Frequently Asked Questions by Parents

How do I register my child?

Applications are to be submitted online, starting in November. 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.

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.

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

Our language classes are designed for students who are learning the chosen language. So if your child is a native English-, French- or Spanish-speaker, it’s best they choose another language to learn or a different Academy.

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.

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. Outside these dates, the transport will be charged to the student (around CHF 150 between Rolle and the Airport and CHF 500 between Schönried and the Airport).

No transportation is organized from/to Zürich Airport. No plane reservation, flight changes or visa applications can be made by Le Rosey Camps during your child’s stay with us.

If you are travelling with your child, we are unable to offer you joint transportation. The Lake Geneva Campus in Rolle is just 30 minutes from the airport. The Gstaad Mountain Campus in Schönried can be reached from the airport in 2h30. Both campuses are accessible by car or train.

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.

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

At the end of camp, students are accompanied back to the airport in time for their return flights on the official departure dates. Outside of these dates the same rates as above are applicable.

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. 

All our rooms are spacious twins with ensuite bathrooms. In Rolle, the SAT Prep Camp students and 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 with ensuite bathrooms. A mini-safe is provided per student. All bedding and towels are provided. Students can decorate the room to their taste and bring photos.

Can we make a room mate request?

Of course! As long as they are the same age and, naturally, boys and girls sleep in separate buildings.

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 the camp?

Visits are not allowed during the week. During the weekend, a diverse programme of activities and excursions is on offer. Students who choose to leave for the weekend with their parents, may do so on Saturday after lessons and must return on Sunday by 6.00pm. The Direction must receive a written invitation by midday Friday at the latest.

During the Excellence Camp, students are requested to remain on site during the transition weekend.

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, and at night, phones must remain in the students’ personal safes. 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.

What kind of Medical Insurance does my child need?

Accident insurance is included in the price of the camp. Medical costs relating to sickness are not included; these are paid using the pocket money provided. We strongly recommend that parents take out medical insurance in order to cover re-imbursement.

What do I do if my child has health issues?

Parents are requested to provide a medical certificate for their child at the time of enrolment. Please make sure to include any important medical information we need to be aware of, such as allergies or medication. Le Rosey Camps is not responsible for any missing information or health concerns ensuing as a result.

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. Anti-bacterial hand gel is available in dining rooms.

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 sign 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. You will be able to label your laundry on the day of your arrival.

A dry cleaning service is not provided during the camps.

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.

Expenses such as medical fees in case of illness, personal expenses (UM services, stamps, phone calls, shopping, excess baggage, etc.) and the transport to/from Geneva airport outside the camps’ official start and end dates are paid from the remaining pocket money.

Any amount still outstanding from the camp fees on the child’s account may also be settled from the child’s pocket money. The sum of CHF 150 from the pocket money is held until the last day in case of any unforeseen expenses. The remaining balance of pocket money is given to the child upon departure. If you wish to leave extra pocket money with the Direction, please note that only cash in Swiss Francs is allowed.

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.

A final note…

Our five 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!