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.




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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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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.




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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 10, 2016

Playing With The Squeezebox at Phenomenon 2016


I have two videos I want to share with you today. Both of them are from the same event; The NER Area 6 Venturing Phenomenon. Or, as the staff call it, Phenom 2K16.

Just for those who don’t know, Venturing is a coed program of the Boy Scouts of America for youth who are 14 years old to 21 years old. The program is locally, regionally, and nationally run by the youth. Venturers represent the best youth you will ever meet. These are the next leaders of our country.

And they love to have fun.

The Squeezebox if self explanatory. Just watch the videos if you want more explanation.



Two guys tied the all time record for men’s. Two girls tied the overall record. All four will receive a Dragon Breath Grotto t-shirt for their efforts. I never thought I’d be giving away four t-shirts at one event. This is a first ever for me.

If you’d like to see more pictures from the entire Phenomenon, search your favorite social media platform for #phenom2K16. There were many other fun activities going on throughout the weekend.

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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. 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





Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Photo Shoot


Gretchen is one of those kids who will do what she wants even when people say she can’t. When she joined her Venturing Crew she contacted me about taking her Crew caving. She had a little difficulty getting her Crew interested in going caving, but that didn’t stop her. She joined our Crew as well and started a very active caving career.

We jump ahead a few years and now she’s in college studying photography. Why photography? Because she wants too. And she is really good at it too.  For a final grade she has to do a “behind the scene” photo essay. I’m still not sure why, but she asked if she could shoot behind the scene of what it takes to plan and follow through on a caving trip.

But this article does not have her photos in it. I’ll let her have all the thunder for that. This is just about the trip itself with the youth cavers that I have a great time caving with.




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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. 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, March 22, 2016

Taking Troop 619 Caving


Troop 619 is in Chester County Council, BSA in southeastern Pennsylvania. I was able to meet and go talk to them in person about caves and caving before we went on our trip underground. They are a great Troop with great leaders. I've met Ann and Raul before. They are dedicated Scouters who have a genuine interest in these youth and Scouting in general. It was a no-brainer to take their Troop on a trip that the boys came up with themselves.

When we all arrived at the cave they could hardly contain themselves. Five of them practically bursting out of the van with enthusiasm. I was a little concerned that this was their first trip and they would be apprehensive. I very quickly was relieved on this concern.

I did have some help for the day. Alex Diamond was along to make sure no stragglers were left behind and to take these guys places I can not. I also had Ed and Eliza from Philly Grotto along and helping out as well. We also had Doug Cook and a few members of Venturing Crew 51 along. Doug has caved with me before and was excited about getting a couple Crew members out and underground with us. It was a great combination of cavers.


The video gives you just a glimpse of the fun we had.





I hope that Troop 619 takes back stories and pictures to share with the rest of the Troop. Hopefully this will inspire more of them to come along and play in the mud with us the next time.

More pictures can me found here.




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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. 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

National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee. The youth group’s connection to caves and caving.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Boy Scouts Help With WNS Winter Survey

by Kirsten Alvey-Mudd



Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 864 from Wildwood, Mo and Christa Droste from Oakfield, Wisconsin for helping with WNS Winter surveys in Northeast Missouri yesterday!

The group learned about caves, cave safety, formations, cave biology and conservation while counting 241 bats, 11 live and 9 dead pickerel frogs, 10 creek chub, 2 wolf spiders and 1 dead raccoon. 127 tricolor, 11 little brown, 2 endangered gray and 8 endangered northern long-eared bats that were visibly WNS free. 1/3 of bats seen showed visible WNS, some quite extensive: 50 tricolor, 39 little brown, 1 endangered Indiana and 3 endangered northern long-eared bats.

This site has suffered an 87% loss of overall bat populations: 63% of tricolor and 74% of little brown. Since some recent movement has been seen in big brown bats already, we're assuming the 100% loss of those is due to early spring warm temps. Hopefully these same warm temps will allow some of these WNS bats to fly out, forage and survive at least this survey season.



Kirsten Alvey-Mudd is the Executive Director at Missouri Bat Censushttps://www.facebook.com/MissouriBatCensus/?pnref=about.work


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Allen

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


National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee. The youth group’s connection to caves and caving.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Taking Troop 1 Caving


Trying to cover all the youth organizations in the NSS – Mid-Appalachian Region can be challenging. Fortunately technology helps. This was the first time I’ve done a “Cave Talk” over Skype. There were a few hiccups. We’ll figure these out over time and tweak out tech. But it was still amazing to me that we can reach out distances and make a positive impression on kids. How awesome is that.

We did get them underground. We took them to a cave in the central part of Pennsylvania. As much as I try to help them understand what to expect, I think they were surprised with what they were about to do. First timers are often in awe when they first experience what lays beneath their feet. And this is why I do this. I get to see the same old cave for the first time again with every new caver we take with us.

Please watch the video and experience it with them for the first time.




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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 allenmaddox@youcave.org. I’d enjoy hearing from you.


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