School Day Out!
January 25th was a Monday, a day usually not very popular among students. Monday means the start of a new week in school, long hours with books and not much enthusiasm to make it through the day... but here at KISC things are different. Monday January 25th was a great day for quite a lot of students! At 08:46 with the precision of a Swiss watch, a special train with around 300 students arrived at Kandersteg station. The Pinkies were waiting and ready to welcome those special guests from the Schlossbergschule in Spiez. Lots of waving and smiling and within a few seconds the area outside the station was full of people.
It was School Day 2010: a day for the students to practise their English skills and try out some of the winter activities provided by the Centre (surrounded by the magic of Kandersteg). From Caving to Ice Skating and Sledding to Snowshoeing, the students
had the opportunity to break their routine of blackboards and books to have some fun with Scouts and Guides from all over the world. Like the beginning of the day, it all ended with the same special train heading down the valley at 16:42 and the Pinkies waving goodbye. Just another Monday in student life? Maybe... but with something different: the yawns of the early morning replaced by the smiles of a great day on snow!
Once again KISC has been chosen as the location for an important meeting. In fact, on the last weekend of January the WOSM-European Scout Region and it's Core Groups gathered here in Kandersteg for their annual meeting.
The weekend included various meeting and sessions; it was attended by a total of 50 Scouts, all staff members or volunteers, who are working for Scouting at European level. They worked towards realising the action points of the European Regional Plan 2007-2010 and discussed plans for 2010-2013 triennium.
Also during the weekend, on Saturday, the WAGGGS counter part of the European Region arrived here at KISC to participate in the meeting with the aim of realising the points of the joint WOSM-WAGGGS European Level Plan for 2007-2010. The weekend ran smoothly and saw the Light Trail, the Cheese Fondue Dinner and the Disco as very enjoyable moments for all the participants and for the Pinkies.
It is a serious competition for some and a fashion exhibition for others but, for KISC Staff, it's a crazy tradition! Nordic Day is a 1 hour and 10 minute cross-country ski race with competitors trying to complete as many 3.3 Km circuits in the allowed time. Teams usually compete for the best dressed award or for a prize for the most laps completed. Highlights this year were the "Simpsons of Kandersteg", the Hawaii Girls and our team: the "Crazy Pinkies"!
Our team featured first time skiers, a gorilla and clowns! The crazier the better... not to mention that the whole bright pink team was placed first at the starting line!
Pretty cool... but also a bit scary if you are a first time skier with a crazy outfit standing in front of a massive squad of fantastic skiers just waiting to knock you down in their run to glory (or to the drinks stand!)! Once the start was announced and the real competitors made their way to the front, skating at full speed, then everything got better and each one of the crazy Pinkies found their rhythm. Some difficulties occurred on some of the uphill sections with Lou (IT) - PR & Marketing Assistant - being pulled up by one of the local hockey players. And on the downhill, near the river, where in a very fast sequence Adam (GB), followed by Paul (GB) - both STS Winter 2010 - and then a few seconds later Nalaka (LK) - House Manager - took the turn too wide and ended up in a giant snow pile. Some others had no problem and made the best of the fresh snow, sunshine and reached three or even four laps! Oh joy! It's just another day in Kandersteg...
Luisa Fontanazza (IT) Eric Takiy (BR)
PR & MARKETING ASSISTANT WINTER 2010