Under the August Sun
Last week, on August 14th, we saw the closing of the first International Rover Week here at KISC and it truly has been an amazing success! All 37 rovers from the 9 participating countries really enjoyed their time here with us in the middle of the Swiss Alps and many of them would have loved to turn the Rover Week into at least a Rover Fortnight. Walking around the campsite you could feel the multiculturalism of the entire event; people sitting around campfires together, sharing their favourite scout songs or cooking meals from their respective home countries for one another, all while making new friends on-the-go. On the final evening they even experienced having a traditional Swiss cheese fondue KISC-style. A big thank you from us to all the participants and the international coordinators who made this event possible and that special. You may very well have witnessed the beginning of a new chapter in recurring KISC history here!
In the meantime usual life at KISC continued although less troops were staying with us than the previous weeks, Summer really seems to be slowly coming to an end now and the Centre can start preparing for a less busy time. Happily for those on the campsite the Swiss weather has finally decided to show its nicest side again with the clouds giving way to sunshine.
After having already been renovated in Spring 2010, the Australian room has now been officially opened with a little ceremony out in the bright August sunshine on the staff terrasse in presence of Neville Tomkins, the International Commissioner of Scouting Australia who, after having been at the Jamboree, came to Kandersteg especially for this occasion. Former and current Australian staff members of KISC were present as well and listened to the speeches given by Neville and Myriam (CH), our General Director. After the new wooden room sign was unveiled, the attendees moved up to the Australian room itself and witnessed Scouting Australia's International Commissioner cutting the ribbon in front of the door in half thus officially declaring the room open. As a favourite among guests for a long time, we hope to welcome many more in the centre's smallest room during the next few years.
As you may have read in the previous "Latest News", KISC had a stand in the Global Development Village at the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. Lou (IT) - PR & Marketing Assistant - met Jurgen Willems there, a Belgian Scout and PhD student doing research on management and governance in non-profit organizations. At the moment he is doing a study on the perception of such organizations in different countries and he chose the Scouting movement as case example. For this he would need the help of as many scouts from as different countries as possible which is why he asked KISC if we could help him spread the link to a survey he's doing for this project at the moment. It would be great and very much appreciated if you could click on the following link and help Jurgen with his research. All data will of course be handled in a very discreet manner and will only be used for the case study itself, not be forwarded to third parties. Thanks for your help, here's the link to the survey.
Finally I would also like to take the opportunity and introduce myself: my name's Pol (LU), I'm working together with Lou (IT) on PR & Marketing until she leaves KISC at the end of September, by which time I'll be taking over her previous tasks, including the "Latest News" section on the KISC website.
See you soon at KISC!
Pol Felten (LU)20.08.2011
PR & Marketing Assistant