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…

Face Book and Videos are Good for Your Crew


What do you see common with these
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How are they different from this picture?

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 welcome to come sit and visit. I have posted pictures before on this page. The kids love this. They grab the pics and use them for profiles and bragging rights. I've recently started posting videos of our trips here, too.

With the ability of publicly “tagging” the kids in the pics and vids you automatically call attention to these kids from their friends and families with a big “this is what I do”. Now parents get to be in the audience of all our caving trips. I've even had a couple different parents from two different activities thank me for letting them see what their kids are really capable of doing and how much fun they have doing it.
The Face Book Page is a very useful tool that all outdoor activity clubs need to be using. It levels the playing field when it comes to letting parents know how well their kids are doing and how much they grow and enjoy our activities. The Face Book Page is a great way to promote your Troop, Crew, Y, or other outdoor club. Use it to it's fullest and see your program grow.

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Thanks,
Allen

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