Bonaly Backwoods Master Chef winner is…

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Congratulations to the 26th Craigalmond Scouts who were the winners of the inaugural Bonaly Scouts Centre Backwoods Master Chef Cooking Competition.

The Scouts cooked a fantastic three course meal on an open fire, using nothing but tinfoil!
Starter – Spud Eggs
Main – Homemade burgers with salad
Desert – Fresh pineapple baked with white chocolate
The Scouts impressed everyone with their food – especially Muriel and Barbara from the Bonaly ASU catering team and special guest Sue Lawrence (MasterChef winner and author). 
Thanks to the help of Sue and the team it was a fun day with an emphasis on learning as well as an opportunity to show off culinary skills cooking on an open fire.
George Devine, Bonaly ASU Manager, said: “You don’t necessarily always need to use pots and pans to cook something delicious. It was great to make the most of our surroundings here at Bonaly and enjoy a tasty meal in the great outdoors”.

This will now be an annual event at Bonaly and the 26th Craigalmond are already making plans for next year. Thanks also to the 114th Braid Cubs who came along for the Sausage Sizzle and then enjoyed the Mini Zipline and Camouflage Tracking activities in the afternoon.

And more events are to come…

Following feedback from leaders, we have changed the dates of the upcoming Pioneering and Survival camp weekends to avoid the school holidays.

Pioneering weekend 18th & 19th June 

An opportunity for Scouts and Explorers to develop their pioneering skills and then put them into practice. On the Saturday, we will start with pioneering skills workshops and then the groups will build structures. On the Sunday, Cubs are invited for an Adventure Day where they will come and play on the structures and learn pioneering skills from the Scouts and Explorers. Risk assessments will be produced for the activities and be available on request.

Explorers Halloween Survival Weekend

Explorers will be challenged to survive the spooky Halloween weekend! They will be sleeping out without tents, cooking backwoods style and trying not to be too scared! There will be survival skills workshops running throughout the weekend and these will include natural cordage, advanced fire lighting and backwoods cooking techniques. There will also be the opportunity to share your survival skills with other Explores, and of course – ghost stories around the campfire. To register an interest in either event – please email

Volunteer Instructors

Despite a few setbacks due to covid cases – the Bonaly Volunteer Instructor team had been busy training and it won’t be too long before some Instructor-led activities are back at Bonaly. If you are interested in joining, or would just like a bit more information about what’s involved, please email