Our Chalet, the first of all the World Centers, was opened in 1932.  Built near the village of Adelboden, high up in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland, it has given Girl Guides and Girl Scouts the opportunity to strengthen bonds of international friendship, meet rugged outdoor challenges, and understand and appreciate the value of the multi-cultural world in which they live in the 21st Century, while enjoying a beautiful, mountainous region of the world.

To write the history of Our Chalet is telling a fairy tale! The beginning of the fairy tale dates back to 1929 when the World Committee met in Holland.  There a definite desire was expressed to have a world meeting center.  The desire was hardly pronounced when Helen O. Storrow of Boston, Massachusetts immediately said: “I would like to give that house!” and this was the beginning.  Each year approximately 4,000 people visit Our Chalet, as program participants, outdoor or indoor campers, or day visitors. 

The facilities at Our Chalet consist of the Main Chalet, Spycher Chalet, Squirrel House,Camphouse and Baby Chalet. (The Baby Chalet was built especially for Helen Storrow and hasbeen recently renovated.)  The program at Our Chalet includes Swiss Alpine adventure (walking, hiking, skiing), leadership development and international friendship.

You can also volunteer at Our Chalet, which offers you the chance to meet Guides and Scouts from many countries, explore Switzerland, learn new skills and so much more.

“And each Girl Scout and Guide shall find a welcome there.”