Rover Caving Trip 2023 at Buchan Caves
When and where will it take place?
The Rover Caving Trip will be held at the Buchan Caves in eastern Victoria. Participants are requested to arrive on Friday night. Practical caving activities will be held at nearby caving sites in the greater Buchan limestone province.
How will it be organised?
This is a beginners vertical caving activity for Rovers. We will split into several small teams who will each visit different caves. Because the caves are vertical in nature we will need to abseil into most of them and then ladder out again. You will need a moderate level of fitness to be able to climb out. We will first teach you how to safely do all these things in a controlled environment.
If you have previously been caving in the past (for example during Venturers) let us know and we’ll see what we can do to provide some new challenges to your caving trip.
What is the program?
We’ll meet on Friday evening and stay at ‘Homeleigh’, a lodge owned by the caving community in the township of Buchan. The Moot will begin on Saturday morning with some core training and safety skills in a cave environment, followed by a trip to another cave system in the afternoon. Saturday evening you can spend how you choose, whether that’s having dinner at the pub or having a dip in the Buchan River. Sunday morning will be spent underground before the Moot concludes in the early afternoon.
What other opportunities is the Moot offering?
The Caving Moot is primarily about fun and adventure underground. Rovers can just have a good time, try something different or build up new skills. Rovers can use it as the beginnings of an award scheme activity or towards a Scout caving qualification that can be pursued further as an Assistant with the Caving Team’s general youth program. If this is something you would like to explore email us for details.
Who can apply?
Caving Moot is open to all Rovers who meet the prerequisites listed below. All participants must:
be aged between 18 and 25 years;
have a reasonable level of fitness;
be an active member of a Rover Crew.
What will it cost?
The moot fee is $150 and payable upon application.
Food, except for Saturday dinner (see below)
Use of personal equipment (harness, helmet, carabiners, abseil devices, etc)
Use of specialist group equipment (caving ladders, belay devices, etc)
Use of ropes
Transport to/from Buchan.
We can put Rovers in contact to try organise car pool.
Saturday night dinner.
Either eat out at the Buchan Caves Hotel or BYO (full kitchen facilities available)
Bedding linen (BYO pillow case and sleeping bag).
How do I apply?
Applications and payment via TryBooking open on 1 October.
Applications close on 24 November. Places will be strictly limited to 20 Rovers. Withdrawals after 24 February may not be refundable. Read the participant information document for full details before registering: Download here