Smiling for 5 Years Now
Smile of the week. Thank you fellow Pinkies for choosing me. The last time was over 5 years ago! So what keeps me smiling after the last 2 full years working here in Kandersteg?
Well, the view for a start. Each day I wake up, open the curtain to the sight of snow-capped mountains, luscious green fields and the sunshine beating down upon this small Swiss village.
But recently, I started in the role of Grounds Manager here at KISC. And to be honest, working out on our campsite and in the forest that the Scout Centre looks after, is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend your time. I mean, who couldn’t smile when you walk through the quiet peaceful paths and roads, listening to the birds chirp and watching the tadpoles in the pond, knowing that in the next couple of months, thousands of Scouts, from all over the world will be walking these same paths, but singing, cheering, laughing and smiling too, all because they are here at the permanent mini-jamboree.
Many years ago, I came to Kandersteg as one of these many Scouts. I did all the usual activities. I hiked to the Upper Hut, I went for a swim in the outdoor pool in Kandersteg, I stood in the ice-cold water at Oeschinensee (up to my knees), I tasted the local cheese, I took photographs of these stunningly beautiful mountains. I could never have imagined that I would return to Kandersteg as much as I have; 3 times as a Scout and now working for my second time including for the last 2 years.
But you know, the reason I kept coming back, and the reason that I still smile after all this time. Is because this doesn’t get tiring. You don’t ever feel like these mountains are ugly. The people are never unfriendly. The work is tiring yes, but always enjoyable. It was a wise man that said “the best work you can do, is one that doesn’t feel like work”.
I remember when I was that young Scout back in 2003, I admired the Pinkies here at KISC. Those people were my heroes. I have now been here working with those very people that were amazing pinkies when I was staying here. And having the opportunity to now be one of those people has taught me many things. I have learnt that working here at KISC really gives you more opportunities than you can ever imagine.