Now that summer has officially arrived, it is time to start thinking about keeping our children active. Lazy days by the pool, playground hopping, vacations, ice cream eating and much more, all make for relaxing summer holiday, but if you are like me, you crave order to your days. In addition, as an expat, I also want my children to be surrounded by friends who speak the local language to keep their own language skills current, not to mention their friendships active.
Last year, we decided that a couple of summer camps would be a great way to break – up the summer holidays, encourage our oldest child to meet new friends, continue to practice his Swiss – German and participate in organized activities. We quickly did a bit of research and chose two camps that were a great success.
Kinder – Camps
Programs are available in Basel – Stadt (Fussball Camp and Polysport) and Basel – Land.
Programs are available for children 6- 12 years of age in Basel – Stadt at the St. Jakob Hall. Registration for program runs five days (Monday – Friday) from 10:00 – 16:00. The cost per child for the week long camp is CHF 290, which includes their lunch, a t-shirt and a small bag.
Children participate in team events with professional teachers, such as: soccer, floor hockey, mini- trampoline, hip – hop, acrobatics, martial arts, uni-hockey, kin ball and much more.
Lunch is served in a dining hall and our son was always happy from a day spent playing, learning and meeting new friends.
Registration for summer camps is currently open and spots fill up quickly.
Forest Camp in Allschwil – Waldentdeckungsraum
For anyone who knows me, you know that I am a huge advocate of outdoor learning and play. I love the idea that forest playgroups and Kindergartens exist and are thriving in Switzerland. To extend on that idea, forest summer camps are also wonderful ways to teach children to explore, learn and engage in the natural world.
Our son enjoyed a week long summer camp with the day camp in Allschwil. Each week of the camp, a theme is selected that drive the weeks activities. Our son came out of camp each week filthy dirty (a good indication of a great time) smiling and happy with the day.
Registration is currently open for this camp, with week – long programs running Monday – Friday 8:30 – 14:30 daily. The cost of the program is CHF 250, which includes lunch.
Other camps to consider, though I haven’t tried them all:
Robi – Spiel – Aktionen – Each week the program has a different theme to explore.
Ages 5 – 12
Intersoccer – Soccer for children of all ages. www.intersoccer.ch
Ages 5 – 13 and 3 – 5
Summer Swim Classes – Intensive swim classes for children
Basler Münster Summer Camp – August 8 -12, 2016
This year our two children attended a summer camp each day at the Basel Cathedral. The children spent their days playing games, painting, creating books, touring the church and creating friendships with new children. The camp ran each day from 9-5 and was a huge hit with my children.
Basel’s Department of Education
To learn more about summer camps and the specific program available in 2015 consider picking – up a copy of Basel Life Magazine June edition which is available at Bider and Tanner.