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Caving (also known as potholing) is an activity where participants explore the underground world, sometimes caves can be walked in, others require crawling through tunnels and even climbing.

Who is it suitable for?
Caving comes in many forms and so can be adapted for most age groups. With younger members stick to artificial systems and from Scout age up head to some real caves for the added adventure.

Additional Information
In Scouting when we refer to Caving this does not include show caves as no specialist equipment or qualifications are required to go here.

Within the United Kingdom there are four major caving regions: South Wales, Mendip Hills (Cheddar), Derbyshire and The Yorkshire Dales. Each of these areas have their own specific type of cave:

- South Wales, very little vertical development, however, some very extensive cave systems.

- Mendip Hills, limited vertical development, some very pretty caves and a fair amount of water.

- Derbyshire, many fossil caves and explorable mines, many muddy!

- Yorkshire Dales, largest cave region within UK, large caves and potholes many with extensive passages and large volumes of water.

All regions will have outdoor activity centres that will undertake to lead novice parties in the caves most suitable for the group.

Badge Links
Cubs Our Adventure Challenge Award
Scouts Adventure Challenge Award, Caving Activity Badge

How to run/provide caving

There are 3 ways of running Caving in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running caving yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running caving using an external provider

  3. Activity for adult groups - running caving for a group entirely of adults

Useful links

The National Governing Body for caving is:

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