What Exactly is Kandersteg?
In 1921 during a holiday in Kandersteg, Walter von Bonstetten (then Chief Scout of Switzerland) discovered a disused Chalet. The buildings had originally been used as accommodation for the workers and their families who built the nearby Lötschberg railway tunnel but had long since been abandoned.
Von Bonstetten wrote to Baden-Powell telling him of this magical place he had found, inviting him for a visit which happened in 1922. In February 1923, the “Scouts International Home” Association was set up. On April 12, 1923 the Chalet and the surrounding land was bought and the Kandersteg International Scout Centre came into existence.
The rest, as they say, is history…
Visit Kandersteg Now
Scouts of all ages have the opportunity to visit the Centre. Many different lodging opportunities are available in order to accommodate all different types of groups, from small families to large Scout groups. You can check out all the options here.
If your Scout group decides they want to visit Kandersteg, just like the Scout Motto reminds us, it is important to be prepared.
Hiking in the Alps: These activities are made to prepare the Scouts for our High Adventure programme at KISC. During the activities, Scouts will get basic knowledge about what to wear while hiking, what to pack, and how to avoid blisters. This activity is recommended for all Scouts planning to go hiking in Kandersteg, whether they will be guided or not.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: These activities will prepare the Scouts for the elaborate recycling system we have at the Scout centre (and in Switzerland). The Scouts will get basic knowledge about the composting time of different materials, how the recycling system works in Kandersteg, and get some knowledge about different terms used when talking about recycling.
Switzerland and Kandersteg: In these activities, you will play some games of Baden Powell. These were made for Scouts to learn valuable skills, and allow you to put your knowledge of KISC to the test in a fun and educational quiz.