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 done in two half-day sessions with some homework and a trip to a wild cave.
Now, yes, you can earn the elective without the caving trip, but that would be like taking a bicycle class and never get on a bike or a canoeing class without ever stepping into a canoe. Just not that much fun. Most of the class work can be done in the cave. And that is a much more suitable, and more fun, classroom for this type of course.
Also, I don’t like lectures. I so much prefer hands on type activities where everyone is engaged in what’s going on.
I hope all you who were there enjoyed it as much as I did. If you missed it, here's some videos to enjoy.
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  1. Wow, this looks like so much fun! So much more fun getting to learn about nature by being in it than from a lecture!

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