Access Policy

Current Access Control Policies

for

Carroll Cave

Camden county Missouri

Introduction

Carroll Cave located in Camden County Missouri is a long dendritic cave system formed in the upper part of the Gasconade dolomite of Ordovician age. It is the longest and most complex system known to exist in Camden County and it also ranks as one of the most extensive cave systems in Missouri. Approximately 59.400 feet of cave has been mapped although many more miles are believed to exist. As of January 2000 it is still ranked as Missouri’s 5th longest cave and is home to many very unique biological, and geological wonders. It is truly one of the world’s great caves. The Carroll Cave Conservancy has opened the cave and with that comes a great responsibility. Exploration will continue, as it should, yet preservation is the key ingredient for all policies set forth for access to the cave. The following is a detailed description of the access policies adopted for Carroll Cave.

ACCESS POLICY

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Member Access:
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The CCC sponsors various projects in the cave, which seek to satisfy the goals of the organization as stated in its Constitution and Bylaws.  CCC members who are current on dues, signed waivers and membership information are welcome to participate on these projects.  Participants are expected to actively contribute to the stated goal(s) of the trip.  Members must understand and comply with the safety requirements (see Safety Policy) and meet the physical fitness requirements for each trip as established by the Trip Leader.  Members can learn about scheduled trips from the CCC web site [www.carrollcave.org] or by contacting the committee for the project of their particular interest.
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Non-Member Access:
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Caving groups or organizations who are not members of CCC may, under certain circumstances, gain access to Carroll Cave through the CCC’s entrance.  Any such trip or project needs to comply with the goals and mission of CCC and be approved by the Access Committee or Board of Directors.  All trips must include a Trip Leader who has met requirements established by the Access Committee.�
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Minors (participants under age 18):
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Minors may access the cave under the member or non-member provisions. A minor must be accompanied by a qualified adult on the trip who agrees to be the minor’s sponsor.  A minor’s waiver of liability must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
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Human Impact:
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In order to lessen the impact of human activity in the cave, no more than twenty four people will be allowed access on a given day.  Issues surrounding sensitive areas in the cave will be handled on a case by case basis.  CCC members may recommend prohibiting or limiting access to certain areas to the CCC Board of Directors.
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Reserved Weekends:
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In order to provide equal access to all interests, committees will be granted certain weekends of the month where their projects will have priority.  Other interests may be pursued on those weekends, but priority is given to the committee who has the weekend reserved.
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First full weekend: Survey
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Second:  Biology
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Third: Restoration
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Fouth & fifth :  Open to all others.
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Access to Carroll Cave for outside organizations

A Grotto or other cave organization may make a request to the CCC Access Committee for a trip into Carroll Cave.  The purpose of organizational trips is to introduce non members to Carroll Cave so that they may determine if CCC membership is appropriate for them.  CCC members that are also members of the requesting organization are encouraged to participate in the trip.  It is recommended that the organization contact an approved CCC trip leader prior to making a request in order to discuss and determine a date and objective for the trip.  A listing of approved CCC trip leaders is available from the Access Committee.  The Access Committee will evaluate the request per the following policy:
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The Access Committee may or may not issue a permit at the Committee’s discretion.
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All Access trip policies for standard trips, except CCC membership, shall apply, e.g., 8 cavers maximum per trip and no more than 24 cavers in the cave at one time.  If the group expects more then 7 participants, more than one trip leader will be required.
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The trip will be a work trip with a specific purpose of supporting one of the CCC on going projects, e.g., Survey, Biology, Restoration, Hydrology, Photography, etc.
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The request shall contain, (1) the organization’s name, (2) the approved CCC trip leader, (3) an estimate of the number of cavers, (4) the date of the requested trips, (5) the specific purpose of the trip.
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All non CCC members participating in the trip must be members of the requesting organization.
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All non CCC participants must submit a current complete CCC liability release to the Access Committee at least one week prior to the trip.
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The CCC Trip Leader will provide the Access Committee a final roster at least one week prior to the trip (no non member may be added to the trip in the week before the trip).
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The CCC Trip Leader shall provide trip reports as normal
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All non CCC members must be 18 or older.
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Prior CCC members that are not current on their dues must be current on dues and release form to participate in the trip.
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No non member may participate in an organization trip more than once.

If a permit is issued, it will be issued to the approved CCC Trip Leader.

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