International Rover Week Has Begun!09.08.2011
If you thought the action was over following August 1st, think again! The past week has seen lots of new arrivals here at the centre including the staff and participants of the 2011 International Rover Week here at KISC. This unique and first time event brings together 37 Scouts from nine countries to participate in an opportunity to make close new friends from around the world. They will be living together on our campsite, having fun together, and telling stories of their experiences back home. Like so many other guests, they will also get a taste of the Alpine atmosphere, and of the endless adventuruous opportunity our natural surroundings provide us with. Some of their programme highlights include a Snow & Ice Expedition lead by our highly qualified Snow & Ice Helpers, as well as a hike across the Lötschenpass, a visit to the Golitschen Cheesery, as well as an adventure up to Allmenalp! They have a packed schedule, but they're all full of energy and enthusiasm even in the wettest of Kandersteg Summer afternoons.
For most of the staff here at the centre, the time immediately following August first marks just a little bit past the half way point of the season. Staying here for three months, the Short Term Staff together with the centre's Long Term Staff had a special evening at one of the village restaurants celebrating a unique Pinkie tradition: Summer Christmas. Complete with a visit from St. Nicholas himself, the staff of the World Scout Centre celebrated by having a nice dinner, exchanging secret santa gifts, and sharing their favourite experiences from the summer thus far. In addition to celebrating our hard work, we're also welcoming with open arms some new staff. Andrea (CH) our new office manager started on August 2nd, and is quickly being brought up to speed on how the centre is administered in the fishbowl office (have a walk through the centre and you'll understand that reference). We're soon being joined by our incoming PR & Marketing Assistant, Pol (LU), who most recently helped to staff the KISC stand at the recent World Scout Jamboree. We've also had the chance to say 'hello again' to Sean (US) who was first introduced to us as Spring Short Term Staff, recently helped us as well at the Jamboree, is now returning as a special helper for International Rover Week, and will be staying on as a helper after that event concludes.
Now that the World Scout Jamboree has concluded, we're hearing some great stories from the bigger cousin to the Permanent Mini-Jamboree. Including stories from our own director, who was on site in Rinkaby. Myriam (CH) had the opportunity to visit many of the national contingents at their receptions, and even (almost) had chat with the King of Sweden! Despite this minor disappointment, Myriam had a great time helping out in the Global Development Village where KISC was holding the "Knitting for Peace" activity, as well as the "Climbing The Wall of Friendship" climbing wall, which was very popular with the passers-by. Nearly all of our "B-P's Dream Award" badges were earned, and our joint reception with the Swiss Scouting Movement was an overwhelming success that highlighted the things we share in common with them, as well as the way we compliment the Scouting community in Switzerland in our own unique way.
News on the street is that our Twitter account has really been taking off lately. It's added a whole new dimension to our interaction with with our guests and with Scouts around the world. One example of a great tweet we received was from @troopb (1st Hersham Troop B), who sent us the following message... "@KISC We got back to the UK yesterday. Missing the Alps already. Thanks Pinkies - we had a blast with you in Kandersteg."
As you can see, there's still a lot going on at the centre, and we're still going full steam ahead, empowered and motivated by the recent connections an experience we've gained at the World Scout Jamboree, a big thanks goes out to the Swedish National Scout Organization for their hard work!