Members of the 24th Glasgow (Bearsden) Scout Group went to the International Scout Centre in Kandersteg, Switzerland recently.
This is the Group’s 32nd visit to Kandersteg - the custom started in 1949 and the Scout Group has spent its summer camp in Switzerland every second year since then.
A total of 19 Scouts and Explorers accompanied by 10 Leaders from the Group spent 10 days in the centre, climbing mountains, visiting Swiss cities, enjoying the local countryside and meeting and mixing with other young people from many other countries. They even went to Italy one day for lunch!
During the time in Switzerland, the Group completed a number of hikes to Mountain huts in the Bernese Alps.
The local Tourist Office has set up a challenge for visitors to visit the ten mountain huts in the Kandersteg area - this is known as the Huttentest Award, and medals are provided for those who successfully visit between two and four huts.
Always ready for a challenge, members of the 24th made 107 hut visits, encompassing seven of the 10 huts of the Huttentest Award.
The visits included the Lammerenhutte at 2548m, and the Lotschenpasshutte at 2690m.
Those members of the party who visited the latter hut stayed overnight and scaled the summit of the Hockenhorn at 3290m the following day.
The time in Switzerland was followed by three days sightseeing in Amsterdam where the Group enjoyed a canal cruise, visited the Ajax Stadium, the Resistance Museum and the Anne Frank House.