Showing posts from January, 2013

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…

What do you mean you missed it???

A couple weeks back I was asked by the National Speleological Society to present a webinar on the NSS Youth Group Liaison Committee, and I did. You missed it??

Well, don’t worry. The NSS has it and other webinars on line for on demand so your in luck. Don’t wait too long because I don’t know how long it’s going to be there.

I’ve been asked to do another one on putting together a youth group caving trip. I have a lot of good stuff for that one. Some funny stories, too.

I’ve been thinking there are a few other youth caving topics I’d like to talk about. What would you like to hear about? Send me your suggestions and I’ll put something together.

What are you waiting for? Click that link and download that webinar. More is coming soon..

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The Big Trip

The Plan
I was setting up a trip for Dan from Philly Grotto to help introduce some people he knows to caving. Not a big deal to do, but I wanted to make a good impression on them in hopes to get them excited enough to join the Grotto and go on other trips.

A few of our friends from Dragon Breath Grotto had not been to this particular cave and where interested in going too. The caving party is growing.

We have people, we have a cave and we have a date. We have a caving trip.

A Plea for Help
A week later Kim made a desperate plea on the Commander Cody email list for help taking a Venturing Crew caving. Happens that it was the same day and the same cave we planned for our trip. Huumm… Light bulb appears over my head. How about we combine our trips. We’re going to be there with plenty of cavers anyway, right. Looks good on paper.

A week before The Big Trip Kim and I were emailing back and forth. It had been raining all week and rain is expected the next week too. The cave we are planning o…

So You Want To Try Caving

Ask Cavers: Which is the Best Wild Cave Tour?

Caving News asked cavers what their favorite “wild cave tour” is. For those Youth Group Leaders looking to try your first wild cave trip this may be a good resource to check out to see what others think of these commercial wild cave trips.

Planning Ahead
The commercial wild cave trip is an excellent choice for a first caving trip. They are easy to plan because they are already set up with guides and gear. These are usually in some of the best caves to see and experience. After all, that’s why they commercialize them. They have their own set of rules which are usually very easy to abide by. And sometimes they even have several trips of varying difficulty depending on age and/or ability.

Some thing to keep in mind when planning one of these commercial wild cave trips is to plan well in advance. Sometimes they are not open year round to protect hibernating bats. Sometimes the best weekends book up early. Either way start planning a year ahead of …

STEM, Caves and Cookies

Girl Scouts and Sigma Gamma Rho Help Girls Imagine Engineering Careers I'm going to wait right here while you click that link and read the blog. But please come back to join me here..
STEM I read this article and was very impressed, but why. I wrestled with why this is so important to us, cavers. When most Americans are asked what their first thought is of when we mention Girl Scouts, we think of cookies. REALLY??? Is that what we really think is the biggest contribution of the largest girl's organization in the United States? GSUSA is stepping up their game and we need to take notice. We need to spread the word. Girl Scouts of United States of America are strong supporters of girls in S.T.E.M. carreers.
While a large majority of STEM careers in the US are held by men, it's important to know that many contributions have been made by women. Google Gertrude B. Elion, Ann Druyan, Dian Fossey, Carol Greider, Grace Murray Hopper, Stephenie Kwolek, Rosalyn Yalow, and Sally Ride. …