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Kandersteg International Scout Centre

Kandersteg International Scout Centre

Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) in Switzerland is a World Scout Centre of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Over 3,000 UK Scouts visit Kandersteg each year, seeking high adventure, international friendship, eco adventure and an opportunity to live Scouting's values.

Opened in 1923, following a search by Baden-Powell for a site for a 'permanent mini-Jamboree', KISC combines a campsite and indoor accommodation with programme support and an international staff team comprised of volunteers. Any member of The Scout Association aged 18 or over interested in volunteering for a minimum of three months can find details by clicking here.

Kandersteg is easily reached by road, rail or air and provides an excellent base for sightseeing or exploring the Alps and meeting Scouts from around the world. In co-operation with KISC, STC Switzerland Travel Centre in London is offering exclusive rail ticket options for all Scout groups travelling in 2014, similar to those offered in 2013. These exclusive transfer tickets can be used for travel to and from Kandersteg.

The Centre is situated at 1,200 metres above sea level approximately 40 miles south of Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The Centre is at the southern end of the small, traditional village of Kandersteg and is open both to groups and individuals, Scouts and non-Scouts, throughout the year.

Trains are the best way to travel to the centre; more information and costs can be found here.

UK Kandersteg Network Scout Active Support Unit

The UK Kandersteg Network Scout Active Support Unit was formed in 2003 to co-ordinate effort to promote visits to KISC; to advise Leaders with their planning, especially for those visiting for the first time and to create a sense of belonging to KISC amongst volunteers around the UK. Identified by their distinctive pink scarves, the Active Support Unit members, who include Leaders who have visited KISC and former KISC Staff, pay a small annual membership fee.

They helped raise funds to renovate the UK room in the Chalet in 2007, co-ordinated the UK team for the first World Scout Winter Games in 2008, and producing the UK Guide to Kandersteg, particularly useful for UK leaders intending to take a party to Kandersteg for the first time.  (PDF)

For more information on Kandersteg Active Support Unit, contact the Manager, Rex Smith, at rex.smith133@btinternet.com. Quotations for travel to Kandersteg can be obtained, which can be useful when setting budgets. 

Useful resources

KISC publishes KanderActive, which describes the wide range of activities available at Kandersteg; booking options for a visit and other advice on how to plan your trip and get the best out of it !  Download the latest version of KanderActive Here.This is updated annually in December.

KISC and the UK Scout Association have been worked together to ensure that UK Groups enjoy activities which are conducted under the stipulations of UK activity rules. A factsheet, UK Scouts and Activities at Kandersteg clearly informs UK visitors of the procedure for activities while staying at KISC and . View Meet the World in the mountains (PDF)

The Scout Association has recently updated its rules for UK groups taking part in alpine activities at Kandersteg. These have been developed in conjunction with Kandersteg International Scout Centre, and the new rules are available for download from the KISC website here.

Kanderactive Summer 2018 Information


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