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 the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey

This started back in January of 2016 when Krizza Vilchas from the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey (http://www.gscsnj.org/) contacted Philadelphia Grotto, through Andy Field, about taking Girl Scouts cave exploring. Andy forwarded the message to include me and off we went on trying to make this happen.

I have been taking Boy Scouts caving since 2004. Even though the offer was out there, no Girl Scouts had ever wanted to cave with us until now. We have had girls that were in Venturing and Girl Scout Troops that have gone caving as Venturing Crews, but never as a Girl Scout Troop. This was going to be a big deal for me. My goal was to prove that Girl Scouts do awesome outdoor adventure activities.


We had some great meetings and planning sessions, both in person and over Skype. When the day of the trip arrived we were all ready. Maybe a little nerves, but ready. 


The group of Girl Scouts was made up of three different Troops of Cadets (11 to 14 y/o).  Boy Scouts have a minimum age limit 14 years old. Girl Scouts have different age requirements. I don’t usually take kids this young caving, but they were prepared and ready for an underground adventure. 


To say it was challenging and fun was an understatement. Just watch the video to see how well these Girl Scouts did on every challenge they faced. Spoiler alert: I’d take these girls caving any time.


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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Allen

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