The Campsite Blog
Summer just started - The Campsite Staff is busy working!
So what is actually happening here at the most beautiful place on earth, the KISC Campsite?
Quite a lot actually. We have a big group of guests of about 350 people from the Trans Atlantic Council (TAC). Hosting their annually Scout camp for Boy Scouts of America living abroad, mainly on army bases in and around Germany. Camp Alpine, as its called gives the kids a lot of opportunities to experience the magic of KISC and the surrounding alps. They of course also get to meet and talk to a lot of international scouts we also have staying with us right now.
The Campsite staff is busy working, as we of this week finally have opened the campsite officially.
We make sure that the guests have a great time during their visit and take care of all their recyclables and other personal needs and make sure that they don’t get too sunburned in the amazing weather we have right now!
If you stop by the campsite during this summer, please come and say hi! We are always ready for a chat about everything and nothing, and would love to meet all of the nice guests at KISC and in Kandersteg!
Summer slowly gliding to an end
Goeie dag! Kathryn (ZA) & Sam (BE) here, we have some fresh news for you from the campsite.
Good news regarding the weather: the rain has gone! We are back to the sunny and warm weather which means the campsites are recovering from all the mud. Therefore, the wood pallets are not needed anymore and are back to the wood compound.
For the past week we have been very busy with Hampshire groups (over 200 of them) but also with other groups from all over the world. At one stage there were only two free campsites! The Hampshire groups all left on the 17th so the campsite is quiet again, giving the pinkies a chance to recover before our next huge group arrives, Greater London Middlesex West from the UK (530 Scouts). One of our high season staff, Siobhan (UK), leaves today to join the GLMW staff team. This is our last big group for the summer season.
Other exciting news, we have found four kittens in the wood compound! So, if you are lucky, you could see them while collecting your fire wood.
Since the season is, sadly, coming to an end, we will slowly start to pack some of our GP tents down, to close some of our facilities, and the deep cleaning party will start. The campsite will get quieter and quieter but we still hope to see you here before the end of the season!
Kathryn (ZA) & Sam (BE)
It is Raining Rain!
Wassup guys, Siobhan here reporting from a very wet campsite. I am from lovely London and my first season was last Summer (2012). I enjoyed the liquid sunshine (rain) and scrubbing toilets so much that I came back for more this Summer for the high season period.
Most importantly to mention in this campsite update is the weather: we have had a great deal of rain in the last four days. Including thunder and lightening storms with hailstones the size of ice cubes..ice cubes I repeat! This means that the conditions of the sites are very wet and the ground soft, meaning numerous wood pallets have had to be given out and placed around the site in an attempt to help our soggy guests keep dry. With these weather conditions, of late, layers of clothing and waterproofs are essential on the kit list if you are going to be visiting us soon. However, we have also just received an influx of new firewood so come along to the wood compound with your tokens to keep nice and toasty in the wet evenings.
All of this said, this has not dampened our campsite pinkie’s spirits. We enjoy singing in the rain (or power washer spray, whatever time allows) and our bright yellow campsite rain jackets are so fetching. We are continuing to enjoy keeping our many guests from many different countries in high spirits. Currently, we have two large groups staying with us, one from Spain (Grupo Scout Calasanz) and one from the UK(Hampshire), the UK invasion on the campsite has left me feeling happy as it feels like being with my scouts from home. Other than the large expedition that is staying on the campsite at the moment there is another large expedition (Greater London Middlesex West from the UK) soon to arrive. Other than these large groups our guest arrival numbers have actually started to become dramatically less than our departure numbers which is sad in general, but pleasing for the more tired pinkies after a busy busy few weeks.
We look forward to seeing some of you very soon. And just remember to pack your smiles and singing voices.
Getting into the busiest weeks of Summer!
Hello and dia dhuit from the KISC campsite!
