Cooltour is a summer camp for children and young people with and without disabilities between the ages of 9 to 18. Over the span of eight days, they experience a varied programme that meets their needs. The focus is on shared experiences, fun and living together. They attend a variety of courses - from spray painting and street dance to cooking - and realise that people with and without disabilities actually have more in common than separates them.
The inclusive holiday camp began in 2009 in cooperation with national and regional partners from the youth, cultural, health and social sectors. Since then, around 80 children and young people with and without disabilities have taken part in the summer camp every year. In an informal setting, they learn to act in a self-determined, independent and responsible manner and realise the added value that diversity and inclusion bring.
Three qualitative studies by the Lucerne School of Social Work (HSLU) were able to show that Cooltour participation has positive long-term effects on the children's and youth’s social, as well as personal skills, tolerance and self-determination. The positive feedback from the participants and their parents, also makes it clear what an important and formative influence Cooltour has.
Cooltour is listed in the action plan of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a good practice example from the field of leisure. Furthermore, the project was awarded the „PrixPrintemps“ in 2016 and on top of that received the audience award at the ceremony.
Camping with friends for a week, making new friendships and acquaintances and enjoying the summer together. The inclusive summer camp Cooltour by Blindspot has everything what a successful holiday experience needs. Put together your own week from a wide range of courses. All this and much more awaits you during the Cooltour.
Our inclusive summer camp will be held from July 14 to 21, 2023. The registration for this year is closed.
To support the participating children and adolescents as well as help with the infrastructure, we are searching for joung and motivated volunteers with and without disabilities.