling
  • Laser games
  • Mini golf
  • Go karts
  • Chess
  • Photography

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