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Between: 18th August 2023 - 27th August 2023 Location: Kandersteg International Scout Centre Sections: Scouts, Adult Volunteers Event Organiser: Ian Macqueen

Surrey Scouts is delighted to announce the launch of KIX2023 – an expedition for the Scouts of Surrey to the Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) in Switzerland.

 

The booking system is now closed.  Any further registrations will be added to the waiting list.

 

In 2023, KISC is celebrating its 100th year as a Scout Centre and Surrey Scouts will be right there to help with the celebrations. This is the year to a part of an incredible international adventure!

KISC offers opportunities to go walking in the mountains, to explore Oeschinensee, to paddle down the Aare River, attempt the high ropes, join an international campfire, as well as a chance to undertake optional expeditions to chocolate and cheese factories!

There is so much to experience – it really is an unmissable and unforgettable chance for Scouts!

The Programme

The programme is tied in to the Kandersteg Challenge Badge and will include:

  • High walking day
  • Water day
  • Local day
  • Low walking day
  • ‘Troop choice’ day (funded by the troop) e.g. visits to the Chocolate and cheese factories
  • Rope day

When?

18th – 27th August 2023

Where?

Kandersteg International Scout Centre http://www.kisc.ch

Costs?

£675 (Scouts and Leaders) payable in instalments

 

Download the poster HERE


KIX Information

KIX Information

Kix Fees

  • Scouts: £675
  • Leaders: £675

Payment Schedule

  • 10th May 2022 – £75 deposit
  • 30th September 2022 – £150
  • 31st December 2022 – £150
  • 31st March 2023 – £150
  • 31st May 2023  – £150

Please note, there should be 1 payment per Group or District – not individual payments from Scouts. Money in not refundable but Scouts can be swapped in if needed at a cost (charged by the Insurance company for a change of person).

These prices include camping fees, food and major activities. Groups can also select from a menu of extra activities on the Troop Choice day that incur additional costs.

The group will travel together in a fleet of coaches provided, once again, by Bakers Dolphin and will be allocated camping zones.

Please use the booking site to make an initial booking. Full details of participants will be added at a later date.

If you would like a member of the team to visit your group, please contact kix@surrey-scouts.org.uk

KIX Registration

Registration

Welcome to the Kix Online Booking System

 

The booking system is now closed.  Any further registrations will be added to the waiting list.

 

Kix is Surrey Scouts’ expedition to Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) in Switzerland.

Due to the nature of the expedition, places are limited.

Please read the registration process carefully to help you know where you are in the process.

Process
Phase
What do I do now?

Phase 1

1.      Discuss with your Scouts and gauge genuine interest

2.      Armed with the information from your Scouts, log into the booking site and register your interest and the number of places that you are requesting: https://bookings.surrey-scouts.org.uk/kix.  You have until 30th April 2022 to do this at the latest.*

The number of places that you request at this stage should be as realistic as you can manage.  We cannot guarantee that you will be able to add extra places to this number at a later date.  This is a first come, first served process. 

To register, you have two options:

a.      Register as an individual troop

b.      Register as a District unit (liaise with your ADC (S) about other groups wanting to attend

What happens next?

Phase 2

The booking system will take registrations until all places have been provisionally booked.  After that, you will be added to a waiting list and notified that is the case.

Phase 3

By the 27th May you will need to enter the names onto the booking site and by the 31st May paid £75 deposit per person attending

Phase 4

In the first week of June, any places not taken up in Phase 3 will be offered to troops in the order of original requests.  This gives time to get the names and deposits in by the end of the 3rd week in June

Phase 5

From the 1st July, any remaining spaces will be available for troops/districts wishing to increase their initial allocation.  This will be first come, first served until all places are filled on the trip.

 

* The booking system will take registrations until all places have been requested.

Your places will only be secured and confirmed when:

  • All your names have been registered
  • Your deposit has been paid in full

If you have any questions regarding Kix, please contact kix@surrey-scouts.org.uk.

KIX Staff Team

To enable KIX 2023 to operate smoothly, we are looking for a number of adults (18+) to join the staff team.

There are various roles we would like to fill. Please state your preference (under job role) from the below job list when registering. 

Members of the staff team will be eligible for a reduced fee as you may not have access to the full programme (e.g. not all staff will be able to go white water rafting). Members of the staff team will all have a minimum 24 hour period off duty where we will try and accommodate you onto a hike or other activity of your choice, subject to availability. 

