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Kandersteg Trip Blog Update

Posted on August 30th, 2014 by Tom

So here goes with my first blog post of the trip, today we have left Kandersteg and set off on our way home. In the morning we all packed up our belongings and then went and had a look around the shops. We then broke for  lunch, followed by flag down and the presentation of awards to all the young people. Every young person and leader were awarded a silver wanderweg pin, Kandersteg international friendship award and the kander challenge badge. Leaders Tom and Jack were also awarded their young leader belts for completing all of the training required as part of the young leader programme.  These are the first 2 that have been awarded in Bassetlaw District.

After this we loaded the bus`s up and had one last look in the shop, followed by a group photo with the other group that is with us from Nottingham. We then departed Kandersteg and he added for our evening meal. As I am writing, we are travelling through Western France on our way to calais for our morning ferry.

Tom

Bassetlaw District Media Development Manager

 

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Kandersteg Adventure 2014 – Day 7 (Friday)

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by Tom

This morning we woke up and, instead of going to our activities, we went into the village.  In the village, there was a classic car touring rally starting. We saw loads of amazing cars, which was an awesome sight next to the alps.

After we saw the tour start, we headed off to the sunnbuel cable car.  This cable car journey was very different to the last one we went on.  This cable car seemed to go on for ages, climbing higher and higher into the Alps.  When we finally reached the top, the view was beautiful and awe-inspiring.  We thought we had seen everything until we saw the sight from here.

Up at the top, we went around the Gemmi pass area, hiking.  This hike was meant to be a flat hike; but that’s not possible in Kandersteg.  Although the walk was challenging, everyone had a great time-partly because of the beautiful views of the alpine scenery.

Everyone had a buzzing time, especially on the way back down in the cable car as it seemed to just keep on dropping down to earth.  It was a little scary for some of the members, but fantastic for everyone else!

Tonight we are off to the international campfire, we are all looking forward to that.  A campfire with Scouts from all over the world; learning new songs from other countries and having a great time with all the other people there!

Elliott and Caitlin

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Kandersteg Adventure 2014 – Day 6 (Thursday)

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by Tom

This morning, we all met outside the Chalet to have a group photo. It was really good to see everyone in their purple tops, it really felt like we were one big Scouting family.  After our photo we all got onto the buses for our trip out.

The first place we went today was Trummelbach falls. These were awesome water falls that, over millions of years, have eroded their way through the mountain.  To get to the top, we went in a lift that went inside the mountain.  It was cramped, but the experience was like nothing we would get back home.  After we exited the lift, we still had a fair way to climb up the mountain, but when we got there, the view was more than worth the effort to climb up.  The waterfalls cascade all around us, we got pretty damp walking around.  One of the falls was even in the shape of a corkscrew!

After the falls, we got back on the coach and went to Interlaken.  Interlaken is a city in between two massive lakes (the name of the city sort of makes sense).  We ate our lunch on the city square, with Jungfrau (a massive mountain) right behind us-what a sight!  The city was filled with cute little shops and traditional cafes, which was a huge contrast to back home.  This was the perfect opportunity for some sightseeing and souvenir shopping too!  Parents, we hope you like chocolate and cow bells!

This evening we are off to do two rather interesting sounding activities with the other scouts on the site; Race the World and Light the World.  We are really looking forward to meeting even more new people and having fun too!

Hannah & Megan

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Kandersteg Adventure 2014 – Day 5 (Wednesday)

Posted on August 27th, 2014 by Tom

This morning, we went to the local swimming pool.  It was an outdoor pool, but it was heated-we were not expecting that!  There were slides and diving boards and even a lazy river!  All of us had a brilliant time splashing around and using the flume.  It was really cool to be having fun in a swimming pool when all around you are spectacular views of the alps! We had so much fun in the pool that we didn’t notice the time. We had to get back to camp by bus instead of walking, so that we would get back in time for our afternoon activity.

We walked to the high ropes activity as it was really close to our site.  We were first taught how to carry out the high ropes course safely and then we were off into the trees.  The course was built on a massive outcrop of rock that had a forest on it.  That made it cool to have high ropes there, because some of the obstacles were very flat, but when you went on them, the ground was getting further away.  The course was challenging, but really fun and adventurous. We all had an awesome time, including the leaders too!

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Kandersteg Adventure 2014 – Day 4 (Tuesday)

Posted on August 27th, 2014 by Tom

Blog – Day 4 –  Tuesday

Today the weather was not on our side.  It was wet, really wet. We had torrential rain all day, which spoilt our plans to go up in a different cable car for a hike.  Instead, we decided to make some more international friends and do some arts and crafts.

