Before you attempt this badge you need to have made at least four trips underground, with a properly authorised party, to two different cave systems and kept a log. If you hold the Scout Caver activity badge you don’t need to complete these four trips.
How to earn your badge
- Explain how caves are formed.
- Rig and use ladder pitch under supervision.
- Take two additional caving trips as part of a properly authorised party. These should include supervised descent of vertical pitches.
- Know the cave conservation code and talk about measures that can be taken to promote conservation of formations and the cave environment.
- Study an aspect of speleology and discuss the findings. Agree your chosen subject with your leader first – it could cover subjects like the fauna and flora in caves, cave photography or bat conservation.
You must follow the activity rules in chapter nine of Policy, Organisation and Rules and the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme.
Every individual who undertakes an activity badge should face a similar degree of challenge and as a result some requirements may need to be adapted. It is completely acceptable to change some of the requirements of the badges to allow individuals to access the badge (for example where there are special needs, cultural issues, or religious considerations to take into account) and the requirements outlined for activity badges do allow for some flexibility in order to obtain the badge. If you would like help or advice when considering adapting the requirements of a badge please contact UK Headquarters.