The BCA is recognised by the UK Sports Council as the National Body for caving in Great Britain. It is a federation of Regional Caving Councils, National Bodies with specialist interests, Caving Clubs and Individual Members.
We are a membership organisation with approximately five and a half thousand members and our officers are volunteers.
We represent individuals and groups with a genuine interest in caves, karst and associated phenomena, whether from a strictly sporting viewpoint, a scientific viewpoint, or a combination of both.Through close liaison with its member organisation, NAMHO it also seeks to represent and support mining history societies and all those with an interest in the man-made underground environment.
The BCA has many regional councils and special interest groups.The regional councils cover a number of loosely defined regions which together cover the whole of Great Britain; each includes at least one major and some minor caving areas. They are the bodies which look after the practical aspects of access and conservation locally. Caving Clubs are linked to the regional council covering their area(s) of interest through their membership of BCA. Some of the regional councils and specialist organisations have both individual and group membership. There is no Scottish Council of Caving, but some Scottish caving clubs are members of the Council of Northern Caving Clubs. The Speleological Union of Ireland is not part of BCA.
Through its democratic structure and regional councils BCA: