The 43rd Cork (Bishopstown) Scout Group celebrated their Golden Jubilee with an International Summer Camp to Adelboden Switzerland. The camp marked the beginning of a year of celebrations within the Group which is celebrating 50th years of continuous Scouting in Wilton/Bishopstown. Adelboden is a quite peaceful country town located in the Bernese Highlands high in the Swiss Alps. The following is a report from Scout Leader David O’Neill.
Thirty five members of group travelled on the camp departed by flying from Dublin into Basel. After traveling over the border into Switzerland the group finally reached their destination at Adelboden. After settling in the Scouts went to the local swimming pool to freshen up!
The first full day at camp began with a Scouts Own where the group gathered and reflected on the sad passing of our former County Commissioner and Friend Colin J. Heas who passed away. Colin as we all know loved camping and was chief of Kilcully campsite for six years. Following the Scouts Own the Scouts hiked up the Engstligenalp Falls. These are some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Switzerland with the water falling over 375 metres. After returning from the hike the Scouts headed once more to the local Swimming Pool which is located close to the main village of Adelboden.
Most of the day on Saturday was spent at the Adelboden Adventure Park. The adventure park hosts a series of ziplines over a river gorge. The Scouts enjoyed the 14 ziplines and also enjoyed the high ropes course over the river George. After completing abseiling some of the Venture and Rovers enjoyed the Plenum Jump which included a free fall of 20 metres, which is not for the faint hearted!
Sunday reminded us somewhat of home as the weather was poor our camp programme was changed and the group headed to the Indoor Climbing Wall which is located in Adelboden Village. As the weather cleared in the evening the Scouts headed again to the outdoor swimming pool for a swim.
Monday was a jammed packed day of activities, the Scouts rose early as the troop headed to the top of Niesen (2,362 metres) using the Niesenbahn funicular railway, after taking in the stunning views from the top the Scouts headed to Interlaken for lunch, following lunch and shopping the Scouts took part in White Water Rafting.
Tuesday began with a bus trip cable car station at the foot of Engstligenalp. Following a 10 minute cable car trip to the mountain Plateau. The Scouts visited two local Cheese Farms. The Scouts were thought how the traditional Swiss cheese is made from beginning to end, many came home with samples of the Traditional Swiss Cheese as gifts for their parents. In the evening the Scouts headed to the top of Silleran Mountain by taking a 25 minute cable car ride. Once at the top the Scouts took part in the Silleran High Tower Climbing Course for three hours.
On Wednesday the Scouts travelled to Kandersteg home to the world famous International Scout Centre, where they took the cable car up to the tobogganing run just outside Kandersteg village. The Scouts got a number of goes on the tobogganing run, afterwards the Scouts hike to the spectacular Oeschien lake for a swim. Some members of the group had time to make it back to the World Scout Centre before the group departed back to Adelboden.
Thursday was the second last day of camp, the Scouts had a break in the morning to recover from the previous days activities. At 11am the Scouts hiked to the local wood carver. Many bought woggles and other hand carved items from the local wood carver. In the evening the Scouts took part in an international football match with the Scottish Scouts who where also staying in Adelboden, the result is officially a draw however this is disputed in good scout like banter.
Friday was the final day of camp, the Scouts hiked to Adelboden Village where the Scouts purchased Swiss Army penknives and presents for the parents, this was followed by a quick swim in the pool before they returned to their Chalet for lunch. After lunch it was cleaning stations where the Scouts cleaned the Chalet from top to bottom.
Saturday was departure day, the Group departed Adelboden at 10 am and flew home with Aer Lingus via Zurich. The Scouts would like to thank the Camp Chief Sheila McCarthy for organising the camp.