Can you imagine 90 years of impacting lives from all over the world? Well that is the story of Kandersteg International Scout Centre where staff and guests alike have had an experience of a lifetime while living the dream. The dream of the founder of Scouting, Robert Baden-Powell. Last week, KISC celebrated its 90th birthday. It was only in order to have a birthday party to mark this well important milestone, where guests, the KISC committee, ex-staff and staff took part in the jubilee weekend.
Friday was the arrival day, but all activities kicked off on Saturday despite the snow. First the guests were welcomed by the Myriam Heidelberger Kaufmann, General Director and the Senior Management Team, then taken through a chalet tour that was soon followed by lunch in the campsite. Everyone was to make their own lunch that included sausages and bread that were to be roasted over the fire. Soon after lunch, the guests took part in the arts and crafts session that was soon followed by a birthday concert by the local brass band, Musikgesellschaft Kandersteg.
After a one hour break, everyone was well dressed for the dinner that had meat fondue as the main course. It was at this time that the official speech, given by Thijs Stoffer, the chairman of Kandersteg International Scout Centre Association and congratulatory messages were made. Gracing this celebrations were the representatives from the local authorities and Kandersteg tourism office. At the end, dessert was served in very beautiful jubilee branded mugs that everyone present was given as a souvenir. On Sunday was the last day of the Jubilee Weekend and everybody was invited to a brunch that marked the end of the jubilee weekend. We also were able to welcome the first paid director of KISC at this morning, Kurt Metz. Photos of this event can be found on our website and on our Facebook page.
It was also this weekend that one of our long term-staff Sam Carrie left the centre. Sam was the Grounds Manager and has been in KISC for the past 2 years. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours. Despite the snow, spring season is almost coming to an end with only a week to go. Very soon we will be saying goodbye to the spring 2013 staff and welcoming the summer 2013 staff. We hope that the weather will be sunny instead of a snowy summer.