1st Albury Rover, Kristy Hiscock, is currently enjoying the experience of a lifetime at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) for International Rover Week 2015. Kristy has joined Rovers from around the world for a host of fun and interesting activities, working together as a team to cook and live in a unique multicultural atmosphere.
If it is adventure Kristy is seeking, we are sure she will find it at KISC, with over 140 individual activities on offer. Set in the heart of the majestic Swiss Alps, KISC is the perfect base for mountain activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and mountaineering.
As an international event and now in its 5th year, International Rover Week brings together people, both individuals and groups, from different countries within Scouting and Guiding. During the event, KISC offers a wide range of activities out in the Swiss Alps around Kandersteg. Rovers who attend can expect to have an individual, customized experience while practicing real team work with new found friends from all around the world.
The Rovers can venture high into the mountains to experience one of nature`s greatest wonders. The Fründen Glacier is the perfect place to learn some basic snow and ice techniques from being lowered deep into a crevasse to climbing walls of glacial ice using ice axes and crampons – things a Rover just can’t experience in Australia.
There is an amazing array of adventurous activities including river tubing, rafting, canyoning, sky diving, paragliding, zip wires and abseiling, as well as some of the more traditional Scouting team building challenges, ropes courses and crate stacking.
Kristy will have plenty of opportunities to take in the breathtaking scenery during hikes of self-guided trails, compass courses and while geo-caching. There will be pioneering competitions and wilderness survival challenges, and the Rover must spend one night away from the Campsite, in a mountain hut high in the Swiss alps.
As international friendship is a focus of the event, Kristy will experience the traditional food, games and culture shared by Rovers from other nations around an international campfire. And we are sure she will do Australia proud in the international sports afternoon and race the world!
As if that isn’t all enough fun for one international adventure, the Rovers will be sure to let their hair down in the evenings at events like the wet’ n’ wild pool party and Scouts’ disco.
In addition to Switzerland, Kristy’s month long visit will also take her to France, and she has been personally invited by a Scout Leader from Monaco to assist with their two week Scout Camp being held in Farigliano in Italy.
Kristy has already demonstrated her leadership and dedication to Scouting in her roles as a Cub Scout Leader, past Chairperson of the Riverina Rover Council and delegate to the NSW Branch Rover Council and we know she will be a wonderful ambassador for Riverina Scouting.
We wish Kristy all the best for her adventure and look forward to hearing all about it when she returns (except of course for the secret Rover stories that can never be shared).
P.S. If you would like to discover more about the Kandersteg International Scout Centre, check out the KISC website