Wednesday was a very exciting day in the Somercotes camp as the Guides got ready for a Scoutfest at Kandersteg. This meant lots of makeup and getting glammed up, just in case the ‘Scout of dreams’ happened to be loitering at the International Scout Centre.

Dot started the flirting early, by chatting up the bus driver… which was very concerning as we veered round the chicanes with him laughing over his shoulder!

Not to be outdone, the Guides took the opportunity of a bus full of Scouts to flutter some eyelashes. The Chichester District Scouts were very amenable to this, especially Hayden, Connor, Will and Tom.

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We had a tour around the International Scout Centre, which was very detailed – they even showed us the dustbins (!?). The highlight for ‘Batman’ and ‘Robin’ was the batcave!

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Another panoramic picnic was enjoyed at the top of the cable car before we took the ‘short’ walk down to the Oeschinensee lake. The steam rose from our hot and tired feet as we cooled down in the glacial lake. Whilst the more sensible Guides stuck to paddling, the more adventurous (or foolhardy) of us dived in for a swim. And quickly back out again… it was sooooo cold!

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Whilst we could have spent all day basking in the beauty of the lake and it’s surrounding mountains, the thrills and spills of the toboggan run beckoned… and the valley echoed with the shrieks and screams of 1st Somercotes tearing down the hill at high speed.

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Meanwhile, back in Kandersteg, the leaders managed to fit in a very quick pavement café coffee which they got away with by placating the Guides with ice cream before we all snored our way home on the bus.

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For the first time this week, we were home early enough and the weather was clear enough to light the campfire. We had burgers cooked over the fire and ate our tea al fresco against a mountainous backdrop.

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Later, we gathered around the fire and had a truly international campfire – we rang Mrs ‘O’ our grandmother Guider who sang along all the way from the UK! It was a truly emotional experience, especially for the leaders who all managed to cry, yet again, as the embers died to a touching rendition of Kum ba yah.

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By Emily, Morgan, Rebecca and Maya