Our Chalet is one of the four meeting centers of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), i.e. the World Association of Girl Scouts . The name Our Chalet is a play on words, on the one hand it refers to a type of building found in rural areas of Switzerland, the chalet (French: chalet ; from Latin cala «protected place»).
The chalet was opened in 1932 by Olave Baden-Powell , co-founder of the girl scout movement WAGGGS and wife of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the boy scout movement . Another chalet was added in 1999, the « Spycher ». In both buildings single rooms as well as multi-bed rooms for up to seven people, as well as a dormitory for up to eighteen people in the large chalet, have been created.
Part of the center is the “Squirrel House” next to the chalet, which as a self-catering house offers space for around 16 people. The “Baby Chalet”, which is slightly higher than the center, offers space for around four people. Later, a campsite and the "Edelweisshütte" warehouse were created to meet the growing demands of the guests.
It serves as a meeting place for boy scouts and especially girl scouts from all over the world. The center is also the starting point for a wide range of scouting activities such as hiking , winter sports and excursions to the Bernese Oberland .
The four other WAGGGS world centers are located in Mexico ( Our Cabaña ), England ( Pax Lodge ), India ( Sangam ) and Africa ( Kusafiri ). The latter migrates, thus regularly changing its location. It visited Madagascar, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria and Ghana, among others.