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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 53 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 parnership 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 to 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 has currently over 600 members in almost 50 countries around the world. 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 report of the KISC Association in English, and in 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.
It is during this meeting that we report on the operations of the past years, approve the accounts, elect members of the Committee, as well as take strategic and governance decisions. The next General Assembly will happen in 2022. More information will be published at a date closer to the event.
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 representative 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 with the aim of taking care and management of all KISC buildings and properties, the so-called Kandersteg International Scout Centre Foundation.
The Foundation board is actively involved in fundraising. The members of the Foundation Board are elected by the KISC Committee. By this procedure, it is ensured 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 very important one is the ability to keep scouts safe from harm. To ensure the commitment of the Centre to create 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 kind of 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 contents of Safe from Harm Policy here:
- Risk Management Policy
- Child Safeguarding Policy
- Alcohol Policy (Guests)
- Alcohol Policy (Staff) – an internal document
- Framework for living at KISC (Staff) – an internal document
- Kitchen Hygiene Policy – an internal document
Our Environmental Policy is designed to minimise our impact on the environment, be that locally or globally (i.e. the reduction of harmful emissions from our buildings and vehicles). Our Environmental Team, also made up of Long and Short Term Staff, regularly analyse and audit our performance, giving ideas on how we could lessen our impact. Read here more about it.