The staff fee is £475 which includes all food and travel: activities for staff are limited hence the reduced cost. Limited indoor accommodation is also available for staff or you can bring a tent. 

Payment Schedule

  • 31st May 2022 – £75 deposit
  • 30th September 2022 – £100
  • 31st December 2022 – £100
  • 31st March 2023 – £100
  • 31st May 2023  – £100

Job Roles 

Catering Team
One of the key support tasks is feeding everyone on site from the Scouts to the Coach Drivers. We already have the team leaders in place but they need assistance in preparing and cooking the meals. Staff will work on a rota basis as the continental breakfast will need to start being served at 6.30am.
No experience is necessary but the ability to work in a team and have a flexible ‘can do’ attitude is important. 

Walking Team
One of the most popular activities at KIX is walking; we make good use of the mountain paths – Scouts undertake 2 separate days of walking: 

  • Low walk that is usually supervised by the troop’s own leaders. 
  • High walk that requires walking permits. 
  • Please state what permit you hold (if any) when applying for this role. 
  • Assessment is sometimes available if you wish to gain a permit or enhance your current knowledge. 

Recycling team
KISC have a very good recycling scheme in place so that very little goes to landfill. We are looking for a couple of people who will take ownership of this important task and work with groups on their local day so that we make sure the right thing goes into the right box etc (gloves are provided). 

General Support
There are a number of jobs that need to be done that just come under general support. These include supervising the Scouts washing up; making/serving drinks at meal times; washing the catering equipment; supervising the bread buttering and the sandwich making; serving the food prepared by the catering team and, of course, cleaning the odd toilet! 

In addition you might be called upon to help a Scout troop with limited leadership where an extra person would be helpful or they just need another pair of hands. 

This is one of the most popular teams: ability to work in a team and have a flexible ‘can do’ attitude is important. 

Please can you now formally register your interest using the online booking system, (no payment is required at this point). 

Click here to register as a part of the staff team 

KIX Payments

Payments

The Kix Administration Team would prefer all payments via BACS. In order to pay via this method, you will need the information below.

Please note, there should be 1 payment per Group or District – not individual payments from Scouts. Money in not refundable but Scouts can be swapped in if needed at a cost (charged by the Insurance company for a change of person).

Details

  • CAF Bank
  • Sort Code: 40-52-40
  • Account No: 00023197
  • Please use payment reference: KIX23 followed by your booking reference

For example, if the 99th Bentley Copse had the booking reference 12345, the reference would be: KIX23 12345

If your Group is unable to pay via BACS, please make out a cheque payable to Surrey County Scout Council and send it along with your booking receipt, which will be sent to you via email automatically once you have registered to:

Kix Administration
County Office
Bentley Copse Scout Campsite
Hound House Road
Shere
Guildford
Surrey
GU5 9JH

Once your payment has been received, you will receive and email confirming your payment. These payments are also viewable from the View Payments and Balance page on the online booking system.

KIX Activities

Activities

High Hike

When you’re surrounded by mountains there is only one thing to do – go hiking up them! This day will be lead by an experienced hike leader and will take you up to some of the high spots around Kandersteg. It may even include the use of a cable car to give you that helping hand.

Expect some fantastic views (weather permitting) and some tired Scouts at the end of the day.

 

Explore Kandersteg Day

A chance to explore Kandersteg village – with all these mountains and alpine challenges it easy to overlook the village itself which would be a shame.

Kandersteg is a fantastic village with lots of attractions – a charming church, the Scouting museum, a swimming pool and gift shops to name just a few.

 

 

Oeschinensee

High above Kandersteg village you’ll find Oeschinensee, a glacial fed alpine lake. Its a brilliant place to visit and explore. From the village you can hike or take the cable car to reach the lake. Once there you can paddle in the lake, enjoy an ice cream or take a ride on the rodelbahn.

Above the lake are two of Kandersteg’s mountain huts and the glacier that feeds the lake.

 

 

International Campfire

Scouts from all over the globe gather in Kandersteg and share their songs, sketches and dances around the campfire. A magical night. Why not practise a sketch before KIX so you can share it on the night?

 

 

Aare River Cruise

Float past stunning alpine scenery towards the picturesque city of Bern on a 16-seat raft on the River Aare Float Cruise. The river is gentle and refreshing on a hot day – so enjoy a bit of a swim and a splash.

 

 

High Ropes Interlaken
We hope you’ve got a head for heights when you visit the high ropes course in Interlaken. High in the tree tops a variety of routes and obstacles the course provides a challenge for everyone.

