Our September campout is set to visit one of America’s greatest National Park treasures – Mammoth Cave National Park. This is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a “grand, gloomy and peculiar place,” but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name – Mammoth.
Friday, September 25, 2015: Meet at DUMC at 5:00pm and leave immediately. We will travel to Maple Springs Campground in Kentucky. The trip is approximately five hours. We will need to be efficient and eat on the road to get there at a reasonable time.
Saturday, September 26, 2015: Scouts will have their option of exploring the entire cave system on the Grand Avenue Tour or the more adventurous can take the Introduction to Caving Tour! Details of each tour are below! Note: The Wild Cave Tour requires sturdy, over the ankle, lace up hiking boots to be a participant.
Sunday, August 16, 2015: Return to DUMC approximately 1pm.
Travel: By bus and personal vehicles. Adult drivers and supervision are needed.
Cost: $50/person covers gas, camping and tour fees. Individual food, snacks and water are scout provided. Patrols should plan for plan for Saturday breakfast, lunch, and Sunday breakfast. We will eat dinner on the road Friday night and lunch on Sunday on the way home. Scouts will need personal money for these two meals.
Uniforms: Friday = Orange (War Eagle!), Saturday = Green (Go Blazers!) & Sunday = Red (Roll Tide!). Please make sure you are wearing your proper uniform.
Grand Avenuie Tour Details
This physically demanding trip will give you an excellent idea of the size and complexity of the Mammoth Cave System. Learn of the cultural and natural history of the cave and how they are interwoven as your journey takes you through some of the most dramatic passages in this “mammoth” cave. Walk through a variety of cave as you encounter gypsum lined passages, narrow canyons, steep underground hills, large rooms and ares with dripstone formations.
This tour includes the entire Frozen Niagara Tour route and all of the Domes and Dripstones Tour except for the 280 stairs descending the vertical shafts at the entrance.
Introduction to Caving Tour
Want to really go caving? Not sure if spelunking is for you? Try this short, small group caving challenge to discover things about the cave and yourself. Experience off trail adventures wearing traditional caving gear. Learn how cavers work together as a team as they travel over uneven terrain, crawl through tight holes and climb up rocky slopes. Bring your friends or family for an action packed activity!
In order to minimize the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a fungus that has resulted in the death of millions of bats in the eastern United States, Mammoth Cave National Park has instituted stringent cleaning procedures for all off-trail spelunking tours this summer. All equipment and outerwear including gloves will be provided by the park. Visitors must provide their own boots. No personal caving equipment allowed. No Exceptions. Shorts and t-shirt recommended for wear under required coveralls.
PLEASE READ: Chest or hip measurement must not exceed 42 inches; if you are larger you may not physically pass through the crawl spaces. Sturdy, lace-up hiking boots that cover the ankle are required. Boots with zippers will not be admitted on the tour. Boots must have good aggressive tread. No slick-soled footwear is permitted. No tennis shoes allowed. You will not be allowed to participate in the tour if you are not wearing proper footwear – no exceptions. Please bring an extra pair of tennis shoes or sandals for use during boot cleaning at the end of the tour.
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