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…

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 Day, and we did our final checks to make sure that everybody brought appropriate gear, and then went to the cave. I made arrangements with the land owners to park in their yard and access the caved entrance in the back corner of their property.

We didn’t waste much time once at the site where we parked under a bunch of white pine trees. We were at the cave entrance by 8:35 a.m. We took a last bathroom break, and then carefully made our way down the steep sinkhole entrance of Lisburn Cave. I only heard one (adult) person state that they were feeling uncomfortable during the entrance passage.

Once inside to what amounts to the junction room I made sure everybody had a caving partner and sent them off to explore in their pairs. A lot of fun was had by all. Folks wanted to explore over top of the breakdown of the junction room, went to explore the “Danger Room,” and everybody gave a shot at entering “The Maze.” Not everybody fit through the entrance passage denying some access to The Maze. For those who fit they had a blast. For those who did not fit they sat back, explored a little more, and were content to tell jokes and rub mud on each others’ faces.

We ended with a lights-out activity, playing with life savers, and exiting without lights. The group had a lot of fun. Dave Messinger made the observation that he liked Peiper and Carnegie a lot more. But several in the group had also been to both, so I offered this cave experience as something different. It was still a success. We exited the cave and bumped into Jim Vaskorlis. We made sure to great him and thank he and his wife for keeping the cave open and allowing us access. He was very kind and told us to come back. We reached the cars at 11:30am.


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