The sunny side01.06.2010
Good, old B.-P. used to suggest to "... always look at the sunny side instead of the gloomy one" and here at KISC we take that advice very seriously.
This is how we are managing to get over the particular weather conditions of the last three weeks. During the almost constant rain and low temperatures the really impressive thing is the foggy feeling all around. Especially in the morning it gives the impression of being in one of those glass balls where time is suspended and nothing moves unless you shake it. Now, don't get me wrong, all this is quite fascinating in its own way but considering that it is June it is fair to wish for some sun and blue sky.
But then, as I said, let's look at the sunny side of this and let's talk about what has been going on in the last two weeks. Last thing you know is that while clapping hands, cheering "Olè!" and enjoying food delicacies the Spanish Work Party stacked quite a lot of wood and started clearing out the Campsite. Following was the time of the Dutch Work Party (DWP) which visited us for some chain-sawing and wood work. Two different groups of Dutch Scouts alternated during the two weeks of their stay, it was a good time for everyone. When not wood chipping and fixing benches or tables they enjoyed a good chat, ate curry mayonnaise (on top of almost everything) and hiked around the valley.
Once the DWP left we had a few days of normal work, lost in the cloudy atmosphere and ran the training for our new Long Term Staff members: Jakob (DE) - Campsite Assistant, Ciara (IE) - Campsite Manager, Karo (FI) - Eco Adventure Assistant, Alex (CA) - Int. Friendship Assistant, Riikka (FI) - Shop Manager, Robert (DE) and Chris (UK) both Catering Assistants and Gidds (UG) - House Assistant. It is great to have them with us and we can already say it is going to be a great Summer!
While running the last training session for those guys, we were visited by another happy bunch of Scouts and Guides from 22 different countries, among which very exotic locations such as the Comores Islands, Suriname, Zambia, Costa Rica and Sweden. They were the participants of the 2nd SCENES Seminar - for all those of you who never heard about such a thing before, SCENES stands for "Scout Centres of Excellence for Nature and Environment". Scout Centres all over the world who practice good care for the environment and provide guests with an environmental programme. During the seminar all the participants had the opportunity to share ideas and information on environmental programme and management of the centres. Also they tried to build up a stronger network which will allow Scout Centres to interact on this sort of issues. Highlights of the week were the Swiss Culture Evening (full of cheese specialities and alphorn music), the International Evening and other activities run by KISC Staff. It was quite a busy seminar, but it ran smoothly and the participants actively took part in the workshops.
The places left empty by the 2nd SCENES Seminar participants were quickly filled by the International Work Party. They are helping us out this week to plant flowers, paint window and door frames, make new benches and stack some more wood. As you can see, we never sleep, there is always something to do and someone around!
Another project for this season was the renovation of 2 rooms (Australian and ex-Korean) in the Old Chalet, which are now nearing completion. The renovations were managed by Michael (DE) - Maintenance Assistant and Paul (UK) - Building Coordinator. Paul has now moved on to work on the Uncle Sams building on the Campsite which is being extended on one side.
So now that I have been through the whole list of events on what is happening at KISC, I can also tell you that the weather has not changed since I started writing this. I think I spotted a glimpse of sun but it was quite short. The cloudy rainy situation is back, not much of the mountains around are visible, except for a bit of a snowy peak. We hope to get better conditions soon, although it all depends on the Azores high pressure - if it does not make it quickly up here we will have a possible wet General Assembly during the coming weekend.
Now, I know it is weird to do all this weather talk on a latest news article but I think it is a good way for you to visualise all the events. Plus it is a good side talk. Did you know that 75% of conversations start with weather info? There would definitely be less chit-chatting in the world if the weather was always good...
Lou Fontanazza (IT) - PR & Marketing Assistant