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The Executive Committee

The affairs of the Team are managed by an Executive Committee consisting of President (Group Leader), Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Safety and Training Officer, Booking Officer (Venturer & Rover sections), Booking Officer (Scout section), V.S.A. Representative.

The positions are elected at the Annual General Meeting which is held in July or August. The exceptions are that President is the current appointed Group Leader (GL), and the Booking Officers are appointed by the Executive as required. A single elected position may be occupied by the same person for no more than three consecutive years.

Regular meetings are held at the Branch Activity Training Centre (Bat Cave) in Mount Waverley.


Group Leadership

The team operates as a Scout Group under the Victorian Branch Adventurous Activities Council. Tony Watson is the President and Group Leader (GL). He is also currently the Branch Activity Leader (BAL) for the Caving adventurous activity.


A very short history of the Team

The Lillydale District Caving Team (LDCT) was formed in January 1982 after the 5th Australian Venture held in Nunawading, Victoria. The first members were a number of Scouting Leaders and Venturers who were active cavers and lived in and around the former Shire and District of Lillydale (hence the unusual spelling).

The Branch Caving Council (BCC) was established by mid 1983 to formulate guidelines for caving activities in this state. Membership of LDCT included the president of Victorian Speleological Association Inc., Julie Moore.

LDCT adopted its first constitution in February 1984, operating as a Scouting Group in the Yarra Ranges District of Yarra Valley Region. In June 1987 the BCC approved a Victorian Branch policy for caving activities by Scout Association members.

In 1999 the Branch Caving Council was wound down and the Victorian Branch Activities Council became responsible for Scouting caving activities in this state. LDCT was also adopted as the official caving team of the Victorian Branch.

Lillydale District Caving Team was accepted as an Associate of the Australian Speleological Federation Inc. in November 1999. The Team was represented in person at the annual Council Meetings of the ASF held in Bathurst NSW on 2nd January 2001, Mt Gambier SA on 9th January 2007 and Sale VIC on 10th January 2009.

The Team changed its name to Victorian Scout Caving Team (VSCT) in early 2002 to more accurately identify its role in Scouting and cement its close relationship to the Victorian Branch of Scouts Australia.

Over the years the Team has run over 300 caving activities for the benefit of a large number of Venturer Units, Rover Crews and other Scouting and community groups. The trips have involved full weekend camping trips to various caving locations across the length and breadth of Victoria, or just day trips to caves close to Melbourne.


Tunnel Vision

LDCT published a short newsletter named Tunnel Vision from 1989 to 2001. From 2002 it continued to be published under the new team name, VSCT. The newsletter is produced up to five times per year to keep everyone informed of what is going on in the Team.

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