Frequently Asked Questions by Parents

ROSEY CAMPS

What is the link between Régent Camps and Le Rosey Camps?

Since 2019 Le Rosey and Le Rosey camps entered into partnership with Le Régent, bringing 140 years of education experience to assist with the school’s new direction and identity.

The camp I want is too long, can I register for a short stay?

All of our camps have a fixed duration and we are unable to accommodate late arrivals or early departures. All students are expected to complete the full programme, and the official dates are the arrival and departure dates.

Do you offer day camps or only boarding camps?

Since Le Rosey’s foundation 140 years ago, students have lived at the school.

We like our camps to be the same way because we’re firm believers that the shared experiences of the boarding life are irreplaceable and an essential part of the Rosey experience.

Our sister schools Le Régent International School  and JFK have from its very inception created a community of boarders and non-boarders. To reflect this spirit, day camps are on offer at Régent Camps in Crans-Montana and Swiss Outdoor Camp in Saanen.

Do you offer camps for children under 8 years old?

If your child is under 8 years old, we advise you to contact our sister school JFK in Saanen, Swiss Outdoor Camp. Children from the age of 3 are welcome at JFK.

Do you organise winter camps?

Rosey Camps does not organise winter camps, we only offer summer camps in June, July and August, in Rolle, Gstaad and Crans-Montana.

Where are your campuses located?

In Rolle, 30km from Geneva city, Le Rosey’s main campus (for the boys) and the La Combe campus (for the girls) are situated within landscaped grounds covering 30 hectares. Le Classique in July and the Summer School in August take place in Rolle.

During our summer holidays, the Schönried campus in the picturesque Swiss region of Gstaad hosts summer camp participants in My Family camps in large Swiss chalets set in some of the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland.

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

How do I register my child?

Applications are to be submitted online, starting in November (please use a desktop or laptop computer to fill out the application form). We will then get in touch to let you know if there are places available for the camp chosen, and if not, we will suggest a waiting list or a different camp.

We apply a quota system of no more than 15% of one particular nationality or group of nationalities.

There are no paper versions of the enrolment form.

Upon receipt of the application form, we will inform you whether places remain available at the camp(s) chosen. You will then receive an application fee invoice of CHF 1,000.- per child which allows us to proceed with your application. This invoice should be paid upon receipt in order to secure a place.

Upon receipt of the application fee, we will then send you written confirmation along with:

  • the invoice for the camp (including the pocket money); should you wish to confirm your child’s place, we kindly request that you settle the invoice within 30 days of the billing date.
  • general information on the camp (rules, clothing list, etc.).
  • the arrival/departure form.
  • the health questionnaire to be signed by your family doctor.
How can I pay for the camp?

We accept payment by bank transfer or American Express.

Our invoices are issued only in Swiss Francs (CHF). If you wish to make a payment in Euros or Dollars, your bank should do the conversion according to the exchange rate of the day.

What is your cancellation policy?

Le Rosey Camps does not offer cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend that parents verify that their insurance can cover refund for cancellation before start of the camp or in case of early departure from the camp.

The application fee of CHF 1,000 is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Up to 30 days before start date of the camp: Refund of 50% of camp fees (excluding application fee). Full refund of pocket money.

Between 30 days and the start date of the camp: Full amount (application and camp fees) is retained. Full refund of pocket money.

Click here to view our financial conditions.

ACADEMICS

Can my child choose a language academy if they are a native speaker?

Our language Academies are not suitable for native speakers so if your child is a native English or French speaker or bilingual in English or French, it’s best they choose another language to learn or a different Academy.

HOW DO YOU DIVIDE THE STUDENTS IN LANGUAGE CLASSES?

Students are divided by level according to the placement test done upon arriving at the camp. We have 4 different levels from Complete beginner (no knowledge of the language) to Advanced (3+ years of language practice). The average of students per class is 12.

Will I get feedback from my child's teachers?

After completion of the full camp programme, you will receive an end of camp report by e-mail, which will include an evaluation of your child’s achievements during the camp.

Excellence Camp students receive participation diplomas, but no evaluation from teachers as there are no classes.

TRAVEL

DOES MY CHILD NEEDS A VISA TO ENTER SWITZERLAND?

Switzerland is part of Schengen States. Please read carefully the following link to determine if your child needs a visa to enter Switzerland: link of Swiss State Secretariat for Migration SEM

How does the check-in process work for camp?

Parents and children will be welcomed in our campus between 9am and 4pm for the check-in process. Please note that parents are not allowed in the residential buildings.  

During welcome day, you will meet with the various Heads of Camp. Time will be given to each family to ensure any questions are answered and all information has been provided.

After having met their head of building and settled into their room, each child will participate in the planned games and activities, this will provide a great opportunity to meet new friends.

You will find the addresses of the camps and the access map here.

Will someone be at the airport to welcome my child?

A Rosey desk is situated in the Arrivals area at Geneva Airport. Children travelling alone are met by our staff and driven to camp. Transfers to and from Le Rosey are included in the camp fee as long as they take place on the official dates of start and end for camp.

Le Rosey do not organise transportation from/to Zürich Airport nor from/to train station.

Will someone take my child to the airport to return home?

At the end of camp, children traveling alone are accompanied back to the airport in time for their return flights on the official departure dates. Outside these dates, parents are responsible for organising the transfers.

Any request for UM service must be reserved, confirmed and paid to the airline prior to the start of the camp.

Can someone reserve or change my child’s plane tickets?

