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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 Venturing Crew 76

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Maybe you remember Ann, Raul, and Tara from the caving trip with Troop 619, http://www.youcave.org/2016/03/taking-troop-619-caving.html. These same adult Scout leaders also have a Venturing Crew they wanted to get underground. 

Crew 76 is a great group of kids with a sense of adventure. We’ve talked about this trip for a while now and finally got it off the ground, well underground. 

Instead of me writing more, how about we just watch the video.


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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Want To Engage Parents?

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It can be difficult to get parents to fully buy into your program if they don’t see the full, true value you provide. You have to show them the value. And not just once, but over and over again.
I take pictures and video of kids while they are participating in our cave exploring program. These pictures get posted to Facebook, in email newsletters, and in hard copy newsletters. I try to find ways to show these pictures over again and again.


I also encourage the youth to take picture of the trip and post them on their social media pages. It’s interesting to see their point of view. They tend to catch things I missed and from a completely different angle and perspective.
Use your smart phone, buy a small point and shoot camera. Take lots and of pictures and have some fun with it.
This is just one idea. Do you have other ways to engage parents? Post it below and let everyone know what works for you.
Questions? If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you're …