These minimum safety requirements apply:
- Cave exploring, other than simple novice activities, should be limited to Scouts and Explorers 14 years of age or older.
- Group leaders qualify through training and experience in cave exploring and through knowing established practices of safety, conservation, and cave courtesy.
- Leader and group must understand and agree to follow the basic practices and policies of caving approved by the National Speleological Society and the Boy Scouts of America.
References: Venture activity pamphlet, Caving, No. 33446A, and detailed information prepared by the National Speleological Society available from the Council Services Division at the national office.
(from the BSA "Guide to Safe Scouting", 1999 Printing)