This week the Clifton Methodist Scouts are experiencing the delights of Adelboden in Switzerland. We hear more from VA rep Georgie about their adventures.
Wednesday: A jam-packed tour of Interlaken
Wednesday saw the Scouts explore Interlaken, a famously picturesque city between two even more beautiful lakes Thunersee and Brienzersee. We arrived via boat cruise from Spiez, which allowed us to take in the dazzling views of the Swiss landscapes.
On arrival in Interlaken, we walked to the Alpine Wildlife Park and had our lunch alongside majestic ibex and cute beaver-like marmots – two animals indigenous to the region. Next up, we took a funicular cable car up to Harder Kulm. This spot really deserves its title ‘Top of Interlaken’ – with sweeping views across the city and over the lakes.
After exploring the town and doing a spot of souvenir shopping, we went to learn about one of Switzerland’s most famous exports: chocolate!
The master chocolatiers at Schuh taught the Scouts about the production process from bean to bar, demonstrated how to make pralines, and then gave us the opportunity to taste and finally to decorate some exquisite chocolates.
Thursday: “Say Cheese”
After learning all about Swiss chocolate production on Wednesday, Thursday gave the Scouts the opportunity to learn about local cheese production.
A quick cable car to the top of Engstligenalp found the boys at a traditional cheesemaker’s in time to see the early morning cheese-making process from when the curds and whey are separated, to when the cheese is moulded and turned.
Two surprise extras made the trip even more exciting – delicious homemade fudge and a visit to see a calf who had only been born the night before.
Friday: Bowled over by the Adventure Park
The last day began with a morning of bowling in Adelboden, in a leisure centre used by international curling teams. After lunch back at the Chalet, the Scouts walked down to the Adventure Park.
The Adventure Park has sixteen zip lines, a climbing wall, a rope bridge and power drop and the boys (and leaders) gave them all a go. This was the perfect chance for everyone to challenge themselves and tackle some fears.
To freshen up before the 24-hour coach ride home, the Scouts visited the stunning outdoor pool for the last swim of the trip. And then finally, it was time to for the Scouts to wave goodbye to Adelboden, leaving with countless new memories and experiences under their belts.