Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Behind the Scenes of YOUCave

As some of you know, YOUCave is growing. What was once was a hobby blog has been becoming a full blow movement. What is the goal? For now it is to become a sustainable nonprofit on a mission.

Mission

To engage youth in unique underground discoveries that are coordinated to safely provide heightened sensory experiences and challenging physical and mental opportunities that build confidence, courage, and perseverance.

Vision

To provide groups and organizations our resources to strengthen their youth programing with cave exploring opportunities that promote environmental and cave conservation.

Values

Providing youth safe, fun, intentional and educational caving opportunities regardless of financial means.

What do you think?

 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 www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at allenmaddox@youcave.org.

Cave Safely, Cave Softly, Cave Often,
Allen
allenmaddox@youcave.org

"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footprint, kill nothing but time." - cavers' creed.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Setting Up A Cave Exploring Display Table

2016 Earth Day at West Chester University
Sales and marketing are dirty words for most people. But, when it’s something you love to do it’s a joy. I enjoy spreading the word about how easy and fun it is to take kids caving.

This past year I was invited to a few events, held by other organizations, to set up a display and talk about why I take kids caving. As much as I enjoy it, I was not really prepared. I had some brochures and a few pictures and props, but nothing that made my display stand out in a room full of other displays.

I posted on Facebook my dilemma and asked for help and suggestions. As usual, my friends didn’t let me down. There were many fantastic ideas. So many that I cannot incorporate all of them right now. I have been able to use a good number of them. In the future I’ll be adding more of them.

I did a dry run to see what I have and set up the display table at home. I had to call in an expert designer to help me, my granddaughter Trinity. She has a much better sense of what looks good than I do.

Please don’t stop making suggestions now. I have a lot more events coming up this year and want to improve and changes things up every time. I’d also like to customize the display to the audience that is holding the event. Please keep the ideas flowing.

And if you know of an event, no matter the venue or location, please let me know. I’m always looking for more people to talk to about getting kids underground.

 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 www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at allenmaddox@youcave.org.


Cave Safely, Cave Softly, Cave Often,

Allen
allenmaddox@youcave.org

"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footprint, kill nothing but time." - cavers' creed.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Newsletter for August 2016

I want to welcome all the new subscribers to YOUCave. 

I hope you find this entertaining as well as informative. If you have any questions about taking youth cave exploring, or you have a suggestion for a topic you think I should explore with everyone, please feel free to let me know in the comments.

Blog Posts

http://www.youcave.org/2016/07/brandywine-red-clay-alliance-summer.html

Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Summer Camp Explores Wind Cave

The BRCA campers spent 2 hours exploring different parts of the cave. But it's so big they did not get to see all the rooms and passages. Hopefully, these campers will back again and see more of the cave.

Updates to the Website

I added a couple pages to the YOUCave.org website. Let me know what you think.

http://www.youcave.org/p/speaking-page.html

Speaking Page

Yes, I do give talks. Mostly these are "Cave Talks" to the youth groups that I take cave exploring. I have done a couple of talks at libraries and for Powder Horns. I enjoy doing these and I'd like to do more this year.
If you would like to book me to give a talk, send me an email or comment below. First take a look at my speaking page and let me know what you think?

https://youcave.myshopify.com/

YOUCave Store

When you purchase from the YOUCave Store you will help kids stimulate curiosity, promote self-confidence, grow in a social environment, become a team leader, and learn about their environment; all by getting them involved with cave exploring.
Currently the items are all original and created just for YOUCave. I hope in the future to be able to carry other items useful to youth cavers and the volunteers who make getting them underground possible. If you have any suggestions, please let me know with a comment below or email.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzNIKQg8bm0lVWFFVGxydy1OSk0/view

5 Reasons To Take Youth Cave Exploring

I hope you all have see this, but if you have not, please take a look at it. This is what YOUCave is all about. Please share this booklet with your friends and anyone who is interested in empowering youth to be the best they can be.


I Need Your Help

Please take a minute to fill out this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8K5YTWS

Cave Safely, Cave Softly, Cave Often,
Allen
"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footprint, kill nothing but time." - cavers' creed.