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2017; our fifty-eighth year of exploring the State of Darkness from the City of the White Rose.

The York Grotto is a local chapter (an Internal Organization) of the National Speleological Society (NSS). Our membership is made up of cavers and their families from the Greater Harrisburg Area including, but not limited to York, Dauphin, Cumberland & Adams Counties in Pennsylvania and from various nearby states. We are committed to the study, enjoyment and preservation of caves.

We conduct hands-on training and field trips to orient new members to the equipment, safety procedures, methods and precautions necessary for the successful exploration and conservation of these limited and fragile natural resources. We have a library of cave related books, publications, AV resources and maps, and skilled and knowledgeable members trained in rescue efforts and with the patience to lead and educate beginners. We have a long history of working with troops from the Boy Scouts of America. Many of our officers and members are Eagle Scouts.

Please join us for a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month, except July (annual cave trip meeting), August (annual Summer Picnic),October and December (annual Holiday Party), in the banquet room of John's Diner, located at 146 Sheraton Drive in New Cumberland, Pa. The October meeting is held at Indian Echo Caverns, 368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown, Pa., where we are hosted to a guided tour at the location of the founding of our grotto, which occurred in 1959. These special meetings, with the generous co-operation of the management and staff of the caverns have become an annual tradition. The annual York Grotto Auction is a fun time and is held during the November meeting. People donate items to be auctioned off to benefit the grotto. "Bring stuff. Buy stuff." is the theme.

Our meetings, which always include a program, are open to anyone interested in caving. Previous programs have included videos on "Single Rope Ascending Systems," "The History of Vertical Caving," “Season of the Bat,” and “Alexander Cave,” DVDs like “Amazing Caves,” and “Expeditions To The Edge: Cave Flood,” presentations on Cave Diving, First Aid & CPR, Cave Surveying, Prusik Knot Tying (for ascending ropes), and multi-media reports on bats, Venture Crew Caving, York Grotto members’ trips, expeditions and caving related activities such as orienteering and mapping. See a more complete list on the PAST PROGRAMS page and be sure to check out the UPCOMING EVENTS page to see what's on the schedule.

Membership is $10.00 per year for NSS members and $11.00 per year for none NSS members. Members receive a monthly "PoopSheet" detailing all grotto activities and the excellent York Grotto Newsletter.

For our 50th anniversary the York Grotto hosted the Mid-Appalachian Region (MAR) Fall Field Meet on the weekend of October 2 - 4, 2009 at the site of Rupert Cave in scenic Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. (Please Note: In the interest of preservation this cave is gated and requires permission from the owners for each visit.)

You can learn more about the York Grotto by viewing the "Grotto Brochure" on the Publications page, where you can also find a Membership Form, but the best way to get to know us is to come an hour before the meeting, have dinner with us and chat about all things caving. This informal time is when many contacts are made regarding future caving expeditions, including beginner trips, vertical training and more advanced explorations.

Please click on the FAQ page, if you have questions, or for more information send an email using the Contacts link to the left.

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