The Puzzle Tree Summer Camp – United Kingdom – Ages 7 to 16 y/o

A Holiday Camp that is specifically designed and created for children on a spectrum

We are supportive, inclusive, adapted to children with autism and other similar neurodevelopmental conditions, but not exclusive of their siblings, friends and other neurotipical children and young people

Our 2019 Summer Applications for The Puzzle Tree Camp are now open!

  • Have you struggled to find summer activities or a summer camp for your child?

  • Need to find time to complete that work project or relax with the rest of your family?

  • Tired of searching “out there” and not finding exactly what you were looking for or what your child really needs?

Now imagine

that you find a summer activity that is fun; educational; recreational; healthy and meets a multitude of your child’s complex needs. Imagine being confident that your children are having a great time in good hands and that they will come home relaxed, restored and re-energised.

In partnership with “STARS” Association we provide

Structured and free flow activities supervised by professional educators and recreational activities practitioners who specialise in Autism and other related disorders


On-site, home-made, organic, nutritional and health-restoring meals; created and approved by specialised Nutritional Neuroscientist Dr Irina Schurov


Two weeks of practical science, nature-based, art and active fun-learning projects to enable your children to fully utilise their natural abilities, interests and talents, working individually and/or in teams or larger groups.

*** We learn together; accepting and appreciating all kinds of minds – value each other uniqueness, gifts, talents and genius***

The Camp

is designed

to bring children back into balance after a long school year. It will help them to reconnect with their bodies and mind. They will connect with each other through active communication; physical activities: the experience of fun and sports. Spending time in natural environment, having time free from electronics and other agitative stimuli will help them to have a great experience.

At The Puzzle Tree Summer Camp

children learn things without even noticing that they are learning. It has also been proven that a subliminal (not direct) teaching/learning experience brings greater learning as a result. At a later stage it is remembered and utilised with greater ease.

We are going to “learn”, without learning:

Social and communication skills; Life skills; Maths; English; Art and Natural Science, where we cover Biology mixed with Ecology.


Children will learn how plants grow, where real food comes from and how it affects our bodies. In addition they will find out how we can prepare food to bring the most benefits to our brain and general well-being.

All of these whilst having balanced fun and relaxation!

Choose your option:

Day Camp - Session 1 (Application Closed)

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm (10 days) 16th July 2018 – 29th July 2018 Ages from 7 to 16 years old

Day Camp - Session 2

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm (10 days) 30 July 2018 – 10 August 2018 Ages from 7 to 16 years old

Full Board Camp - Session 3

Monday 30 July 2018 – to Friday 10 August 2018 (12 days) Ages from 12 to 16 years old.


  • Art for different levels: indoors and outdoors art using different materials and media

  • Photography and Filmmaking

  • Ice skating

  • Horse riding

  • Hiking

  • Rock climbing

  • Swimming

  • Dance Yoga

  • Mindfulness exercises throughout the day

  • Communication play-work

  • Practicing “Emoj-I” – social game for compassion and emotional awareness

  • Slack line, balancing, centering exercises

  • Nature school

  • Cooking real food together

  • Team work

Meals at the camp

  • Well balanced, mostly Organic (Bio), seasonal and local

  • Mostly free of Gluten, Sugar and Cow’s Milk. We can cater for other dietary requirements, though we are unable to guarantee a fully food allergen-free environment

  • Our menu is specially created and supervised by Dr Irina Schurov – Neuroscientist and Nutritionist specialising in restorative diet for children with ASD and other Neuro-developmental conditions

  • Children will be actively involved in cooking and serving food that they eat.

 What is included?

Day Camp: morning snack; lunch; afternoon snack

Full Board Camp: breakfast; morning snack; lunch; afternoon snack; dinner

Not allowed on camp:

  • Any electronics except photo or video recording camera. (Phone will be given to Full board children for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening maximum)

  • Any processed snacks

  • Any dangerous things (knives, matches, lighter, chemicals, etc)


10% sibling discount or two consecutive sessions

* First booking priority reserved to STARS association members with additional 10% discount

Day Camp Session 1
£ 79022nd July 2019 – 26th July 2019
  • Monday – Friday
  • 8am – 5pm
  • Daily Activities
  • Ages from 7 to 16 years old only
  • morning snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon snack
  • Great time
Day Camp Session 2
£ 79029th July 2019 – 2nd August 2019
  • Monday – Friday
  • 8am – 5pm
  • Daily Activities
  • Ages from 7 to 16 years old only
  • morning snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon snack
  • Great time
Full Board Camp
£99728th July 2019 – 3rd August 2019
  • Monday – Friday
  • Daily Activities
  • Ages from 7 to 16 years old only
  • Breakfast
  • Morning snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon snack
  • Dinner
  • Great time
  • Shared Room

Instalment payment options are available until April 30th 2018

PLEASE NOTE: If we could not form a group of minimum eight children for your chosen session, we may cancel this session and we may offer you an alternative session on the next available date (for which, if you are not able to attend, you will have a choice to receive all your paid money back or transfer it to the future camps that will take place)

Application Fees and Payment Options:

Application Fee is CHF 150 per child per booking. The application fee is deductible from full payment.

*Unless at the time of your application we have no places left or we can not cater for your child particular needs this application fee is not refundable

To apply and receive payment instructions please click here to proceed.

