David Hoddy (DHODDY@AOL.COM)
Wed, 16 Aug 1995 09:22:10 -0400
The 1994 edition of the GUIDE TO SAFE SCOUTING Says that "Cave exploring,
other than simple novice activities, should be limited to Scouts and
Explorers 14YEARS of age or older".
You are also referred to the Venture activity pamphlet "CAVING" for more
info. In this book it states;
A qualified cave guide should have at least 4 of the 5 following
1. 3 years of continuous membership in the National Speleological Society
2. 3 years of continuous membership in a grotto sanctioned by the NSS
3. 3 years of experience in cave exploring, verifiable by trip ,log or grotto
4. Current certification in first aid and CPR
5. Access to the desired caves
There are even more requirements if the is any verticl caving involved.
I would think that a reasonable definition of a novice activity would be
something similar to walking caves or only minimal climbing, no chance of
getting lost if seperated from a the guide and no possibility of serious
falls or entrapment by rising water. This rules out most undeveloped wild
caves I'm afraid.
Another thing to consider is that many boys may have problems with
claustrophobia that doesn't become obvious until they get underground.
Several years ago I took Scouts through a near by wild cave that I was
familiar with and on two occasions a Scout became scared and began to cry.
Both Scouts dropped from Scouting after that.
I hope you can make your trip work safely and successfully.
ASM Troop 177
"I used to be a BEAR..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City