COVID-19: Temporarily limited services at KISC

We had all hoped it would not come to this, but on Sunday 31 January 2021, the KISC Committee had to regretfully decide to reduce the Centre’s activities and offered services to a minimum as per 1 March 2021.

Unfortunately, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international travel and the financial outlook for 2021 (especially summer) are such that KISC’s long-term future cannot be guaranteed without further measures at this stage.

Earlier in 2020, the World Scout Centre had already taken far-reaching measures to adapt to the continuously changing situation. Now, further measures are necessary to secure the future of the Centre. Staff levels will now be further reduced to the absolute minimum level to conserve funds. At the same time, our traditional Programme and Catering offers as well as other usual services will be put on hold until at least 1 February 2022.

Should you still wish to stay at KISC, we will communicate more in the coming weeks about what might still be possible this summer, including accommodation and services. For now, we know that any groups coming in 2021 will need to be completely self-sufficient, as no Catering or Programme services will be available from KISC during this time.

You can find more information about our temporarily limited services here.

Keeping Baden-Powell's dream alive online

While many Scouts and Guides may not have the opportunity to visit the Centre physically this year, we are determined to keep delivering Baden-Powell’s dream of a Permanent Mini Jamboree. This will happen through an expanding online programme offer with its initial launch on 22 February, giving Scouts and Guides the possibility of experiencing the World Scout Centre from the comfort and safety of your home.

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Looking ahead

Kandersteg International Scout Centre has been the home of international Scouting for almost 100 years, and this won’t stop because of COVID-19. We are determined to stay running until our centenary in 2023 and into the future.

You can help us achieve this by supporting the Centre. Join the KISC Association, sign up a friend, make a donation, or even make a booking with us for the future.

Every single action you take will make a huge difference to the Permanent Mini Jamboree. Helping us weather the storm and safeguard Baden-Powell’s dream, so we can recover as quickly as possible once the pandemic has passed.

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“A Scout smiles and whistles under each difficulty”, the Founder of World Scouting once said; this is now so true for KISC when times are hard. But, after every storm, the weather clears, and the mountains regain their magic and beauty. We look forward to once again welcoming you to Kandersteg International Scout Centre, and in 2023 celebrating 100 years of inspiring young people to create a better world.

We look forward to welcoming you here again soon! Until then, stay safe.

Life would pall if it were all sugar; salt is bitter if taken by itself; but when tasted as part of the dish, it savours the meat. Difficulties are the salt of life.

Robert Baden-Powell

Founder of the Scout Movement

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