Happy August 1st, everyone!
It’s been a very busy week here in the Centre. August 1st is not only the Swiss National Day but it is the Birthday of Scouting as the first official camp happened on Brownsea Island 105 years ago. To celebrate this special day the Centre started the day with an international breakfast for over 1600 guests. We then helped the guests with their packed lunches which they needed for the day. The Pinkies ran over 31 different activities on the day too. These included zip wire, woggle making and bushcraft. After lunch time, there was a carnival. This was something similar to our international evening, where each group had a table to show other Scouts and Guides what they brought to KISC from their country. There were also some Staff tables too, which of course were the most popular! Once the carnival finished, we all headed back over to the Chalet where we were met by the lovely smell of a barbeque. All of the 1600 guests joined the evening. Once that was over and cleaned up, both staff and guests went and got ready for the ceremony and parade. For the parade, I got the chance to hold the crystal flag at the front of the parade. You could hear all the different songs and chants in all the different languages, which to me really shows how big Scouting is around the world. Once we arrived in the village we were greeted by the locals who lined the street. We then joined them at the bonfire and watched the fireworks.
It being my first time at KISC and my first time experiencing August 1st, I would encourage everyone to try and be here on that special day. It’s a really lovely experience and is definitely one of the highlights of my time here at KISC.