The website is a snapshot taken in June 2013. It is not related to the current operations of the Merrickville Scout group, It is preserved for historical purposes and to make available the vast amount of information for use by other Scout groups. The current Merrickville Scout group website can be found at http://1stmerrickvillescouts.ca
A caving simulator is a valuable tool for allowing kids experience squeezing through tight spaces just as in a real cave. It is also a lot of fun! The original caving simulator is based in Essex (UK) as part of the Essex County Scout Caving Team.
The Merrickville Scout group has constructing our own version of this valuable activity, thanks to the support of the Government of Ontario.
The simulator is built of 13 sheets (4'x8') of 1/2" Duraply (MDO plywood), also called signboard. This material has a resin paper facing on both sides which makes it smooth and stable; the plywood also has twice the number of plies. Four templates from 3/16" hardboard were made for the holes. The holes were cut with a template following router bit. All edges were rounded over with a router to ensure no splinters and for better painting. All items were painted with a dark gray latex paint; one coat of primer and one top coat. A 14' x 20' silver sunblocker tarp is used underneath and over top. Taping the outside joints with duct tape during setup is recommended to eliminate any light
The simulator is available for groups and organisations to borrow. A minimum donation of $30 is requested to offset the cost of the supplied cable times for setup, wear and tear, and our time.
The longest piece of the simulator is 6'x 2'. The other pieces are 4'x2' and 2'x2'. The stack of pieces is approximately 18" high. In addition there are the two tarps and a toolbox of supplies. It will easily fit in a minivan.
Thanks go to Adams & Kennedy for their very generous discount on the materials.
|May 24, 2008||2nd Almonte||Bill Lawrence|| |
|Oct 3-5, 2008||1st Merrickville||Alex Beelich||Centenary Camp|
|Oct 24-26, 2008||1st Stittsville||Brian Gunther|| |
|May 22-25, 2009||1st Kemptville||Tom Graham||Can-Am Camp at Camp Sheldrick|
|May 30, 2009||Merrickville Public School||Janine Tackaberry||Village Social|
|Jun 20, 2009||2nd Almonte||Bill Lawrence||Support the Troops Day|
|Sep 19, 2009||2nd Russell||Greg McGinnis||Community event|
|Sep 26, 2009||2nd Russell||Greg McGinnis||Community event|
|Oct 24, 2009||Rideau Area||Greg McGinnis||Fall Activity Day|
|May 15, 2010||Rideau Area||Yanik Cousineau||Beaveree|
|May 29, 2010||Merrickville Public School||Jeanne Tackaberry||Village Social|
|Jul 31-Aug 2, 2010||1st Merrickville||Allan Yates||Merrickville Canal Fest|
|Aug 28, 2010||2nd Russell||Greg McGinnis||Community event|
|Sep 11, 2010||1st Merrickville||Alex Beelich||Ride the Rideau|
|Sep 23, 2010||Cambridge Public School||Greg McGinnis||Open house|
|Mar 5, 2011||Rideau Area||Natalie Archambault||Beaveree|
|May 27-30, 2011||1st Kemptville||Carl Payne||Can-Am Camp at Camp Sheldrick|
|Jun 22, 2011||2nd Russell||Greg McGinnis||School BBQ|
|Jun 25, 2011||Limoges||Peggy O'Meara||Community Canada Day|
|Sep 22, 2012||2nd Russell||Connie Johnston||Heritage Festival|
|Oct 27, 2012||Rideau Area||Kerri-Lynn Kossetz||Greely|
|Jun 18, 2013||Cambridge Public School||Greg McGinnis||School BBQ|