Caving With Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Council 11-18-18

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Yes, they were at it again. This time there were two new Troops to introduce to caving. Eastern PA Council set this one up at the same time as the one in October. This trip originally had sixteen people, but one Troop backed out at the last minute. It’s a shame because they missed a very good time with these girls. Maybe they’ll come out again when they can. We have been having a tremendous amount of rain and unprecedented snowfall for this time of year. As a result the cave actually had a good bit of water in it.

I like to use this cave for beginner trips because it is stable. But I’ve never seen this much water in this cave. Parts that usually have a little sticky mud had water over the top of my thigh. I choose to avoid the lower parts of the cave. For most of the girls this was their first wild caving trip. I didn’t want to take any chances with them and I didn’t want anyone cold and miserable. But they all got very muddy, and had a blast. How could I tell? Watch the video. L…

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YOU (Youth Opportunities Underground) is about the youth that are served and the environment that they are part of.

My goal for this blog is to pull together thoughts, information, articles, trip reports, and guest writers to publish weekly or bi-weekly.

Mission Statement:
To support individuals and organizations that provide youth with the opportunity to discover their own potentials, prepare them to become responsible and caring adults through the exploration, study and stewardship of caves, their biology and geology, as well as their environmental and historical significance.

How I became involved in this is a long story in itself, and I will go into that later and throughout other post. Basically I became a Scoutmaster when my son's Troop was in need of one. I was in Scouts and a kid and thought this would be a good chance for us to do something together. I was still doing it after he aged out. The outdoor program was my favorite part of the program. Again, more details late on that thought.
After eight years as Scoutmaster I became involved with caving and the Philadelphia Grotto, and shortly after that the National Speleological Society.
I have managed to combine both interests. It has been a lot of fun and look forward to continuing and expanding this direction with varied participation in different positions in different committees and organizations. All with youth and caves.

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