You can still be a Bonaly Assistant Instructor!

High ropes course at Bonaly

High ropes course at Bonaly

What is the Bonaly Assistants project?

It will enable Explorer Scouts (including Young Leaders) to train to be Assistant Instructors and receive a Bonaly permit in a number of activities:

  • Archery
  • Bushcraft
  • Mountain Boarding
  • Orienteering
  • Low Ropes
  • Climbing Wall
  • High Ropes
  • Axe-throwing

You can choose the activities that suit you best – for instance: Low Ropes, Archery and Orienteering.  Training for some activities will take longer than others.

Flying on the rope at Bonaly

Flying on the rope


Where and when?

Training has started at Bonaly and will run till June. There is no charge as we have received funding from the Scottish Development Fund.  You will have to attend on different days depending on what activities you choose. Sundays till 26 March are already booked, from 10:00 to 16:00 each day, and a detailed timetable will be available to those involved.

If you would like to join in, please SIGN UP NOW and we shall be in touch.

What training is provided?

  • Practical training, mainly outdoors;
  • Theoretical training, mainly indoors.

You will train to help with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and other ‘clients’ in your chosen activities, and also do some more general training including First Aid and how to work with younger sections.


We will ask for feedback after every training day, to help us improve on what we provide.

Mountain boarding at Bonaly Outdoor Centre

Mountain boarding at Bonaly

What is expected of you

To do the training

You must commit to train for each activity you choose:

  1. Attend relevant training sessions.
  2. Gain experience at Bonaly as an Assistant Instructor with client groups until the Adult Instructor in charge is ready to assess you and ‘sign you off’.
  3. You will then be awarded a Bonaly permit in the activity.

You must provide/arrange:

  • Suitable warm and waterproof outdoor clothing (see kit list)
  • Packed lunch (hot drinks and biscuits etc will be provided)
  • Transport to and from Bonaly.  It is hoped families will be able to cooperate to help with this.

When you have your permit

You will be expected to help at Bonaly as a volunteer Assistant on a regular basis, though you will always be able to choose when and give priority to exam commitments etc.  You will be able to help at weekends, in the evening or during school holidays.

Fun and teamwork at Bonaly

Fun and teamwork at Bonaly

Where to next?

When you have a Bonaly permit, you can work to achieve an adult instructor qualification.  How this happens and what age you must be depends on the activity, but there may well be some support available to help you fund this.

Enjoying archery at Bonaly

Archery at Bonaly


  • Your training could count as the Skill section of DofE, though this should be discussed in advance.
  • Acting as an Assistant Instructor would allow you to cover the first two sections of the  Activity Centre Service Badge and the Bonaly staff would be happy to help with section 3.
  • Acting as an Assistant Instructor would count for section 3 of the Leadership Activity Badge.

Balancing at Bonaly

Balancing on the platform

How to apply

  • Apply here and give us your basic details.
  • We will contact you with further information
  • You will complete an application form and sign up for the training dates you require.