Come Caving With Us


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 ) section about The Boy Scouts of America and Caving (http://caves.org/youth/bsa_caving.shtml). There is information on that page you will need to know and may find useful when planning your cave exploring activity.
·         National BSA Youth Caving Presentation is a must see. This will give you a lot of insight and preparation before you even start planning. All adult leaders should view this training slide show.
·         The Guide to Safe Scouting section on caving can be found here.  This must be read and understood before filling out the Trip Plan.
·         Caving: A Policy Statement and Guidelines on Caving Prepared by the Youth Groups Liaison Committee of the National Speleological Society and the Boy Scouts of America. This is the policy that is referred to in the Guide to Safe Scouting.  This also must be read and understood by all adult leaders before you fill out the Trip Plan.

If you have any questions about any of these, please feel free to let me know. I know my way though them. Some of the important points to keep in mind while planning your trip are;
·         All participants in the caving party must be at least 14 years of age.
·         The Crew’s/Troop’s party should not exceed 12 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.

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.
Maximum Allowable Height Weight Ratio
Height (inches),
Recommended Weight (lbs),
Allowable Exception
Maximum Acceptance
60
97-138
139-166
166
61
101-143
144-172      
172
62
104-148
149-178      
178
63
107-152
153-183      
183
64
111-157      
158-189      
189
65
114-162      
163-195      
195
66
118-167      
168-201      
201
67
121-172      
173-207      
207
68
125-178      
179-214      
214
69
129-185      
186-220      
220
70
132-188      
189-226      
226
71
136-194      
195-233      
233
72
140-199      
200-239      
239
73
144-205      
206-246      
246
74
148-210      
211-252      
252
75
152-216      
217-260      
260
76
156-222      
223-267      
267
77
160-228      
229-274      
274
78
164-234      
235-281      
281
79 & over                
170-240
241-295      
295
This table is based on the revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Dept. of Health & Human Services.
































All our guides are volunteers. I would like to suggest for you to consider a $20 per person in your caving group donation to Youth Opportunities Underground (www.youcave.org) to help us gear maintenance, cleaning, replacement, and continue to provide this program to all youth groups and youth organizations.

Dragon Breath Grotto is cave exploring (spelunking) program for all Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews in the BSA Northeast Region Areas 4, 5, and 6. We are experienced cavers who are also BSA adult volunteers. BSA Units or individual Scouts can join us in our adventures. Come caving with us.