There have been American Scouts overseas since almost the beginning of Scouting. The Transatlantic Council of the Boy Scouts of America serves to make the US Scouting program available in west-and-central Europe, the Near East and North Africa for children and leaders living on American military bases, international schools, U.S. embassies and in businesses. Just as a rough idea, the Transatlantic Council exist in 23 countries on three continents, and it is the LARGEST of the councils of the Boy Scouts of America!
The meetings and activities of the Transatlantic Council units are basically the same as those in the United States and, for many years now, KISC has the privilege to welcome their annual Klondike Derby: a winter event for Scouts Patrols established on 1949, based on the heritage of the Gold Rush along the Klondike river, between Canada and Alaska, in the late 19th century.
More than 270 Boy Scouts came to KISC last weekend from countries such as Germany, England or The Netherlands to participate on this exciting competition and cross our snow-covered campsite, carrying their gear on a dog sled. On the way, several stations named after classic Alaskan towns were waiting for them with challenges on scoutcraft skills and leadership abilities, where they can earn points towards a total score. But of course, there was also time for a nice lunch hosted at the Tower!
The awards ceremony took place that saturday evening, during a campfire, and Sunday was the chance for all these units to have some relaxing fun around Kandersteg doing activities such as sledding, ski or ice skating.
All Klondike participants left on monday morning after a great derby fun-filled, and many of them will return to KISC this Summer to join another traditional "transatlantic" event: the Camp Alpine 2009.
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Tati Pérez (AR)
PR & Marketing Assistant