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SUMMER CAMP 2015: JANUARY NEWSLETTER Issue 2

Camp costs and estimate
Those who have been following the financial news will know that earlier this month Switzerland's Central Bank discontinued its currency exchange rate "ceiling" with the Euro and the £, see:
http://www.ft.com/fastft/262172/swiss-national-bank-abandons-currency-ceiling
This has had a significant adverse effect on exchange rates. Before this change, the exchange rate was around 1.52 SFr/£. It has now dropped to around 1.32 SFr/£. This really impacts on our “spending power” when we’re in Switzerland, i.e. things cost more – about 13% more – which may not sound much, but this change will bring camp costs to well over the £1,000 per person limit I’d set for the camp. That’s not acceptable to me and so I’ve no other option but to cut back on the program of activities to reduce the cost. To my mind, the half-day Paragliding (at 150 SFr per person, around £113 per person) offers the poorest value for money. I’ve decided to cancel this activity.
This allows me to bring the cost of the camp down to £1,000 per person.
Those who are desperate to do Paragliding can do so, however you’ll need to pay for the activity in full (around £113) – please let me know. The cost of your camp will then be £1,113.
For those who decide not to continue with Paragliding now have a half-day hole to fill.

Options include:



  • Moving to one of the other half-day activities on offer, such as High Ropes, Mountain Biking or Via Ferrata.

  • Having a look through the KanderActive brochure and choose another activity (so long as you don’t break the bank!).

  • Have a chill-out day, which might include having a look around Kandersteg Village, visit the Sauna, or take a cable-car ride to an Alpine Café.


Names, Passports & EHIC Card


Name

DofB

Age as of:

18/08/2015

Photocopy Received Passport

Photocopy Received

EHIC Card


Leaders:













Mrs MARITA KIRKHAM

-

-







Mr DAVID KIRKHAM

-

-







Mr JAMES OLSEN

-

-








Network:













Miss REBECCA COLLETT

15/10/1996

18.8







Miss JESSICA SHARPLES

30/12/1996

18.6







Mr NATHAN BROOKES

28/04/1997

18.3







Mr THOMAS CARR

05/06/1997

18.2

Yes

Yes

Miss KATE EDMONDSON

23/06/1997

18.1







Mr WILLIAM HARRIS

21/08/1997

18.0








Explorers (>16 at time of camp):













Mr ANDREW REYNOLDS

28/09/1997

17.8







Mr SAMUEL TURLEY

31/12/1997

17.6







Miss ROSY HALL

19/06/1998

17.1







Miss LILY HALL

19/06/1998

17.1







Mr HARRY ROSSALL

11/08/1998

17.0







Miss CHLOE CATTERALL

18/08/1998

17.0







Miss AMELIA CROASDALE

26/10/1998

16.8







Mr ROSS THOMPSON

28/10/1998

16.8







Mr AARON ROWLEY

28/11/1998

16.7







Miss AN. E.

-

16.6







Miss AMY LEAMAN

03/01/1999

16.6







Mr WILLIAM 'Ben' ANDERTON

27/02/1999

16.4







Mr JOSEPH HOLMES

17/03/1999

16.4







Miss ELEANOR HOUGHTON

08/05/1999

16.2







Mr AARON MASON

20/06/1999

16.1







Mr LUKE EMMENCE

14/06/1999

16.1







Mr MATTHEW HOPCROFT

11/06/1999

16.1

Yes

Yes


Explorers (<16 at time of camp):













Miss LUCY BATES

15/10/1999

15.8

Yes

Yes

Mr ALEXANDER CLAYTON

26/01/2000

15.5

Yes

Yes

Miss IONA ELLISON

08/04/2000

15.3







Miss LUCY SIMPSON

08/08/2000

15.0

Yes

Yes

Miss AL. E.

-

14.5







Miss MATILDA 'Tilly' ANDERTON

11/12/2000

14.6







Mr DAVID PARKER

08/03/2001

14.4

Yes

Yes

Regarding Passports and your EHIC Card – I need you to provide photocopies of these. If there isn’t a ‘Yes’ next to your name in the table above then please provide a photocopy of your Passport and EHIC Card.


