Showing posts from July, 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…

Youth Groups Liaison Committee (YGLC) Report Q2 2013

Regional Reports• Arizona Regional Association – No RC
• Mid Atlantic Region – Allen Maddox
University of Scouting and Phenomenon went well.
Caving Program for Camp Horseshoe at a stalling point
Checked in with Grottos about putting YGL information on their web sites.
Preparing for Powder Horn.
• Mississippi Valley-Ozark Region – No RC
• Northeastern Regional Organization – Sandra Ramsey
• Northwest Caving Association – Debbie Spoon
I have just finished writing the first caving policy for our local Scout Council.
I have trained a new scout group and two Adult leaders.
I trained the Utah County Sheriff's Office Explorer post on how to cave safely and softly, then took two of them caving twice.
I just finished teaching Caving 101 at a near by charter school and I have been asked to teach this course to two separate school groups next school year.
On our way into Little Brush Creek cave near Vernal Utah, which is not a beginners cave, we saw 6 boys about 15years old come out of the ca…

Caving with the Brandywine Valley Association Summer Camp Program - Part 1

Meet the KidsI was asked to help out and guide a caving trip for the Brandywine Valley Association Summer Camp Program this year. Actually two trips. I've done the first trip and it was a whole lot of fun. These kids are always great. Instead of telling you about it, take a look at the video. Meet the kids and see what they can do.

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