Affiliating your club to the BMC comes with a range of benefits.
Combined Liability Insurance for your club
The BMC provides Combined Liability Insurance cover for your club and its members. The policy covers you for combined liability in connection with hillwalking, climbing and mountaineering. The limit of indemnity in respect of any claim made during the period of insurance is £15 million in any one event. (For members who are resident in the Republic of Ireland, the total limit for Public Liability is £10m). More details can be found on the BMC Insurance Website.
The BMC provides a range of training opportunities for your club officers and committee members, club leaders and club members. Ranging from courses about working with novice members, to qualifications in outdoor first aid, to improving your navigation or scrambling or climbing skills, and to workshops to help committee members. More details can be found on the Courses page.
BMC Travel and Activity insurance
Members of affliated clubs can take out our Travel and Activity Insurance to cover medical, rescue, baggage and cancellation. Rates are available to cover activities from beach holidays to an ascent of Everest, from 3 days to annual cover.
Discounts with over 800 outdoor retailers
BMC members can get discounts on all their outdoor gear purchases when shopping with the retailers on our list - see the full list of retailers here and can also get further discounts on travel and accomodation costs.
Club Member upgrade
In 2004 the BMC introduced membership upgrade option for members of BMC affiliated clubs on payment of an additional premium of £15.20. This provides access to the full range of Individual Membership benefits, which include;
4 copies of Summit posted to you directly per year
£10k personal accident insurance
A plastic BMC membership card
Access to a full range of Individual Member benefits
By upgrading your membership you will also be making a financial contribution to the BMC's vital access, conservation, mountain safety and technical investigation work. You will also be supporting work in representing the needs of climbers hillwalkers and mountaineers to the government.
Multiple Club Refund
For any club members who are members of more than one BMC-affiliated club they only need to pay once for their BMC membership. Any additional payments can be claimed back, and once the BMC has been notified this refund will automatically take place year after year.
Access & Conservation
Access and conservation work is one of the most important and highly regarded of the BMC functions. Over the years, the programme has gone from strength to strength and is now coordinated by BMC officers in England and Wales with many regional access volunteers and specialist advisors, together with countless others who are called upon to assist with various projects. "On the ground" work is undertaken by area volunteers who, backed by the BMC officers, liaise with landowners and conservationists in their areas to negotiate access agreements and deal with any conflicts that arise.
There are currently 68 buildings providing great value, high quality, self-catering accommodation for hillwalkers, climbers and mountaineers - typically situated in the heart of the popular mountain areas in the UK. Most are managed by affiliated-clubs, with others run by the BMC and Mountaineering Scotland for the benefit of BMC and MS members. Click here for the full listings
If you have any queries about your club's affiliation to the BMC do not hesitate to get in touch with the Membership Services Team at the BMC office.
All revenue generated by BMC Membership Services goes back into improving the service, communicating with members and supporting BMC specialist work programmes including Access and Conservation, Safety and Training, and Technical work.
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