requirements for the Caving Honor are as follows:
Skill Level 2
- Obtain the following from a large hardware, sports or army
surplus store. Either one metal carbide light, one 2 lb. can of
carbide, and a repair kit, OR one battery operated headlamp,
extra bulbs, and long life batteries, preferably alkaline.
Completely dismantle and reassemble the lamp to become
familiar with every part. Know how to ream the jet or change
bulbs, and how to replace any parts. Determine the amount of
time your lamp will burn before it noticeably diminishes in
intensity. Know the advantages of each type of light listed
- Study a caving book such as those listed above or find out
from your instructor what other equipment you need for a safe
and successful caving trip. Obtain all of the personal gear you
need. (This does not include rope climbing equipment.)
- Locate someone already experienced in caving and join them in
exploring a number of relatively easy caves during several
trips, until you have accumulated a total of twenty hours of
- Keep a log of these caving experiences, noting date, cave
location, cave conditions, interesting cave features, hours in
cave, names of persons in exploring group, and signature of trip
leader for each cave explored.
- Learn the rules of safe caving and of cave conservation. Be
able to relate these to your examiner.
- Do at least one brakebar rappel and one prusik of more than
ten feet. Be able to ascend and descend a wire or rope cable
ladder on belay, a minimum of 25 feet.
- Describe several ways caves were used in Bible times.
- Know the names of at least five different speleothems and how
they are formed, and three cave dwelling animals and their
- Make friends with at least one cave owner. Determine what he
expects of cavers exploring his cave, and do more than he
expects you to do in following these direction.
- Write a paper of at least 1000 words on your caving experience
so far, include all you have learned while carrying out the
requirements of the honor.