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Switzerland - KISC
Lord Baden-Powell dreamed of a place where Scouts and Guides from across the world could meet, where a ‘permanent mini-Jamboree’ could exist and where international friendship and fun combined with adventure. That dream founded Kandersteg International Scout Centre which, 92 years later, welcomes over 12,000 Scouts and Guides from across the world every year.
From the moment you step off your coach into the stunning surroundings of the Bernese Oberland, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, you’ll become part of the KISC way of life. You’ll be transported into a world of new sights, sounds and nationalities as you try your best to explore all that this centre has to offer. After hiking the Swiss glaciers found on the towering snow-capped mountains, white water rafting through the thundering rapids, or canoeing on the richest turquoise lake you’ve ever seen, it’s back to camp to experience the essence of KISC by taking part in the legendary international campfire. Hundreds of activities guarantee something for everyone at KISC and ensure your days are packed with adventure, leaving your Scouts wanting to return year after year!
Kandersteg International Scout Centre offers an excellent variety of activities and excursions to ensure that your group has the experience of a lifetime. With the vast array of activities suitable all year round, there’s certain to be something for your group to take part in, whatever the weather! The programme is based around different themes which include International Friendship, High Adventure and Eco Adventure.
KISC base many of the activities around scouting awards and badges, so not only do the group get to travel abroad with their friends, there is also the opportunity to work towards an award programme.
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The operation of this tour is subject to minimum and maximum participant numbers. Your booking is accepted on this basis. In the event that the total number of paying participants falls below the minimum number (including as a result of cancellation), we reserve the right to adjust the price payable by each participant accordingly or to cancel your booking and the tour/departure date. If any adjusted price is not accepted by you or a sufficient number of participants or we have to cancel the tour in these circumstances, you will receive a full refund of all monies paid to us (other than any amendment or cancellation charges which have already been incurred). No compensation will be payable in addition.
Where mountains stretch as far as the eye can see, beckoning hikers to their summits, The Berner Oberland (home to the famous-among-Scouts Kandersteg Centre), is a place where beautiful valleys line crystal clear lakes and charming Swiss towns are tucked between lofty mountain peaks. While each adventurer will have their own reasons for wanting to...Read more
So we have had the most fantastic weather for our final group, Warrington East, staying in the Old Chalet! It has been another super busy week filled with adventure and activities. Returning to Kandersteg for the 4th time, for some of the leaders, really shows what an amazing place this is to have a permanent...Read more
So we have to say goodbye to our final campers of the season, and what a way to end! The groups have been on hike and climbs in the Ueschinen valley, they’ve travelled to the Top of Europe, made loads of new international friends and have hopefully made some lifelong memories. The campfire is...Read more
KISC offers a huge variety of over 130 activities to ensure an unforgettable stay for all groups. The programme is based around the themes of International Friendship, High Adventure and Eco Programme and all can be pre-booked directly through KISC. Below is just a preview of what’s available.
Our Team's Top Activities...
- International Campfire
Discover what an International Scout Camp really means as you take part in an evening of Scouting, friendship, food and fun. We invite you to join Scouts from all around the world and share in this unforgettable evening as you bring a display, game and/or food samples to share with your international peers.
- Gorge Walks
With three skill levels to choose from, this is a great activity for groups of all ages. Take advantage of the fantastic views over the mountains and add in some canyoning to get up close and personal to this untouched wilderness.
Other Activities Include...
- Overnight hut hikes
- Rock climbing
- River rafting
- Summer Tobogganing
- Mountain biking
- High Ropes Park
- Prices are based on a self-catering option.
- Full board option: The centre offers an excellent full board option which includes three good meals per day and gives greater flexibility when planning your activities.
|Fri 21st July 2017||Tents||Self-catering||10/7||£399|
|Fri 28th July 2017||Tents||Self-catering||10/7||£389|
|Fri 4th Aug 2017||Tents||Self-catering||10/7||£389|
|Fri 11th Aug 2017||Tents||Self-catering||10/7||£389|
|Fri 18th Aug 2017||Tents||Self-catering||10/7||£389|
|Fri 25th Aug 2017||Tents||Self-catering||10/7||£399|
Please Note: The above prices have been updated since our Scouts brochure was published.
- Return coach journey on a 49 seat executive coach on our unique shuttle program
- Free regional pick-up for groups of 20 passengers or more in England and Wales, and 40 or more passengers in Scotland.
- Ferry crossings Dover / Calais /Dover
- 7 nights accommodation in tents provided by Venture Abroad
- Onsite representative services for Venture Abroad groups only
- Catering equipment and dinning area for self-catering groups provided by Venture Abroad
- All campsite equipment set up ready for groups arrival
- Full tour and itinerary planning
- 1 x drawstring bag per passenger
- Luggage labels for the group plus payment cards on request
- VAT (at current rate) on tour operator’s margin (non-reclaimable)
- No currency surcharges (guaranteed upon confirmation of booking)
- The reassurance of an externally audited safety management system and the security of our 24-hour emergency contact service throughout your tour
Every group will receive our brand new Fun Files Booklet free of charge – find out more!
Day 1: The excitement begins as you depart on your overnight coach to KISC.
Day 2: You will be met by your Venture Abroad representative who will give you a familiarisation tour of the site. Try out the Discovery Trail and get to know the layout and history of the camp.
Day 3: On your first full day, head to the Alpine Cheesery where your 3 hour hike up to 1,800m is rewarded with samples of traditionally made cheese! – yum! Back in camp, Spend the afternoon abseiling down the rock ledges before waiting for nightfall and following the light trail around the grounds.
Day 4: Catch the gondolas from Kandersteg village to the stunning lake Oeschinensee. where you can swim in the shadows of the mighty mountains. Mountain bike along the many paths around KISC in the afternoon, or attempt to beat 3rd Tewkesbury Scouts’ 2011 crate stacking record! End your day at KISC’s international evening – don’t forget to bring food, songs and clothing to represent your country!
Day 5: Today you’ll embark on one of our most popular excursions, a trip to Jungfraujoch - the highest railway station in Europe. After enjoying the stunning views from the top, head back down to spend the afternoon hiking the Eiger Trail. Participate in an evening of international competition in Race Against the World.
Say 6: Travel to the town of Adelboden to spend the morning hiking (or take the cable car!) to the stunning Engstligen Falls - depending on which method you choose, or how fast you walk, squeeze in a trip to the Cholerenschlucht Gorge on the way back. In the afternoon, cool off at the Wet ‘n’ Wild Village Pool before continuing the party atmosphere back at camp with an international Scout disco.
Day 7: Explore more of the stunning Swiss scenery with a trip behind the mighty Trummelbach Falls (be prepared to get wet) before spending the afternoon exploring the town of Interlaken and speeding down the Heimwehfluh summer toboggan run on the outskirts of the town.
Day 8: Grab your hiking boots and set off for a day exploring the tracks, trails and glaciers of the Kander Valley. You can be accompanied by a guide, who will introduce you to glacier walking, or grab your map and go it alone. Return to the Scout Centre for an international campfire to end your KISC experience.
Day 9 and 10: It’s time to head home. Pack up, load the coach and make your way back to the UK.
Whilst both indoor and tent accommodation is available at KISC, the vast majority of groups choose to stay outdoor, in tents provided and erected by Venture Abroad. We have exclusive use of four campsites at KISC and your camp will be set up prior to your arrival. You can choose to stay full board, which includes breakfast, packed lunch and warm evening meal, or you can opt for self-catering, in which case all your catering equipment will be supplied by us and there is a handy supermarket in the village from which to stock-up.