Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Setting Up A Cave Exploring Display Table

2016 Earth Day at West Chester University
Sales and marketing are dirty words for most people. But, when it’s something you love to do it’s a joy. I enjoy spreading the word about how easy and fun it is to take kids caving.

This past year I was invited to a few events, held by other organizations, to set up a display and talk about why I take kids caving. As much as I enjoy it, I was not really prepared. I had some brochures and a few pictures and props, but nothing that made my display stand out in a room full of other displays.

I posted on Facebook my dilemma and asked for help and suggestions. As usual, my friends didn’t let me down. There were many fantastic ideas. So many that I cannot incorporate all of them right now. I have been able to use a good number of them. In the future I’ll be adding more of them.

I did a dry run to see what I have and set up the display table at home. I had to call in an expert designer to help me, my granddaughter Trinity. She has a much better sense of what looks good than I do.

Please don’t stop making suggestions now. I have a lot more events coming up this year and want to improve and changes things up every time. I’d also like to customize the display to the audience that is holding the event. Please keep the ideas flowing.

And if you know of an event, no matter the venue or location, please let me know. I’m always looking for more people to talk to about getting kids underground.

 Questions?

If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you're just curious about what's involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society - Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at allenmaddox@youcave.org.


Cave Safely, Cave Softly, Cave Often,

Allen
allenmaddox@youcave.org

"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footprint, kill nothing but time." - cavers' creed.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Newsletter for August 2016

I want to welcome all the new subscribers to YOUCave. 

I hope you find this entertaining as well as informative. If you have any questions about taking youth cave exploring, or you have a suggestion for a topic you think I should explore with everyone, please feel free to let me know in the comments.

Blog Posts

http://www.youcave.org/2016/07/brandywine-red-clay-alliance-summer.html

Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Summer Camp Explores Wind Cave

The BRCA campers spent 2 hours exploring different parts of the cave. But it's so big they did not get to see all the rooms and passages. Hopefully, these campers will back again and see more of the cave.

Updates to the Website

I added a couple pages to the YOUCave.org website. Let me know what you think.

http://www.youcave.org/p/speaking-page.html

Speaking Page

Yes, I do give talks. Mostly these are "Cave Talks" to the youth groups that I take cave exploring. I have done a couple of talks at libraries and for Powder Horns. I enjoy doing these and I'd like to do more this year.
If you would like to book me to give a talk, send me an email or comment below. First take a look at my speaking page and let me know what you think?

https://youcave.myshopify.com/

YOUCave Store

When you purchase from the YOUCave Store you will help kids stimulate curiosity, promote self-confidence, grow in a social environment, become a team leader, and learn about their environment; all by getting them involved with cave exploring.
Currently the items are all original and created just for YOUCave. I hope in the future to be able to carry other items useful to youth cavers and the volunteers who make getting them underground possible. If you have any suggestions, please let me know with a comment below or email.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzNIKQg8bm0lVWFFVGxydy1OSk0/view

5 Reasons To Take Youth Cave Exploring

I hope you all have see this, but if you have not, please take a look at it. This is what YOUCave is all about. Please share this booklet with your friends and anyone who is interested in empowering youth to be the best they can be.


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Please take a minute to fill out this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8K5YTWS

Cave Safely, Cave Softly, Cave Often,
Allen
"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footprint, kill nothing but time." - cavers' creed.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Summer Camp Explores Wind Cave

Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (BRCA) is a great organization. Their summer camp program is fantastic as well.

It started in 1945 as the Brandywine Valley Association, in West Chester, PA, and merged with Red Clay in 2005 to form the Brandywine Red Clay Association.

The Myrick Conservation Center is the headquarters of Brandywine Red Clay Alliance as well as a 318 acre outdoor education center. The summer camp program is held at the Center, but ventures out to explore other local natural interests.


Since 2007 I've been fortunate enough to be able to contribute to their program. This year was no exception. I guided a group of 12 campers, councilors, and staff to explore Wind Cave in Pequea, PA.
Wind Cave, or as it's sometimes called Cold Cave, is a large tectonic cave. Unlike the more well known solution caves, tectonic caves are formed by plate shifts. There are no formations in the cave, but there is plenty of climbing and crawling.

Unfortunately, it is a popular cave that gets a lot of traffic from both organized cavers and partying spelunkers. Because of that it does have a fair amount of trash and graffiti.

the BRCA campers spent 2 hours exploring different parts of the cave. But it's so big they did not get to see all the rooms and passages. Hopefully, these campers will back again and see more of the cave.

If you would like more information about Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, or it's summer camp program, visit them at http://www.brandywineredclay.org/.

Questions?

If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you're just curious about what's involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society - Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at allenmaddox@youcave.org.

Thanks,
Allen

"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footprint, kill nothing but time." - cavers' creed.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Newsletter for July 2016

Blog Posts in June


http://www.youcave.org/2016/06/venturing-crew-94-cave-exploring-in.html

Venturing Crew 94 Cave Exploring in Virginia

by Makinzie Ackroyd

Venturing Crew 94, from Kimberton, PA, is a small group but very active. From June 13th to the 16th, this small coeducational group went to Virginia for some adventure.


Top Post on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/YOUCave.org/photos/a.335954633159836.81496.213396345415666/1053901224698503/?type=3&theater

Petzl Newsletter

If you don't get the Petzl newsletter, I want to share something profound from the last one I received. It is concerning climbing, but transfers over to caving easily.


https://howecaverns.com/signature-tours.php?utm_content=buffer0b720&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Signature Rock Discovery Tour

Family fun destination Howe Caverns Adventure Park, has unveiled it's newest and "oldest" cave tour. the Signature Rock Discovery Tour. The 2.5 hour exploration tour reveals mysteries of portions of the cavern that have not been open to the public in over 100 years.

