Tips to prepare programme
Helpful tips to plan the perfect group trip
Know the fitness of your group
Knowing the fitness level of your group is essential when choosing your activities and having the best experience.
Kandersteg is situated at 1'200 m; it is the perfect environment for hiking, skiing, rock climbing and many other mountain activities. To each activity, we have assigned a difficulty level from Very low to Very difficult. These guidelines are based on the average fitness level of most of our guests and will vary depending on everyone's personal fitness & health conditions and experience in the mountains over 2'000 m above sea level.
We aim to offer activities for a wide range of ages, from younger Scouts to adult Rovers.
For most of our activities, we have minimum age requirements that ensure both the fun and safety of the whole group. Browse through our activities and find the perfect ones suitable for your group. Please note that the minimum age requirements mentioned in activities' details are strictly enforced. We require a leader over the age of 18 to be present at each activity. This leader will be counted as part of the total group number.
Have a plan B
Our staff will do their best to book your group onto the activities you request, but also please expect that you might not get all the activities you have asked for.
We start to accept your activities requests on a specific date and time. Guests with confirmed accommodation can begin to request activities for Winter 18/19 from the 1st of October 2018, 10:00 CET; if you are requesting activities for Summer 2019, you can send us your wishes from the 1st of March 2019, 10:00 CET. Until this date, you can browse through the activities we offer, you can prepare price calculations of your programme, download your form and get ready to send it to us from these specific dates.
As the activities are booked on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and our guided activities are very popular, it is possible that you may not get the activities of your choice and we may have to rearrange your Programme request to fit our availability. Our staff can advise on activities that might be suitable for your group. It is also possible that you can not book a certain guided activity but can still take part in the same activity but guide it yourself. Whatever you choose to do, it is highly recommended you send in your programme order form as soon as the booking window is open.
Plan rest days
It is essential to plan a balanced programme for your group – this includes rest days between long hikes and challenging activities, particularly if you are bringing a group with younger Scouts.
Being outside the home country, staying 1'200 m above sea level, participating in adventurous activities and interacting with people from different cultures can be mentally and physically demanding. Therefore we recommend to not plan full day activities after each other. We offer many activities for those less active days both guided and self-guided. On rest days, why not aim to achieve one of our KISC badges!
Focus of your trip
Before you begin planning your once in a lifetime trip to KISC, it is important to consider what experiences you would like to have while here.
Booking your stay about 2 weeks around 1st of August allows you to experience the true Jamboree experience - hundreds of Scouts from around the world, international atmosphere, a special programme on August 1st, the birthday of Scouting, etc. However, the demand for KISC guided activities around this time is very high so you might need to plan more self-guided activities. Coming at the beginning of Summer, June to mid-July, or by the end of Summer, mid-August to September, allows you to possibly enjoy more KISC guided activities. Whatever you choose to do, it is highly recommended you send in your programme order form as soon as we start to accept the programme requests.