We were up bright and early and dressed in full Guiding uniform ready for a visit to Our Chalet in Adelboden. For lots of us, this was out first visit to a WAGGGS world centre and there were many excited Rangers on the bus from Kandersteg to Adelboden Oey via Frutigen. At the bus stop, a few of us jumped into a taxi whilst the rest of us started the climb up the hill (mountain?) It was a steep climb, but 20 minutes later we came across the beautifully carved sign that marked the entrance to Our Chalet.
After a quick photo op, we climbed the last slope and were stunned by the beauty of the chalet and the views surrounding it. After a tea in the T-bar, we gathered on the back lawn of the chalet where we all renewed our Guiding promise. It was a really special moment and we each received our Chalet pins. Nina also took this opportunity to renew her promise as an adult volunteer.
At the flag pole, we met a Senior Section group from Cambridge who were also taking the tour. They were great fun and together we went with Sam and Rachel (2 of the resident volunteers) on a tour of the chalet. We learnt loads about the history of Our Chalet and heard about some inspirational women who helped make the first World Centre a reality. What an inspiring place started by some amazing women!
After a quick stop at the shop (highly recommended) and lunch, we set off through the beautiful Adelboden and across the valley towards the Woodcarver’s hut. It was about and hour’s walk but it seemed less due to the enthusiastic singing of some of our group and the constant beauty we were surrounded by.
At the woodcarver, we treated ourselves to hand carved badges and gifts before walking back down the hill through the Chlorenschlucht gorge (rather steep!) to the bus stop.
It was an amazing day that re-enthused me about Guiding. It was great to see everyone embracing Guiding and enjoying all that Switzerland had to offer!