Kandersteg 2024

International Summer Trip

kandersteg ’24

29th July – 6th August 2024 | £699

New activities, new cultures, new countries, new experiences, new friends. Join The Unit as we head to Kandersteg, in the Swiss Alps!

Get ready for an unforgettable summer camp experience! Embarking on a 9-day adventure in Kandersteg, Switzerland, promises to be nothing short of awesome. From the thrill of riding trotti bikes down picturesque trails to conquering the heights of rock climbing, every day will be filled with exhilarating new activities.

Dive into the crystal-clear waters of pristine lakes, challenge yourself with overnight hut hikes, and revel in the camaraderie of camping alongside thousands of other Explorers.

Get ready to create lifelong memories and embrace the excitement of this incredible summer camp in the heart of Switzerland!

What and where is Kandersteg?

Nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps, the Kandersteg International Scout Centre stands as the ultimate campsite and base for our adventures.

As the home of international scouting, the Kandersteg International Scout Centre holds a special place in the hearts of scouts from around the world. We’ll be joining thousands of other Explorers from across the world.

With its extensive facilities and diverse range of activities, Kandersteg provides the perfect foundation for an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re seeking thrilling outdoor challenges, cultural exchanges, or simply forging lifelong friendships, this exceptional campsite offers it all.

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Simply awesome activities

We’ll embark on an exciting overnight hut hike to Gfellalp Mountain Hut, witness breathtaking sunrises, and enjoy a hearty breakfast.

The adventure continues with a thrilling day of rock climbing, followed by an exhilarating day ride on Trotti Bikes down the Swiss Alps, and relax and cool off at picturesque outdoor swimming pools and lakes.

Exploring beyond the campsite, we’ll visit the capital city of Bern, immersing ourselves in its rich history and culture.

The international sports afternoon will test our skills against Explorer teams from around the world, while the International Evening will bring us closer to new global friends through engaging activities.

Swiss culture night will give us a taste of the local traditions and delicacies.

Throughout the camp, we’ll engage in team-building challenges, experience the thrill of mountain toboggan runs, and enjoy breathtaking views from mountain gondolas.

A quick guide to our 9-day adventure

Monday 29th

We’ll gather at Woodseats and take minibuses to Manchester Airport, where we’ll board an EasyJet flight to Basel. From there, a train transfer awaits, followed by a short walk to Kandersteg. We’ll set up camp and settle into our new Swiss home.

Tuesday 30th

Our day starts with team building activities in the morning, followed by an exciting journey to Oeschinen Lake via gondola. There, we’ll swim in the pristine lake waters before enjoying three thrilling rides down the fast downhill toboggan run.

Wednesday 31st

Our day begins with a train ride to Bern, the capital city, where we’ll immerse ourselves in its rich history. We’ll visit famous landmarks like Albert Einstein’s home, the iconic clock tower, and indulge in local culinary delights.

Thursday 1st

We’ll start the day by packing and shopping for our overnight adventure in the Swiss Alps. In the afternoon, we’ll hike up to Gfellalp Mountain Hut under the guidance of an experienced leader. We’ll spend the night there, witnessing a breathtaking sunset over the majestic Swiss Alps. A delicious dinner awaits us at the hut.

Friday 2nd

As the sun rises, we’ll awaken at the mountain hut, marveling at the spectacular view. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll descend to the campsite for a tranquil evening of games and bonding with fellow Explorers from around the globe.

Saturday 3rd

We’ll embark on a scenic bus ride through the mountains to a nearby town. The highlight of the day will be riding Trotti Bikes, special scooters designed for downhill trails. With a full day lift pass, we’ll zoom down a thrilling 5-mile course in the Swiss Alps.

Sunday 4th

The morning will be dedicated to relaxation at a local outdoor swimming pool. In the afternoon, we’ll participate in an international sports day, competing against Explorer teams from around the globe. In the evening, we’ll join the international evening activities, fostering connections with our new global friends.

Monday 5th

Our day begins with a trip to Winteregg for a thrilling rock climbing adventure. In the morning, we’ll have lessons and cover the basics, followed by more advanced and exciting climbs in the afternoon. Get ready for an exhilarating day!

Tuesday 9th

We’ll bid a sad farewell to KISC, as we make our way to the airport by train. Flying back to Manchester, we’ll then return to Woodseats safely and conveniently by minibus.

Easy peasy travel

We’ll kick off the excitement by gathering at Woodseats. From there, we’ll board minibuses that will take us directly to Manchester Airport.

As a group, we’ll soar through the skies with EasyJet, arriving at Basel Airport in Switzerland. Once we touch down, we’ll seamlessly transition to a local train service, whisking us away to the breathtaking destination of Kanderstegg.

Don’t worry about heavy bags; a dedicated minibus will transport both group and personal equipment, allowing us to travel light with just a day bag.

Embrace the authentic Swiss experience as we explore the enchanting landscapes by hopping on local trains and buses. And when it’s time to bid farewell, we’ll follow the same method, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free return journey.

Our new Swiss home

Prepare yourself for an exhilarating adventure as you embark on a camping experience like no other. This remarkable site offers a range of facilities designed to make our stay unforgettable.

You’ll be camping in your own tents, with your mates, but don’t worry if you haven’t brought a tent; we have spares readily available for sharing.

As you settle into your new home, you’ll be thrilled to discover that you’re surrounded by a vibrant community of over a thousand enthusiastic Explorers, sharing in the joy of the outdoors.

The campsite’s dedication to cleanliness is evident in the abundance of pristine toilets and showers, ensuring a refreshing start to each day.

With the freedom to cook our own meals together, you and your mates will embark on a culinary journey together, creating delicious memories under the open sky.

Value for money

The total cost of this trip is £699, thanks to a very generous donation from the Brian Sellars Trust, who have given Woodseats Explorers £3,000 to help keep the costs down.

A deposit of £99 is due by 15th November to secure your place.

Additional payments of £100 are then ideally to be made on payday of January, February, March, April, May and June. However we can be flexible, we just need all balances paid by the end of June 2024.

This allows for some flexibility during the Christmas period when budgets are already tighter anyway.

We’ve worked incredibly hard to find a balance between doing lots of awesome stuff and keeping the price down.

When you compare what we can offer, compared to school trips and other external trip agencies, we believe we are offering excellent value for money, and hope you agree too.

Extra information

  • The camp leader is Richard Hollingworth (Sid) and can be contacted by email or phone.
  • A large volunteer leadership team will be attending too.
  • Full insurance (both travel and personal) will be purchased, but will not cover personal kit.
  • Places will be on a first-come-first-served basis, so don’t delay
  • We can point you in the direction of grants available to help with financing the camp if needed.
  • Bags will be travelling out/back in the minibus. These will need to be ready a few days prior to the trip, and not available until a few days after.
  • A full kit list will be sent out nearer to the time, but they will need summer clothes and proper outdoor clothing.
  • A camp T-Shirt and UK International necker will be provided and to be worn during travel there and back. Neckers are to be worn when on site.
  • Catering will be done by us (the Explorers) in small teams, with local foods. Teams will be given a budget to work toward, under the supervision of Leaders.