My name is Sean and I come from the beautiful island of Ireland! We are currently in full 110% madness mode as we are in no doubt our busiest week of the year. This is of course, the week of our August 1st celebrations! August 1st means two things here: it is Swiss National Day, which means a huge celebration for the beautiful country we get to spend a portion of our lives in, and also it is Founder’s Day and altogether a great day to be a scout!
The campsite is full and buzzing with life as people enjoy both the sun and the liquid sunshine (rain) that we’ve gotten this week. We have had a mostly sunny week with one day of some heavy downpour that had the site covered in wooden pallets to keep ourselves dry! The sun has popped back out now though and the forecast is now for four days of sunshine so we’re looking forward to that! Conditions on campsite now are still a little damp after the heavy rain yesterday but the sun is now shining and it looks like that will all dry up pretty quickly.
We’ve had a pretty eventful week and constantly busy in the campsite department as hundreds more people continue to arrive (and some sadly depart) day after day. We’ve seen the end of International Rover Week, who were fantastic to have and sad to see leave but we have had so many groups of so many nationalities arriving this week we have had more than enough guests to keep us pinkies busy! All of the staff here are really looking forward to August 1st and are really enjoying this week as the campsite is the fullest we’ve ever seen it, which only means more scouts, more fun and more excitement!
That’s all for this week and we look forward to meeting more and more guests!
Campsite Update 2
“Olá a todos! My name is Diogo, I’m from Portugal and I work at KISC as the Campsite Assistant! I work alongside Jack “The Campsite Sheriff” so logically I am his Deputy and also a fantastic team of Short Term Staff and High-Season Staff who I usually call, Minions!
First things first: the weather! Bring your skis because it is snowing! I am joking! It is not snowing, it has been pretty nice actually, not too hot, not too cold, when it rains it is not too much but the sun is usually winking at the large amount of scouts that are staying on the Campsite! The next few days should be a bit more rainy but from next Sunday the weather should be a lot better. But no worries the campsites have been doing great so our Wood Compound is still full of wooden pallets for everyone!
Some Scouts that have been here before have noticed that out big pioneering entrance of the campsite has been removed for security reasons. We are trying to replace it with a few other pioneering projects. A nice Dutch group made a cool swing with our pioneering poles so we asked them to keep it up for our guests to use now!
Exciting weekend! The first groups are arriving to the Rovergelände, the extra campsite space that we have behind the Kanderlodge by the river, and one of them is a Portuguese group! I will meet you soon if you are reading this! It is getting very busy with scouts everywhere from all over the world! We have big groups from Spain, UK, France and other groups from the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, and so on. But I couldn’t name all the nationalities that are present in this years International Rover Week! Well I could but I am just too lazy right now, it would take me a while, but check our Facebook page, they are all there! The event has been a success so far, greatly because of the amazing team of helpers that are acting as their leaders and, obviously, the Rovers themselves are a pretty amazing bunch!
See you later on this Summer!
Hi, My name is Jack, I’m from the UK and I’m the Campsite Manager this year at KISC. I thought it might be nice to give you a little update on the situation on our campsite at the moment.
We are currently already well into summer with the campsite in full operation. There are currently 2 Long term staff; myself and Diogo (PT), 7 short term staff and 1 high season staff working in the campsite department.
Walking around the campsite you can see some very colourful tents and great pioneering constructions all around. We currently have quite a lot of Danish and Dutch groups staying with us as well as having a group of 200 Americans that just checked out this past weekend.
The campsite is looking in fairly good condition, having had plenty of sun in the last couple of weeks. Although the temperatures have been a fairly reasonable 25 degrees, there has been a few days of heavy rain as well. So although the campsite is currently dry, but with a few hours of rain the muddy puddles do start to appear in places.
We now have full opening hours of the campsite office, campsite shop, recycling centre and wood compound, and today our 12 tonne rubbish compressor will arrive ready to eat all of our guests rubbish!
Looking forward to meeting all of you here shortly.
Yours in Scouting,
Jack Higgins (UK)