When it comes to the perfect setting for a great summer, all roads lead to Explorer Camps, Slovenia – the BEST overnight international summer camp for boys & girls age 7-17.
Our goal at Explorer Camps is to provide a fun, exciting summer experience in English that helps children discover new talents and interests, builds self-esteem and confidence and gives them the opportunity to establish lifelong global friendships.
What makes Explorer Camps so special are the strong, loyal bonds we create. Our campers become like family. Long after camp ends for the summer, we remain in touch. Year after year, the vast majority of campers return to renew the close friendships they have made and many of them return as counselors.
If you have any questions about our summer camp, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to speaking with you!
Why do more than 80% of campers come back?
Freedom to choose. No spectators.
Explorer Campers don't watch, they engage. The more than 30 outdoor sports and activities gives a variety that campers can pick and choose from according to their own liking so they're always involved and happy. From rafting to horseriding to paintball to cooking to biking to painting to zip lining and more....
International campers. Life-long friendships.
Campers come from over 18 different countries meaning it's a truly international camp. This diversity broadens campers' horizons, ensures English is the ONLY language spoken, and grows cultural awareness and respect. The best part is that children develop unique global friendships that can last a lifetime.
Personal approach. Experienced counselors.
Staff come from all around the world bringing many years of experience and expertise in a variety of activities and approaches. With a counselor to camper ratio of 5:1 staff are able to get truly personal helping campers grow, and for the campers to feel truly loved and cared for 100% of the time.
What Our Campers Say
“Fun. Crazy and unforgettable activities. People from all over the world. Funny and generous leaders. All of this and more make this the best camp in the world! Friendship is the most important thing, and at Explorer Camps I have met people from all of the continent. Those 7 days I can admit were the best days of my life.”Aleks – Poland
“I really liked the camps because of the different and really exciting activities, and it was awesome meeting people from all around the world. However, the most important thing for me was the staff. I think that in every camp the atmosphere depends on the counselors’ attitude and view of camps … they made it awesome! I REALLY LOVE our counselors! So really THANK YOU!Kamile – Lithuania
“I loved making new friends from all around the world, and learning about their cultures and languages. It was so much fun with the cool activities, and also the time we got just to hang out with friends. The really interesting thing for me was even if there was something negative that came up, we learnt to always find a positive part to be happy with. I can’t wait to come back again next year!”Jenni – Italy
“The camps for sure were the highlight of my summer. Here you can find friends from all over the world with whom you stay in touch forever. The counselors are really friendly, cool, and supportive while the activities were exciting. All in all I had a lot of fun and I aquired memories that I will cherish forever.”Yevheni – Ukraine
“I remember imagining what the camps would be like and not knowing what to expect. Arriving there, I experienced all of those things I read in books for years- campfires, adventures, making friends with people from all over the world- but even better than fiction. I loved camps and the time I spent there. The staff, the nature, the activities, the other campers- they’re all amazing. Being there helped me see things from a different point of view. And it felt like every one of us campers belonged there, and everyone had their own important place. I hope you will have the opportunity to come to camps and experience it yourself- that’s something that really can’t be explained with words.”Andjela – Serbia
“I loved the camp, everything was perfect! I loved it so much and recommend going there on holidays. I’m going again next year and taking my friend from London with me because he got jealous at what a great time I had.”Alex – Russia
“I liked the summer camp very much! It was great to try so many water sports. I learned a lot of things about survival skills and how to make yummi bananas in the camp fire! I want to go back next year and I hope to see Rebecca and Steve and all the nice people there. I had lots of fun and was happy!”Vittoria – Italy
“I had a great time at camp. I really enjoyed the activities they had especially archery, the jump of trust and the adventure swing. The camp counselors were also really funny. It was also great being there with my friends. I look forward to going back again next year.”Antoine – Kenya
“Everything about it is great, the activities are interesting, challenging and really fun. But what really brings the camp to life are the counselors, they are some of the most fun, understanding and helpful people I have ever met.”Luka – Slovenia
“I almost cried when I went home! Next year will be the fourth year that I come and I can’t wait!”Katja – Slovenia
“The company at camps was amazing, the people you meet there become your friends for life. This is the most fun thing you can do in the summer. It was amazing and I can’t wait till next summer when I join the camps as a staff member!”Anja – Slovenia
We are not a sports camp, nor an arts camp, nor an English language camp, nor an adventure camp. We are all these things combined …. and more!
