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A quick update for Kath and everyone else that has asked, the second Saturday’s edition of KIX+ will be available as soon as we can get it uploaded; in our keenness to get 360 copies printed in time to get them onto the coaches before everyone left, I neglected to make a copy available for online publication. Sorry!

It’s currently on a laptop in one of the vans but we’ve had some delays on the Channel Tunnel this evening and are still on the way home so it may not be there until tomorrow. Apologies for the delay (but to answer Kath’s question about boxes of cereal it was over 300 that we polished off during the eXpedition).

What an adventure!

What an adventure!

We’re proud of our KIX Scouts.

KIX exists to allow our young people to explore new places, try new things, experience adventure, make friends and most importantly create memories that will last a lifetime.

As well as a badge, our Scouts were issued a Friendship Kit. We hope its contents will help the KIX experience live on forever.

A full gallery of photos from the expedition wil be available in the next few days. We are also producing a film that follows the expedition experience from start to finish.

Where did our dining room go?

Where did our dining room go?

Just two hours after the KIX coaches have left and the dining room is already back to normal before the Scouts have left Switzerland. Well, if normal means you can still see where the tables were!

Lots of work still to do to get the vans ready for a long drive back to Surrey tomorrow morning.

International Campfire, the drone photo!

International Campfire, the drone photo!
Here’s our drone photo from yesterday’s KISC campfire!
 
There’s lots of red KIX 2018 shirts here, it was a fantastic way to end a great week of fun, friendship and adventure in Switzerland for over 500 of our Scouts.
 
A full gallery of photos and a video are to follow during the week.

We’ve all left!

We’ve all left!

We’ve all left KISC and are on our way back to Guildford.

We’ll try to update you regularly on our way back but the media team are also hoping to get some sleep on the coach tonight 😉

Another day, another mountain

Another day, another mountain

I think I’ve said ‘wow!’ every single day this week but today was wow uttered with reverence. As one of the walking team I’ve been lucky enough to be up high in the mountains every day but today was a day off from walking and we let the train take the strain instead.

This was no ordinary train. Starting at Lauterbrunnen it climbed 1,265 metres to Kleine Scheidegg. There we changed to another train which climbed another 1,393 metres to the Jungfraujoch which at 3,454 metres is the highest railway station in Europe.

Stepping out onto the summit viewing platform we were at first shrouded in cloud. But the cloud gradually moved across and bit by bit revealed parts of the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau itself which towers above at 4,158 metres (13,642 feet). It’s a very strange sensation. Whilst you can’t fail to be impressed by the majesty of the mountain and feel how close you are to inhospitable, dangerous and relatively untouched territory, at the same time you are close to several hundred other tourists all clamouring to get pictures and brandish their selfie sticks.

Feeling slightly light headed (at this altitude there’s about a third less of the normal oxygen content in the air) and not just a little chilly we enjoyed walking around the ice palace and seeing the sculptures made from ice and then just had to partake of a sample or two from the Lindt chocolate shop (I mean it’d be rude not to).

The day finished off with an international campfire attended by what must have been around a thousand Scouts and their leaders. It’s moments like these which remind you what Scouting is all about.