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Caving With Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Council 11-18-18

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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…

Promoting Caving at the Venturing Phenomenon

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Phenomenon 2013
Once again I was invited to the BSA Northeastern Region Area 6 Ventuing Phenomenon. For those who are not familiar with what this is, it’s an event that all the Venturing Crews from all over are invited to attend. During the Phenomenon there are many activities to participate in. Some are instructional and some are entertaining, but they are all focused on this age group to have fun for an entire weekend.

I really have to thank Allison McEntee, Bill LaPort and Barb Grover and for pulling together a contingent Crew for Chester County Council. I’d also like to thank Gretchen and Jen Hartman for making things happen for PA Dutch Council. I only had to run the “Squeeze Box” station and enjoy the camaraderie of the 400 Venturers attending the event.

The Squeeze Box
I set up the squeeze box Saturday morning right after breakfast with the help of Damian and a few others. You would have thought I was giving away money. These high school “kids” were gathering getting ready to pl…

Trouble With An Unpredictably Wet Cave

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We were at the BSA Northeastern Region Area 6 weekend event fondly referred to as “Phenomenon”. And it was a phenomenon. I’ll go into that in another post. I wanted to share what happened on the way home.

Keeping The Caving Tradition
Just as I did last year, I wanted to stop and do a little caving on my way home from the Phenomenon. It was a little closer to home this year, being only about three hours down the PA Turnpike. There are so many opportunities and choices in caves in this area. I had a tough time deciding where to go. Since I didn’t want to get home too late on a Sunday night I didn’t want to go off too far from the Turnpike and it should be on the way home. That means the Shippensburg / Chambersburg area would be where I look.

There are a couple caves I haven’t been in a while and that my friends had not been in at all. So I had to choose. There is one cave that is open access, but the water level is a little unpredictable. Last time I was in there was about two years ago …