Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Summer Camp Explores Wind Cave

Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (BRCA) is a great organization. Their summer camp program is fantastic as well.

It started in 1945 as the Brandywine Valley Association, in West Chester, PA, and merged with Red Clay in 2005 to form the Brandywine Red Clay Association.

The Myrick Conservation Center is the headquarters of Brandywine Red Clay Alliance as well as a 318 acre outdoor education center. The summer camp program is held at the Center, but ventures out to explore other local natural interests.


Since 2007 I've been fortunate enough to be able to contribute to their program. This year was no exception. I guided a group of 12 campers, councilors, and staff to explore Wind Cave in Pequea, PA.
Wind Cave, or as it's sometimes called Cold Cave, is a large tectonic cave. Unlike the more well known solution caves, tectonic caves are formed by plate shifts. There are no formations in the cave, but there is plenty of climbing and crawling.

Unfortunately, it is a popular cave that gets a lot of traffic from both organized cavers and partying spelunkers. Because of that it does have a fair amount of trash and graffiti.

the BRCA campers spent 2 hours exploring different parts of the cave. But it's so big they did not get to see all the rooms and passages. Hopefully, these campers will back again and see more of the cave.

If you would like more information about Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, or it's summer camp program, visit them at http://www.brandywineredclay.org/.

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.

Thanks,
Allen

"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footprint, kill nothing but time." - cavers' creed.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Newsletter for July 2016

Blog Posts in June


http://www.youcave.org/2016/06/venturing-crew-94-cave-exploring-in.html

Venturing Crew 94 Cave Exploring in Virginia

by Makinzie Ackroyd

Venturing Crew 94, from Kimberton, PA, is a small group but very active. From June 13th to the 16th, this small coeducational group went to Virginia for some adventure.


Top Post on Facebook

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Petzl Newsletter

If you don't get the Petzl newsletter, I want to share something profound from the last one I received. It is concerning climbing, but transfers over to caving easily.


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Signature Rock Discovery Tour

Family fun destination Howe Caverns Adventure Park, has unveiled it's newest and "oldest" cave tour. the Signature Rock Discovery Tour. The 2.5 hour exploration tour reveals mysteries of portions of the cavern that have not been open to the public in over 100 years.

Questions??

If you want more informtion about taking youth groups caving, or you're just curious about what's involved in getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society, Youth Group Liaison Committee, or email me directly. I'd enjoy hearing from you.

Thank you,
Allen
"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps,  kill nothing but time." - cavers' creed.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Venturing Crew 94 Cave Exploring In Virginia

by Makinzie Ackroyd

Venture Crew 94 from Kimberton, Pennsylvania is a small group but very active. On June 13 to the 16, this small coeducational group went to Virginia for some adventure.


This amazingly group went underground and explored the earths caverns (and some clay art). After climbing around and getting dirty, we were lead into the cool stream of the underground to a magnificent waterfall.  After some pictures, we climbed out, though some carried on to explore more while others left to get changed and relax. That's not all we did.

The next day, Wednesday June 15, we went kayaking down Green Briar Creek. After all that adventure, it only gets better.  The very next day, we combined the activities from the two prior days. Now this is what people call an underground adventure, we will never forget.

This Venture Crew is not just caving. We go camping and on new adventures all the time. A few years ago on another summer trip we went zorbing, an activity where they climb into giant hamster balls and roll down a hill.

This is a crew that loves to try new activities and create new traditions. A tradition we hold is a "thanksgiving feast", we cook in Dutch ovens and just spend time together.

Another tradition would be getting on a bike for twelve and a half miles from Sea Isle to Ocean City, New Jersey. Then go back so in the end, we did 25 miles.

This group sticks together and accomplishes a lot through out the years. We may be a small group of people but every person brings something unique with them. Our meetings are always filled with laughs, smiles and excitement. After just one meeting the groups impression will stick on the visitor (and usually will come again). This wonderful group of people always love the adventure of a new person to come on their adventures.

For more information on Venturing Crew 94 visit www.kimbertoncrew94.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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Thanks,

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



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.




Top Posts in May on Facebook



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









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.

Join me on Twitter
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Thanks,

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.

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





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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Please leave an honest review below and tell us what you thought of this.

And as always, if you haven’t yet, subscribe so every episode is delivered to your in-box. Tell your friends about us. It’s the best complement we can receive.
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.


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