I. R. W! – SO. ARE. WE!

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Twice each year, the Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) holds the International Rover Week (IRW) – once in winter and once in Summer. The IRW is staffed by Greenies – Helpers at KISC who have worked at the Centre before and know a thing or two about how it runs. It has been said that the role of IRW is the best available at KISC. Having had this opportunity for the Summer IRW for 2013 – KISC’s 90th Jubilee Year – I can say that this assessment is possibly true!

After having gallivanted around Europe, I was very excited to return to KISC to once again work with many close friends and make some new ones. The opportunity to spend 2 more weeks working at the Centre was one that couldn’t be passed up.


For this IRW, we greeted 33 Rovers from 21 countries from all around the world; each of the six WOSM regions were represented. The Rovers (aged between 18 and 30) participated in a whole range of activities. Highlights included the overnight Lötschenpass hike (including a crossing of an alpine glacier), tubing along the glacial Aare River from Thun to Switzerland’s capital, Bern, a traditional Swiss fondue evening (in true KISC-style), swimming in Oeschinensee (Lake Oeschinen) the 350m Kandersteg via Ferrata, the Jubilee challenge day involving orienteering, high ropes activities and more, a Messengers of Peace forum session and environmental service activities on the campsite, participating in KISC in-camp activities and more!

I had the honour and challenge of co-ordinating the food for the IRW, and what a task it was! With cultural diversity comes diet diversity: 5 vegetarians, 4 Halal diet (during Ramadan no less) and 1 Kosher. Despite the challenge, this was good fun, and good experience for my aspiration of one day becoming a Catering Assistant at KISC.

The IRW was an experience like no other. The speed with which these young adults related to one another was incredible. It is moments like these that I am reminded of the true significance of Scouting and the enormous relevance of it to this age group. Despite all the differences we have, there are so many similarities between us as Scouts, which for me sets an example for the rest of society.

Two weeks of the most fun I have ever had.

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A brief KISC return, then Paul McCartney!

Following my trip to Spain, I made a (very) brief return to Kandersteg to attend a reception attended by the Chairman of Scouts Australia’s National Executive Committee, David Jones. The reception involved the presentation of a cheque to KISC for $AU5200, which has gone to a refurbishment of the Upper Hut kitchen – a location visited by many Scouts in the Summer period.

This article (although not 100% accurate) reports on the reception! http://www.scouts.com.au/newsletter.asp?BulletinStory=26557120

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After this brief two-day visit, I departed the alps once more with two other pinkies, Will (GB) and Neala (CA) for Verona. This trip was a couple of months in the making, and for the express purpose of seeing former-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney perform in a Roman amphitheatre. I have long attested that I would cry if I ever had the chance to see Paul McCartney and I very nearly did. The man is an absolute machine. At 71, Paul puts on an incredible show and doesn’t seem to tire. This is what he played:

    1. Eight Days a Week
    2. Junior’s Farm
    3. All My Loving
    4. Listen to What the Man Said
    5. Let Me Roll It
    6. Paperback Writer
    7. My Valentine
    8. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
    9. The Long and Winding Road
    10. Maybe I’m Amazed
    11. I’ve Just Seen a Face
    12. We Can Work It Out
    13. Another Day
    14. And I Love Her
    15. Blackbird
    16. Here Today
    17. Your Mother Should Know
    18. Lady Madonna
    19. All Together Now
    20. Lovely Rita
    21. Mrs. Vandebilt
    22. Eleanor Rigby
    23. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
    24. Something
    25. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    26. Band on the Run
    27. Back in the U.S.S.R.
    28. Let It Be
    29. Live and Let Die
    30. Hey Jude

    Encore:

      1. Day Tripper
      2. Hi, Hi, Hi
      3. Get Back

      Encore 2:

        1. Yesterday
        2. Helter Skelter
        3. Golden Slumbers
        4. Carry That Weight
        5. The End