Swiss Challenge

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Explore the Swiss Alps and challenge yourself through a variety of outdoor activities, while savoring Swiss culture, learning about leadership and environmental issues, discovering what it means to be a member of WAGGGS.

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About the Trip

We start with an official Opening Ceremony at Our Chalet, followed by on-site activities which can range from campfire skills and cooking, orienteering and environmental activities, to the most current WAGGGS programs.

The outdoor adventure day takes you on a 1-hour hike from Our Chalet along the Engstligen River to the Rehärti Adventure Park. At the Adventure Park you can have a go at flying across the river on a zip wire, navigating your way across rope bridges and abseiling off the bridge! Then, you can try scaling some rocks at the nearby Climbing Wall.

One of the hike days takes you on a 2-hour hike to the famous Adelboden Woodcarver. At the Woodcarver’s workshop you will see many delicate woodcarvings and have the chance to purchase some unique souvenirs. Then you will have the opportunity to walk through the beautiful Choleren Gorge – an experience you will never forget! You will also have an opportunity to spend some time in the picturesque Adelboden village and visit local souvenir shops or perhaps complete a scavenger hunt. The most challenging full hiking day will take you to Elsigenalp, a spectacular alpine area, where you can take a dip in a glacial lake, or even hike to the peak of Elsighorn (2341m).

On one of the excursion days, you will have the opportunity to visit the Swiss town of Interlaken. This day will include a visit to a local Chocolatier, where you can sample authentic hand-made Swiss chocolate. In the afternoon, you can to choose whether to visit the local Mystery Rooms, an exciting live escape game that challenges you to really think as well as an option to visit the stunning glacial Trümmelbach Falls OR have a go at white water rafting!On the second excursion day, we will take a coach trip to the nearby town of Spiez where we can enjoy our packed lunches, and in the afternoon you have the option of visiting Spiez Castle, a beautiful medieval castle overlooking the lake of Thun, or the town of Thun, a beautiful nearby medieval town. Both options include a boat trip across Lake Thun.

Where You Go

Adelboden, Switzerland

What to Know

Must be 12-18 years old and a registered Girl Scout at the time of the trip.
Must be open to learning and trying new experiences.
Must be excited to gain confidence, and able to stay open-minded and flexible.
Willing to participate in group and speaking activities.
Prior Hiking and Backpacking experience a plus but not needed.

The Dates

June 19 - June 27, 2018

What to Bring

Packing list will be provided after acceptance.
Participants will need to have a valid passport.

The Cost

Program Fee: $1,750

The total cost for this trip is $2,500; however, all accepted participants will receive a $750 scholarship from Girl Scouts' Juliette Low World Friendship Fund!

Program Fee does not include airfare. You will need to purchase your round-trip transportation to and from our gateway city of New York and then onto a designated flight to Switzerland. Specific flight numbers will be provided when we send out the detailed trip packet.

$100 deposit is required to hold your spot upon acceptance (it's part of your $1,750 fee, not in addition to it)

Download Application Forms
Destinations 2018-2019 Application
Contact Information

Memorie Callender
+39 05054 7950