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

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…

NSS Brochures

The National Speleological Society ( has a little known and used FREE resources for youth organizations, or anybody, wishing information about caves and caving. The NSS has 5 brochures that they will send you for FREE.
The NSS Membership Information” tells what the benefits are of being a member of the NSS and what they do for the environment. This also tells you how to join.
The Guide to Responsible Caving” talks about caves and the many elements of caving such as safety, training, and cave owner relationships. This is very important to know before you start planning your caving trip.
Fragile Underground” talks more about what you find in a cave and why it’s important to leave what you find and how easily destroyed the cave environment is.
Lava Tube Caves” talks about how lava tubes are formed and the differences between them and the more popular solution caves.
Bats” is about, well, bats. What bats do and why we need them.
When you order your brochures please let them know what organization you will be using them for. And it you can let them know you heard about this great recourse on the YOUCave blog.

What’s Killing Our Bats” is available only in a pdf download. This is a great way to help educate about White Nose Syndrome, a new disease that’s killing millions of bats in the US.

There are some additional pdf brochures that are specifically targeted for youth organizations. These 5 brochures can also be downloaded as a pdf and printed out for distribution, and they are FREE as well.
Caving: A Policy Statement and Guidelines on Caving Prepared by the Youth Groups Liaison Committee of the National Speleological Society and the Boy Scouts of America” is written specifically for Boy Scouts, but has a lot of good information for any youth organization to consider using.
Youth Group Caving; Legal Issues and General Info for the Experienced Caver“ is intended for the caver who is leading the trip. This is also good for the youth group leader to understand what your guide is considering for your trip.
Information for Youth Group Leaders and Parents“ and “Caving Equipment; A Discussion for Youth Group Leaders and Parents” should be printed out for every adult and parent of every youth going caving.
Equipment Checklist” should be printed and distributed to everybody going on the trip so they know what they will need.

Before you start planning your caving trip go to the NSS brochures page at and order enough brochures for everyone in your youth organization. After all, they are FREE

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