July 8, 2006
This Zen Garden was part of our campsite for Kontiki 2004, where the theme was Japan. It's not quite the real thing, but is an acceptable substitute for a Scout camp.
This sand garden is made with a sheet of heavy duty plastic (DPM from a builder's yard), pegged down at the edges and edged with cane. The sand was poured in and raked out. At the end of the weekend, it is simple to fold the edges of the sheet back, and then gather the sand up to pour back into a barrel and take back to the Scout hall.
Here is a detail of the rake, which our troop scouter made.
In case you are wondering, this also has a very practical application: we use a very similar setup when we need a large area of sand to demonstrate tracking skills- reading of footprints, taking of plaster casts and setting up of sand stories are all possible.