La Garenne Winter Camps
Background of La Garenne School
  • Established in 1947, La Garenne School is situated in the magnificent Swiss Alps in the popular resort of Villars
  • Official French and English curriculum
  • Teacher student ratio: 1:2
  • Individual attention for each child
  • Warm family atmosphere in a bilingual international community
  • High-quality, holistic learning environment
  • Health and safety for students are of vital significance
Overview of winter camps

Founded in 1947 and run by the second generation of the Méan family, La Garenne International School offers a fantastic winter camp to children aged between 8 to 14 years old. Its winter camps propose language courses in the morning – French or English, beginner to advanced levels–and ski or snowboard, recreational and cultural activities in the afternoon, all carried out in a warm, reassuring and family atmosphere. The adult/student ratio is 1:2 and the same teachers and monitors of the school programme will supervise the winter campers.

This program is held at the same time of their school year program, which offers the children a unique taste of academic and boarding life over a shorter period. This is a unique opportunity to take part in an "Integration Program". The children will make friends from all around the world.


Villars-sur-Ollon, Vaud, Switzerland



Age group

8 – 14

Language courses



2 to 8 weeks

Camp life
  • Academic excellence

    Private lessons with a multi-sensory teaching method and a small class of 12 students.
    The academic programme is designed for children from 8 to 14 years wishing to learn French or English intensively. In a short time, children at all levels from beginners to advanced will develop their grammar and vocabulary whilst practicing reading, writing, speaking and listening.

  • Academic excellence

    Teachers employ a practical, multi-sensory approach to teaching English or French through games, music, arts and crafts, story-telling, role play, dressing up, cooking and quizzes, all of which help ensure lessons are varied and interesting. New themes are introduced every couple of days, for example, The World Around Us, Going Shopping, Poetry & Stories from Around the World, Exercise, and Hobbies.

Afternoon activities

Over 47 types of activities with a dynamic team and an ideal setting

  • Skiing & Snowboarding
  • Mountain adventures
  • Recreational times
  • Super expeditions
  • Fun & Games
  • The range of snow activities is of great importance; skiing and snowboarding occupy most of the afternoons, and in early evenings, various choices of sports and clubs will take place. Blessed with a dynamic team and an ideal setting, La Garenne Winter Camp offers a large number of opportunities in response to the aspirations of the children. The pleasure, amusement, relaxation, friendships and personal achievements are the ingredients of a stay at La Garenne.
Memorable Super Expeditions

As part of the ski and sport's programme, the students may take part in memorable super expeditions during the winter camps. They are planned in accordance with the student's age and capabilities. During the winter expeditions, the students may ski over the mountains during the weekends, discover other popular Swiss ski resorts (Crans Montana, Verbier, Les Diablerets, Zermatt), sleep in the mountain cabins or even go cross country trekking with snow shoes. The children meet with the Head of Expeditions and plan their weekend together, decide on what to take, how to transport their belongings, order the food they require, fix the daily schedules, etc. This helps the children to become more independent and to enjoy their memorable weekend expedition in the Swiss Alps.

  • Discover other popular Swiss ski resorts
  • Sleep in the mountain cabins
  • Go cross country trekking with snow shoes

Upcoming 2018 La Garenne Winter Camp

2018 La Garenne Winter Camp is about to kick off from 21st January to 17th March 2018.
The camp is really flexible and offer the possibility to schedule the stay of the kids any date between January and March.
To secure a spot to this fabulous adventure, it's highly recommended to register before the end of November.
Parents are welcome to sign their children up for a customized camping plan, or they could choose from the following five sessions:


Any dates between 21st January and 17th March 2018
(Arrival on Sunday / Departure on Saturday)


21st January - 3rd February 2018


4th February - 17th February 2018


18th February - 3rd March 2018


4th March - 17th March 2018

Daily Programme

For information only and subject to change

  • 07:55 Wake up
  • 08:15 Breakfast: Cereals, croissants, hot and cold chocolate, fruit juices
  • 09:00-10:15 Language Courses: English or French
  • 10:15-10:45 Breaktime
  • 10:45-12:00 Language Courses: English or French
  • 12:15-13:15 Lunch: Fish, vegetables, salads, pizza
  • 13:30-16:00 Ski/Snowboard with certified instructors
  • 16:30 Afternoon Tea & Snack
  • 17:00-18:30 Activities & Clubs: Arts, sports, reading, free time
  • 18:30-19:00 Dinner: Pasta, fondue & raclette, hot-cold buffet, homemade cakes
  • 19:00-20:45 Recreational Activities
  • 20:45-21:30 Shower/Free time: Games, reading
  • 21:00 Lights out for Minis
  • 21:30 Lights out for Juniors
SCC's exclusive access
La Garenne School offers special privileges for SCC guests and partners. Families will be taken good care of by SCC VIP services all along:

Before the Camp

  • Easy visa applications, flight arrangements, camp registration, pick-up at Geneva airport, transportation to Villars, accompanying the family to the school
  • Accommodation for the family in Villars or Geneva, such as Chalet Royalp Hotel & Spa: The first five-star luxury hotel at the foot of the Swiss Alps

During the Camp (Special Offer for Parents)

SCC presents a Tailor-made program to parents while their children are in the camp, anticipating each of their specific needs. Parents have the opportunity to enjoy different once-in-a-lifetime Swiss experiences:

  • VIP private tours around Villars and Geneva area
  • Sports activities in the mountains with a private guide
  • Prestigious wellness treatments at Clinique La Prairie (a world-renowned expert in the art and science of longevity)
  • Exclusive visits with professional guides to world-famous boutiques, museums and factories of luxury timepieces (for example, Patek Philippe and Chopard)
  • Special tours to the world’s oldest legendary Swiss Private Banks (Julius Baer, Lombard Odier…)
  • Golf camp conducted by Julien Clement, the General Manager of SCC Geneva and also an ex Swiss professional golfer.

For information of La Garenne Winter Camps, please contact
or visit: