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The World Scout Centre
We are proud to be recognised by WOSM as the World Scout Centre.
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is the largest educational youth movement in the world, with over 57 million members, in over 200 countries and territories. Ever since our foundation in 1923, we have had a proud and rich history of working in partnership and alongside WOSM’s members.
Our Vision & Mission
We want to create a better world of sustainability and peace through international Scouting.
Our mission is to bring Scouts of the World together in an alpine environment, raise awareness over sustainability and global issues, and empower young people in the creation of a better world.
Run by volunteers since 1923
Our Pinkies play a vital role in keeping the Permanent Mini Jamboree alive.
Every year volunteers travel from across Europe and around the world to invest their time, energy and commitment to world Scouting. Some join us for 3 months, while others stay for 3 years, fulfilling all sorts of jobs in different areas like catering, hospitality, outdoor education, communications and senior management. In addition to this, we also employ a handful of full-time permanent Staff, including our Director.
Find out about our staff structure and meet our current team here.
KISC Association & Foundation
The 'Scouts International Home' Association was founded with the Centre in 1923 and has since then developed into the 'Kandersteg International Scout Centre' Association.
The Association currently has over 600 members in almost 50 countries worldwide. The Association is a non-political, non-profit and non-denominational organisation (see the Statutes of KISC Association). The members range from individuals to National Scout Organisations or businesses. Being an Association Member means contributing to the development of young people by enabling KISC to run its operations. Download the latest Annual KISC Association report in English and German.
The General Assembly of the KISC Association is open to all its members and is held every two years at KISC to decide the overall direction of the Centre.
During this meeting, we report on the operations of the past years, approve the accounts, elect members of the Committee, and take strategic and governance decisions. The last General Assembly was held in 2022.
The Committee currently consists of 18 people and can include up to 3 additional co-opted members for specific work.
Every four years, during the General Assembly, Members of the Association elect 12 Members of the Committee - six National Scout Organisation representatives and six individual members. Four seats are fixed for respective bodies. The Committee is responsible for reviewing the Centre on a regular basis and aiding in the development and future policies of the Centre.
When the New Chalet was built in 1994, the decision was taken to create a Foundation to take care of and manage all KISC buildings and properties, the so-called Kandersteg International Scout Centre Foundation.
The Foundation board is actively involved in fundraising. The KISC Committee elects the members of the Foundation Board. This procedure ensures that both boards work closely together and plan further improvements and enhancements of the Centre's property together.
Over 12’000 Scouts and Guides visit Kandersteg International Scout Centre every year.
The success of the Centre is based on many factors, and a crucial one is the ability to keep scouts safe from harm. To ensure the Centre's commitment to creating a safe environment for children and young people, the KISC Association Committee has compiled several documents and policies that address potential risks to keeping our guests and staff safe from any harm. They are developed, maintained and updated individually, with the aim of contributing to the overall safety of our guests and staff at the Centre.
Safe from Harm Policy
Read more about the contents of the Safe from Harm Policy here:
- Risk Management Policy
- Child Safeguarding Policy
- Alcohol Policy (Guests)
- Alcohol Policy (Staff) – an internal document
- KISC General rules (Staff) – an internal document
- Kitchen Hygiene Policy – an internal document
Our Environmental Policy is designed to minimise our impact on the environment, locally or globally (i.e., reducing harmful emissions from our buildings and vehicles). Our Environmental Team, also composed of Long and Short Term Staff, regularly analyses and audits our performance, giving ideas on how to lessen our impact. Read more about it here.
Code of Ethics
This Code of Ethics (CoE) aims to ensure that everyone who contributes to the KISC Centenary celebrations is treated with respect, dignity, and equality, without prejudice or discrimination.
Correlation with the Sustainable Development Goals:
This CoE responds to two Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- SDG 10: Less Inequalities
- SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Context in Scouting
Scouting is based on a system of values and ethics. Our founder, Robert Baden-Powell (BP), wanted everyone to be equal. For example:
- We wear a uniform so that there are no social class differences between us.
- Scouting and Guiding are for everyone equally, regardless of faith, race or nationality.
This was quite radical in the early 20th century because class differences were very evident, there was no equality between men and women, and there was a lot of racial and religious prejudice.
Thus, B.P. incorporated equality into our Movement. Whichever national version of the Scout Law we obey, we promise to respect ourselves and others and treat other Scouts as brothers and sisters in a global family. We promise to be a friend to others and that they can trust us.
Why have a Code of Ethics?
We live in a world where ethics remain an ideal that is not always achieved, even among Scouts. Different countries have different cultures and attitudes towards equality. Have different laws and customs. Even where laws protect people from specific actions, some people do not respect them or violate them.
Thus, it is necessary to become clear to everyone that BP's vision of Scouting being a movement of values and ethics it's a norm in KISC.
What does this mean in practice?
Code of Ethics is that:
- Every Scout of any age group should be treated with equal respect and dignity, regardless of personal characteristics and social, racial, religious, or ethnic background.
- Every Scout should have equal opportunities to participate in all aspects of KISC Centenary, provided their safety is guaranteed.
- No one in KISC Centenary shall be allowed to discriminate against or express prejudice against anyone because of their personal characteristics and social, racial, religious, or ethnic background.
- No sexism.
- No racism.
- No ageism.
- No anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or other religious prejudice.
- No homophobia or transphobia.
- No discrimination against people with disabilities or mental illness.
- No discrimination based on social class.
To ensure that a Code of Ethics is followed, it is accompanied by a Code of Conduct.