Our Chalet Quiz

  1. What shape is the Swiss flag?  Square.
  2. What two colours are on the Swiss flag? Red and white.
  3. Switzerland has four official languages.  Name two of them. German, Italian, French and Romansh.
  4. What is the capital city of Switzerland?
    1. Geneva
    2. Bern
    3. Adelboden
  5. In what village would you find Our Chalet? Adelboden.
  6. Why is Mrs Helen Storrow important in the history of Our Chalet? She wanted a World Centre in Switzerland and funded the construction and first years operations.
  7. Why couldn’t Our Chalet be built in the village of Kandersteg? Kandersteg was already home to the Kandersteg International Scouting Centre (KISC).
  8. In which year was Our Chalet opened? Opened in 1932.
  9. When is it Winter in Switzerland? December, January and February.
  10. Name two products for which Switzerland is famous. Chocolate, Swiss Army knives, fondue, cheese and clocks.

Courtesy of Australian Friends of the World Centres.

Don't Look Back, The Fox Walks Around - Swiss Game

Requires a piece of fabric, small stone or another object. This game can be played by any number of children who sit in a circle facing each other.

Choose one child to be the fox. The fox walks around the outside of the circle behind the other children. The fox carries a piece of fabric, a small stone or another object. The fox drops the item behind one of the children in the circle. As soon as that child knows the object was dropped behind him or her, he or she jumps up and tries to catch the fox. The fox runs and tries to get back around the circle and sit in the seat of the child who was tagged. If the fox makes it back to the child's seat, the other child becomes the fox. If the fox is tagged, however, he plays the fox again and chooses another child to tag. If the child who is tagged doesn't know the item was dropped behind him or her, and the fox can run around the circle before that child realizes it, the tagged child becomes a "lazy egg" and must sit inside the circle until another child becomes a lazy egg.

Courtesy of Australian Friends of the World Centres.

The girls stand in lines and instead of giving them a number; give them the name of a fruit from India. When the Leader calls the name of the fruit, the girl is to run around a given point and back to her line. First one back wins the point for her team.

Afterwards you could make a real fruit salad using as many of these fruits as you can find in your local shops. Some common Indian fruits are listed below.


Custard apple








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The game leader calls out a color in Hindi. The players run to touch something of that color. Sometimes the leader can call out two or three colors at the same time and players have to find a way to touch all of the colors at the same time.


   Hindi Colors



   Lal = Red

   Zambla = Purple

   Gulabi = Pink

   Narangi = Orange

   Nila = Blue

   Kala = Black

   Pila = Yellow

   Hara = Green

   Safed = White

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Papel picado means pierced paper in Spanish. It is a traditional type of folk art in Mexico. People create Papel Picado banners to celebrate holidays and different occasions like the changing of the seasons. Materials: colored tissue paper, scissors, string, a pencil, glue.

1.    Decide what colors of tissue paper you want to include in your banner. In Mexico, different colors are used for different holidays. For example, shades of purple are used at Easter time, and rainbow colors are used for Christmas and other holidays.

2.    Cut your tissue paper into squares. They can be any size you want. (A good size is 12 x 12 inches.)

3.    Fold one piece of tissue paper in half. Fold it in half again, and then in half again.

4.    To make your design, cut shapes into all four sides of the tissue paper. Make sure to leave a small space between each of your designs.

5.    You can also draw lines for your design before you start cutting. It's important to experiment with your designs because you don't know what they'll look like until you unfold your paper. In Mexico, people use all different kinds of symbols that are important to them in their Papel Picado.

6.    When you're done cutting out your shapes, open the piece of tissue paper to see what you've created.

7.    Once you have four or five panels, you can attach them to the string to make your banner. To do so, put some glue on the top of the first panel, and then fold it over the piece of string. Leave about an inch of space on the string between the panels. Also, make sure you leave at least six inches of string at each end so you can hang your banner up when you're done.

Make Mexican Hot Chocolate!

·         3 tablespoons instant hot chocolate mix

·         1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

·         1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

·         1 pinch chilli powder

·         1/4 cup milk

·         3/4 cup boiling water

In a large mug, mix the hot chocolate mix, chocolate syrup, cinnamon, and chili powder. Pour in the milk. Add the boiling water and stir.

Draw eight chalk circles (one foot in diameter) in a straight line about one feet apart on the floor for 20 or more children.

Children move or dance to fast music around the length of these circles. When the music stops, they rush to the circles. The children who do not end up standing in a circle are “out”.

After the first turn, two children who are "out" are chosen to sit in the circles at either end of the line (so children must go around them as the outer perimeter from then on).

Start the music again - and a child sits in one of the circles after each time the music stops (chosen from one of those who are "out" each time).

The winner is the first child standing in the final remaining circle.

(In India the children play this game using a tambourine.)

‘Bulbul’ is the name of an Indian Bird and also the name for the Indian Guides ages 5-10. Their Leader is called a ‘Flock Leader’.

Bulbuls sit in two lines facing each other. Each Bulbul’s feet must touch those of the player sitting opposite her. She must not move during the game. The Flock Leader throws a balloon between the players. Each side must try to hit it over the heads of the opposite line. If it touches the floor behind the line it is counted as a goal for the team facing that direction.

After each goal or if the balloon goes out of either end, the Flock Leader throws it in again.

A game where no one is out

The CheeTAL is a beautiful spotted deer and the CheeTAH is a large cat, traditionally trained by Indian princes to chase deer.

Players line up in two even lines about six feet apart. One line is designated as the Cheetals and the other as the Cheetahs. They should stand with their backs facing each other. Each team has a home base/safe area about 20 feet away. The leader walks up and down between the lines calling out “Chee – ee – ee – ee - .. and ends up with ‘Tal’ or ‘Tah’. If she says Cheetal, the line of Cheetahs must chase the Cheetals while they run to their home base. If she says Cheetah, they must run to their base as the Cheetals chase them. After each call everyone returns to the middle in their lines. Anyone who was caught before reaching their home base is transferred to the other team. The game continues until one line dwindles.