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

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. Check out the video…

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. A joint BBQ with hundreds of other Scouts give a chance to relax with Explorers fro across the word.

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

Our ideal programme*

*Exact activities on specific days may change due to leader and instructor availability and weather conditions.

Day one

Day two

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.

Day three

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.

Day four

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.

Day five

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.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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!

Day 9

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.

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, in fact over 10 of us are personally paying the full Explorer price to make the adventure possible.
  • Full insurance (both travel and personal) will be purchased through Unity, 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.