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…

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Youth Opportunities Underground is a nonprofit corporation providing a cave exploring program for youth groups and youth organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Cave exploring brings out the best in youth. Cave Exploring is a tool we use to stimulate curiosity, promote self-confidence, grow camaraderie as a team in a social environment, develop leadership skills, teach environmental awareness, and promote physical fitness.

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 programming with cave exploring opportunities that promote environmental and cave conservation.

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Providing youth safe, fun, intentional and educational caving opportunities regardless of financial means.
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YOUCave provides and leads cave exploring trips for all youth groups and youth organizations. We help the group leaders with planning the trip by providing and stepping through all the information they need. We provide learning opportunities for the youth to learn what they will see, what they will expect; and how to be safe in a cave. We provide specialized safety equipment to keep the cost down. We guide them in the selection of location. We abide by the youth organization’s rules and guidelines pertaining to this activity. We also follow major cave exploring groups’ general safety practices. However, the trips are the program of the youth group or youth organization.

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