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.


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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.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Women Cavers: Extraordinary Women Leaders in Speleology - Katrina Berry Leader & Environmentalist

Katrina Berry is a 20 year old college student who has been caving with the NSS youth program for 2 years. In this short time she has shown to be a very strong leader and organizer. She attend her first MAR event and is known as a dependable resource by members of the Philadelphia Grotto. Berry has planned and ran her own trip of 12 Scouts and leaders to caving in West Virginia. She is working and studying to become an Environmentalist. "I have no doubt she will be doing this [accomplishing in an Environmental career] soon. She is currently helping me plan several other future trips, at least one of which will be outside of the USA. Her leadership is exemplary." says Allen Maddox, NSS Youth Liaison Committee Chairperson.
SOURCES
http://www.youcave.org/
Image: Allen Maddox