World Scout Moot special deal
Why don’t you also visit a place where the 1st World Scout Moot was held – Kandersteg International Scout Centre?
Come to KISC to boost up your motivation before the Moot (16th – 23rd July 2017) or extend your experience at the Permanent Mini Jamboree (6th - 13th August 2017)! Visit us during these weeks and get a 60 % discount on accommodation (the Campsite or Old Chalet)! If you are coming to Moot as IST, enjoythe week at KISC for free! (free accommodation in the Campsite and Old Chalet), the tourist tax CHF 3,- per person per night needs to be paid separately)
This offer is valid for booking made until the 31st of December 2016.
If you are interested in joining the Permanent Mini Jamboree, please fill our online booking form and in Additional comment mention the World Scout Moot deal.
In August 1931, Rovers from 23 different countries travelled to Kandersteg to build a world wide brotherhood of service.
At the 3rd World Scout Jamboree in Birkenhead, England, Rover Scouts started to demand their ‘own event’, and B-P couldn’t think of a better place for something like that than the International Chalet in Kandersteg, with its varied alpine opportunities.
The call from the Chief Scout of the World was answered by 2,500 Rovers from 23 countries; a record figure for an international gathering, and especially surprising for those times after the big economical crash of 1929 known as ‘The Great Depression’. The participation fee was CHF 66, quite a substantial amount of money given that many families in 1930 lived from a monthly income of CHF 220 or less. A third class return ticket by train, from London to Kandersteg, cost about 4 British Pounds and the journey took over two days.
This time, B-P decided to leave the credit for opening the event to the Moot Camp Chief, also one of his most appreciated friends: Walther von Bonstetten. Instead, Baden-Powell made his ‘official speech’ to the Moot on August 2nd, 1931. He talked about results expected from the Moot, education and the determination needed to build world peace but, at the end, he summarised it all in one sentence: “make friends of the Rovers of other delegations - I repeat, make friends; this may bring great results in the future”.
During the Moot, Baden-Powell stayed with his wife, Chief Guide Olave, and his two daughters, Agnes and Betty, at Hotel Waldhaus. Peter Baden-Powell, his elder son, was a Rover himself and joined in the event as any other participant. On August 5th 1931, Olave wrote a letter to Eileen Wade, the secretary of the World Bureau and confidante of the family: “we are having a gorgeous time, and are so happy that we can hardly think!! It is just HEAVENLY here, and (…) it is all being such FUN. This is the most exquisite place, and we are having glorious little expeditions, and in between times attend to the Moot! Scouts are EVERYWHERE (…) We have never enjoyed ourselves more, and feel that it is worth every PENNY we are spending!”.