As you already read in the last edition of Latest News, KISC has survived the floodings in the Bernese Oberland and by now, the village of Kandersteg has been cleaned as well. The road to Frutigen as well as the railway tracks are open again, so we are connected to the outside world again and you can easily visit us.
At this place I have to thank the Spanish Work Party again for all the help cleaning up the KISC properties and the village. The same goes out of course to all our Staff!
On days where they didn't have to deal with massive floodings, the Spanish Work Party helped out on our Campsite and kept Sam (UK), Grounds Assistant, busy finding work for them. But as usual they didn't only come to work, the Spanish know how to make fiesta equally as well - they proved this once more with the by now legendary Spanish Work Party Party, an evening of music, dance and Spanish traditional food in one of the Campsite shelters. A true favourite among the Staff. Unfortunately they are equally as good in playing football which lead to the Pinkies losing the traditional match against Spain yet another year. Although it was closer than ever, the Pinkies even being in the lead for large parts of the game and the glorious victory in front of our eyes, the Spanish remained our football nemesis number one in the end.
While the Spanish Work Party was preparing to leave, the first members of the Dutch Work Party started pouring in. In total the Dutch came in two groups over two weeks to do some hard work on the Campsite: Raking leaves and piling them up to be removed, cutting down trees for new firewood and chopping up our old dry wood to be fired up in the woodburner to keep the Centre nice and warm during Winter. By now they have finished working and are enjoying a well-deserved day off in the mountains, staying overnight in the Upper Hut before it finally closes down over Winter.
The soon departure of the Work Parties also means that the three busiest weeks this Autumn are over and that the Centre is emptying up. And although we will still have a few busy days next week with the Committee meeting, the rest of Autumn is going to be very quiet! So if you have a few spare days left and no plans yet, why not spontaneously join us in the Swiss Alps?
While most of the Staff were enjoying the first week of the Dutch Work Party and an exciting Staff Night Out at a rockabilly concert in Thun, KISC was also represented at the 12th Centre Managers Conference from the 19th to the 23rd October at the Centre National de Formation des Scouts et Guides de France in Jambville, close to Paris. This conference, being held every 2 years, is attended by representatives of Guide and Scout Centres from all over Europe and is a good opportunity to exchange ideas and concepts to offer a better experience to all our guests, Scouts and non-scouts. This year's edition was attended by 66 participants from 17 different countries and 22 Scout and Guide organizations. It was truly a fruitful few days where we learned a lot about how other Centres run things and what we could still improve at KISC, but it also gave us the possibility to pass some of our experience on to other fellow Scout Centres.
The first weekend after the floodings, the annual suppliers' dinner also took place at KISC, a nice evening to meet all the people we are working with throughout the year and show them around to Centre. In general just a very nice way to get to know each other to continue our good working relationships. Thanks to all of them for helping us to keep BP's dream alive and well!
Pol Felten (LU)26.10.2011
PR & Marketing Assistant