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…

Venturing Crew 94 Cave Exploring In Virginia

by Makinzie Ackroyd

Venture Crew 94 from Kimberton, Pennsylvania is a small group but very active. On June 13 to the 16, this small coeducational group went to Virginia for some adventure.

This amazingly group went underground and explored the earths caverns (and some clay art). After climbing around and getting dirty, we were lead into the cool stream of the underground to a magnificent waterfall.  After some pictures, we climbed out, though some carried on to explore more while others left to get changed and relax. That's not all we did.

The next day, Wednesday June 15, we went kayaking down Green Briar Creek. After all that adventure, it only gets better.  The very next day, we combined the activities from the two prior days. Now this is what people call an underground adventure, we will never forget.

This Venture Crew is not just caving. We go camping and on new adventures all the time. A few years ago on another summer trip we went zorbing, an activity where they climb into giant hamster balls and roll down a hill.

This is a crew that loves to try new activities and create new traditions. A tradition we hold is a "thanksgiving feast", we cook in Dutch ovens and just spend time together.

Another tradition would be getting on a bike for twelve and a half miles from Sea Isle to Ocean City, New Jersey. Then go back so in the end, we did 25 miles.

This group sticks together and accomplishes a lot through out the years. We may be a small group of people but every person brings something unique with them. Our meetings are always filled with laughs, smiles and excitement. After just one meeting the groups impression will stick on the visitor (and usually will come again). This wonderful group of people always love the adventure of a new person to come on their adventures.

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