We tried lots of different crafts that we hadn’t done before. Our favourite craft was the leatherwork. We made some new woggles out of leather. Whilst taking part in the crafts, the Portuguese scouts started singing and dancing, some of us joined in and had a great time!

In the afternoon, some of our group went on a hike down to Blausee (in the pouring rain). We thought they were crazy, but they really enjoy hiking. The scouts that went on the hike had a brilliant time and told us all about the amazing scenery they saw, including a different perspective of Kandersteg.

For our evening activity tonight, we took part in the Kander Challenge.  This involved meeting other Scouts from all over the world and joining in teams with them.  In these teams, we completed loads of different challenges together.  One of them involved us pouring water into paper hats that were being worn by our team members.  The hats were not very water-tight, so it ended up being really funny.  Overall, Kander Challenge was brilliant fun, we met loads of new friends and even learnt some new skills.

Ayrton, Kelsie, Ross, & Leon

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Kandersteg Adventure 2014 – Day 3 (Monday)

Posted on August 27th, 2014 by Tom

This morning, we went on a cable car, apparently it’s called a gondola.  The cable car took us up a mountain to Oeschinensee.  The journey in the cable car was exciting!  We could see everything in  the valley, even way back to our campsite. The views were spectacular, made even better by the good weather.  The journey in the cable car only took 8 minutes, but it would have taken us hours to hike up the same mountain.

At the end of the cable car journey, we went on a hike to Lake Oeschinensee. The Lake was glorious glacial water. Due to the lake being a Glacial Lake, the water was cold, really cold. Like 2oC cold! It was really funny when the first few members jumped in and bobbed out so quickly, shivering and shouting.  But that was nowhere near as entertaining as when some of the leaders went in, they suddenly weren’t as macho even more. It was really good to see the leaders joining in, even the DC!

After we had eaten our lunches by the lake, we hiked over to the Rodelbahn (toboggan track). As we arrived at the toboggan track, we could see people slipping and sliding everywhere. We got non our toboggans and were taken straight up to the top. From the top of the toboggan run, the view was amazing, but before we knew it, we were on a slippery slope downhill.  There were twists and turns everywhere! A few of our members even took it a bit fast and fell off. We all agreed that, when we reached the bottom of the slide, it was amazing!

As the weather was so good to us, we decided to hike back down the mountain. The hike took us about 2 hours.  Parts of the hike were really challenging, due to the paths being rather steep. The Alps are nothing like the Peak District!  Everyone embraced the challenge and reached the bottom of the valley in good time.  It was a hike like none of us had been on before!

After tea, we went around the site to meet Scouts from different places.  We walked through the door of the chalet and there was a huge crowd of Portuguese and British Scouts playing games and making music using the piano in the international room.  We didn’t realise that Bassetlaw had such talented musicians!

Once we had finished playing music on the piano, Rolf (one of our brill leaders), decided to get his guitar.  When he returned, he played some really funny and happy songs.  We hadn’t heard of the songs before, but they were great and all of us (including the Scouts from different countries) were singing along.

John and George

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Kandersteg Adventure 2014 – Day 2 (Sunday)

Posted on August 26th, 2014 by Tom

This morning, we explored the campsite, following a map with marked locations on.  At each location there was a board with details about scout groups from around the world, explained their traditions and cultures. I didn’t realise that there are over 30 million Scouts around the world, amazing! We learnt about how green and eco-friendly Kandersteg is, they are very strict with their recycling and they use a lot of renewable energy resources too.  We had great time exploring the site as we met so many people from different countries too.

In the afternoon, we took part in the international sports afternoon. This involved being put into teams with people from different scout groups, and playing games with them. Out of all the activities we did, we enjoyed the volleyball the most. This was because it’s a sport we hadn’t played before, and our team won! If we had to describe the afternoon in three words, we would say: ‘Fun, exciting & challenging’.

This evening, some of us got to try something we hadn’t done before. On the site they have a traditional Finnish Sauna. It was really hot and sweaty, but we felt really clean afterwards.  We didn’t like the bit where we had to have a cold shower, but it was a great experience overall.

Elise, George and Jordan

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Kandersteg Adventure 2014 – Day 1 (Saturday)

Posted on August 26th, 2014 by Tom

When you arrive here, the first thing you notice is the scenery.   The mountains are big, really big, like nothing we have at home. Seriously though, this afternoon has been the first time we have been able to see the tops of them and they look like something out of a movie. It’s one thing that reminds us that we’re not in England anymore, as well at a litter-free river and a change in temperature.

Our camp is at the same height as the summit of Ben Nevis, yet the mountains around us dwarf everything else.  It’s incredible to see!

There isn’t really much else to write, as we have only been here for 1 day. However, we think we can safely say on behalf of every-one here; we are excited for the rest of the week and the adventures and challenges we will face.

Neave and Niamh

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