Caving With Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Council 11-18-18

Yes, they were at it again. This time there were two new Troops to introduce to caving. Eastern PA Council set this one up at the same time as the one in October. This trip originally had sixteen people, but one Troop backed out at the last minute. It’s a shame because they missed a very good time with these girls. Maybe they’ll come out again when they can. We have been having a tremendous amount of rain and unprecedented snowfall for this time of year. As a result the cave actually had a good bit of water in it.

I like to use this cave for beginner trips because it is stable. But I’ve never seen this much water in this cave. Parts that usually have a little sticky mud had water over the top of my thigh. I choose to avoid the lower parts of the cave. For most of the girls this was their first wild caving trip. I didn’t want to take any chances with them and I didn’t want anyone cold and miserable. But they all got very muddy, and had a blast. How could I tell? Watch the video. L…

Reviewing The Girl Scouts of USA Caving Policy

Yes, Girl Scouts go caving too. And they are AWESOME!!I did a review of the BSA caving policies a little while ago. Since I’ve started taking more Girl Scouts caving I thought it would be a good idea to review the Girl Scouts caving policy. Most people don’t realize that Scouts BSA (formally Boy Scouts) and Girl Scouts have two completely different business models. I’m not going into that here, just know they are not the same type of organization with the same rules. The information can be found in the current (2018) Safety Activity Checkpoints. This document can be obtained through your local Girl Scout Council. For ease I’m going to cut and paste the necessary parts here in green type. The caving part starts on page 131 of the 2018 edition. This section refers to other parts of the document plus another Girl Scout document. I included those clips where appropriate as well.

Spelunking/CavingCouncil Approval: Required
Activity Permitted For: J C S A (Juniors [grades 4 & 5], Cadets […

Cave Exploring With Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Council 10-2018

Last year the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania must have had a great time. They asked to go caving again. This time there were all new people on the trip. 

There were 16 of them in all. 12 youth and 3 adults from 2 different Girl Scout Troops, and 1 from the GS of Eastern PA Council. These girls did really good. But what would you expect from Girl Scouts. They eagerly took on every challenge. 

We didn't get to see the whole cave. But they are anxious to come back and try some more. I really hope they do. I'd like to see what other challenges they conquer.

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Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Summer Camp 2018

This year was no different. I took Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Summer Camp underground. There were a lot of new kids and a few from last year. All week long they have been learning about rocks and a bit about geology.

There were 17 of them, including staff. They all did really good and tried all the challenges we had time for. I wish we had time to see the whole cave. I wish we had time to see other caves. I wish I had about a dozen like them to spend the whole year with. There is a lot I could teach a group of kids like this. 
I tried to get as many pictures of them as I could so they can tag and bag them for proof of what they accomplished. No one is going to believe you when you get back to school in a few weeks. I hope some of them come back next year. 
Like I said, I really enjoyed playing with them. Hummmm. I wonder if they need any more councilors next year. It would be awesome to spend the whole week with them, and see what other program weeks are like. 
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Last Child In The Woods Review

Mr. Louv asks and explores why children are spending less time outdoors than a generation ago. Want to read the book? Get it at Amamzon with our affiliate link

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