On the Ground
There is quite a lot happening 'on the ground' here at KISC! Starting with the arrival of the Dutch Work Party, who are rocking on the campsite grounds with their chainsaws and continuing with the Arabian Suite which is taking new shape day after day. The final exciting item is some snow which two days ago really touched ground and rested on it overnight! The snow is still present a little above the valley floor, refreshing the air and giving the landscape a ’light sugar dusting’ effect! Charming!
Despite the temperature not being ideal our Campsite is currently the second home of the Dutch Work Party; they will stay with us for two weeks working and enjoying a bonfire or a walk in their free time. The Dutch Work Party is now a traditional part of KISC life, so much that we forget how many times they have been here. If you ask all Staff they will tell you that the Dutch Work Party means stroopwafels and speculaas cookies (yummy!) but it is much more! It is a great possibility to contribute to the Centre, helping out in some specific areas to enjoy and get to know all the beauties of KISC and its surroundings at the same time!
It is great to know that there are so many people out there, Scouts and Guides, which help KISC in many different ways, either raking leaves on the campsites and cutting wood or being a member of the KISC Association.
A way that KISC helps the larger Scouting world is by donating CHF 2.- for every person that takes part in our Summer International Evening & BQQ to a different project each year. Summer 2010 was a huge success and KISC raised nearly CHF 9000.- for the BBQ Project which will go to "Operation One World". This Jamboree solidarity fund has been initiated by the 2011 World Scout Jamboree in Sweden to help Scouts who would otherwise not have been able to participate in the Jamboree. The goal is to support up to 390 Scouts from around the world through this fund. If you are interested to know more about Operation One World please click here.
Finally, to close, here is the latest news from the Arabian Suite renovation. The Pinkies are working hard in the Old Chalet and nail after nail, board after board, kilogram after kilogram of glass fibre insulation goes into the rooms. This week the focus is still on building walls... in case you are, just like me, thinking "the walls? Still?" here is Michael (DE), Maintenance Assistant, answer; "well... it's a big room, we need lots of walls!"
Luisa Fontanazza (IT)
PR & Marketing Assistant