Showing posts from September, 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 With Scouts, Never a Dull Moment

Brenda Shultheis is our guest blogger this week. She explains what she and her husband John do, "John and I are members of the NSS, Eastern Indiana Grotto, Indiana Karst Conservancy, and Indiana Speleological Survey. We’ve been caving since the late 80’s. We do everything from taking kids and scouts caving to exploring and surveying one of the longest caves in the US Binkley’s Cave to conservation projects and cave clean ups. We love to share our passion for caving with new cavers in hopes of inspiring a new generation of cavers. That’s John and Brenda in a nut shell and you’ll never see one without the other."

Caving Trip With BSA Troop 303
I always say caving with scouts, never a dull moment, always a great time. This trip was no different. We met a 10 am at Lowes parking lot. It would be five cavers and fifteen scouts and their parents. Not a bad caver to newbie ratio.
After bathroom breaks and a few minutes getting to know everyone. We all got loaded up and headed to the c…

Boy Scout trip with the York Grotto, March 17th, 2012

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.
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On Monday, March 5th, 2012 I attended a Troop meeting for Boy Scout Troop 196 of Hampden Township. At the meeting I introduced myself to the scouts, gave a show-and-tell of cave gear, told some stories, and then let them try their hand at the squeeze box. All of this was to help them prepare for today’s trip.

I met the group early this morning, Saturday: Saint Patrick’s …