Showing posts from February, 2012

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…

Caving Elective at V-Week Chester County Council, BSA 2011

One of the best volunteer jobs I have is introducing kids to caving. One of the ways I get to do this is by helping out at V-Week, summer camp for the Chester County Council, BSA Venturing program. The Venturing Cave Exploring Elective requirements are a good outline for accomplishing this. Plus when they’ve completed the Elective they are one more step closer to earning the Ranger Award. Like other activities that BSA is involved with the elective encompasses the “Learn, Do, Teach” method. I’ve covered this elective in more detail in other posts on this blog which I encourage you to look at. I’m not going to go into those details this time, but I wanted to talk a little about the elective itself. Most of the kids, maybe all of them, thought this would be a hard class and difficult to earn this. But when you break it down, and you have good resources, it can be covered in a few days. There are some prerequisites that I encourage students to do ahead of time. But most of it can be don…

Face Book and Videos are Good for Your Crew

Parents are able to watch, and from a distance, participate in their child's sports and musical activities. It's difficult for a parent to be in the audience for their child on an outdoor high adventure activity. Scouting is built around outdoor high adventurer activities. Parents don't usually get to see their kids participate in the “meat and potatoes” of this program. Unlike attending the playoff games or the holiday concert, parents can't attend the 50 mile backpacking trip, whitewater rafting, or caving trip. It's difficult for parents to really experience what their children are experiencing on these adventures. Until recently. Like other Venturing Crews we have a web site and email list. Mostly this is just information about what's going on and when things are happening. We have also taken advantage of creating a Face Book page. Our Face Book page is like our “front porch” Everyone can see what's there and they know you live there. They are all welco…

Youth Protection in Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America have a document called, “The Guide to Safe Scouting”. The purpose of this guide is to prepare members of the Boy Scouts to conduct activities in a safe and prudent manor. Protecting the youth members is of paramount importance to the program. There is a section in the guide dedicated to “Youth Protection in Scouting”. Just some of the topics covered are; Mandatory Report of Child Abuse How does BSA help prevent child abuse in Scouting? Leadership Selection Scouting’s Barrier to Abuse Two-deep leadership on all outings required. One-on-one contact between Scouts and adults prohibited. Separate accommodations for adults and Scouts required. Privacy of youth respected. Inappropriate use of cameras, imaging or digital devices prohibited. No secrete organizations. No hazing. No bullying. Youth leadership monitored by adult leaders. Discipline must be constructive. Appropriate attire for all activities. Members are responsible for act in accordance of the Scout Oath and Law. Units…