Quote from: pwhole on September 04, 2020, 01:21:09 am- maybe it's more a case of stressing the relevance of underground exploration to modern life An interesting comment ... what precisely do you mean by this?
- maybe it's more a case of stressing the relevance of underground exploration to modern life
Apparently average age at BMC is now 42 (the answer to life, the universe & everything?), so has increased in last 17 years:https://thebmc.co.uk/bmc-membership-numbers-latest-update
..... Certainly my club has had quite a number of older cavers join saying they want to come back to caving again, having done it for a while in their youth and now have time to get back to it. Those who join, or re-join, in later life seem to stick with it in a way that the keen teens didn't.
That was true of me, and as you say, probably many others. But I wonder how many people start caving in mid-life? I don't know, but I suspect not too many, therefore it's important to get people hooked when they're young - their caving career may not be continuous, but it's quite likely to re-start when the opportunity arises.
If you just underground for the fun of it you are going to get bored pretty quickly.
I bet you do more than go down caves otherwise you would not be posting on this forum!
It's worth considering that BCA membership stats only tell part of the story. There are plenty of young people caving seperately from clubs, who don't appear in the statistics. I'm pottering down Great Douk this afternoon with a work colleague and her six year old son. Neither are, or are ever likely to be, BCA members. I'm sure there must be many other trips like this, with kids going on trips but never showing up on the BCA radar.
Interestingly, whilst the effect of covid on BCA membership numbers will only now be being discovered (as clubs should have sent in returns) & the BMC have lost c.10% of their members, British Canoeing have seen a nearer 20% increase. (The actual numbers involved are quite similar, as BMC was half as big again as BC, but both are over 10 times the size of BCA).
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