Switzerland is often a destination that is high up on a Scout member’s wish list as it is the home of Kandersteg International Scout Centre, not to mention the incredible views and scope of activities that create a once in a lifetime experience! With a lot of determination and hard work, James Ayling and his 3rd Staines & 4th Ashford Scout group managed to raise an impressive £11,000 in order to make their dream of a Switzerland adventure a reality.
The journey began months before the actual trip started, raising money by completing Santa collections with the rotary club, bag packing, summer fairs, sponsored walks, swims, cycles, a quiz night, selling of badges and one brave gentleman shaving of his moustache that had been growing for 20 years. James said, “the journey built strong relationships between leaders and parents. The fundraising, whilst having a serious aspect of raising money, it also became a bonding and sociable event for all the Scouts and leaders as it enabled us to spend time together and push one another as we knew what the end result was for.”
By the time August came around the group were ready for the excitement that awaited them. “The highlights were the activities we completed,” said James, “with the most favourable being the Adventure Park Reharti and white water rafting; how great was that!! Every single Scout loved the views from our chalet, the views on our walks and going up mountains in cable cars, mountain trains and best of all swimming in an alpine lake at 3°C!! The tour formed many great friendships and memories for life.”
As a leader, the organisation of the trip can be hard work but, as James found, it is all worth it. “The rewards for myself was seeing the looks of joy on all Scouts and leaders faces. The entire trip was memorable and something I know will stick in the Scouts minds for a very long time. I know I have given them their best holiday ever and that it will be the best for a long time to come.”
We asked James, was all the fundraising worth it? “Absolutely, I’ve had fantastic feedback from parents so when I organise in the future and question ‘why am I doing this’, I can look back at the comments and remind myself that the outcome is definitely worth it.”
So take the plunge and make it happen for your Scout group in 2014, “the end result is worth it and one of great benefit when you see the excitement in the Scouts eyes!” Find out more about a Scout activity holiday to Switzerland or one of our other destinations on our website or by calling 01332 342050 today.