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Caving With Crew 21

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August 12, 2017 I took Venturing Crew 21, from Woodbury, NJ, on a cave exploring trip in central Pennsylvania. We started working on this in June and pulled it together fairly quickly.

The Crew planned a camping trip around the day of caving, which is a great way to do this if it’s too far for a day trip. You can probably get some feedback from them on where they stayed and their experience there.

 You can find more information on them on their Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/Venturing-Crew-21-Presbyterian-Church-of-Woodbury-400192137021627/


I posted the pictures on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DragonBreathGrottoVenturingCrew9/photos/pcb.1744373682269977/1744360742271271/?type=3.






Enjoy the video
https://youtu.be/_e9A4IqQwJw

If you would like more information on how to take your Troop, Crew, or club on a cave exploring trip, please feel free to contact me at allenmaddox@youcave.org.

Caving With Boy Scout Troop 368

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The Scoutmaster of Troop 368 contacted the Pennsylvania Cave Commission looking for a way to take his Boy Scout Troop on a beginner cave exploring trip. He didn’t want a commercial cave with walk ways and lights. He was looking for crawling and climbing and getting muddy.

A friend of mine from the PCC forwarded his request to me hoping I could help. This was all back in 2016 and May 2017 we made this happen.

Their meeting place was a bit far for me to travel to give a cave talk at their Troop meeting. We set up a Skype call which worked out really well. We could see each other and talk about caves, how they are formed and how we, as cavers, try to preserve them.

Coming from difference places, we all met up at a convenience store about a mile from the cave. They were all set and ready to go. At the cave we distributed and checked helmets and lights. Inside the gate entrance we had a reminder talk about safety and cave edict and made all the introductions.  These guys were good sports…

Caving With Boy Scout Troop 190

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This video is from a trip in May with Boy Scout Troop 190. I want to thank all the folks who helped with this trip. Gretchen Schock was key in setting it up. Also Charles, Amos Mincin, and Marcy Magness were there to help things go smoothly.

https://youtu.be/YQZTj9IUbak


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.

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Caving with Crew 253

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Venturing Crew 253 has gone caving with us before. You can take a look at last year’s caving trip here  https://youtu.be/Q6QZ5CnfyMk. Even though the number is the same, this year it was a completely different Crew. 

The guys that came caving this year were great. They worked together as a team without it even being suggested. They were all physically and mentally capable and tried every challenge in the cave with enthusiasm and humor. They were amazing. I can’t say enough good things about them.

I did have one problem. After the trip was over I had hours of video that I had to trim down to 10 minutes. I didn’t make that mark. I did get it down to 17 minutes and 33 seconds. Not bad for four and a half hours underground.

Please watch, enjoy, comment, and share.

https://youtu.be/xCB5ae8HMko

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 - Yout…

Facebook Live 4-25-17

In case you missed it, I did a Facebook Live video to talk about the kid in, almost, every trip that has a difficult time with what's going on during the activity, and how they rise above their fears and become a braver and more confident person.
If you have anything to share on this topic, please comment to this post. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.


Caving With Boy Scout Troop 44

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Troop 44, from Morristown, NJ, wanted to try a real caving trip. They’ve been to a commercial cave and did some studying of geology. They’re Scoutmaster, Mr. Morrison, contacted me and we started making plans. We batted around a few dates and finally arrived at one that was good for everyone.

His next problem was that a few parents were a bit nervous. I sent him a link to this website and where most of the current pictures were posted. This seemed to have helped a lot as the plans kept moving forward.

The day of the trip was great. We meet at a convenience store so everyone could get some last minute necessities. Took a ride over to the parking area for the cave, well, the rest is on the video.

Enjoy.


https://youtu.be/bWOkQ00WSfs

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…