On July 22nd Pack 108 will take an Adventure over to Tennessee and sleep over in a Cavern. The Lost Sea Adventure Wild Cave Spelunker experience is a special tour is made for organized groups such as the Scouts, schools, camps, churches, etc. Those who participate in the tour are treated to a regular cavern tour as well as an exciting tour into the undeveloped cave rooms. On this tour, guides point out many striking formations such as anthodites (cave flowers), which are so rare that the Lost Sea contains 50% of the world’s known formations. Also, visitors view rooms where ancient jaguar roamed, moonshine was made, and saltpeter was mined for gunpowder by Confederate soldiers. Cost is 47.00/per person.
The tour begins promptly at 6:30 EST. It is very important that your group check in by 6:00 p.m. Following the rules and regulations is essential to assuring a safe trip. Bumped heads and dirty faces are inevitable, but the results will be educational and lots of fun. You must make your reservation for this tour at least two weeks in advance so Pack 108 will need to know who is going by June 23rd.
What to Wear?
The temperature in the cave is a constant 58 degrees Fahrenheit. When you are moving you won’t get cold, but while at the campsite a light jacket is advisable. Long pants, a warm, long-sleeved shirt and old shoes are ideal. You will get muddy, so be sure to bring a change of clothes. Long pants are required for this tour – no shorts.
What Equipment to Bring?
First of all, a good flashlight with extra batteries is required for each participant. Bringing your own drinking water is necessary since we do not have drinking water available in the cave. You will need a sleeping bag, ground cloth or mattress for sleeping. The cave is not a motel, as everything is relatively primitive inside. We do not have showers or wash basins (it is a good idea to bring wet wipes). Plan on being dirty until you leave the cave. We do have a toilet, however. You are responsible for your dirty clothes, so please do not leave them in the cave.
What Not to Bring
Do not bring excess baggage, as it is hard to carry into the cave. You will be going through the natural entrance and down over 100 steps to the campsite. Tents are not allowed inside the cave.
Since this trip is further distance than most trips and only a single night event that starts at 6pm on Saturday, families may want to stay in a hotel Friday night at the nearby town of Townsend. There is a river tubing adventure that can be done on Saturday Day before the Spelunking Tour. The Pack Activity does not begin until Saturday Night. Reservations fill up so its recommended that if you want to try this activity book now here.