About the Trip
The trip is running during February half term 2019 (16-23rd February) for the SCOUT section. It’s going to be energetic, exciting and action packed with lots of different winter sports, activities and skills on offer… and lots of fun in the snow! We will also be running a full evening programme including some of the Kandersteg run activities (e.g. winter Olympics, international campfire, sledding) that bring all the scouts at the centre together. Potential adventurous activities include:
- Axes and crampons
- Cross country skiing
- Winter survival
- Snow shoeing
- Downhill skiing / snowboarding
Kandersteg International Scout Centre
Kandersteg International Scout Centre is the World Centre of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM). The Centre began in 1923 with Lord Baden-Powell, who, after the first World Scout Jamboree, had a dream about a place where all Scouts from all over the world could meet: the Permanent Mini Jamboree. His dream came true and now YOU have the opportunity to visit Kandersteg International Scout Centre and enjoy a packed week of activities and fun in the snow.
The centre will be home to over 500 scouts from other countries during the week so it will be a great opportunity to cover lots of International activities and Badge work, as well as make international scouting friendships that will last long after the trip.
You can find out more about the centre at www.kisc.ch.
There will be two full weekend training camps preceding the trip; the first at Bibbys Farm in summer 2018 and the second at Great Tower in Autumn 2018. These camps will develop our team working relationships and improve skills required for a winter trip, as well as providing a great opportunity to get to know all the scouts who will be your camp mates for the week!
We also plan to put on some single day activities (e.g. Chill Factore, sponsored hike, bag pack) in between the camps to help develop winter skills and to provide fundraising opportunities.
Who can Apply
Applications are open to anyone in the scout section (10.5 – 14.5 years) at date of travel; however the trip does favour the older scout due to the full on nature of winter activities. Younger scouts are welcome to apply however please consider suitability carefully. If there is a high level of interest in the trip and it proves to be a success then there is potential for the trip to become a regular on the West Lancs Scout calendar!
If you are an older scout moving up to Explorers between now and February 2019 it is still worth applying as, depending on the level of interest and number of applicants, we may be open to taking some young explorers if they are in the scout section at the time of application.
Cost and What’s Included
The cost for the trip is only £820 per person. This includes accommodation and full catering at Kandersteg, flights to Geneva and train transfer to Kandersteg, all activities and equipment hire (with the exception of downhill skiing/snowboarding which is an optional extra), two training weekends, fleece, knecker and badge.
For the chance to experience all these exciting activities in such a beautiful county and to visit Kandersteg International Scout Centre it is a fantastic price! We will be organising some central fundraising events but we very much encourage scouts to arrange fundraising within their groups as this covers more of the cost for the individual.
Please use this application form to show us why you want to go on this trip and what you are expecting to gain from your experience. Applications can be submitted to the Go-Kandersteg Leadership Team via email or post:
Post: Rebekah Sinton, 6 Woodlands Road, Lancaster, LA1 2EN
If you have any questions regarding the trip, or would like further information, please feel free to contact us on the above email address or telephone Bex Sinton (expedition leader) on 07857746814.
Go-Kandersteg-2019-Application-Form.docx (40 downloads)
Go Kandersteg-2019-Flyer.pdf (18 downloads)
You can book your place by completing the form and paying your deposit here
Subsequent payments can also then be made on the on-line shop Here