If you haven’t already done so, please check your name in the table above and make sure it’s spelled correctly. If it’s not please let me know as soon as possible.

A reminder of the recommended payment schedule
As has been previously been published the following is the recommended payment schedule:
£200 deposit November 2014

£200 January 2015

£200 March 2015

£200 May 2015

£200 July (if required!)
(Alternatively, if you’d like to spread your payments more evenly, say £100 a month that will be fine.)
Since the cancellation of the No Leaders Camp a number of you have asked that the refund be transferred to your Kandersteg account. This includes:

Amy C, Tom C, Kate, Nathan, Alex & Andrew.

This refund appears on your balance of payments below.

(The reminder have been given a refund cheque.)
As of 31st January 2015, I’ve attached your balance of payments below (please check carefully – and let me know if you see any mistakes).
By now you should have either fundraised and/or paid at least £400. Please have a look at your balance of payments – if you’re below £400 please aim to get to at least £400 as soon as possible.

Fundraising
We’ve contacted 7 supermarkets (covering Morrisons, ASDA, Sainsbury’s & Tesco) ranging from Blackpool to Preston.
So far, we’ve been granted the following Bag Packs:


  • Saturday 18th October, Sanisburys Preston (£932.05 raised)

  • Sunday 19th October, Sanisburys Preston (£881.00 raised)

  • Sunday 14th December, ASDA Blackpool, 10am to 4pm (£719.58 raised)

  • Monday 22nd December, ASDA Blackpool, 9am to 6pm (£1,872.86 raised)

  • Sunday 11th January, Morrisons Kirkham, 10am to 4pm (£583.74 raised)

  • Sunday 8th March, Morrisons Kirkham, 10am to 4pm

  • Saturday 14th March, Sanisburys Preston, 9am to 5pm

  • Sunday 15th March, Sanisburys Preston, 11am to 5pm

  • Saturday 16th May, Morrisons Kirkham, 9am to 5pm

  • Sunday 17th May, Morrisons Kirkham, 9am to 5pm

In addition there will be the following fundraising activities:




  • 3rd January: Climb to Kandersteg (sponsored climb).

Please collect your sponsor money and return by the end of January please.

  • 28th February: Fashion Show. The Fashion Show will now occur on Sunday 1st March.

  • 28th March: Murder Mystery.

  • 11th to 12th July: Helvellyn at Dawn Expedition (sponsored 2-day expedition).



Program
The draft program is attached below
Remember, this is a draft program – it’s not set in stone (yet). If you really don’t want to do a particular activity, fine, have a look through the KanderActive brochure and see what else is available - if you can get a group together AND a Leader or a Network Scout who is prepared to take you, then let me know and go for it. (If you don’t want to mountaineer you need to be asking yourself why you signed up for this trip to the Alps.)
What next? On the 1st March, KISC allows groups to send in their program choices for the summer, so we have until then to finalise things.

Team Building Weekend Camp
As previously mentioned, we are planning a Team Building Camp to be held on the weekend of 20th March to 22nd March. Although not compulsory, it’s highly recommended.

Mountaineering Training
As previously mentioned, in preparation for the mountaineering that we’ll be doing in Kandersteg, we are planning a series of training events:


  • Helvellyn at Dawn Expedition sponsored hike on 11th to 12th July.

  • Mountaineering Day, Sunday 26th July.

  • Mountaineering Training Weekend Camp, to be held on the weekend of 31st July to 2nd August.

  • Mountaineering Day, Sunday 9th August.



Any questions, please ask the Leaders.
Regards,
David Kirkham
Trogz ESL

Balance of Payments








Draft Programme


Day / Date

Programme

Limits & Party Size

(if applicable)

Description

Names

Day 1

Tuesday

18th August

Travel to Kandersteg




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Day 2

Wednesday

19th August
Choose 1 of these activities

Canyoning

(Ultimate – Chli Shliere)

16+

Group size: 5 to 24
There are also other options for those under 16:
Easy – Interlaken (12+)
Advanced – Grimsel (14+)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T0deljq_jw


The best of the best, Chli Schliere takes canyoning to the ultimate level. This canyon has high rappels, big jumps, fast slides and is considered the best in the region. Chli Schliere is a physically demanding and technical canyon with a high fun factor. It is suitable for confident, athletic people who want to be challenged.

