An interview with…
In keeping with our recent updates, today we fly over to Geneva for an interview with Saskia, one of our returning summer camp guests.
Hi Saskia, thanks for speaking to us.
We would like to ask you a few questions and find out about you and your experiences through staying with Mountain Adventure Camps.
In order for our guests to know who you are;
What’s your name, how old are you and where do you currently live?
My name is Saskia, I am 15 years old and I currently live in Geneva, Switzerland.
What languages do you speak?
I speak French and English fluently and I am currently learning German and Spanish.
What are your favourite subjects at school and do you have any exams coming up?
I don’t really have a favourite subject but I really enjoy drama, math’s and PE. This year I will be taking my IGCSE examinations and afterwards I will follow into the International Baccalaureate programme (IB).
When did you first stay with us? And was the decision to come to Mountain Adventure Camps made more by you or your parents? Why did you or your parents choose Mountain Adventure Camps?
My first camp was during the summer of 2012, I think. My parents had decided that my brother and I would attend this camp. It was our very first camp that was not to do with school. My parents found that it looked good, it had good accommodation and a wide variation of activities.
Your mum tells us that you and your brother were a little reluctant to attend Mountain Adventure Camps back in 2012?
Yes, in fact my brother (William) and I flatly refused to go and also refused to pack as we would not be going! Now they can’t keep us away. Next year I’ll be turning 16 and so I’m hoping to become a camp mentor one day.
How many times have you joined us at Mountain Adventure Camps?
I have been coming to Mountain Adventure Camps since 2013, so this past summer was my fourth time.
Have you been to other camps and if so what do you prefer about Mountain Adventure Camps?
I have been to multiple camps with school that were organised camps like Mountain Adventure Camps, but I found that I just didn’t get the same amount of comfort in those camps.
I always found that Mountain Adventure Camps made me feel at home. I also found that you could connect much better both with the staff and the other kids attending the camp.
What do you like most about Mountain Adventure Camps?
I can’t say that there is one thing I love most about Mountain Adventure Camps because I honestly love everything about it. I adore all the activities we do each year as there are a lot of diverse and unique activities that everyone can enjoy together. I cannot stress enough about how friendly and caring the staff are to everyone. They just make you feel safe and are always there for you.
Were you homesick and did you have any fears when you first stayed with us and if so, how did you overcome these?
The first time I stayed, I was homesick the first few days, but with all the activities that are planned and all the new friends you make, I didn’t really have much time to think about home, because I was enjoying myself so much.
I have a fear of boats and so it was a difficult situation for me when one of the activities was rafting and I had never done this before. The staff were very understanding and they were able to make me feel less stressed. The other campers were always there to cheer me on and tell me everything is ok. And in the end I had a blast and rafting is now one of my favourite activities that I now do each year.
What is your favourite activity and why?
I enjoy pretty much every activity there is to offer, but lately I really enjoy rafting, mountain biking or going to the market.
What have you learnt most about yourself whilst staying with us?
I have learnt that I make friends quite easily and I love to help anyone with a fear or even if it’s just someone that is having trouble making friends or if someone is homesick.
Is there anything that you have taken away from camp and tried/or manage to implement into your ‘normal’ life?
I don’t usually make my bed in the morning, my mum usually ends up doing it, Mountain Adventure Camps made me make my bed and keep my room tidy by making it a game, now I try more often to keep my room tidy at home and make my bed every morning. I also liked to help set the table at the camp and now I help my mum cook and set the table.
Is there anything else you think would be of interest to potential summer camp guests and their parents?
I have to say that the rooms are the best I’ve had at any summer camp and even at multiple hotels I’ve been too. The showers are clean and relatively large. The beds and pillows are extremely comfortable. The rooms are also large enough for a lot of people to play games in. I love the accommodation.