Thrills and excitement of being a Pinkie
Hello everybody! I am Helen and I am from the UK. I am so pleased to be smile of the week this week! So, why am I so smiley? Because I have been ski guiding for my first week! I love skiing and all things snow so it was awesome to take the groups of Scouts and Explorer Scouts for a ski around Oeschinensee and Adelboden, show them my favourite spots and give them a few hints and tips! They taught me a few things too, like the highest level you can get in their game of ‘Evolution is Grand Master Platypus’!
Another reason for my big smile has got to be the ice climbing festival that was held in Kandersteg last weekend. It was amazing to hear all about these awesome climbers’ adventures around the world, it made me very jealous! I am a climber back home but I have never tried ice climbing and have always wanted to. I managed to have a go at the next best thing during the festival. As there was no ice, I tried dry tooling (this is the same as ice climbing but putting your ice axes and crampons into little holes and cracks in the rock face). It was so difficult!
So far I am having a great time on my first KISC adventure as a winter shortie. It is very different from home to have so much snow all around me for such a long time and I think it is fantastic! It was particularly nice to have a white Christmas (a bit nicer than the grey and rainy one I usually have back home). I am especially enjoying meeting Scouts and Guides from loads of different countries (there are 17 different nationalities on the staff at the moment) and finding out about their country, their culture and their Scouting or Guiding back home.
This is the first time I have ever celebrated Christmas and New Years out of the UK and the celebrations were fantastic; from gorging myself on two different Christmas dinners to dressing as a video tape for the 90’s themed New year’s party!
Would I recommend becoming a Pinkie? Definitely! Give it a go! It will challenge you and delight you in ways you could not imagine!