|What is the Battlefield Area Troglodyte Society?
The Battlefield Area Troglodyte Society, better known as BATS, is a National Speleological Society (NSS)-affiliated caving club (or grotto). We are a non-profit educational organization whose members share a common interest in caves and caving. Our primary goals are to provide a means for local cavers to meet and go caving and to educate people in the sport of caving in a positive, conservation-minded manner. We welcome the opportunity to provide information on caves and caving to educational groups, and will try to accommodate requests to go caving with us.
Who are we?
The Battlefield Area Troglodyte Society was founded in Fredericksburg, Virginia. BATS members hail from all over Virginia and the greater D.C. metropolitan region. We're also scattered throughout the U.S. and Canada.
When and where do we meet?
We hold meetings the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Anyone interested may attend. Our monthly meeting starts at 7:00 PM and follows a formal agenda that includes a business meeting, trip reports and trip planning, and a caving-related program. Program topics range from videos and slideshow presentations about cave exploration to hands-on activities designed to build your caving credentials.
Topic: BATS Monthly Meeting
Time: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Richard Byrd Library
7250 Commerce Street
Springfield, VA 22150-3499
We meet in a reserved room in the library. You may need to knock on the door or window to get someone's attention if the door is locked.
You may join the meeting virtually using Zoom at:
Meeting ID: 856 1062 1574
Who can join the BATS?
BATS membership is open to anyone interested in caving. We welcome new cavers and veteran cavers alike. Membership in the National Speleological Society is not required. However, we strongly encourage NSS membership, and only NSS members are allowed voting privileges on club matters.
What do we do?
- Monthly Meetings
- New Caver Orientation (NCO)
- Beginner Cave Trips
- Horizontal Caving
- Vertical Cave Training
- Vertical Caving
- Monthly Grotto Cave Trips
- Ridgewalking Expeditions
- National and Regional Caving Events
- Cave Photography
- Monthly Caving Trips
- Conservation Projects
- Project Caving
- Presentations to Local Organizations
- Periodic Newsletters, both online and print
- Cave Mapping