***The Puzzle Tree Camp where extraordinary minds can blossom into fruition ***

BOOK and PAY IN FULL before – 31st of March 2018 and receive additional  CHF 100 off

PLEASE NOTE: We can not guarantee your child’s place until full payment is processed 

What happens after we received your application?

We are going to process your application and email you your payment instructions

What happens after your application is processed and we have received full payment?

  • You are going to receive confirmation of your child’s place
  • Closer to the date, you will receive a welcome pack for you and your child, so you can all be well prepared. This will include some visuals for your child so that they know where they will be going and what they are going to do. For you as their parent, you will have some “get ready packs” to make preparations easier as well as some menu suggestions for your child so that they can have an easier transition to our meals (if your family diet is very different to the one we are planning to provide)
  • You are going to receive a couple of suggested interview dates where we can meet in person, via Skype or Zoom. This is to get to know you and your child better as well as for you to be able to ask any remaining questions and be well prepared for creating some wonderful summer memories.



My child has never been away from home for a prolonged period of time. I am not sure if he/she can handle it? What would you suggest that may help me to make my decision?

We would advice you to start with the Day Camp first. We are going to provide pick-up and drop-off services from Lausanne, Montreux and Aigle train station, so if you live or stay nearby this could be an easier option to consider. Alternatively, you can book your family accommodation to stay here in Leysin (see links attached + we have a special offer from local hotels and B&B’s). We will be sending you a detailed questionnaire so that you can tell us about your child’s condition and abilities as well as their likes and dislikes, together with a visual booklet for your child to prepare for what to expect at the camp

Do you have qualified and experience members of staff that understand ASD?

Absolutely and all others members of staff receive specialised training and induction


What is the adult-to-child ratio?

We have a flexible adult-to-child ration 1:5; 1:4 and 1:3 groups will be formed to accommodate a diverse complexity of needs. We understand that at times a child may need one-to-one attention and we have systems in place to provide such a service.


PLEASE NOTE: If you know that your child needs mostly one-to-one attention, then (this year) the Puzzle Tree Camp would not be the best option (but please keep an eye and register to our mailing list as we are progressing with arrangements to offer this opportunity in future).

Ahead of attending, you will receive a detailed questionnaire to assess your child’s particular needs, abilities and difficulties. We will do all possible to provide for those needs.

In addition, we will invite you to a friendly meeting together with your child in order to meet and greet both of you personally, as well as getting to know your child better; for your child to know us better and to answer all your questions and possible concerns. (This could be in person in canton Vaud or via video call on Skype or Zoom) 


My child has very specific dietary needs, can you cater for it?

Our menu is specially created and supervised by Dr Irina Schurov – Neuroscientist and Nutritionist – specialising in restorative diet for children with ASD and other Neuro-developmental conditions.

Meals are well balanced, mostly Organic (Bio), seasonal and local.

Mostly free of Gluten, Sugar and Cow’s milk. We can cater for other dietary requirements. At the same time, though, we are unable to guarantee a fully gluten or nut-free environment.


Why Hastings?

We maybe biased here, but we truly believe Hastings is the best place in England for anybody to recharge; have fun and even restore their health!

Clean air and water; plenty of sunny days (in fact, for many years Hastings is basking in the glory of the title “sunniest place in the UK”); fun activities for the whole family year-round; lots of attractions; nature, friendly people and lots more….

Plus, Hastings is a well-known centre for international education and language schools.


We live a long way from Hastings and, though, are keen to enable our child to attend the Day Camp-only option. What would you suggest?

We have secured some special deals for you, with local hotels and B&B’s, so you could come with your whole family to stay in Hastings and have great time here yourselves, or if this is your only child, to just enjoy your own “me / couple time” whilst your child attends the camp during the day. There are a lot of things to explore here as well as in the surrounding areas (link to information centre), so you will bring a great collection of memories home.


Our Team

Our management and supervisory team

Olga Pavlova

Olga Pavlova is the founder of The Puzzle Tree Camp. She is also co-founder of STARS (Swiss Team for Autism Recourses and Solutions) Association. Both are designed for families and individuals affected by Autism and similar neurological / learning / developmental challenges in Switzerland and Europe. Olga brings together her 14 years of personal and professional experience and expertise in the field of Autism, ADHD, other disabilities and special educational needs. She is a dedicated mother of four unique individuals. Their age range is between 12 and 18, with one child on the Autistic Spectrum (previously nonverbalfor over four years, with additional challenges of a global developmental delay, dyspraxia and disturbed sleeping patterns) and another child who has ADHD. Her remit is to bring positive solutions to families with children on the spectrum, including their siblings and parents.

Dr Irina Schurov

Dr Irina Schurov is a Nutritional Neuroscientist with PhD from Cambridge University (UK) and over 20 years’ experience in science and health providing services. She created and founded LiveRight, an initiative to help individuals with her nutrition and wellbeing strategies. Through personalised coaching in nutrition, she helps families achieve the optimal balance between diet, health and life by building an educational platform around healthy eating habits and restoring the relationships between people and food. Irina focuses especially on children with ASD and related neurological conditions by addressing the connection between gut and brain; and by detoxifying, nourishing and resetting a whole body biochemical balance. She provides personalised nutritional support to families and an individual DNA nourishing programme for each child in order to maximise their potential in life.

Other Contracted Specialists

Specialised educators with minimum of three years experience with children on a spectrum; occupational therapists; dance and art teachers with additional therapeutic diplomas and other trained professionals.