The story goes back to 1973. Jörgen G. Rasmussen, who was the European Scout Region Secretary, persuaded a young Swiss Scout called Kurt Metz to apply for a new possition in the world of Scouting: full-time Camp Director of the World Scout Centre in Kandersteg. Kurt was just 22 years old when he was appointed for the job.
He left the Centre 6 years later in 1978, and visited Kandersteg many other times since then. By the time he arrived at the Centre last week, it was almost 10 years since his last time in Kandersteg.
Mark Knippenberg, the actual Centre's Director, welcomed Kurt and guided him on a tour about the actual state of the property, the Kander-Lodge, the Campsite and the current Ground Floor Renovation plan. By lunchtime Kurt got the chance to meet and chat with the Pinkies, recall memories whilst going through files and pictures from his time at KISC, and discuss some ideas for the future of the Centre.
Kurt left again early in the afternoon, back to his home near Bern, but hopefully we'll get the chance to see him back soon!
Eh? Is it over? Wow! Time goes fast and now it is time for me to leave Kandersteg and move on to my next adventure - maybe I'm still on time to become an astronaut? We all know that it can be a little sad to leave the Centre, and I will certainly miss my job, the fantastic people and the amazing surroundings a lot...
But before that: a sincere and very argentinean "GRACIAS TOTALES" to all of you for reading me in the Latest News, the Website, KanderInfo and Members Letter. From now on Lou (IT) will keep you informed about all the news at the Home of World Scouting in the Swiss Alps.
Welcome to Kandersteg! Come and live your dreams!
Tati Pérez (AR)29.09.2009
PR & Marketing Assistant