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Venturing in Sharps Cave West Virginia

We still love Pennsylvania caves, but we wanted to see something really different. We wanted to see a big cave with big rooms and big passages. We also wanted to see a waterfall, inside a cave. We also wanted a weekend to hang out, our second favorite activity.

We found a Scout Camp that was within driving distance of the cave. Made our reservation and took a long weekend off for a 5 hour drive. Yes, it was far drive, but it was well worth it. The cabins were great, the food was great, and the company was fantastic.
Enjoy the video and the pictures.

Questions?If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you’re just curious about what’s involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society Youth Group Liaison Committee at Or you can email me directly at I’d enjoy hearing from you.

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Alex Diamond is a Youth Leader in Caving

Alex Diamond is a recipient of the Venturing Silver Award from the co-ed division of Boy Scouts Venturing Crew 23 - the 15th recipient of the award in 17 years! Diamond has been in the Venturing program since 2010. Before then, she was a founding member of Crew 56 where she served as vice president for two terms and became crew president. In 2011, Diamond became a certified “Leave No Trace” trainer, and she has served on the staff of Horseshoe Scout Reservation’s Camp Ware for the past three years, where she most recently taught outdoor skills to Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.
Besides this, 18 year old Diamond has been caving with the NSS youth program, for about 4 years. Not only is she a strong caver, but she has planned, organized and carried out her own caving trips and plans on doing more. She has taught different skills at the National Youth Leaders Training course.
"She is also in high demand as an instructor and organizer for Scouting projects throughout Chester County Coun…