24 Scouts from Rainhill had an adventure of a lifetime recently when they went to stay at a campsite in Swiss Alps.
The 5 th St.Helens Scouts spent 5 days at Kandersteg International Scout Centre which is 1200m above sea level and just north of the Bernese Alps. The centre was opened in 1923 by the founder of the Scout movement, Lord Baden Powell, who dreamed of a place where Scouts from all across the globe could meet.
Whilst in Kandersteg the Scouts where able to explore the local town, visiting shops and learning about the culture. They took part in a number of activities at the centre including shelter building, crate stacking and teamwork exercises. A highlight of the trip was the journey to the nearby Lake Oeschinesee which sits at just under 1600m above sea level. They had to take a cable car 400m up a nearby mountain range before a short 20 minute hike to the lake. Whilst at the lake, the Scouts had the opportunity to swim in the clear blue glacial waters, hire rowing boats and take part in a toboggan run.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for the Scouts to be a part of something they will remember for the rest of their lives. For some, this was their first time trip abroad and being able to offer them this opportunity is something which all the leaders will forever cherish” – Kane Maloney, Assistant Scout Leader “The trip was two years in the making, with numerous fundraising events taking place over that period of time. Through the generosity of the local community, local businesses and matched funding through Barclays Bank we were able to raise just over £6700, which helped greatly with making this adventure possible in the first place”.
– Dave Harrison-Howard, Scout Leader