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 Boy Scout Troop 191

Chris Aman from Boy Scout Troop 191 contacted Philadelphia Grotto looking for help to take his Boy Scouts on a caving trip. Philadelphia Grotto is my “home” grotto, so I had the pleasure of having this Troop passed on to me.

My conversation with Chris started back in July of 2016 and we didn’t get underground until March of 2017. These things take time to pull together. 


I did have a chance to visit the Troop at one of their meeting and talk to the whole Troop about caves and caving. They are a good size. But only a portion of the boys were old enough to go on this trip. Maybe next time we’ll get some more as they age up.


Watch the video and the look over the pictures. I hope they show you how much fun these guys had underground that day.



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.


Get Involved

YOUCave can use your help. If you have a talent that you feel would be useful to YOUCave, or can fulfill an existing opening, please email me at allenmaddox@youcave.org.



Regional Coordinator

The purpose of an NSS Youth Regional Coordinator is to provide informational assistance to cavers, grottos, and youth group leaders so they may conduct safe and appropriate cave-related experiences. In addition to caving trips, these experiences may include presentations on ethics, geology, biology, techniques, and safety, as well as other topics of speleology.    
Regional Coordinators:
  • Monthly written report with:
             Progress - Accomplishments
             Plans – Projects To Do
             Problems and Challenges
  • adhere to all guidelines, policies, and requirements of the National Speleological Society (NSS).
  • adhere to all guidelines, policies, and requirements of the appropriate youth group organization.
  • treat all youth groups with equal consideration.
  • make themselves available to grottos within their region, to assist them in working with youth groups.
  • make themselves available to youth groups within their region, to assist them in conducting safe caving trips and learning about caves.
  • promote responsible caving practices for youth groups.
  • promote responsible caving practices by grottos and cavers when working with youth groups.

While not required by the NSS YGLC at this time, most youth organizations may require;
  • State background checks
  • FBI Clearances
  • Red Cross, or equivalent CPR and First Aid
  • Cave Rescue training


Regions needing a Coordinator;

·         Western Region which includes California, Oregon and Nevada.

·         Ohio Valley Region which includes Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky

·         Arizona Region which includes Arizona.

·         Northwest Caving Association which includes Idaho and Oregon.

·         Texas Speleological Association which includes Texas.





Journalist

·         Contact leads and conduct interviews in person, by phone or Skype, of people participating in youth group caving trips across the USA.

·         Create and post weekly articles.



Safety Education Coordinator

·         Provide and maintain a written “Best Practices” currently recognized by the National Speleological Society Safety and Techniques Committee, Vertical Section, and National Cave Rescue Commission.

·         Serve as a liaison for the Youth Group Liaison Committee to those committees.

·         Advise and answer Regional Coordinators with questions on this topic.



Geology Education Coordinator

·         Provide education material about cave and karst geology to Regional Coordinators.

·         Oversee development of curriculum on cave and karst geology for Regional Coordinators.

·         Advise and answer Regional Coordinators with questions on this topic.



Biology Education Coordinator

·         Provide education material about cave biology to Regional Coordinators.

·         Oversee development of curriculum on cave biology for Regional Coordinators.

·         Advise and answer Regional Coordinators with questions on this topic.


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Cave Safely, Cave Softly, Cave Often,
Allen

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