By popular demand, the name of Bonaly will revert to BONALY SCOUT CENTRE.

This is just the start of some very exciting changes to bring Scouting back to the heart of the centre.  The Bonaly Business Planning Group and the Bonaly Team have been working hard reflecting on comments made during the recent consultation and other forums and pulling together plans. The Regional Executive Committee has agreed that we should revert to the original name and fully supports the way forward which is being planned for the centre. And we have a new logo for the centre, along with a draft strap line for SES Scouts:

Bonaly Scout Centre – explore, enjoy, and learn new skills!

Let us know what you think of it. And as well as the name change, we are pleased to announce the following improvements, with more still to come.

Price Reduction for Instructor-led Activities

For the next few months, South East Region Scouts will be able to book instructor-led activities at £50 per session, subject to availability.  This will apply to bookings for sessions which take place at the centre from 1 April until 1 Sept 2019. After that, we will do everything we can to keep the prices as low as possible for our own Scout groups. It’s our own Scout centre, so let’s make great use of it!

Our South East Scotland Scouts website update

Prices and availability for accommodation, the campsite and activities are now available on our website.  You will also be able to fill in a bookings request form. Please note your booking is not confirmed until you have received your invoice with a booking number from the office team. CLICK HERE

The information on our website about instructor-led activities and self-led activities has also now been updated – well worth a look: CLICK HERE

Day and Evening Visits

Another incentive to bring Scouting back to Bonaly, which has actually been in place for a while but not everyone is aware of, is that the cost of a day or evening visit to Bonaly Scout Centre in now only £1 per person.  Why not take advantage of the lighter nights to spend an evening at the centre?  Our staff can advise you on activities for all age groups or help you plan a campfire. But you bring the marshmallows….

Bell Tents

Our tepees have reached the end of the working life and we have replaced them with three bell tents. They are available for those camps where you want the outdoor experience without the hassle of pitching tents. These are particularly attractive for Beaver (or any) one night sleep overs. See the article about the bell tents in this newsletter and how to win a free weekend for your Cubs or Beavers.

Investment in Activities

We are delighted that the Regional Executive Committee has agreed a sum of £10,000 to fund a review and revitalisation of activities at the centre, both instructor-led and self-led activities. We want to make sure that the activities on offer are really relevant to all our sections’ Scouting programmes. And we are looking forward to benefiting from Mark Campbell’s extensive experience, when he starts as the new Centre Manager on 6 May.

Lots of other improvements are in the pipeline and more information will be coming out about these over the next few months.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Bonaly Scout Centre whether for your first visit or your hundredth!

Judith Wood
Chair of the Bonaly Business Planning Group

John Bruce
Centre Manager

Footpath to the High Ropes

New huts at the campsite

Better floor in the Chalet