Kandersteg Expedition

As part of our centenary celebrations we wanted to do something special for our Troop Camp in 2009 and so we headed for the Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) in Switzerland and we have just returned from an action packed week amongst the stunning scenery of the high alps in the Bernese Oberland. There were 24 of us in the party – eight adults and sixteen young people ranging from our youngest Scout, Josh (10), whom we invested at camp, up to one of our Young Leaders, Blake (16). We went by plane from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Geneva, and from there by rail to Kandersteg. The journey was not always straightforward but we got there okay and there was great camaraderie along the way. The on-site leaders at KISC (known as the “pinkies” for their pink shirts) led our group on several hikes and activities including an overnight stay in a mountain hut, real rock climbing, ice climbing for our older scouts, and a visit to a high alpine Cheesery. We swam in an alpine lake, rode a gondola and a summer toboggan run, and participated in international get-togethers organised by the pinkies including a great camp fire on the last night. The weather was fantastic and the trip was accident-free, so we are tired but happy! 15 months of planning and fund-raising all paid off.

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