No plane reservation, flight changes or visa applications can be made by Le Rosey Camps during your child’s stay with us.

BOARDING HOUSE

How does the boarding house work?

Camp teachers live on the floor with the students, ensuring everyone’s well-being and safety. During mealtimes, each student is assigned a table which is also shared with the camp teachers. 

Boys and girls sleep in separate buildings. However, sports and activities are mixed. In Rolle, students are split into Juniors (until age 12) and Seniors (13 onwards). The main difference is an earlier bedtime and the possibility of doing different activities as well as living in different buildings. 

In Rolle, some of the youngest Juniors may be in a co-ed building, where one floor is for boys and one floor is for girls. 

What are the rooms like?

All our rooms are spacious twins (2 children per room) with ensuite bathrooms. A mini-safe is provided per student. All bedding and towels are provided.

Can we make a room mate request?

Yes, as long as they are the same age and, naturally, boys and girls sleep in separate buildings (except in Rolle, some of the youngest Juniors may be in a co-ed building, where one floor is for boys and one floor is for girls).

If no special request is provided we will assign room mates so that each room is occupied by 2 different nationalities/cultures to make sure an intercultural exchange can happen. Room attribution takes place right before camp starts, and therefore we are unable to inform you in advance of the nationality of the person your child will be sharing a room with.

Can I visit my child during their stay at camp?

Children may be invited for the weekend by their parents, or by a guardian approved by the parents, from Saturday, after classes until Sunday before dinner. Visits on campus during the week, however, are not allowed. 

What happens on the weekends?

On Saturday morning, there will be two periods of the Academy chosen.

For the rest of the weekend, excursions and activities both on- and off-campus await! Depending on the camp, these range from adventures in the Alps, karting, laser tag, discos, water sports, etc.

For those children whose parents are visiting for the weekend, you may leave campus after Saturday morning lessons and return on Sunday before dinner.

What happens during the evenings?

Every evening has something different in store! From inter-team competitions to discos, Karaoke, movie nights, BBQs or spending the night in a local mountain hut!

Can my child use a mobile phone?

Mobile phones are allowed, but their use is restricted to specific times during the day: after lunch, before dinner and just before bedtime, strictly following the rules given by the Camp Director. For the rest of the day, phones must remain in the students’ personal safes.

Children are requested to give their phones to the teacher on duty for the night.

Repeated abuse of our phone policy will result in confiscation of the device.

Is there internet access during the camp?

Wi-Fi is available during the camp, strictly following the rules given by the Camp Director.

What is the main language used at the camp?

Both English and French are used daily.

Do you celebrate birthdays during the camp?

Absolutely! We know how important birthdays are, and especially so if it’s the first time the children are celebrating it away from home. Please contact the Camp Direction if you’d like to leave a gift to be given to your child on their special day. We’ll organise cakes, balloons and sing happy birthday in the dining room.

What clothes does my child need to bring?

When your child’s place at the camp has been confirmed, we will send you our recommended packing list by email. There is no uniform during the camp.

Do children do their own laundry?

Dirty laundry is collected from the rooms, washed, ironed and returned to the rooms throughout the camp.

Our staff with label your laundry on the day of your arrival.

How is pocket money given to my child?

The suggested amount of pocket money is included in the invoice sent to you after registration. Children will be able to withdraw small sums of pocket money, 2 or 3 times per week, from the person in charge.

Any remaining balance of pocket money is given to the child upon departure.

What kind of food is there at the camp?

Internationally inspired meals are served as a buffet style. Meals are prepared by our own chefs who pay meticulous attention to quality, presentation and flavour to produce healthy, balanced menus. During mealtimes, each student is assigned a table which is also shared with the camp teachers. Attendance at all meals is compulsory.

Any food allergies should be clearly indicated in the health questionnaire. Meals on the menu containing pork will be indicated. Vegetarian menus are also offered.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide Kosher, Halal or vegan meals.

Is there accommodation for parents?

Parents who wish to find accommodation close to our campus when they leave/pick up their children will find plenty of quality hotels in Geneva and Gstaad.

Parents are responsible for making their own reservations, and may benefit from preferential rates with our hotel partners which will be sent by e-mail once your child’s place at the camp has been confirmed.

HEALTH AND INSURANCE

What kind of Medical Insurance does my child need?

Insurance of emergency expenses in case of accident and illness is included in the price of the camp.

This is a travel insurance and assistance solution providing cover in the event of a medical emergency resulting from illness or accident. If the child’s health/accident insurance in his/her country of residence does not cover the costs abroad or if the child does not have health/accident insurance, our insurance is activated to cover the costs in Switzerland during the camp. In all cases, our provider will contact the child’s health insurance, if it exists.

What do I do if my child has health issues?

Parents are requested to provide a health questionnaire for their child once the camp has been confirmed. 

Healthcare professionals are available 24/7 on campus. They are qualified to give first aid and deal with minor ailments. They are in regular contact with local doctors, will set up medical appointments and ensure that the children take their medication. Any prescribed medication is kept and administered by the nurse; self-medication is not allowed.

Our staff are vigilant with regard to the school rules on the personal hygiene of each child such as taking a shower daily, brushing teeth and wearing appropriate clothing. 

A final note…

Our programmes are led by professional staff who work during the school year at Le Rosey, one of the leading boarding schools in the world.

You can leave your children with peace of mind, knowing that they will gain in self-confidence and autonomy – but only if you are ready to not interfere in their daily life! Give them the chance to develop, and limit your communication with them: it might be difficult at the beginning, but it will pay dividends!