Youth and Development

BCA Youth and Development is a group of volunteers dedicated to helping youth caving. It has done so by bringing together the Association of Scout Caving Teams (ASCT), the Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs (CHECC) and other BCA volunteers together. This has helped us learn from each other and support the different projects each section has going on. As of the 2018 AGM Youth and Development is now a Standing Committee which means we have representation from all of the BCA's constituent bodies, and we have a wide diverse membership that reflects that. The current Youth and Development Officer is Rostam Namaghi.

Kit delivered to Lancaster University Speleological Society. Things we offer to BCA member clubs (& prospective members):

  • We offer support to newly started caving clubs for youth groups by:
    • Drafting constitutions, risk assessments, good practice guidelines and anything else that helps take the bureaucracy out of caving.
    • Providing low cost kit loans to new clubs.
  • We represent and advise clubs on discussions with athletic unions and national governing bodies over insurance and leadership schemes.
  • We help to deliver regional and national training events, including sourcing loans for such events from BCA.
  • We offer contacts with like minded volunteers to help get your project off the ground.
  • We take on cases of age discrimination against our members.
  • We represent the interests of young people at council and have a real impact - for example making BCA membership for under 18s free.

If you want to get in touch then please email us at youth@british-caving.org.uk.

The picture is of the kit that Youth and Development were able to lend to Lancaster University Speleological Society (LUSS) as part of a package to re-establish the club.

Guidelines for University and College Caving Clubs

These Guidelines for University and College Caving Clubs aim to set down a broad framework for the establishment and operation of university and college clubs within the informal environment of recreational caving.