Let the sunshine in!
Spring started offcially on March 21st, although except for the general excitement among the Pinkies and the snow melting away nothing else outside really looked like spring. Life at KISC has been very hectic and fizzy and no one really complaint about the weather but now the wait is over and Spring arrived for real! All in a sudden in the last days the sky turned from grey to blue, clouds were replaced by warm sunshine and birds started twitting all around - oh yeah!
In this idyllic atmosphere KISC welcomed many Scouts from Spain, Italy, UK, Luxemburg, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany. Most of them stayed indoor but a few brave ones decided to stay on our Campsite in tents as a warm up for the camping adventures coming up in the next months. It is great to have so many Scouts around, to hear them singing and clapping hands and having fun!
So as you can imaging KISC has been buzzing with life... but also with things to do! All the Pinkies are busy running the seasonal work-projects, attending events and also finding some time for a few days of holidays. There is quite a lot going on from cleaning and polishing bedrooms, kitchens and common areas and checking stocks, to clearing old trees and branches from the campsite.
Next to these routine projects we are renovating two rooms in the Old Chalet - the Korean and the Australian Room. The two renovations are captained by Michael (DE) - Maintenance Assistant and Paul (UK) - Building Coordinator. Together with a team of STS and some helpers they are working hard to complete the renovations before the upcoming KISC Association General Assembly in June.
The work is in progress and it is amazing to see how much has already been done from the time half of the walls were knowcked down and all you could see were some wooden beams, the external walls and a cloud of dust and lots of saw dust! The Korean Room has now a new floor in and the walls are being completed with insulation and fire proofed plaster boards, while the Australian Room is taking a new (and bigger) shape a bit more slowly. This last one in fact will have one more bed and a more comfortable entrance area.
While some Pinkies have been moving insulation materials, processing bookings, scrubbing pots and cleaning windows, others drove to Rotterdam in the Netherlands to take part to the Goose Network Seminar. Luath (UK), Tom (IE) and Anders (DK) represented KISC and took part to the various workshops and meetings, sharing our vision on environmental matters. For those of you that never heard before of the Goose Network and feel curious to find out more, click away to their official website!
Everyday brings new challenges as well as sunshine, which Pinkies and guests enjoys sitting outside during lunch breaks and playing in the river. We are looking forward to more guests and Staff to come and to enjoy some early hikes and some more work outdoor. Before them we will welcome the World Scout Bureau for a week of meetings and some other Scout courses - until then keep an eye on for the lastest news here at KISC!
Luisa Fontanazza (IT)09.04.2010
PR & Marketing Assistant