"Nothing is impossible if you're willing to fight for it"

To me, becoming a Pinkie has been a dream since I visited the Centre with my scout group in 2015. And now, the dream has become a reality.
Written by Tiago (PT), Short Term Staff Autumn 2020

Sometimes I don't really know what to write, and other times the words seem to flow like water in a stream. Over the last years, I have had the privilege to achieve many of my dreams: I handed in my thesis and finished my bachelor's degree. I participated in Explorer Belt. This year I fulfilled another one of my dreams - a dream that I have had since 2015.

My first KISC experience

In 2015 I had the opportunity to visit the Permanent Mini Jamboree with my scout group. In the beginning, we didn't know where we wanted to go or what we wanted to do. But after some research, we finally decided that the funds we had raised should be spent on travelling to Kandersteg International Scout Centre. And the trip became an unforgettable experience! We loved the Alps, the hikes that we did, the scouting atmosphere and the international friendship we experienced. But above all, I really enjoyed seeing the Pinkies and experiencing the energy they put into their work.

To me, the Pinkies were the ones who created the special atmosphere that guests can experience at the World Scout Centre. It is their helpfulness, their work and their smile that makes KISC a special place. And when we travelled back to Portugal, it was clear to me that I wanted to become a Pinkie. I wanted to come back to this amazing space to share my experiences and create amazing memories - and now I got the opportunity.

Becoming a Pinkie

After five years of studying and trying to find the time, I made it back to Kandersteg. I don't have words to describe the happiness when I finally received my name tag and pink jumper. Not only because I became a Pinkie, but because I didn't give up my dream, and now it got fulfilled. The feeling of fulfilling a dream is impossible to describe with words - especially when its a dream you have sought to fulfil for years. So my advice to you is to not give up if you really want something. Don't let anyone tell you it is impossible, and above all don't lie to yourself and create barriers or excuses for everything. Nothing is impossible if you are willing to fight for it.

New Pinkies in front of Kandersteg International Scout Centre

Baden-Powell took the "im" out of "impossible", and you can do the same. You are the only one who can fulfil your dream - it only depends on your willingness to achieve it.

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