Questions??

If you want more informtion about taking youth groups caving, or you're just curious about what's involved in getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society, Youth Group Liaison Committee, or email me directly. I'd enjoy hearing from you.

Thank you,
Allen
"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps,  kill nothing but time." - cavers' creed.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Venturing Crew 94 Cave Exploring In Virginia

by Makinzie Ackroyd

Venture Crew 94 from Kimberton, Pennsylvania is a small group but very active. On June 13 to the 16, this small coeducational group went to Virginia for some adventure.


This amazingly group went underground and explored the earths caverns (and some clay art). After climbing around and getting dirty, we were lead into the cool stream of the underground to a magnificent waterfall.  After some pictures, we climbed out, though some carried on to explore more while others left to get changed and relax. That's not all we did.

The next day, Wednesday June 15, we went kayaking down Green Briar Creek. After all that adventure, it only gets better.  The very next day, we combined the activities from the two prior days. Now this is what people call an underground adventure, we will never forget.

This Venture Crew is not just caving. We go camping and on new adventures all the time. A few years ago on another summer trip we went zorbing, an activity where they climb into giant hamster balls and roll down a hill.

This is a crew that loves to try new activities and create new traditions. A tradition we hold is a "thanksgiving feast", we cook in Dutch ovens and just spend time together.

Another tradition would be getting on a bike for twelve and a half miles from Sea Isle to Ocean City, New Jersey. Then go back so in the end, we did 25 miles.

This group sticks together and accomplishes a lot through out the years. We may be a small group of people but every person brings something unique with them. Our meetings are always filled with laughs, smiles and excitement. After just one meeting the groups impression will stick on the visitor (and usually will come again). This wonderful group of people always love the adventure of a new person to come on their adventures.

For more information on Venturing Crew 94 visit www.kimbertoncrew94.org.


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Questions?

If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you’re just curious about what’s involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at mailto:allenmaddox@youcave.org. I’d enjoy hearing from you.

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Thanks,

Allen
“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps, kill nothing but time.” – cavers’ creed



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Newsletter June 2016

Blog Posts in May





It’s all fun and games till, well, till we’re done having fun and games.  And sometimes caving can be just fun and games.
The Philadelphia Grotto (www.phillygrotto.org) is a chapter of the National Speleological Society (www.caves.org). Dragon Breath Grotto (www.dragonbreathgrotto.org) is a caving program for Scouts that the Philadelphia Grotto passionately supports.




Top Posts in May on Facebook



Ask a Southeastern archeologist if she studies cavemen…and she may tell you that she does! SEAC archeologists Robert Hellmann and Timothy Roberts have just returned from a week of site condition assessments at Mammoth Cave National Park (MACA).




Bat Appreciation Day allowed people to focus on a little mammal that does not get enough credit, said Nicole Harmon, the center’s humane wildlife educator.





   One day after 19 people trudged through neck-deep water in a harrowing escape from a flooded Kentucky cave, the operator of the spelunking attraction says he is analyzing the incident for any possible safety lessons.





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http://youthverticalcavinggear.mydagsite.com/ Our crowdfunding campaign is still going strong to raise money to help support a vertical caving program that will enable youth in PA, NJ, DE, and MD to safely learn and experience vertical caving. Become a supporter. Make a differencehttp://youthverticalcavinggear.mydagsite.com/





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And as always, if you haven’t yet, subscribe so every episode is delivered to your in-box. Tell your friends about us. It’s the best complement we can receive.

Questions?

If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you’re just curious about what’s involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at mailto:allenmaddox@youcave.org. I’d enjoy hearing from you.

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Allen
“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps, kill nothing but time.” – cavers’ creed









Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sometimes Caving Is Just Fun

It’s all fun and games till, well, till we’re done having fun and games.  And sometimes caving can be just fun and games.

The Philadelphia Grotto (www.phillygrotto.org) is a chapter of the National Speleological Society (www.caves.org). Dragon Breath Grotto (www.dragonbreathgrotto.org) is a caving program for Scouts that the Philadelphia Grotto passionately supports.


As often as possible, both organizations get together for caving and camaraderie. It’s a great time for the experienced cavers to spend some time with the youth sharing their love of caves. It’s a chance for the youth to give the adults a glimpse of the future of caving, and the outdoors in general, and show it is in good hands.

If you or your grotto would like to start a caving program in your local Scouting or other youth organization community, please feel free to let me know at allenmaddox@youcave.org.




Be A Supporter

http://youthverticalcavinggear.mydagsite.com/ Our crowdfunding campaign is still going strong to raise money to help support a vertical caving program that will enable youth in PA, NJ, DE, and MD to safely learn and experience vertical caving. Become a supporter. Make a differencehttp://youthverticalcavinggear.mydagsite.com/

Please leave an honest review below and tell us what you thought of this.

And as always, if you haven’t yet, subscribe so every episode is delivered to your in-box. Tell your friends about us. It’s the best complement we can receive.

Questions?

If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you’re just curious about what’s involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at mailto:allenmaddox@youcave.org. I’d enjoy hearing from you.

Join me on Twitter
 @youcave. Check us out on Face Book and Google+. And share us with your friends. If you ask a question in the comment section I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Thanks,

Allen
“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps, kill nothing but time.” – cavers’ creed