The Winter Camp

A typical day

Students wake up in a nice bedroom shared with one other student in the well-appointed boarding facilities of St. Gilgen International School, before enjoying a healthy breakfast prepared by our friendly onsite chef and his team.

Throughout the day students enjoy a diversity of activities, taking advantage of the village of St. Gilgen’s enviable location on the shores of the frozen Wolfgansee at the foot of the Austrian Alps. We offer a great mixture of activities and workshops that can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age, fitness level or experience, learning how to apply various leadership skills effectively – all under the guidance of our senior trainers and (mountain) guides for specific activities.

After dinner, there is time to relax, to evaluate what we have learned and to acquire new skills and techniques. Our evenings are fun-filled with on and off campus activities like ice skating, torch lit walks through the village and roasting marshmallows at the campfire.

Example of a day programme

Below is an example of one day of the winter camp programme. Our camp includes many activities aligned with our leadership modules and workshops like goal setting, communication skills, well-being and communication. For a full programme, please get in touch via the contact form or our online chat.

  • 07:30 Wake up
  • 08:00-09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00-12:00 Glacier visit focused on Goal Setting and Global Citizenship
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-17:00 The amazing race & biathlon focused on Team work and Communication Skills
  • 17:00-18:30 Leadership Topic of the day: well being
  • 18:30-19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30-21:30 Torch-lit walk in the village and Ice Skating
  • 22:00 Lights out


Campus & Surrounds

The St. Gilgen International School campus is set on the shores of the Wolfgansee, in its namesake village of St. Gilgen at the foot of the Austrian Alps.

Students state in the world-class boarding houses providing a high standard of en-suite accommodation in which students share a double room. Boarding houses are separated by gender and age. Care is taken to house students with those from different nationalities to enhance their international experience. We also cater for preferences to share a room with a friend or relative.

Students take advantage of this amazing and safe location in the midst of the beautiful village of St. Gilgen, offering easy access to lakeside activities, mountain adventures, and endless opportunities in the idyllic Austrian countryside.

The village of St. Gilgen is easily accessible from Salzburg airport and train station. We can pick up and drop off your child at the airport or train station. Staff will be easily identifiable and this information will be included in the joining instructions. Of course, own  arrangements can be made to get to our campus as well.

Organisation & Safety

Our experienced and international training team has all the expertise required to manage the St. Gilgen & SILC Winter Leadership Camp with great care, passion, attention for detail, operational excellence and safety.

We are dedicated to the highest standards to create a wonderful learning experience and to look after the health, safety and wellbeing of students. We give all the support needed to ensure students are safe, enjoy their time and perform at the best of their abilities.

Senior training team and professional mountain guides

Senior trainers cooperate with students around the clock and have widespread experience working with children from cultures around the world.

Depending on the activity, the guide to student ratio is 1:6 or 1:12. Including all trainers, staff, camp and activity managers, mountain guides and boarding staff, the ratio is around 1:5. Trainers participate in activities to assist in the development of leadership skills and to facilitate the learning experience.

We only work in suitable conditions and we are well informed of any weather condition changes. When needed, we modify the programme of the day according to the weather conditions.

Camp and Activity Manager

Our Camp and Activity Managers oversee camp operations, coordinate all activities, are the point of contact for families and manage organisational aspects throughout the camp. Our camp and activity managers speak English, German and French.

St. Gilgen & SILC Winter Leadership Camp

Get in touch for the full winter programme.