WORK PARTY INVASION!
We're counting down the days to November and life at KISC is running at full speed! A very full week has just passed by for the Pinkies who are dividing themselves among many things to do. Painting, chipping wood, chain sawing, deep cleaning and raking leaves have been full time tasks (not to forget the Ground Floor Renovation).
However when things get busy in Autumn, the Pinkies need a hand… enter the Dutch Work Party! A friendly bunch of Dutchies, 34 in total along for 2 weeks, have been working here and there around the Centre fulfilling various tasks.
As well this season, we are happy to announce the return of the Eurotransit Work Party. This was their 2nd work party and this time the group was comprised of 17 people coming from the Czech Republic, Germany, UK, Poland and Austria.
During their stay of 3 weeks, these 2 work parties have been mainly working outside. Lots of chain sawing, wood splitting and chipping has been done and some of our campsites have been cleared of leaves and some tables and benches have been moved away. Some indoor work has also beendone. Together with some of the Pinkies they have been repainting our Dining Hall, some areas in the New Chalet and with a slightly bigger effort the floor of the Kander-Lodge activity area has also been painted.
Lots of work, lots of fun and as always during their stay the work party crews have been out playing with the Pinkies during and after work. We enjoyed together an interesting International Evening, a few parties with lots of Dutch meatballs, a couple of saunas as well as a nice evening in front of a warm campfire!
KISC AT THE 11TH CENTRE MANAGER'S CONFERENCE
Far away from the sounds of the Dutch chainsaws in the surrondings of the Chalet, last week 2 KISC Long Term Staff made their way to Scotland for the 11th Centre Manager's Conference.
Conny (NL) - Marketing Manager and I - PR & Marketing Assistant Assistant (IT), were the chosen ones to represent the Centre at this event. The Conference this year was held at the Lochgoilhead Scout Centre, a beautiful place lost among the hills and lakes of Scotland. It was a full 5 days experience for us which together with the other participants (75 people from 17 different countries) had a lot to discuss, question, share and discover.
The programme was well planned and it focused both on individual and team contribution. Cornerstones and workshops were well organised and rich of ideas and tools that everybody could access and draw inspiration from. The sessions about environmental activities and education, programme and motivational coaching were very interesting. The evening sessions "My Centre - My Country" were also very involving.
Besides all the discussions, cornerstones, workshops there was some time to enjoy Scotland, nature and culture. Lochgoilhead is a great place for scout groups with all kind of (water) activities. One afternoon we visited the Inveraray castle and town. The last evening we had a wonderful evening with traditional Scottish dinner followed by a cèilidh - a lively evening of Scottish music and dancing.
It was a unique experience and now, until the next conference, we will stick on the motto " Grow, Connect, Inspire".
Luisa Fontanazza (IT)
PR & MARKETING ASSISTANT