Programme Sparks

54. Going Underground




  • Cardboard boxes
  • Head torches
  One meeting, plus extra days out. 

Programme Spark

Introduce your Section to the adventurous activity of caving. You could spend some time finding out about how caves are formed in the 4 main ares of the UK:

  • Yorkshire Dales
  • Mendip Hills
  • Derbyshire
  • South Wales

Then have a practice at caving yourself by making a network of 'underground' tunnels out of cardboard boxes. Give each member and head torch and set them the task of finding their way out. 

If your Section is hooked on the idea of exploring endless underground tunnels and potholes, then why not arrange a trip to one of the 4 areas in the UK, where there are activity centres equipped to take novice parties underground. 

Adapting for each Section


Badge Links

Cave buses/trailers are a great way to expand on caving for the younger sections.

Older Sections may wish to branch out in to Potholing as well as caving too. 



  • Outdoor Challenge
  • Adventure Challenge



  • Outdoor Challenge
  • Adventure Challenge 



  • Caver
  • Adventure Challenge 



  • Caving 


Can the activity be run through Peer Leadership?   No 
Can the activity be run by Young Leaders?   No

Useful Links

Scout Association Guidance on Caving

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