Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Thu, 17 Aug 1995 08:34:47 -0400
Our troop went caving earlier this year. Here are our experiences
that may help:
We had a guide from Highland Adventures in Monterray County VA; this
is a group of cavers who provide guides (at a price) for groups who
wish to tour "wild" (non-commercial) caves. Most areas will have a
speleological society of some sort who could either provide a guide or
recommend a professional organization such as Highland Adventures.
(In Richmond, it's the Richmond Area Speliological Society).
We toured Crossroads Cave in (or near) Bath County, VA. This is a
maze cave and is not difficult (i.e., no pits, no long crawls, etc.).
However, our youngest scouts became bored after a short time and began
to be very silly, with such comments as "can I kill that bat?",
touching stalactites, etc. Because of this behavior, the guide cut
the tour short by about an hour.
I would recommend that only boys 13 years & First Class & up be taken
into any non-commercial cave. Although some younger boys can control
themselves, it's likely that the older boys will be able to have a
more interesting tour if the younger ones are not along.
This would be a good time to have a separate program for the younger,
non-first class scouts to work on scoutcraft requirements. Of course,
this will mean you must have at least four adults (including the tour
Permission slips: For this trip, we had two permission slips: the
standard troop permission slip and a second provided by Highland
Adventures which released them from indemnity. If you employ a
"professional" guide, this is what you will most likely need to do.
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
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