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  • Do you know a cadet who really needs to make a step-change in their approach to life and its many challenges?
  • Do you know a cadet who lacks the confidence to take opportunities that come their way?
  • Would you like to help make a significant change in their life?

Nominate a cadet for the Matthew Bacon Bursary today! If successful your cadet will take part in a 19-day course including a wide range of adventurous training and challenge pursuits activities, based at the Outward Bound Centres at Ullswater in the Lake District, Aberdovey in central Wales or Loch Eil, near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

This is a highly adventurous course featuring climbing, canoeing, gorge walking etc, plus two separate expeditions, the second one being self-led. There is a high level of action planning and goal setting, with a number of 1:1’s with the instructors. The course is designed with all experience levels in mind and is suitable for candidates of all levels.

The full cost of the course is £1,999; The terms of the Matthew Bacon Bursary require a personal contribution as well as funding from the bursary itself, the personal contribution of bursary recipients will be £260.

Sucessful candidates will need support to raise the remaining funds and it is a great opportunity for the detachment to rally-round and get stuck in.

For more details about the Matthew Bacon Bursary please contact

2021 Applications

We are now accepting applications for Summer 2021.

The deadline for all applications is: Monday 8th March 2021

The application form can be downloaded here as well as a list of available courses.

About Matthew Bacon

Major Matthew Bacon was an army cadet in Surrey ACF who went on to join the army in 1988. He served with the Intelligence Corps. Matthew was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq on 11 September 2005. At the time of his death, he was serving as a staff officer with the Headquarters of Multi-National Division (South East). Matthew did not waste a moment of his life. He loved soldiering, had a passion for physical exercise, and in his spare time was studying for a law degree. He was known for his tremendous sense of humour, his prodigious and infectious enthusiasm, and his willingness to do anything challenging. His wide experience and seemingly unstoppable drive and determination singled him out, meeting his challenges with unbridled imagination.

Matthew’s father, Mr Roger Bacon set up the Matthew Bacon Bursary in 2007 to enable young people to take part in an Outward Bound Course or Expedition which would otherwise be beyond their means. Since his son started his military involvement in the Army Cadet Force, Mr Bacon wishes this support to be given to its members.

Support the Bursary Fund

The life of Matthew Bacon was rich and full of opportunity. Although Matthew’s life was cut short his family know that by showing cadets that their lives are a series of opportunities to be grasped Matthew’s name will continue to make a difference in the world.

You can support Matthew's legacy by making a donation to the Matthew Bacon Bursary Fund.