Kandersteg International Scout Centre is the World Scout Centre of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. It is your Centre!
We welcome over 12,000 Scouts and Guides per year from more than 40 different countries. KISC is run by volunteer Scouts and Guides for all over the world.
Following the success of the first ever Jamboree held in London during 1920 Lord Baden-Powell expressed his wish of a Permanent Mini-Jamboree where Scouts from all over the world could meet.
In 1921 during a holiday in Kandersteg, Walter von Bonstetten (then Chief Scout of Switzerland) discovered a disused Chalet. The buildings had originally been used as accommodation for the workers and their families who built the Lötschberg railway tunnel but had long since been abandoned.
Von Bonstetten wrote to Baden-Powell telling him of this magical place he had found, inviting him for a visit which happened in 1922. In February 1923 the "Scouts International Home" Association was set up. On 12 April 1923 the Chalet and some land was bought and the Centre came into existence. The cost was CHF 15,100.- and the sponsors included; the World Scout Bureau, HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Prince of the Netherlands.
The rest, as they say, is history...
Do you want to read more about the history of Kandersteg International Scout Centre? Download the Historial Facts of the Permanent Mini Jamboree here!
What you can expect from KISC:
- Hard working, helpful and highly motivated volunteer Staff who always do their best.
- Unique experiences.
- Clean and modern facilities.
- Range of Programme activities and advice on your own Programme.
- The opportunity for international friendships.
what KISC expects from you:
- To follow your Scout Promise & Law.
- To let us know of any problems during your stay.
- To respect other Groups and our Staff.
- To help Staff with cleaning the facilities you use.
- To leave your room or campsite clean and tidy.
- To positively represent Scouting, your country and KISC when in the village and travelling in Switzerland.