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…

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 are responsible for enforcing Youth Protection Policies.
There is a Frequently Asked Questions section that should answer all your basic questions.
This document also goes into more detail about;
Youth Member Behavior Guidelines
Digital Privacy
Leadership Requirements for Trips and Outings.
Coed Overnight Activities Policy
Internet Safety.

PICT0050 While Youth Protection Training is required for all BSA Leaders, you don’t have to be a member to take this training. You can go to and create an account and take the training for the Cub, Troop, or Venturing activity you will be attending. Print the certificate for your own records as its good for 2 years. It only takes about 20 minutes of your time. The Scout Trip Leader will be very appreciative of your efforts to help them have a safe trip for everyone.

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