 

 

Troop Choices (extra costs involved)

Jungfraujoch

Visit the top of Europe. The majestic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau summits, together with close-up views of the longest glacial flow. The Jungfrau railway travels from the heart of the mountains to Europe’s highest lying mountain station at 3454 meter altitude.
It might be a pricey option but for those with a desire for altitude it can’t be beaten.

 

 

Blausee

Visit the picturesque crystal clear lake, Blausee, and explore the nature park. In 1885 Blausee was praised in a travel guide as a “jewel of a landscape immersed in magical forest solitude”.

The lake is reached by bus or by hiking along the Kandersteg valley.

 

 

Chocolate and Cheese

Experience two of Switzerland’s most famous food exports – you’ll visit a real chocolate factory in Broc and then travel to Gruyères, the Cheese capital of Switzerland. A fantastic day of Swiss culinary culture.

 

 

Brigabad

In the open-air thermal baths of Brigerbad each guest finds a suitable offer. Europe’s longest alpine thermal waterslide beckons to children and adventure seekers. The thermal pool (34-37°C), with its numerous under water massage jets, and the grotto swimming pool, invite visitors to come and spend some time in this water world. Daredevils jump from rocks above the sports pool (28-30°C) into the water. The flow of the current guides bathers in the river pool (29-30 °C).

Guests who like water slides must not miss the 182-meter-long slide. The Olympic Pool (24-26°C) with four 50-meter-long lanes and a children’s swimming pool (34-37°C) complete the offering.

KIX FAQs

FAQs

What are the age ranges?
This is a Scout section expedition and in line with Headquarters guidelines, Scouts attending must be over 10 years of age and under 14.5 on 18th August 2023.

What does the fee cover?
Your fee includes insurance, transport, camp uniform and food from your arrival in Kandersteg to the time of your departure. It also includes all activities except your Troop Choice day.

What sort of insurance has been purchased?
We’ve purchased insurance from Unity Insurance that covers you for all activities, cancellation due to ill health, etc.

What is included in the camp uniform?
We’ll be providing a camp T-Shirt or Polo (TBC) and a UK scarf. You will need to wear your usual blue Scout trousers.

What sort of tent do I need to bring?
You’ll need a normal lightweight ‘hike’ style tent. You may want to pack some strong, ‘nail’ style pegs as the ground can be hard in places.

Do I need any special clothing?
No. The mountain weather can be changeable so please pack both wet weather clothing and sun protection – we’ve had both snow, hail and sun stroke on previous visits to KISC.

Is there a laundrette on site?
Yes, there is a full laundry in the Kanderlodge – including drying space. It can however be very busy and things have been known to go missing so we recommend you check your clothes regularly. There are also drying rooms on the campsite.

Can I book activities direct with KISC?
Please do not do this unless you have discussed this with us first – it can cause programme and billing issues.

What is the postal address of KISC?
Kandersteg International Scout Centre
Wagetiweg 7
CH – 3718 Kandersteg
Switzerland
Tel. +41 33 675 82 82
Fax. +41 33 675 82 89

What is the camping ground like?
It’s firm (we recommend a sleeping mat) and can collect water during heavy rain (so make sure you keep your kit packed in waterproof bags).

Are the activities safe?
Yes, they are safe and run by either experienced Surrey Activity instructors or by local Swiss experts.

Do I need to be able to swim for the River Cruise?
Yes, you’ll need to be able to swim 50m. You will be wearing a buoyancy aid during the cruise.

How far are the hikes?
You’ll be doing one low hike and one ‘high’ hike – the hikes are all designed to be suitable for Scouts and will be selected to suit the age and fitness of your group.

Can I complete the KISC badges during Kix?
Yes you can do this – please check the requirements on the KISC website – you’ll probably need to select your Troop Choice and local day activities carefully to complete the awards.

KIX Team

Name Role
Ian Macqueen

Kix Event Leader

Deputy County Commissioner (Events)

Sue Mitchell

Kix Activities

Katy Cozens

Kix Admin

 

Kevin Yeo

Kix Admin & Booking Site

 

Paul Iverson

ACC (Scouts)

Alistair Tickett

Deputy County Commissioner (Programme, Media & Comms)

Andy Cole

Kix Admin & Newsletter

 

Anthony Cole

Kix Admin

 

KIX Gallery 2018

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Kandersteg International Scout Centre

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