The National, Thursday October 10th, 2013
By PISAI GUMAR
A JUNIOR Scout leader in Lae has returned from Switzerland after attending a three-month summer voluntary work experience training programme.
Livingston Nahi, from Goroka, Eastern Highlands, left in June for the Kandersteg International Scouts Centre in the Swiss Alps to join Scouts from 42 countries.
National Scouts trainer James Uwisa said Nahi was selected through the office of the Asia-Pacific Scout’s bureau as a short-term staff to be involved in international friendship and high adventure programmes.
Uwisa said it was the first time for a Scout member in the country to attend a youth programme through scouting.
“I was engaged with other Scout members to work in the centre preparing and providing meals, accommodation and packing camping items for other Scouts and Guides from around the world who went there for summer activities like hiking, climbing, swimming and building,” Nahi said.
KISC caters for summer, winter, autumn and spring activities, allowing Scouts from around the country to explore and experience the facilities.
KISC operational director Alexandros Louis said the centre celebrated its 90th year this year.
Louis said a year after the first World Scout Jamboree in London, Lord Baden Powell dreamt of a place where Scouts from around the world could meet and experience the jamboree feeling 365 days a year.
He said Powell visited Switzerland in 1922 and turned his dream into reality in the small village of Kandersteg, high in the Swiss Alps.
Since 1923, KISC has been that special place where thousands of Scouts can live their dreams.
KISC is operated with support of the World Organisation of the Scouts movement.