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…

STEM, Caves and Cookies

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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. There are many, many more women of science, technology, engineering and math you can learn about and their contributions.

What does this have to do with youth and caving?
Biology, geology, hydrology, cartography are some of the sciences we directly associate with caves, caving and cavers. The equipment that we use has been greatly enhanced, making caving safer, by science and engineering. LEDs for lights, balistic nylon for gear, helmet tecnology and new rope materials are just a few major improvments to caving safety. Just about everything we do has been effected by STEM in one way or another.
The next time you buy a box of Thin Mints take a look at the girl who is selling them. Think of what the possibilites of her future hold for her and how those cookies will support her dreams. Those cookies will seem to taste a whole lot better.

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National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee. The youth group’s connection to caves and caving.


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