Scouting returns to Bonaly
Now that we are allowed to offer camping at the Centre it’s been great to see a number of groups enjoying the facilities. The Pink Panther Explorers had a great camp at Bonaly a couple of weeks ago. Fraser Dunmore sad “it was amazing to get back to camp where life is always a lot simpler. The explorers played wide games, chilled out the round fire, cooked pizza, took part in crate climbing, invested 7 new explorers into our unit, what’s not to love? Bring on summer camp in August!”
More than 3,000 Primary 7 pupils visited Bonaly Scout Centre during May and June for an innovative initiative run by the Centre and the Outdoor Learning Team at the City of Edinburgh Council.
During the pandemic, and in line with Scottish Government guidance, there have been no P7 residential trips to the council’s outdoor learning centres at Lagganlia and Benmore. The Council team decided to bring the outdoor activities to the city and provide a taste of the full residential experience in one extended day.
Pupils took part in a variety of activities such as hillwalking in the Pentland Hills, archery, climbing wall, bushcraft, crate- stack, nightline and low ropes course. This was followed by an al fresco hot meal, games and a camp fire.
Peter Casebow, Chair of the Bonaly Scout Centre, said:” It has been fantastic over the last few weeks to see and hear Bonaly Scout Centre full of young people having fun and learning again. The hard work by the team at Council in partnership with ourselves has really paid off.”.
Planning is progressing well for the ScotJam events to be held at Bonaly Scout Centre on 17th and 18th July. Over the two days, 120 Cubs and Scouts will undertake a range of outdoor activities around the centre followed by games, dinner and a camp-fire. We will tell you how it went in our next newsletter.
At the end of June, Bonaly was proud to host the Earl of Forfar and the team from Duke of Edinburgh Scotland to showcase their work to His Royal Highness.
The Earl of Forfar and Lord Lieutenant being welcomed to Bonaly