Must see’ video (and then see if you still want to do this, or an easier one!):



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwbSRknddRE



Will, Bert, Kate, Harry R, Chloe, James, Rebecca, Amy C, Tom




White Water Rafting

(Lütschine River Rafting)

Group size: 5 to 40


The mighty Lütschine offers some of the best white water rafting in the Swiss Alps. Starting from below the Eiger north face, continuous class III - IV rapids surge down the mountains and out into the Lake of Brienz and Interlaken.

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Elle, Iona, Lucy S, Matt, Luke, Aaron M, Ben, Ross, Anya, Alia, Nathan, Lucy B, Amy L, Rosy, Tilly, David P, Alex, Joe, Jess, Aaron R




TBC







Sam (doesn’t want to do Canyoning or White Water Rafting)

Day 3

Thursday

20th August
Choose 2 half-day activities

Via Ferrata (Allmenalp)

(Half-day)

Must be fit!
Ask yourselves, ‘Do I like climbing?’ And, ‘Am I reasonably good at climbing?’ If the answer to either of these questions is ‘no’ this activity is not for you.

Kandersteg has one of the most exciting via ferrata climbs in the area, following ladders, tyrolian traverses and wire bridges alongside the spectacular Allmenalp waterfall. Participants must be confident with heights! Return is via the Allmenalp Cable Car.

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Kate, Will, Chloe, Anya, Alia, Ross, Ben, Luke, Aaron M, Matt, Elle, Sam, Lucy S, Iona, James, Rebecca, Alex, Tom, Joe, Jess, Aaron R

(Lead by David K & Marita)




High Ropes

(Half-day)

At least 1.4m in height

This high ropes adventure course takes you high up in the trees, where you are invited to challenge yourself on the obstacles that lie ahead. The park includes zip-lines, high wire bridges and much more. All safety equipment and instruction is provided. Only 10 minutes’ walk from the Centre.

215j) day 6 - high ropes

Anya, Alia, Lucy B, Sam, Iona, Lucy S, Tilly, David P

Mountain Biking

(Half-day)




Save your feet and explore the area by bike! Mountain bikes will allow you to see a lot more of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Bike hire includes the use of a helmet. KISC can advise on suitable trails or why not try the bike treasure hunt?



Nathan x 2, Harry R x 2, Bert, David P, Lucy B, Alex, Amy C

(Lead by Nathan)




Cancelled due to excessive cost.
Paragliding

(Half-day)

18+

OR

16+ with written permission from a parent or guardian
This costs an extra £50.

Fly like an eagle and soar high above Kandersteg. As a passenger you paraglide over the valley, take in magnificent views and revel in this special experience.



Matt, Luke, Aaron M, Ben, Ross, Elle, Bert, Will, Chloe, Kate, James, Rebecca, Tom, Amy C, Joe, Jess, Aaron R

TBC







Tilly




Evening

Wet ‘n’ Wild




Every Wednesday in Summer, the village swimming pool puts on its Wet n Wild pool party. Expect games, music, floats, rubber rings, water volleyball, slack-lines and everyone’s favourite, the water slide.



All (except Marita)

Day 4

Friday

21st August


Lötschenpass Hike

Group size: 4 to 12

The KISC classic. The Lötschen Glacier provides you with a spectacular introduction to glacier walking. A Staff guide will lead groups over the pass that has been used since Roman times. The hike gains around 1,100 vertical metres height over a total of 10km. You will then drop into the beautiful Lötschen Valley where you will catch a bus and train back to Kandersteg.

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All

Evening

International Campfire






All

Day 5

Saturday

22nd August
Chill Out Day

Oeschinen Gondola




This modern gondola takes you quickly to 1,689m where you can get on the Rodelbahn, take a hike, walk to the lake for a swim or just enjoy being in a UNESCO world heritage site.



