Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) - Switzerland

Kandersteg International Scout Centre provides a place for Scouts from all over the world to join together to combine international friendship and fun and once you've been it's easy to see why everybody falls in love with this place. Set in the outstanding natural surroundings of the Bernese Oberland, KISC is surrounded by natural wonders including the Jungfrau and the Eiger mountains the Rhone Glacier and the Trümmelbach Glacier Waterfalls. Our resident Venture Abroad representative will be updating you on all that happens both on-site and off!

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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.




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





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



















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.






























Well done Aquila for facing fears and trying something new!



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!




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




And now……. To bed!






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…


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!


And the adventure begins…

20 Aug 17

Yesterday, I waved good bye to North Leeds Scouts after a fantastic week exploring the stunning Kandersteg.

Until next time!



However, it’s not over yet as I welcomed Aquila explorers and Leyland scouts; both groups started their adventure with a Sunday flag break and morning meet up games.

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High Adventure with 23rd Poplar

19 Aug 17

A sandwich of activities this week with the 23rd Poplar Scouts.  An incredible afternoon swinging through the trees and abseiling at Adelboden Adventure Park was a rush and challenge for everyone!


On the ‘calmer’ days, the group took part in many on site activities at KISC including The Spirit of Scouting and international games.

Making new friends on the Cheesery hike was easy for some members. A challenging walk in the beautiful Swiss Alps offered some incredible views.



The week finished with a delicious and deserved pizza night before enjoying the International Campfire!!

A massive thanks to 23rd Poplar, an amazing team of people, I hope you had as much fun as I did. See you next time.



Keeping it local North Leeds Scouts

17 Aug 17

Yesterday, North Leeds Scouts kept it local by staying in Kandersteg and taking advantage of the stunning Lake Oechinensee.


Their first stop was a cable car where even Justin Beaver (the camp mascot) enjoyed the views!



Next was the unmissable summer sledding, even the leaders couldn’t resist!














Finally, the stunning views of Lake Oeschinensee where quite a few paddled in the stunning cool waters.
























All topped off with a BBQ at camp…perfect