Getting younger people into caving is essential for the continuity of our sport, as well as to promote an appetite for the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle.
The underground world of caves and abandoned mines, gives access to truly exciting, fun and memorable environments. For many, once they have had their initial taste of a journey underground, they become inspired and it leads to regular participation of the sport.
It’s not all about the horror stories you might hear of really tight spaces, crawling in water, coldness and rescues, caving even just within the UK can offer a vast range of environments, including those much more conventionally enjoyable.
The BCA are passionate in engaging and promoting opportunities for young people to become involved with cave and mine exploration, and the Youth & Development working group take the lead on this.
Some avenues which exist for getting into caving are shown below, and further information is available at the New To Caving website.
See below for a range of articles produced by the Youth and Development working group.
GPF Ian Timney Award
Ian Timney was a keen caver and member of the Wessex Cave Club, with whom he did a number of sporting caving trips abroad including the Gouffre Berger. Following his untimely early demise his caving friends held fund arising events in 2021 and then donated £1,500 to the Ghar Parau Foundation...
BCA Young people grants for ICS
Thanks to the work of Linda Wilson and Howard Jones in conjunction with the Youth and Development team, the British Caving Association are happy to announce the availability of a new grant for groups of young people to attend the 2022 International Congress of Speleology. Two grants of £500 are...
New to Caving?
So you’re New to Caving? Congratulations! Your spirit of adventure is strong and you can look forward to your first adventures underground… If you’re interested in Caving, and would like to learn more or give it a try, then why not check out NewToCaving.com? New to caving? The BCA runs...
CHECC Yoga Sessions
Earlier in 2021, I was contacted by Rob Watson of CHECC in hope of some funding for some online yoga sessions for university cavers. With the backing of BCA, CHECC were able to arrange 16 online Yoga sessions which are all available for the entire BCA membership to follow along...
Caving with Cerebral Palsy
Article from Josh White in Youth and Development In a recent conversation with Badger, we were recalling some of our favourite memories as Scout Cave Leaders, and one that stood out for him was a young lad called Jamie. If you’re inspired by the following story and want to be able...