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 Would You Ask??

This past week I tweeted (@YOUCave) “If you could ask a panel of experts anything about taking kids caving, what you would ask?” I had a couple really good replies.

@A1TopCatDesign asked, “Any one thing would be, what is my liability?” This question I hear all the time. I would like this to be an easy answer, but it all depends. There are a lot of “ifs” and variables to consider and no one answer, much less a tweet, can answer this question.

@silvermanphoto asked, “What age is appropriate to start vertical training for a kid that’s been caving since a young age?” I’ve been pondering this myself. Even the question of what age to start kids caving is a common question. I’m going to fall back on my all inclusive answer, it all depends. There are a lot of things to consider other than just the age of the child. I’m assuming we’re talking about our own kids. But this question comes up with youth groups too. And again that question of liability comes into play again.

I’m going to hold onto these questions for our “panel of experts” video podcast that’s being put together along with other questions to be presented to them. We are still accepting questions if you still have them. I’ll post and tweet when panel discusses these topics and more live.

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“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footsteps, kill nothing but time.” – cavers’ creed

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


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