Halesowen District Explorers and Oulton District Scouts at KISC kicked off one of the busiest weeks with some awesome onsight activities, leading up to August 1st Celebrations.

The flag break on Sunday morning welcomed thousands of scouts from all around the World with a short ceremony from the Director at Kandersteg International Scout Centre. This turned in to multiple games on the playing field in which everyone could get involved with to break the ice with other Scout groups.

August 1st is Swiss National Day and the Birthday of Scouting itself. There were almost 2000 scouts on site from 42 different countries, all here to celebrate. Halesowen District Explorers and Oulton District Scouts took part in activities all day from low ropes courses to tie dyeing neckers (Scout Scarfs). There was a play about the famous Swiss figure William Tell put on by the volunteers at KISC, otherwise known as the pinkies (for their stand out pink uniforms).

This was followed by huge barbecue in which everyone was invited! That evening the entire Scout Centre paraded in to the village centre singing the whole way to be welcomed by the locals with a speech from the Mayor, performances from a brass band, a huge bonfire and a local band playing in to the night…

What a day!

Following these celebrations our groups have taken to the mountains exploring local highlights like Oescinensee lake! Small boat trips and swims in the lake are perfect on these hot summer’s days. Others have taken off on hike and climb experiences hosted by KISC. These trips take you further in to the mountains with overnight stays in mountain huts.

We’ve had a fantastic start to the week and look forward to what comes next!!!