The scouts of Boy Scout Troop 412 camped at Indian Cave State Park on the weekend of June 15th through 17th. This is the first time the Troop had camped at this location although, some of the Scouts had been here before as Cub Scouts with Pack 412 in 2008 . The weekend was both sunny and rainy, but the Scouts were able to keep mostly dry underneath their large carport style tent. The large tent was graciously donated by the Marshall and Reynolds family 2 years ago, and is perfect for the Troop to cook underneath during summer thunderstorms. Indian Cave State Park has wonderful living-history activities including a fully working blacksmith shop , soap making, candle making and broom making. The park has a large group campsite as well as some nice secluded tent camping spaced out nicely so that campers aren’t crammed into a small confined area. Four of the newer Scouts were taught by the Senior Patrol Leader knife and axe skills. Half of them were able to pass their Toten’ Chip test and earn the right to carry their pocket knife and use the axe and saw to cut wood for the weekend. The other two Scouts will be able to retake their test at the next Troop meeting to earn their Toten’ Chip card. The cave itself is more of an outcrop of rock in the side of hill, nevertheless it is not disappointing. You can easily identify several<br>petroglyhs (rock engravings) etched on the rock wall. The ancient Indian picture writings depict forms, shapes and scenes, mostly of elements of nature and wildlife.<br>Off course we had to stop by the St. Deroin gravesite of the colorful and legendary character<br>A.J. Ritter . Indian Cave offers some nice scenic views of the Missouri River and some extensive walking trails.<br>Photos from the Troop’s campout can be viewed in the Photo Gallery .