Why KISC?

Your guide to what makes us different

 

The speech that changed everything

The dream of Sir Robert Baden Powell, founder of the World Scout Movement.

London, 1920, Olympia: Baden Powell delivers an electrifying speech that sparks a global search for the first International Scout Centre.  A place where bravery, tolerance, compassion and friendship can thrive, where Scouts of the world can come together and feel like they belong. A place that feels like home. Fast forward three years and that dream came alive, right here, in the Swiss Alps. We opened our doors on 21st May 1923 and the rest is history.

Why KISC?
Why KISC?

The Permanent Mini Jamboree

Where you can meet the world in the Alps.

More than just a Scout Centre, we believe in international cooperation, that’s why we do what we do. To show the world what’s possible when young people come together from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities. This is true for our guests and staff. Baden Powell called it goodwill, we call it kindness. So no matter where you are from, or where you are going, you’ll feel welcome.

The mountains are calling

And you're invited.

From the moment you step off the train, 1,200m above sea level, you know you’re somewhere special. Close to nature and away from the distractions of every day life, you’ll find nowhere else like Kandersteg. That’s why Baden Powell chose here. A place where you can pitch your tent under the stars, climb mountains with your friends, paddle across lakes and enjoy stunning sunsets at the end of each day.

Why KISC?
Why KISC?

A better world is possible

It really is that simple, it’s why we exist. To leave the world a little better than we found it.

No challenge is too great, no mountain too tall. Change is always possible, it just requires action. That’s why we teach young people every day to develop new skills and believe in themselves. So that when they return home they feel able to take on anything. That’s the spirit of Scouting.

A centre for all Scouts

It’s our mission to keep KISC open to as many young people as we can.

As a non-profit, we work really hard to keep our pricing fair and affordable, so that as many young people as possible have the chance to experience KISC. That’s why we also offer discounts based on WOSM’s A to D model for our accommodation prices.

Why KISC?

Our values

What values we hold in high regard?

1

Diversity

We recognise, respect and value people’s differences, no matter where they are from or where they are going.
By promoting a diverse and inclusive environment, we create a safe space for all our guests and staff to be themselves.
2

Youth Empowerment

We encourage and empower young people to be active promoters of peace and the creation of a better world.
We provide opportunities for our guests and staff to develop and challenge themselves both physically and mentally. Giving young people responsibility over their own tasks and encouragement to interact and learn from other cultures.
3

Sustainability

We are advocates for sustainability, equipping young people with the tools and knowledge to live a more eco-friendly life.
We are passionate about caring for and protecting nature, minimising our impact on the environment and raising awareness of how others can help.
4

Learning

Every experience related to KISC should offer an opportunity to learn something new.
Be it through our programme, through meeting Scouts from all over the world, or simply for the staff to learn a new skill in their jobs.
5

Making people feel welcome

We are passionate about delivering unique guest experience as a Scout Centre.
Making people feel welcome and like at home adds value to KISC’s service. KISC wants to be a good host that creates value and make a difference in guests’/staff lives.

What can you expect from KISC?

  • Memories and friends for life
  • Breathtaking alpine scenery
  • Service Excellence based on Scout Centre service standards according to our values and principles
  • Hard working, helpful and highly motivated international team of volunteer Staff who always do their best
  • Wide range of self-guided or guided activities and programme advice

What KISC expects from you?

  • To follow your Scout Promise & Law
  • To inform us of any problems during your stay
  • To respect other Groups and our volunteer staff
  • To help staff with cleaning the facilities you use as we are a Scout Centre where we help each other
  • To positively represent Scouting, your country and KISC when in the village and travelling in Switzerland

What they said about us

We are friends with our community

Most staff are volunteers from all over the world and they were all friendly and went out of their way to assist us. Staying here has been one of the highlights of our Europe holiday.

Joli

guest, programme, dunking
Super awesome lodging and camping. Clean, efficient, awesome "Pinkie" staff. Superb locale. Go Scouts!

Anthony

Workshop, Fire, Backwoods
Thank you KISC staff for our wonderful stay. KISC was very welcoming and helpful. The view is amazing and the rooms look awesome.

Troop 225

There is a probably no other single place on Earth that exemplifies the Scouting Spirit more than KISC. The awesome scenery leads to appreciating the beauties of the world and the joys of the outdoors!

Steve

Living the Dream since 1923

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