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.
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.
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.
What values we hold in high regard?
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