Whether it’s learning how to ride a horse, taking photos, improving their paddling strokes, or making friends with someone from a different country, children will have a summer filled with memories that will last a lifetime.
Juniors aged 7-9 participate in morning activities as a group and are accompanied by counselors at all times, while in the afternoon they can create their own schedule based on their interests. The Junior program gives our younger campers the security of being with their counselors, to try new and exciting activities, as well as the opportunity to bond and make lifelong global friendships.
Tweens are encouraged to develop skills in activities of their choice and are able to design their own weekly schedules around the required morning activities – paintball, horse riding, white water rafting, high ropes Adventure Park and hiking. In the afternoon friends may sign up to do activities together—offering an outstanding opportunity to develop healthy attitudes and participate together in sports, trips, team-building, and special events.
Our oldest campers (13-17), have the flexibility of arranging their own activity schedules. As a Teen, campers can specialize in an activity area, such as rock climbing, kayaking, biking, archery, etc., by signing up for the same activity in back-to-back afternoon activity periods. In addition, Senior campers participate in special “Senior Only” activities; including White Water Rafting, off-site overnight camping, biking, paintball, high ropes Adventure Park, horse riding, Teen evenings.
The two-week camp is the best way to make life-long friends from around the world, while experiencing the best outdoor activities in this region. With the first week being entirely different to the second, campers can be guaranteed to experience something new every week. Adding to this are the incredible additional day trips to the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, where campers spend much of their day hanging out in the old town and also the amazing Krizna Caves with a series of underground lakes and rivers. There’s no better way to spend your summer.
The BEST setting in Slovenia at Osilnica on the Kolpa River, surrounded by forests in three national parks, and all the amazing activities within walking distance. The best part of the location is that it’s away from everything, allowing the campers space and freedom to enjoy the summer which makes it a safer environment.
What attracts people to Hotel Kovač on the Kolpa River?
Completely in nature. No distractions.
Located within metres of the incredible Kolpa River and surrounded by three national parks it truly is a camp in nature away from the distractions of every day life. The rooms themselves are mostly in a seperate building ONLY for Explorer Camps, providing seclusion and safety for the campers away from traffic, tourism, and crowds.
High quality healthy food. Incredible facilities.
Hotel Kovač provides mouth-watering homemade dishes 3 times a day, plus a snack. The rooms are 3* standard, with private bathrooms and all the comfort campers need. There is a games room, private pool & saunas, disco room, tennis court, football field, adventure park, river, plus a specific indoor space for arts & crafts.
Easily accessible. 15€ transporation.
Situated within driving distance of the capital Ljubljana, 90 mins from Zagreb, and literally 5 mins to the Croatian border, the camps are close for everyone. 15€ RETURN bus transport is also provided from Ljubljana to and from the camp on the opening and closing days. It's also possible to pick up from the airport, but spaces are limited.
What makes the Explorer Team so great?
The staff bring over 50 years of combined camp experience from both inside Slovenia and abroad in a huge variety of areas. A majority are certified in different areas of outdoor sports including rock climbing, canoeing, archery, rafting, and a majority have a background in teaching and working with children.
Immersion in English. True Care.
A majority of the outdoor activities are 100% run by our native English speaking team which ensures that English is the primary language spoken. Adding to this, it guarantees that all activities have the same very high Explorer standard with a deeply caring attitude from the staff to the campers.
Safety Number 1. 1st Aid Trained.
A thorough approach to risk management is created before camps, with all staff attending numerous trainings before the summer camps begin. Our resident certified 1st Aid expert and trainer, Robert White, trains and educates all of the staff before and throughout the summer.
The camps absolutely exceeded all expectations, I couldn’t imagine that the camp can be organized in such a way and we are already booked to come back in July."