Monday, December 31, 2012

What Did You Do This Year?

The Youth Group Liaison Committee is part of the outreach and education program of the National Speleological Society. What did you do in 2012?

• Have you taken kids caving this year?

• Has your Grotto taken any kids caving this year?

• Do you know someone who has or continues to take kids caving?

We would like to hear from you. Tell us your stories. Let us know your joys and pains.
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"Take nothing but picture, leave nothing but well place footprints, kill nothing but time." - caver's creed

Monday, December 24, 2012

PA Dutch Venturing Roundtable

I’ve been asked a couple times to give a talk about caving at a Venturing Roundtable for the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, BSA. I finally got it on my schedule without conflicts. As it was only a 45 minute drive I should have done a talk for them sooner. Damian and Gretchen came along to help me out and learn more about these cave talks.

The challenge is that each talk is different. Each is catered to the specific group I’m talking to and their interests. I don’t usually know all this until I see them and start talking. Some of the material I plan on getting across is the same for all groups. Safety, biology, geology, LNT, land owner relationship are the basic topics. How much I cover on each and other topics depends on the group’s interests. If I see eyes glazing over I change topics and go onto something more active. If they start asking specific questions, I spend more time on that subject.

These folks have their Venturing Roundtable then break off for a Venturing Officers Association meeting for youth and the Venturing Committee meeting for adults. After my talk I had an opportunity to talk with a few of the adult leaders and just hear what their interests are. One Crew was into shooting sports and another was into extreme geocaching. My Crew is definitely interested in both of those activities and will be looking at planning weekends with them and exchange activities.

It was a great turn out. They had something like 30 people there. Hopefully we’ll get some interest in caving and maybe even the Cave Exploring Elective for Ranger Award.

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“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footprints, kill nothing but time.” – caver’s creed