Jay M. Thal (Jay_M._Thal@HUD.GOV)
Mon, 4 Dec 1995 10:57:35 EST
I'd appreciate some advice and recommendations.
My Troop is located in Washington, DC. In the past we've
gone caving down past Greenbriar/Rouchenverte, W.Va. which
is past Goshen Scout Camp and more than four hours away.
The cave is commercial (mostly for the summer trade) but the
Scouts have gone through the unimproved muddier sections.
We usually stay at a nearby former schoolhouse/community
center sleeping around pot-belly stoves. While this is good
for the newer Scouts, the older ones are finding it
We'd like something new, perhaps in a two hour radius from
DC, which would offer a variety of activities - perhaps some
rappelling for the older Scouts, and the mud and crawling
(and stalagtites & mites) for the younger ones.
I wrote six Grottos of the National Speleological Society
(NSS) hoping to get advice, logistical support, and their
experience/actual assistance for this venture (late
January). I focused on the non-College based groups in
hopes of gaining experience and safety. Unfortunately,
after two months, none have responded.
If anyone in the NCAC, or adjacent Councils, can provide
assistance, recommendations, advice, specifics, etc. I'd
deeply appreciate it.
Please send responses directly (as well as share with the
whole group) because I'm on digest mode and the
Print-Screens leave something to be desired. Thanks.
Jay M. Thal
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City