Summer camp is an opportunity to try new things, learn new skills, meet new people, and of course have fun. With so many options available, focusing on every interest and industry you can imagine, it can feel impossible to make a decision.
To help make this process a bit more accessible, we’ve highlighted some of the most important factors to consider when selecting a summer camp:
1. Determine what you want to get out of it
This may seem obvious, but it’s surprisingly easy to lose sight of what you are hoping to gain from an experience when you start learning about all the options out there. The truth is that different summer camp curricula are designed with different goals and objectives in mind.
The focus for a summer camp can range from rigorous university preparation to outdoor adventures and everything in between. Identifying your own goals first makes it easy to eliminate options where the priorities of the camp are vary from your own.
At EHL, our Junior Academy is designed to engage and encourage young adults interested in pursuing a career in the hospitality and tourism industry. We are committed to helping attendees develop the knowledge, competencies, and mindset of successful hospitality industry professionals. These core goals are the same for both our Lausanne and Passugg campuses.
2. How is the curriculum?
Once you know what it is you want to get out of a summer camp, it’s time to find a program with those objectives. There will still be a myriad of options, but you will have narrowed it down a bit. Comparing curricula is an especially important step if you are considering a summer camp to explore a potential career or for general university preparation. Even within the same industry, no two programs are going to be the same.
When reviewing the curriculum for a summer camp program, look for variety in activities and learning strategies. The week-long Junior Academy programs at EHL include unique immersive workshops, such as our Hospitality Business Simulation and Kitchen Chef for a Day workshops. Additionally, our curriculum incorporates off campus excursions to visit hotels and vineyards and a celebratory gala, in addition to more traditional classroom time at the beginning of the week. We believe this multi-pronged approach keeps students interested and provides a small glimpse into the world of hospitality that classroom lecturing alone simply cannot provide.
3. International student population
When a summer camp program attracts a high number of international students, it becomes more than just a summer camp. It becomes a place that fosters international friendships and cultural awareness through the bond of shared experiences. For students considering a hospitality industry career, cultural awareness and international networking opportunities are invaluable.
The importance of location in the hospitality industry cannot be overstated. After all, a significant portion of the tourism market is location driven. When considering a summer camp, the location is also an important consideration. At EHL, we want our Junior Academy students to see the absolute best the hospitality industry has to offer. This is why we offer the Junior Academy in two different locations: Lausanne and Passugg.
The EHL Junior Academy Passugg campus is housed in a former hotel in Graubunden, Switzerland. The Graubunden region is Switzerland’s top tourism area with an abundance of 4 and 5 star hotels as well as some of the best ski resorts in the country.
Our Lausanne program on the other hand, is located on the main EHL hospitality school campus. As the #1 hospitality school in the world with state-of-the-art facilities, it is the ideal location for learning the ins and outs of the hospitality industry.
Choosing a summer camp can be difficult, but if you keep these four considerations in mind, you should be able to find the ideal match for you.