Sunday, August 2, 2015

Caving with Venturing Crew 26

by Buddy Hihn

July 11, 2015 Venture Crew 26 Carnegie Cave, Shippensburg, Pa. Cavers: Jordan, Ryan, Julia (newbie), Breanna, Belle (newbie) Advisors: Mr. Ron (logistics and support), Miss Randi and Mr. BuddyH Met at Our Lady of Grace at 8:30 AM. Headed up I-83 and as we approached Harrisburg, Pa the adventure began. PA 581 had an exciting detour through downtown, ugh an extra 20-30 minute detour. So much for an early start. It was after 10 when we finally arrive at the park on Airport Rd.

Having rest room available after the long ride was a big bonus, just don’t use them later to clean up. Being a warm summer day everyone opted to carry their gear to the cave entrance. Yes the electric fence is on. Don’t stand in the stream and test the fence. Just ask Randi who was in flipflops. Mr Bud tried to tell everyone it would be wet and muddy, no one realized how wet and muddy.

With maps in hand the young men take the lead. It is amusing how everyone tried to stay dry while going through the culvert. Suddenly the culvert ends and there is a choice, go low right or high left. Oh, there is water. Splish splash and high stepping in attempts to stay dry.

A passage to the right, let’s go. Darn, there is nothing to grab hold of to get up. It sure is low but does it go. That didn’t go far, where to next? Let’s keep going down the main passage to the big junction on the map. Here we stand in knee deep water and a little island which Breanna took refuge on. Which way should we go, left or right?

Left we head with plenty of water. Up over the steps we go and start poking around ending up at the rice paddies. Time to take a rest and a snack. Heading back to the steps we head left in a wet muddy low passage. By now no one is trying to stay dry but being wet is taking its toll. People are getting cold.

The crew gathers up and discusses the options, go further or head out. The decision is made, they have been caving for about three hours. Some had plans for the evening that did not include caving so out we head. Everyone was out in a flash.


As warm as the day is, no one has a problem walking back. It takes a while to warm up when the body core is chilled. Back at the lot everyone bagged the contaminated gear then deconned themselves with Clorox wipes. Ron setup a tent which was used to change out of the last layer left on, either shorts and top or a swim suit for street clothes. Everyone is famished and head off to a local pizza joint for nourishment.


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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“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.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

It's almost like being there

If you are like me, you really, really wanted to go to the 2015 National Speleological Society's 2015 Convention in Pulaski County, MO . It's all nest week from July 13 to 17. There are also pre and post convention events. And from what I understand Missouri has some awesome caves.

Instead of standing in front of your house with picket sign chanting, “We wanna go! We wanna go!”, there are ways that we can follow what goes on, almost in real time.

First, if you have friends going, (Hi, Amos! Hi, Carol! Hi, Kathy!) you might be able to get “blow-by-blow” commentary by text message. Go ahead. Ask them. See how long till they block you.

2015 NSS ConventionThe first line communication for the 2015 Convention is the website http://nss2015.caves.org/. They are showing this as, “The Hitchhicker's Guide to Missouri Caving.” All the stuff in a nutshell. Read through it. Enjoy it.

There is a great Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NSSConvention2015?fref=ts. A lot of fresh content is added there all the time. Make sure you “like” and “follow” to get the latest information.

NSS 2015 Convention is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NSS2015. I'm hoping there's regular updates. Just in case use your favorite hash-tag tool and follow #NSS2015.

Maybe if we're lucky, very lucky, someone will have a few sessions on Periscope https://www.periscope.tv/ or Meerkat http://meerkatapp.co/. That would be awesome, too.

Anyway you do it, just do it. And don't forget to make tweets with #NSS2015 so we all can follow your conversation.

See you all next week.

Allen


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.


Subscribe to our newsletter 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

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


Sunday, July 5, 2015

So You Want To Go Caving

I came across this great video about what a "newbie" would expect on their first caving trip. It is a British video, but the terms and technics are all the same that we use in the USA. Keith Edwards does an excellent job of showing you what you can expect. This is a great way for Youth Group Leaders to assess if this is something they are personally capable of doing.

Please keep in mind, as an adult, that while this may scare the gajebers out of you, kids love this kind of stuff. We have been working hard to train our cavers to be the most capable guides you can trust with "your kids", even if you choose to not participate.




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.


Subscribe to our newsletter 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

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


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bridal Cave Discovery News

I came across this little piece and thought it might be useful for some youth groups with younger kids who would like to talk about caves in their programs. I think this would also be useful for teachers and homeschool providers as well.
Bridal Cave is a commercial cave near Camdenton, MO.

They have special tours that target the imagination and curiosity of elementary school-aged childeren. They also have a PDF file called "Discovery News", which can be used in a classroom setting, even if the teacher doesn't know anything about caves or caving and even if you are nowhere near Missouri.
It can be downloaded at this link


here: http://www.bridalcave.com/pdf/kids_only_adventure_news.pdf. If you find it useful, email the cave owns at info@bridalcave.com and let them know. Oh yeah, and let them know that YOUCave sent you.


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.


Subscribe to our newsletter 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

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


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Kids Trip Into Butler Cave

- by Tony Canike, President: Butler Cave Conservation Society

The Butler Cave Conservation Society organized a kids trip into Butler Cave over the 2015 Memorial Day Weekend which included five adults and nine kids aged 16-7. Two of the adults and four of the children were new to caving; all of the kids (and the adults!) had a lot of fun crawling and scrambling for three hours. Two of the children, a 15 yo boy and a 13 yo girl were familiar with the route; they led much of the trip and guided the other kids with a little assistance from an adult trip leader. One of the first-time cavers, a 14 yo girl, is an experienced rock climber and boulder and she showed the other kids how to spot each other on scrambles.



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.


Subscribe to our newsletter 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

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


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Girl Scout and Browie 2015 Badge and Patch Events

Lincoln Caverns, near Huntingdon, PA, has designed specialized workshops to specifically fulfill GIRL SCOUT BROWNIE BADGE and our own PATCH requirements. 

Saturday: April 11, 2015 Event Day – Brownie Rocks Rock Patch OR Junior Geology Rocks Patch Saturday: May 9, 2015 Event Day – Brownie Letterboxer OR Junior Geocacher Badge

Saturday/Sunday, April 11 – 12, 2015: Going Batty Patch & Letterboxer Badge 
Saturday/Sunday, April 25 – 26, 2015: WOW! Wonders of Water … Underground! 
Saturday/Sunday, May 16 – 17, 2015: WOW! Wonders of Water … Underground! 
Saturday/Sunday, May 30 – 31, 2015: WOW! Wonders of Water … Underground! 
Saturday/Sunday, June 13 - 14, 2015: Cave Explorer Patch & Letterboxer Badge

For more information go to the Lincoln Caverns website: http://lincolncaverns.com/







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.


Subscribe to our newsletter 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

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


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Gretchen Hartman: A Strong Leader & Teacher of Leaders


Re-blogged with permission from Extrodinary Women Leaders in Speology http://extraordinarywls.blogspot.com/




Besides being an impressive caver, Hartman recently earned the Venturing Silver Award from Venturing Crew 363 after chartering Ephrata’s Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church and serving as president of Crew 363 for two years. As president, she has been hailed for increasing membership of her crew. Her scouting experience has included being the first female youth in the Pennsylvania Dutch Council to attend National Youth Leadership Training. She also has served on the staff at Bashore Scout Reservation as an open-water lifeguard, teaching Boy Scouts the skills for canoeing, kayaking, and rowing merit badges.
SOURCES
Image: Allen Maddox




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.


Subscribe to our newsletter 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

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