Caving Trip of 2024

Troop 9 is heading down to Marengo Cave on Saturday, February 17. It will be an adventurous trip that will allow the Scouts to explore a cave in its natural state. The Troop is very excited to be back for the first time since 2019.

The trip will be a 4 hour drive from Champaign to Marengo, IN.


The Troop will stay in cabins in Marengo Cave Park the first night. The cabins have heat and electricity, and restrooms and showers are just a short walk away. Each bunk will have a mattress so all that is needed is a sleeping bag and pillow. There is also a fire pit, grill, and tables outside.

Marengo Cave Address: 400 East State Road 64, Marengo, IN 47140
Marengo Cave Phone: (888) 702-2837

The Troop will spend Sunday going on the Night in Cave #3 package. If you are coming, make sure to bring clothes that can get dirty because the package requires crawling around in the mud and water.

The tentative schedule for the trip:

Saturday, February 17, 2024:
1500 Pack and Load
1530 Shop for groceries  
1630 Depart, eat dinner at Brownsburg Wendy’s
2100 (ET) Arrive at Cabins
2300 (ET) Lights out

Sunday the 18th:
0630 Prepare breakfast
0800 Mass at St. Joseph Church in Marengo
1100 Lunch, pack gear
1200 Cave walking tour of the Dripstone Trail and Crystal Palace
1400 Snack break & gear up
1430 Wild cave exploration featuring the Waterfall Crawl, The Masher, and Pig Pen
1700 Shower & clean up
1800 Pizza dinner
1900 Teambuilding games in the cave
2100 Set up to sleep in the cave

Monday the 19th:
0630 Pack up, breakfast provided by Marengo staff
0900 Depart for HCS
1200 (CT) Arrive HCS

What to bring in addition to your normal gear:

  • Release form
  • Packing list (scroll towards bottom of page) for caving includes clothes that can get VERY Dirty. Recommended clothes:
    • Inner layer: T-shirt or long sleeve shirt
    • Inner layer: thermal pants or equivalent
    • Outer layer: long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt
    • Outer layer: jeans or long pants (no sweatpants or jogging pants)
    • heavy socks -2 pair (wool or cold weather gear best)
    • boots or high-top tennis shoes
    • kneepads
    • gloves
    • trash bag for wet clothing and shoes
    • shower supplies
  • Sleeping bag and a pillow
  • Flashlight
  • Money for dinner on Friday

  • Saturday Dinner: Wendy’s in Brownburg
  • Sunday Breakfast: Quick foods (oatmeal, poptarts, fruit)
  • Sunday Lunch: Sandwiches, chips, cookies
  • Sunday Dinner: Pizza
  • Monday Breakfast: Hot breakfast provided by Marengo staff
Additional notes:
  • No eating, drinking, or smoking inside the cabin. All cooking and eating must be done outside.
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the giftshop
  • Observe the quiet hours 11:00pm to 7:00am.

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