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Bonaly Scout Centre Update - April

First of all, Bonaly would like to say a very big thank you to all the volunteers who came along to the Site Service Day on March 5th. 

The day was a great success, with an amazing amount of work done! The Roman Bath got a good spring clean thanks to the Tower Explorers, much needed after all the rain. A new dead hedge was started along the old brick wall by the Forth Lodge. This will be a great wildlife habitat for insects, invertebrates and the birds that feed on them. The old decking platforms that the tepees and bell tents stood on was removed in preparation for our new Hobbit huts. Another big thanks to our ASU catering team who kept the hungry workers well fed.

The Pink Panthers Explorer created a new Bug Hunt Activity area and finished off the dead hedge as part of their service project. Having a purpose-built Bug Hunt area will encourage more “wee beasties” for you to find during this self-led activity.

Monster Hunt – we need your help!

Bonaly is soon to introduce a new self-led Monster Hunt activity. Lots of friendly monsters are needed and you can help by designing your very own, who will become part of the activity. For more info, please email activities@bonaly.org.uk

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE: Backwoods Master Chef on Saturday 23rd April

Register your interest in taking part in this competition now. It will be a fun day with an emphasis on learning as well as an opportunity to show off your culinary skills. Once registered you will receive full details of the day. This is an opportunity to test your skills at cooking on an open fire with an element of competition included. The cost is £20 per team of either Scouts or Explorers, bring your own cooking utensils. Wood, and alter fires will be available on site. Register at: events@bonaly.org.uk

Cubs, come along and have a sausage sizzle, bring your own sausages. Beavers and squirrels, bring some marshmallows along and toast them. Cubs, Beavers and squirrels should be accompanied by a leader. £3pp. There is no charge for leaders.

Activities support

We are looking for someone to take on the role of Activities Team Leader. You will work with a team of volunteers who will help deliver activities on site at Bonaly. The role will mainly involve coordination of the team to ensure, when required, one of the team is available to deliver some of the supervised activities we have available. Please let us know if you are interested. Thank you. Contact: George Devine, Active Support Manager, Bonaly Scout Centre: george.devine@sesscouts.org.uk

And more to come…

JULY: Later in the year we will be offering on the 2/3rd July a Pioneering weekend. This will take the form of a competition on the Saturday. The main focus will be on fun and training. On the Sunday each team will be asked to invite younger members of their group and will then have the opportunity to train those younger members on the skills required to build a ballista, be prepared, you might get wet!!

OCTOBER: In October we will be running a survival/self assessment weekend. The is be targeted at Explorers. The Event will run over 24 Hours and will challenge all of your organisation skills and your tenacity. Good chance you will get cold, wet and possibly hungry but you should achieve a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

More details on these weekends and booking activities for 2022 will be updated as the year progresses, in the meantime check the above link and welcome back to Bonaly. Its going to be fun!!

Activity of the Month

A troop from 87th Craigalmond enjoying the skills of Molkky

As we continue to re-develop the range of activities available at Bonaly, each month we will highlight an activity available, whether it be self-led, or instructor led.

Nordic Skittles – Molkky

The Mölkky game is suitable for the whole Scouting family. Played in teams from 2 – 15 or more it can be played and enjoyed together by groups of mixed ages.

Using the throwing pin to knock down the numbered bowling pins, the first player or team to score 50 points exactly wins the game. Sounds simple? – but there is a twist which makes it exciting!

Scoring of the game is recorded on the scorecard (supplied) and the game can be played on the field, on paths or in the barn (if wet).

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

As the idea of groups planting a tree for the Platinum Jubilee is not practical for the site, Bonaly are creating their own style of “Platinum Tree” in recognition of the Queens Platinum Jubilee year.

When each group of visitors arrive at Reception to book in for their visit they will be asked to write their group name on a wooden disk. These completed discs will then added to the “tree”.

By the end of the year, we should have a full record of all groups, whether it be scouting/guides/ schools/outside organisations who have visited Bonaly during the Queens Platinum Jubilee year.

Situated at the end of the Tuck Shop shed, all visitors will be able to view this record for years to come.