2015 saw the successful permanent move for Mountain Adventure Camps to our larger property in the picturesque village of Tignes les Brévièires. Apart from more room for our guests, the move also gave us the opportunity to slightly tweak our educational value where the more rugged and varied terrain enabled us to incorporate more history and geography into each day at camp.
Our new property can comfortably sleep 35 guests, with a large yet cosy dining room, 2 lounge areas and a professional kitchen ensuring that we can cater for all of the kids needs even on the odd rainy day.
Part of our philosophy has always been to educate the children on where they are staying and make learning fun and memorable for them. I for one remember certain lessons at school getting pretty dull after sitting there for an hour going through a textbook. So here at camp we aim to fill the kids heads with lots of information on what’s around them and wherever possible give them the opportunity to see, feel and touch it. Meaning that when they are back in that classroom, they can hopefully relate to it a little bit more.
A great example of this working was on a particular mountain walk. The walk gave the children the opportunity to learn about the efforts, failures and successes of 23 British prisoners of war that managed to escape from a prison camp in Italy by retracing their steps though a mountain gorge.
During the walk the children got to clearly see valleys that had been carved out by glaciers and others that had been eroded by rivers (as well as the source of that river – which also linked to their rafting trip), hear and see marmottes, bouquetin, chamois and eagles and learn about the different fauna and flora specific to the mountains. One 13-year-old boy summed it all up over a hot chocolate at the mountain refuge; “Do you know what, I thought this walk was going to be boring today, but it was great fun and I’ve learnt stuff without even knowing it”. Now, we are not a school by any means, but getting that feedback shows that we are doing something right.
2015 also saw us using new, logo’d transport in the way of mini-buses. In previous years we have used a local ski company’s transfer buses, which although the kids liked them because they rattled and had ‘certain’ character, from our point of view they quite didn’t tick all the boxes. So this summer we splashed out and had 2 2014 registered Ford Custom mini-buses, with blacked out windows and air-con ensuring that we were all nice and fresh for the activities.
Matt, Jade, Dasiey & Roxy!