Showing posts from April, 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…

Flight Goes Caving

This is a guest post from Christopher Edenbo. Chris is the Chair and Youth Group Liaison for the York Grotto in Pennsylvania.. Chris works at the Diakon Wilderness Center, a part of Diakon Youth Services, which has been a leading provider of specialized services for children and youths from across Pennsylvania. Primarily serving at-risk youths referred by county juvenile probation departments or children and youth services.

I arranged to take the students from one of our programs at work caving. This program is the youth-aging-out-program for young men who are out of high school and still looking for help to beat their tough backgrounds. All of these young men in their past have stood before a judge as a juvenile and received some sort of punishment. Now they are in a program called Flight, to which they had to apply, and be accepted. The Flight program requires of them that they get out of their communities and help others in the greater world through community service projects and o…

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If You Just Had One Caving Book To Read

You're going to read only one book on caving it must be “Caving Basics; A Comprehensive Guide for Beginner Cavers” edited by G. Thomas Rea. There are other good books on caving, but this covers a wide verity of aspects and disciplines in caving and is written by experts in those fields. The topics are not only covered well but explained with the beginner in mind just getting interested in the subject.

This is a great book to use for the Cave Exploration Elective for the Venturing Ranger Award


1 Carbide or Electric Lighting - Donald G. Davis
2 The Carbide Lamp - Donald G. Davis
3 Electric Lighting Systems for Caving - Tom Kaye
4 Cave Lamp Battery Charging - Ray Cole
5 Additional Light Sources - Jim Pisarowicz
6 Your Caving Helmet - Jim Pisarowicz
7 Cave Packs - Alan Williams
8 Caver’s Clothing and Insulation - Thomas Miller
9 The Selection, Use, and Care of Ropes for Caving - Kyle Isenha…

Wanna Play With the Squeeze Box?

A Squeeze Box is a device that is designed, built, and used by cavers to practice and determine how small of a space we can get into. While this is originally intended as a tool to be use for serious preparation for cave exploration it is also a source of entertaining competition that can get impassioned.

The basic squeeze box is just two parallel “walls” that lay horizontal. The bottom one is fixed and the top one is adjustable up and down in one quarter inch increments. The one we use is about four feet wide by 6 feet long. This is large enough to encompass most people.
There are many variations on the squeeze box. Some are larger, some have turns, some have obstacles between the two walls, and some are even vertical. I have some ideas of my own that someday I’ll implement, but for now what we use is relatively easy to transport and set up and help novices to understand what they are really capable of achieving.

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CLIF Kids Backyard Games

From the makes of the CLIF Bar, a contest to get kids outside and having fun... Share with kids 6 to 12 y/o and enjoy...

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