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All BSA leaders must become familiar with all BSA caving requirements and NSS guidelines before asking for cave access. An excellent resource is found on the National Speleological Society's Youth Groups website. Read the information on the homepage, go to the index, read all the brochures, and, from the index page, click on the Boy Scouts of America button and read all the available information.
Please read all the access procedures, rules and waivers before contacting the manager about gaining access. There may be new rules, waivers, and information since your last visit.
Please do not ask for access if you do not meet all the requirements.
Local council regulations may not weaken national BSA regulations. All BSA guidelines/regulations and NSS guidelines must be followed.
According to David Bates, BSA national headquarters, these regulations apply to all individuals within any Boy Scouts of America program. The following is based on a series of e-mails and conversations with him:
Some commonly misunderstood BSA guidelines/regulations are listed below, along with some explanations:
All BSA participants and cave guides must fully comply with all BSA and NSS regulations and guidelines, as well as the additional BSA belaying/vertical work requirements.
Please do not ask for access if you do not meet all the requirements. Understand that STCC really does want to see kids in caves, but the landowner, STCC, and PSC must be protected against legal action. The most important goal, however, is to ensure that the kids and adults who enter this unique cave system do so in a safe manner.