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Aquila – KISC 21-08-17

21 Aug 17

Good first couple of days at KISC, trip into the village yesterday and a swim in the pool.

Today we have had a full day of activities, few unsure if they wanted to do rafting including leaders but all took part and enjoyed the experience on the water, lead by a great group of instructors.

Followed by an afternoon on the high ropes, only a couple didnt fancy it but even a few unsure members and leaders gave it ago, another great experience had by all.

High adventure! Learning skills and facing fears

21 Aug 17

first thing I met Aquila explorers and we travelled to Interlaken on the train where we met the instructors and their next mode of transport.

 

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After a few instructions and meeting their instructors it was time to hit the rapids…..

 

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although a few (including leaders) were unsure to begin with no one can deny those smiles

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The day did not end there after a quick lunch and a potter around Interlaken it was time to head up high to the high ropes course in the forest.

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Well done Aquila for facing fears and trying something new!

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I caught up with Leyland scouts who after a chilled day yesterday taking part in some backwoods skills ( I have proof they  had had an amazing day at Lake Oechinensee I look forward to spending the day with them tomorrow and hearing all about it!

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And last but but not least it was time to visit Kanderstegs international evening

 

 

 

And now……. To bed!

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Goodbye Belguim!

21 Aug 17

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Well thats it; the last of the groups have gone,  tents are on their way down and with that we say goodbye to De Kluis for another year!

Its been a short but good season, with 5 groups heading to De Kluis in 3 weeks. Together, we set out to explore Belgium; from the Scout and Guide museum in Leuven; the famous Atomium in Brussels to visiting Ypres to pay our respects to those who died 100 years ago during WW1.

The groups also took full advantage of the facilities on site including; high ropes, BMX biking and pioneering (building some quite impressive structures with pioneering poles).

Every group had a jam packed week of fun activities and really got stuck into all this small but amazing country has to offer!

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For me its been a great summer! Not only being back in Belgium and getting to revisit some of my favourite places, but also getting to know all the groups that came to stay and being made to feel like part of your groups. We’ve had a lot of fun together and I hope you enjoyed coming to Belgium as much was we enjoyed having you!

That’s it from De Kluis and myself for now, stay in touch and enjoy the rest of your summers! Till next time :)

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Speed freaks and great views!

20 Aug 17

Our first full day here in this special Scouting place and the sun was shining!

The early morning clouds lifted and we could look up to see one of our destinations – the mountains towards Oeschinensee (the lake above the village). But first we had an important Scout meet: International Flagbreak, together with Scouts from around the world including: Brazil, Sweden, Ghana, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Germany.

Next, it was off on the bus to the village with Lewis, our VA rep, to take the Gondola up to the toboggan run. Some Leighton Buzzard Scouters (10 miles from our hometown) happened to be on the bus too! Everyone was looking forward to the toboggan run but with nervous anticipation too! By everyone’s second run, we were very confident and buoyed up for our short hike down to the lake for lunch, picking our way through the cows (with bells). The views are stunning and the lake is glacially cold (though most dipped their toes in)! After hiking down from the lake to the village, we got wet at the village outdoor pool. Some of us were very artistic with our diving efforts from the 3m board, some of us were less so…

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Now, we have finished the evening at the KISC BBQ, meeting more and dancing with Scouts from around the world.

 

Gruezi (Hello!)

20 Aug 17

After our coach journey from the UK, we were greeted by Lewis (our VA rep) in sunny Kandersteg yesterday.

After loading up the carts to transport our luggage to our campsite, we settled into our tents and spent time getting familiar with KISC.

The campsite Discovery trail was a great way of finding out about our new home for the week. The Explorers got a crash course in recycling from the Pinkies (the staff at KISC) to teach our Scouts how to do so! For dinner, we ate in the Chalet at KISC, curry was on the menu,  made by other Scouts from around the world – tasty!

Next, we made sure our bags were all packed for Sunday before a well deserved early night!

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Last days for Worthing Sea Scouts

20 Aug 17

As the week drew to a close, Worthing Sea Scouts spent their last full day heading into Amersfoort to do the High Ropes course and Swimming. Although it rained (heavily) and everyone got drenched on the high ropes, they were able to splash around in the pool after so it didn’t have too much of an effect!!

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After a soggy end to the week, the Scouts managed to get all packed up and onto the bus.

It was sad to wave the last group off…now the packing up of the camp site has commenced!!