Last week the Swiss mountains welcomed Girlguiding Ribble Valley Division for a fun-filled snowy adventure at Kandersteg International Scout Centre. 

Leader Harriet reflects on their trip.

Well what a blast! We have loved our week in Switzerland, and now we’re home it’s time to reflect on our wonderful week of adventure. Every one of our group of 41 members of Girlguiding Ribble Valley who came on the trip have challenged themselves through activities, grown, made new friends and experienced new adventures and activities.  From sledging by the light of a Snow Moon to pushing ourselves (quite literally) cross country skiing has been a true adventure.

Playing in the snow

Our group have spent the whole week admiring the spectacular scenery, snow, ice and mountains all included, and we’ve all loved playing in the snow, whether it was “ghostbusters” on cross country skis or a snowball fight.  We’ve built igloos and toasted marshmallows, taken a boat across the majestic Lake Thun and eaten cheese fondue – so many new experiences and friendships built and grown.  The walks in the snow in themselves have been a breathtaking experience, along with cable cars, trains and hikes to explore the local area.

World Thinking Day at Our Chalet

World Thinking Day was a very special part of this trip for our group; not just because of the honour of being at this beautiful World Centre on World Thinking Day, but also because we were able to award a Baden Powell award and all make or renew our promises within the horseshoe at the pinning ceremony.  We loved finding out the history of Our Chalet and its founders, seeing the different areas of it, and of course, buying some unique items from the shop. Thank you to all the WAGGGS volunteers there for making us so warmly welcome.

Putting the ‘fun’ into fundraising

We spent nearly 2 years fundraising half the cost of the trip for every one of our group, and as a group we are agreed that it was worth every last hour bag packing and selling badges, washing cars and putting on events, to have such a wonderful experience for all our members.  We are proud to be part of Girlguiding, providing fun, friendship and adventure, and a wide variety of experiences and activities.  Within this we are equally proud of all our members on this trip.  Our grateful thanks extend to everyone who has supported this trip, including all charities who have provide grants (Shepherd Street, Leslie Sell, Barclays Bank Clitheroe, Clitheroe Round Table and Whalley Educational Fund) and all the companies and organisations that have supported our fundraising, including Sainsbury’s Clitheroe, Sainsbury’s Colne, Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and Waddow Hall.


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