The York Grotto is a local chapter (an Internal Organization) of the National Speleological Society (NSS). Our community consists mostly of cavers from the York-Lancaster-Harrisburg area, but welcomes cavers from anywhere. 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.
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, and multi-media reports on bats, Venture Crew Caving, York Grotto members’ trips, expeditions and caving related activities such as orienteering and mapping.