All




Summer Sled Run ‘Rodelbahn’




Once the snow has gone you can try a different type of sledding. The 700m long Summer Sled Run, near Oeschinensee, is great fun for Scouts of all ages.

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All




Oeschinensee

Swimming only if we have an over-18 Life Guard

Enjoy a relaxing paddle or swim in the glacial lake Oeschinensee and experience the Alps from a whole new angle.

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All




Day 6 & 7

Sunday

23rd August

&

Monday

24th August
Expedition Days: Choose 1

Snow & Ice Combo

Group size: 4 to 12

This workshop combines the very popular Ice Climbing and Glacier Workshops. The group leave the centre early on the first day arriving at the Fründen Hut (2,562m) for lunch. After a break you travel on the glacier and participate in the Glacier Workshop. After staying overnight in the hut you then participate in the exciting Ice Climbing Workshop. In the afternoon you hike back to the Centre. This activity is great value for money and makes the most of your time but a good level of fitness is required.



The Fründen Hut:



Kate, Will, Bert, Chloe, Sam, Rebecca, Tom, Amy C, Jess, Aaron R




Blumlisalphutte Exped

Group size: 4 to 24

Lake District-style expedition (little snow and no ice) to the Blumlisalphutte (2,840m), staying overnight, before retracing the route back to camp.

The Blumlisalphutte Hut:

238) day 7 & 8 - blumlisalphutte exped (the hut)

View from hut:

240) day 7 & 8 - blumlisalphutte exped (view from hut)

Nathan, Harry R, David P, Anya, Alia, Lucy B, Tilly, Amy L, Rosy, Lily

(Lead by David K & Marita)







The expedition we did in 2010:

Petergrat Glacier Exped

Group size: Max. 11

Fitness and confidence is required for this activity – one of our oldest and most traditional. Catch the bus to Selden and from there hike 6–8 hours over the Kanderfirn glacier to the Mutthorn Hut. Glacier walking skills are taught and roping up is necessary. The focus is on hiking over a snow covered alpine pass rather than learning snow and ice skills. On your second day, climb over the Petersgrat (3,150 m) and down into the Lötschenal. Catch the bus and train back from here.

group 2 petersgrat

The Mutterhorn Hut:



Ben, Matt, Luke, Ross, Aaron M, Elle, Lucy S, Iona, Alex, Joe, James

Day 8

Tuesday

25th August
Cultural Day: Choose 1


Jungfraujoch & Eiger Trail

2 hours journey each way

The coach takes you to Lauterbrunnen, where you embark on Europe’s most scenic train ride. Tunnel through the Eiger to the Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe. Take in spectacular views and visit the ice grotto! Upon your return, leave the train at Kleine Scheidegg and hike down the ‘Eiger Trail’ below the north face of this spectacular mountain – it is a 3 ½ hour hike, so be prepared. The coach collects you from Grindelwald.



Bert, Will, Kate, Lucy B, Sam, Anya, Alia, Alex

(Lead by David K & Marita)

Stresa – Italy

2.5 hours journey each way
Swimming only if we have an over-18 Life Guard

Why not visit one of Switzerland’s neighbouring countries during your visit? Stresa is situated next to the stunning Lake Maggiore and has an unmistakable Mediterranean atmosphere. There are many options available to fill your day, such as island hopping between the beautiful Borromee Islands, shopping, swimming and, of course, an Italian lunch.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Stresa&es_sm=122&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=HuR8VJ_GK_CR7AbyxoGAAw&ved=0CEkQsAQ&biw=1517&bih=666&dpr=0.9

Stressa:



Elle, Iona, Matt, Aaron M, Luke, Chloe, Lucy S, Nathan, Ben, Ross, David P, Amy L, Rosy, Tilly, Harry R, Rebecca, Lily, Tom, Amy C, Joe, Jess, Aaron R

(Lead by James)

Day 9

Wednesday

26th August

Return Home




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