January 26th, 2018 Temps low of 37 high of 56 slight breeze. 68 in
attendance 65 camped over night in the cave of those were 4 ladies. Wow
what a turn out. Camping over night in a dirty ole cave? Yes and loved it.
CLICK on a PICTURE for BIGGER view! Special thanks to Rob Batchman,
Keith Gray and Mark Jones for sharing the pictures with us.
file of all these pictures.
Youtube video from James Gilpin from this event.
Rob and crew smoking Jerky in the Bat Cave!
Early crew of 14 meet at Springfield at 11:00 am.
Arrived to the
trail to the cave at 12:30 p.m. Absolutely beautiful weather for January.
It was like a normal January day and we quickly set to work cutting logs to
clear the trail. The river was up and the trail was brushy.
With 4 saws running and 10 to haul and wood back to the cave entrance in a
hour we had enough wood cut to get us through the event. We arranged a 14'
long fire this year and cut our logs to about 3 feet in length. Special
thanks to Jim and James Evans, Ernie Moad and Mark Jones for the chain saw
Special thanks to Jim, James and Violet Evans, Rob Batchman, Jared German,
Garret Bevis, Jimmy Winch, Ernie Moad, Oliver Nash, Damon Sprague, Jackson
Woodward, Keith and Collin Gray and Mark Jones for the hard work in prepping
the trail cutting thorns and clearing logs as well as firewood. The
reflective tape was still there this year.
I setup my ground cloth out in front of the cave this year down by the water
and setup my cot, tent and goods. Another trip back to the truck to drop
off the chain saw and wedges and bring in the treasure chests, candles 160
of them and prizes. Rappelling gear and lead climbing rope. The setup
group made several trips back and forth I praise God for good help. Makes
Rob, and Ernie and Garret and Oliver lashed up a stand and smoked it in a
little cave off of the big cave and squewered steak. Thanks Rob for the
Rob Batchman delivered a great message by candlelight in the back of that
cave and Mark delivered the devotion on Saturday morning. Boys hunted cave
treasure. Explored the nooks and crannies and the tunnels and had a great
We enjoyed some rappelling with James Evans leadership.
Thanks Commanders and leaders for taking your time to invest in these
folks. One event like this is the value of about 15 weekly meetings. Thanks for
such a blessing. If we could get more of our folks involved in going and
doing for Jesus our Ranger programs would sky rocket our numbers.
Mark Jones a sinner saved by God's Grace. Click on a picture for
a larger view.