The excitement continued right up to midnight on Friday as the week drew to a close for the three extremely sociable scout groups!

The extremely powerful falls at Trummelbach delighted to of the groups on Thursday and Friday as the force of the water is pretty incredible! This was followed for the groups by a trip to Interlaken to buy some souvenirs for friends and family back home as well as visiting the chocolatier and watching the Paragliders falling out of the sky and landing in park in the centre of Interlaken.

Meanwhile 1st Roborough Scouts went on an expedition to the Jungfrau on another stunning day to take in the views which went on for hundreds of miles. The sculptures in the ice palace amazed the explorers and walking inside the glacier is still an unbelievable experience. The top plateau gave the group some great views of the Jungfrau and the Monch as well as the surrounding Swiss Alps. The Explorers then had a go at Sledging and Tubing on the Glacier with some enthralling races and a lot of fun! After the train back down to Kleine Scheidegg, we took the delightful walk past the North Face of the Eiger down to Grindlewald where I think everyone was truly shattered at the bottom.

Friday Night one of the most entertaining international campfires yet with glowsticks a plenty and all three VA groups singing some great songs and performing some really funny skits. After the campfire there was a lot of stupendous singing before the walk back to the venture abroad sites where at half ten, the groups were still singing, chatting and swapping numbers with an Italian group and drinking cocktails made of lemonade, cola, Tabasco, soya sauce and anything else they could lay their hands on!

I’ve got to say I miss the groups from last week already and it’s not even been a day yet! On Saturday they all finished off with their own ceremonies and celebrations of what has been a truly fantastic and extremely memorable week for all the Scouts and Leaders. A rendition of the National Anthem was sung on each coach before the groups left for the Journey back to the UK. I’m sure the groups from last week will keep in touch with each other and I’ve never known total strangers become such great friends in the space of a week!!