Frequently Asked Questions by Parents

The first section answers general questions. Changes applicable during summer 2021 have been marked in red.

After the jump you will find a number of informative pages from the Swiss authorities related to the pandemic, last updated on 11 June 2021

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.

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.

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?

During summer 2021 visits on campus and weekend leave may be restricted. This drastic measure is being considered as part of our efforts to ensure the students’ safety and health during their time with us. This will depend on restrictions applicable in Switzerland during the camp. Two weeks before the beginning of the chosen Camp families will receive a draft version of the measures that will throughout the camp. The measures will be updated according to the directives given by the authorities and the national context as often as necessary.

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. During summer 2021 the sum of CHF 300.- from the pocket money is held until the last day for additional expenses relating to mandatory testing before travelling home, or special transportation arrangements. Any 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 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!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR SUMMER 2021…

 

These answers are based on the health and safety guidelines currently valid in Switzerland. Final measures will be decided before camp starts, depending on the current situation in our country and abroad.

A comprehensive summary of the current situation and measures still in place published by the Swiss government can be found clicking here (link to Coronavirus: Measures and ordinances from the FOPH).

From Monday, 28 June, the Federal Council is planning a further range of reopening measures […] The Federal Council submitted these and further proposals for consultation following its meeting on 11 June. A final decision will be taken on 23 June. Read the government’s press release here.

Has anything changed in the programme? Will all the activities take place?

We hope to keep all of the proposed activities, although of course this will depend on the measures applicable at the time of the camp.

Should there be any changes to the programme enrolled families will be informed via e-mail.

What about off-campus excursions and weekend activities?

We will prioritise outdoor excursions, taking advantage of the mountains and everything Mother Nature offers us in Switzerland. Other activities will be planned, if the safety regulations in the country are respected.

The week end programme will continue to be an opportunity to break the rhythm of the camp, giving the children the opportunity to strengthen the friendships that they start during their morning Academy or during their afternoon activities.

Will visits to the camp be allowed?

During summer 2021 all students remain on campus during the weekends (weekend leave or visits on campus will therefore not be possible), in order to ensure having a “bubble” at the camp. This “bubble” will allow us to experience the camp fairly normally, with students and teachers being able to take part in all the activities without wearing masks after we have welcomed all students to camp and have done two rounds of rapid testing.

Will we be allowed to enter Switzerland if we're travelling from abroad? What about quarantine?

There are two relevant Swiss authorities: State Secretariat for Migration SEM, which deals with the legal rights of entering the country and Federal Office of Public Health FOPH, which deals with the health and safety measures.

  1. The local Swiss authority in your country will be able to keep you informed with the most up-to-date information. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA has a comprehensive list: Directory of the official Swiss representations abroad (PDF, 1.2MB, English)
  2. The FOPH indicates special rules applicable, details about the entry formnegative test result requirementquarantinerules and exemptions on this page. The FOPH list of risk countries for which a mandatory quarantine upon entry to Switzerland is applicable can be found here. The latest list was published on 2 June.

 

It should be noted that on 11 June 2021 the Federal Council announced wishing to make entry into Switzerland easier. The press release (in French) can be read here. In short, the Federal Council is seeking to lift the current entry ban for travellers from third-country citizens if they are vaccinated and to lift the quarantine requirement for people from the Schengen area. The final decision will be made on 23 June and would be applicable from 28 June 2021.

Do children have to pass a COVID-19 test upon arrival?

All students and adults will have a rapid test upon their arrival on campus. Cantonal regulations also require us to do a round of rapid testing once a week.

Will participants and staff wear masks throughout the camp?

During summer 2021 masks will be worn in Rolle and Gstaad for the first couple of days of the programme. Once we have done two rounds of rapid testing to ensure everyone’s safety, all activities will be able to take place without masks.

If a student presents symptoms, or tests positive for covid-19, will they be able to complete their quarantine at the camp?

Should a student test positive for the virus, they will be placed in quarantine along with any students and teachers who have been in close contact. The steps undertaken afterwards will be decided by the Office of the Cantonal Doctor, who is the maximal authority on the subject.

 Entering Switzerland

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there are special rules for people entering Switzerland. Depending on the type of travel, you might have to fill out an entry form, show proof of a negative test and/or go into quarantine. Remember that on 11 June 2021 the Federal Council announced plans to make entry into Switzerland easier. A final decision will be taken on 23 June.

 

In the meantime, the official information is as follows:

Visit this page from the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH to learn more about the special rules applicable, details about the entry form, negative test result requirement, quarantine rules and exemptions. These are likely to change if the proposed changes are confirmed on 23 June 2021.

The FOPH list of risk countries can be found here.

In addition, the State Secretariat for Migration SEM has additional travel restrictions in place. You can read more about these rules here.

Should you have additional questions, please schedule a time to speak with Mr Felipe Laurent, Director of Admissions clicking here.