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If you have not seen this already, please take a look at the National Speleological Society’s (http://caves.org/) web pages in the Youth Group Liaison Committee’s (http://caves.org/youth/index.shtml ). There is information on that page you will need to know and may find useful when planning your cave exploring activity.


If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know. Some of the important points to keep in mind while planning your trip are;
·         The Crew’s/Troop’s party should not exceed 16 members including “Two Deep Leadership”.
·         All members of the party are expected to practice Leave No Trace ethics and good Land Owner Relationships.
·         All members of the party must follow the instructions of the cave guide.
·         The Unit’s adult leaders are responsible for the discipline and behavior of all the Unit’s members.

I will be providing a helmet and headlamp for each participant to use for the caving activity. In addition, each participant must provide for themselves;
·         4 – fresh “AA” batteries
·         Rugged clothes in layers (i.e. jeans, t-shirt, hoodie) that will get muddy
·         Lug sole boot
·         Gloves
·         Knee pads
·         Small pack (i.e. string bag) with
o   Water bottle
o   Snack (crush proof)
o   Small Personal First aid kit with any personal medications (i.e. epi pen, inhaler, etc.)
·         Large plastic bag
·         Complete change of clothes, including shoes, down to the skin
If you have any questions about this list, please feel free to let me know.

All participants should be in good physical condition.
Caving is a physically as well as mentally demanding activity. All participants should be within the “Maximum Allowable Height Weight Ratio” chart.
Less than 60 inches will be individually determined by the Trip Leader.
Maximum Allowable Height Weight Ratio
Height (inches),
Maximum Acceptance
60
166
61
172
62
178
63
183
64
189
65
195
66
201
67
207
68
214
69
220
70
226
71
233
72
239
73
246
74
252
75
260
76
267
77
274
78
281
79 & over                
295





























Cost:
We ask for a $20 per person donation to Youth Opportunities Underground (www.youcave.org) for the trip and the use of a helmet and headlamp. This helps us with gear maintenance, cleaning, replacement, and continues to provide this program to all youth groups and youth organizations. All our guides are volunteers.
$20.00

Additional Cost Options:


battery management – provide batteries and manage installment throughout the trip
$2.00

Knee pads and Gloves rental per trip
$3.00

Coveralls rental per trip
$10.00


Make your Troop awesome with cave exploring as part of your program. Make my resources part of your Troop’s program.
Send me an email at allenmaddox@youcave.org to start a conversation about taking your Troop caving.

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