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…

Taking Troop 1 Caving

Trying to cover all the youth organizations in the NSS – Mid-Appalachian Region can be challenging. Fortunately technology helps. This was the first time I’ve done a “Cave Talk” over Skype. There were a few hiccups. We’ll figure these out over time and tweak out tech. But it was still amazing to me that we can reach out distances and make a positive impression on kids. How awesome is that.

We did get them underground. We took them to a cave in the central part of Pennsylvania. As much as I try to help them understand what to expect, I think they were surprised with what they were about to do. First timers are often in awe when they first experience what lays beneath their feet. And this is why I do this. I get to see the same old cave for the first time again with every new caver we take with us.

Please watch the video and experience it with them for the first time.

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