New Nyroca camp shower block open

The long-awaited new shower block at Nyroca Scout Camp has finally been completed and the official commissioning of the amenity was carried out recently by the Chief Scout Harry Long.

Members of the Rotary Club of Port Lincoln and the Port Lincoln Freemasons Lodge (both of which contributed funds towards the project) also attended.

Joanna Ralph from EP Community Consulting gained significant funding from Grants SA and the plans for the building were prepared by Penna Planning and Design with the construction undertaken by Matthew Heath and his team from Rock Solid Builders.

The aged original shower block is still functional but one visitor cheekily suggested it ought to be heritage listed.

It was built by the parents' committees of the respective Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay and Cummins Scout Groups in the early 1970s.

While the wonderful recent rains have transformed the landscape, which reminds one of Ireland, the huge storage capacity for rainwater at the camp, is only about 50 per cent.

In order to increase the water storage we are (slowly) building a steel framed water catchment sheet of Colorbond iron, which will pipe water down the hill to the 100,000-litre 'John Howard' tank (gifted to the campsite by the federal government in the Centenary of Scouting Year of 2008).

The total area of the sheet will be 75 square metres and according to Warren Dickie's Theoretical Calculation of Rainfall Statistics, one litre of water is gained per one square metre of roof area, as a result of one millimetre of rain.

So if my calculations are correct, an inch of rain (24 millimetres) will collect 1800 litres.

When time and circumstance permit, the catchment must of course be expanded so city people and backpackers when staying at Nyroca can continue to have their 20 minute showers!

A variety of groups, clubs, schools, churches and so on continue to take advantage of the Nyroca Camp and over the last few weeks Red Cross, the Pensioners' Club and a group from the Skylight organisation each spent a day there and spent time around the campfire.

Last week the Port Lincoln Scouts stayed for the weekend and amongst other Scouting activities, planted a row of golden wattle seedlings.