Caving With Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Council 11-18-18

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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…

Caving with Crew 28


I met Jenna and Jasmine at the 2016 NER Area 6 Phenomenon. They had a great time playing with the squeeze box along with many other Venturers. http://www.youcave.org/2016/05/playing-with-squeezebox-at-phenomenon.html

Jenna was one of the two youth who made the smallest squeeze at 5 ½ inches. Do you want to see what that was like? See it here. https://youtu.be/c0K8bhbKP8Q
Jenna invited me to a Crew 28 meeting to talk about caves and safe caving practices. Everyone was interested in trying a real caving trip, so we set a date in January to go.

As the date grew closer we had a rare opportunity offered to us. Clevesburg Sink is usually a flooded cave, but the water receded and for the first time in almost a decade, was dry enough to explore.

Mike Shank, a caver and Scouter friend who knows Clevesburg Sink, offered to guide us for the trip. Jumping at the chance, we took him up on his offer.

Amos Mincin and Andy Field met me at our normal place and we drove to New Holland to meet up with the Crew. We all went out together to the cave and met up with Mike there. This trip was going to be a rare privilege. Check out the video and pictures on the Facebook page to see what happened.


As of writing this article, Clevesburg Sink was filling back up and should be under twenty feet of water again for another decade. I’m glad we had the opportunity and took it. I know Crew 28 has a great stories to tell and pictures to prove it.

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.

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Thanks,
Allen

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