Memories and dreams of Kandersteg
Hello, Pete here from the UK. Many of you reading this may recognise my face, as I have been working for the past 3 years in the Programme team in Reception. Unfortunately this blog comes as I near the end of my time here at KISC. This has been an amazing time for me, so I thought I would take this opportunity to give you 5 of my favourite memories from my time here.05.11.2015
5. August 1st 2013 - As it was KISC’s 90th anniversary in 2013, we made this day a little more special by hiking up to Oeschinensee to renew our scout promise together. This was to be done at sunrise. I can say with some certainty that that many of the pinkies were not too impressed with the prospect of their day of work starting at 05.30! This feeling soon left as we started hiking together with 1000+ scouts, and being together as the sun rose over the mountains is an unforgettable memory.
4. Fründenhütte Sunsets - Those of you lucky enough to get up to this hut will know how amazing the sunsets can be from here! In the busy Summer season, the Frundenhutte is a little oasis of calm, and the view of the sun setting over rows of mountains is the cherry on the cake. When I was here as a scout (12 years ago!!!), we came up here, and for sure it is one of the reasons I came back as staff too. Thankfully hiking up there is a bit easier than when I was 14!
3. Laughs in Ueschinenhütte - One of the best parts of my job is training up the new programme guides for the summer. It is so rewarding to see how much people can grow and develop over the three months of summer. The first night in the Ueschinenhütte as a programme team is a particular highlight but, despite a full day of hiking ahead of us, an early night is not usually on the cards for the new pinkies! This Summer in particular there was a lot of giggling and laughter late into the night, so I decided it was time to be responsible and enforce quiet time. It was then that my fellow long term staff pointed out that we were being just as noisy and childish as the new staff upstairs, so I didn’t really have a leg to stand on!
2. The Jungfrau Challenge - One of the highlights of KISC in Winter is of course being surrounded by ski resorts! Having never skied prior to working here, I was in at the deep end, but soon scraped together enough skills to get down the hill without too many accidents. My best skiing memory would be attempting the Jungfrau Challenge: to ski every lift in three ski resorts in one day. Again the early start of 06.00 was not enjoyable, but skiing from the top of Schilthorn from 3000m at sunrise, with no-one else around was simply incredible. After 13,000 vertical metres that day, the chips in the afternoon were tastiest I’ve had!
1. Campfires – Finally, it is impossible to work at a scout centre and not mention campfires. We of course have a lot of campfires and many of my best memories of KISC are from one. Whether it is talking in front of the King of Sweden, or just a small campfire with friends, sharing stories round the campfire is something we all as scouts share. And so to end this blog, I will share with you a quote from B.P. which perfectly sums up my time here at KISC:
“Soon the fire of friendship spreads from one to another, and bonds are tied which will last a lifetime, and everyone on returning home is richer for memories and dreams of Kandersteg” - Robert Baden Powell