KISC goes to Sweden!25.07.2011
It's official! The first of the KISC entourage to the World Scout Jamboree has departed, and they're preparing to meet all of the Scouts at the Permanent Mini-Jamboree's bigger cousin! As a result, our PR & Marketing Assistant, Lou (IT) has left the centre to coordinate KISC's activities at the Global Development Village. Here at the centre, the number of Scouts arriving is increasing every day in the lead-up to August 1st! Our campsite will be jam-packed, and our chalets are booked solid, full of Scouts preparing to experience the dozens of activities that are organized specially for this day. This year, the centre will be organizing a new activity for August 1st: a special geocaching route, open for discovery and logging for a period of only 12 hours or so.
The weather here at the centre has been all over the place lately, from hot to cold, from wet to dry - we've even seen a bit of snow on Bire once the clouds part in the morning! As a result we have quite a number of our staff that have fallen ill, but every measure is being taken to ensure that they get well soon, and that all Pinkies are well-rested and energized to deliver the best August 1st programme ever! Don't forget to bring your rain-gear and mittens though, we're in for a chilly one!
Tonight is the weekly BBQ & International Evening, and we're going to be treated to quite the number of different nationalities that are represented by the guests currently staying at the centre. This week we will have 16 different nationalities represented at our cultural display tables on the field in front of the chalet. It will almost be as colourful as the flags hanging from the front of the building! We currently have groups from Switzerland, Norway, Belgium, Spain, The Netherlands, Australia, The United States, Italy, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Luxembourg, France, Portugal, and Turkey! Looking out the window, we're crossing our fingers for a dry barbecue, and it looks like we'll get some luck! We'll be taking photos throughout the week, so make sure you check the weekly photo gallery for some great snaps!
We had our first Disco as well last week - everyone had a late night with lots of great music, great (and not so great) dancers, and a nice night out in the village. On the same day, our staff competed in the International Centre Day competition. All the Scout Centres across Europe that are part of the Goose Network participate in this competition, which has staff from the various centres complete challenges throughout the day. The centre who is judged to have completed the competitions with the best result wins the day. KISC won last year, but this year we passed the hat to Burg Rieneck in Germany - the staff at KISC wish to congratulate them on their well-deserved win!
Walking around the campsite, we've seen the Rovergelände fill up with big green tents. Over on the main campsite, we've seen the parking lot fill up, the army tents go up, and our highest numbers participating in Incamp programme since the summer began! Last week's "Race the World" was held during what could be described as the worst rainfall ever (or at least it seemed so at the time). Despite this, Scouts braved the wet and cold, and had a really great time! The music was pumping (including old school yodelling during the Switzerland race "over the mountains"), the eleven groups were cheering wildly, and even the well-prepared Pinkies in their 100% rainproof outfits got a splash of water at the end when the buckets of water for the "Water Carrying" game were dumped over their heads in front of everyone!
The centre sure is buzzing, and we're looking forward to the next few weeks as our busiest yet - let us know how you plan to celebrate Swiss National Day, here in Kandersteg, or at home by sending us your comments.