amaddox wrote:Why is it important for kids and youth to learn about caves?
amaddox wrote:What should kids and youth learn about caves?
ohiocaver wrote:Perhaps kids should not ponder what they can do in caves; but, rather, what being in caves does for them.
ohiocaver wrote:Well, if they're from Philly, it gets them out of the snow and away from the misery of being Sixers fans :-}
I think that is a good topic to ask each young or old caver who comes along with you. Have them write 100 or 500 words for the Grotto newsletter on the subject. Here in Cleveland, that's the "fee" we extract from every newbie (whether 15 or 50) we take underground...they owe the editor an article for the Cleve-O-Grotto NEWS about their experience -- how they felt, what surprised them, why mud feels icky, the campout on the trip, anything. But make it a requirement and have them start jotting notes on the way home on their tablet or smartphone so they don't "forget". You retro types can use a pad and pencil!
ohiocaver wrote:Many people are antsy when writing about themselves (Jonah excluded!). So have them write about something funny they saw another person do on the trip, or who seemed most interested in bats, what I'll be sure to bring along next time (kneepads!), or what they learned from watching Mr. Maddox fix his headlamp. I've also gotten a couple of great drawings contributed by newcomers on trips. They don't like to write (hey, writing's hard work) but they will draw something that can be used on the newsletter cover. Anything to make them think, recall, and muse over their experience.
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