Evolving Alps Hike

Wow this summer is going so quickly, how time flies when you’re having fun! Almost three weeks have passed extremely rapidly and the six groups so far have all been really good fun and had an amazing time!

Swiss National Day on Monday was an unbelievable experience as the whole of KISC joined together for a fun-filled afternoon at the carnival that included plays, talent contests, human table football and dunking where most people got completely soaked, me included! This was followed by a barbecue with steaks!… before the ceremony and Parade to the village took place. Both were amazing with 2000 people making the parade a great atmosphere, topped with fireworks and a music concert to make it a very special night!!

This week has seen both Sittingbourne and 29th Odiaham scout groups take a trip up the Jungfrau to take in the stunning views from the highest mountain in Europe. Both groups were really lucky to go up on days when the weather was perfect making the Glaciers and Mountain ranges look awesome. Of course there can’t be snow around without snowball fights and some insane sledging!

Hiking in the Alps has also been very popular with all the groups exploring various routes around the region. The Cheesery Hike takes the groups North from the centre past the Allmenalp and up the mountain side gaining 700 metres. Once at the top each group is treated to a tour of the cheesery which includes plates of cow and goats cheese as well as super fresh milk and traditional warm Swiss Tea (or at least we hope it was!). Unfortunately the group I was with were unlucky enough to get caught out by a thunderstorm while on our way up which included thunder, lightning and hailstones the size of strawberry bonbons… and they hurt.

The Gastern Valley is a 2 mile walk from the campsite but the scenery including glaciers, mountain peaks and patterns in the rock created during the formation of the alps are something to experience. The Gasterntal Hike was completed by two of the groups this week while 150th Wadsley went on the Evolving Alps hike from the centre, which as well as the walking part included challenges and time to have a water fight in the river!

Other activities taking place this week have been Rafting, trips on the Niesenbahn mountain train, the Allmenalp cable car and an excursion to the lake at Blausee. Wednesday night saw the International Scout Disco with over 750 Scouts enjoying a night of music at the Ice rink in Kandersteg getting to meet scouts from all over the world and have a good party!