Showing posts from April, 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…

Going To The BSA Northeastern Region Area 6 Venturing Phenomenon 2013

On Our Way
Well, in a few days. We're still planning nad packing and everyone is excited about this trip. In central PA a couple hundred kids will be joining together to meet old friends, make new frineds and share what they enjoy doing.

Remember Last Year's Phenomenon?
No??? Well then, check it out.. Yes, we are taking the squeeze box again. Thanks Gina for inviting us. With as much fun as I had running this and talking to a mess of new Venturers about caving, I'm kind of glad I'm only doing it a half day. I get to walk around in the afternoon and check out what other Crews brought with them and see what they do for fun.

Who Me??
Again this year Bill LaPort and Barb Grover, from Crew 94, are coordinating the contingent Venturing Crew from Chester County Council, BSA. This frees me up to just getting the box and a few kids safely there and back again. I can do that.

The Day After Trip,
And of course, just like last year, we're doing a little caving on the way home. But yo…

We Took Troop 56 Caving, and Why I Had So Much Fun

My Apprehension
It had been almost two and a half months since I had done any caving at all. Amos covered for me on one scheduled trip and I canceled another because of a back injury that crept up and snatched away my ability to do physical activities without extreme pain. My wife and friends kept asking me, “Are you sure your up to doing this?” To tell you the truth I kept asking myself this question right up to the morning of the trip.
I wasn't 100% healed, but enough that a good dose of anti-inflammatory would get me through the day. Andy was going to be with me and that help relieve a lot of my anxiety about this trip.
Planning With the Troop I had stopped by a Troop meeting a few weeks prior to the trip to talk to them about caves and caving. These talks are also one of my favorite activities. There must have been at least 20 boys from all ages of the Troop listening to me talk about spelology and safe caving techniques. I kept thinking, are they all planning on going caving? At …