Starved Rock Camping Trip: May 24-25

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Gather ’round scouts, what better way to spend part of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend than a one night campout in beautiful Starved Rock State Park, which is only a short 90 minute drive from Riverside.


Located one mile south of Utica along the Illinois River, Starved Rock State Park is a large 2,700 acre reserve famous for its natural geologic beauty, beauty highly uncommon in Illinois.  The park is home to 18 canyons formed by glacial meltwater and stream erosion which slice dramatically through tree-covered, sandstone bluffs.  Witness the never ending erosive power of waterfalls and rivers as they continue to shape sandstone cliffs, creating overhangs like Council Overhang at the east end of the park.


Other sights can be seen from the bluffs themselves, which provide vantage points for enjoying spectacular vistas along the river.


Starved Rock contains over 13 miles of hiking trails. The lush vegetation supports an abundant wildlife and bird population, including woodchucks, moles, vireos and catbirds. Wood ducks that nest in hollow trees occasionally can be seen paddling along the river’s edge. As we walk along the River Trail we will keep an eye out for evidence of beavers, muskrats, as well as flying squirrels.


Here are the specifics:

  • Who:  All Pack 24 scouts, parents / akeylas, and siblings.  The cost is $15 per scout, $25 per sibling, and $25 per adult.  Total registration is limited to 50 participants.
  • What:  Some of our activities will include: hiking, a special crafting project, campfire skits, and a wide range of other scout-related action.  If you’re not familiar with the spectacular Starved Rock State Park, here is a link to their official website.
  • Where:  Starved Rock is located 85 miles, or approximately 90 minutes, away from Riverside.  Directions from Google Maps can be found here.  Note these directions are to the park offices; we are camping in a different area and will give the specific directions to our dedicated, fully-reserved, group campground at a later time.
  • Why:  The usual suspects: good clean fun, friendships, quality time with your scout(s).  If that isn’t enough, all scouts that participate will get an impressive commemorative patch.
  • When:  Check-in will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 24th.  We will have an action-packed Saturday, wrapping things up on Sunday morning after breakfast so families can be back in Riverside by mid-day on Sunday, May 25th.

Starved Rock Registration

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Pack Meeting this Tuesday, April 8

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We are having a special guest come to our April pack meeting this week:  storyteller Chris McBrien.  Our opening flag ceremony will begin right at 7pm, and the main event will begin soon thereafter.

During the meeting we will preview and begin organizing for our summer activities which will include:

  • Bike & Hike:  June date TBD
  • 4th of July Parade & Lemonade Stand
  • Airfest Camporee in Morris, IL – August 8-10
  • Summer Picnic:  August 24

We’ll also distribute segments for all scouts that helped with the pancake breakfast and attended the Sox overnight last month.

See you there.

Happy Spring Break

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We hope you all have an enjoyable and restful spring break next week.

Also, our next Pack Meeting is Tuesday, April 8 and will feature a Chris McBrien, as special guest speaker / performer. The Webelos will also perform a skit as part of their “Showman” pin requirements.

DEADLINE for the Bulls / Sox Outing

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Bulls-Sox-Academy LogoRegistration for our outing to the Bulls / Sox Academy outing ends TODAY (Friday, March 14).  We are planning a lot of fun group games and activities, so hope you can join it.  Some of the highlights will include:

  • Interactive “Excergaming” in the VAULT.
  • Team games such as tug-of-war, steal-the-bacon, relay races and capture-the-flag
  • Late night snacks and a movie
  • Click here for more details

You have the option to pitch a tent and sleep inside the facility, or just bring some sleeping bags to find a quiet area.  Of course, you are not obligated to sleep overnight, and the drive is only about 1/2 hour.

Click here to register as soon as possible.  We hope to see you there!

March 11 Pack Meeting & Other News

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The pack meetings will resume for the second Tuesday of each month; meetings for the rest of the year are March 11, April 8 and May 13.

The Agenda for the March pack meeting is as follows:

  • 7:00pm Flag Ceremony Webelos 1
  • 7:05pm Games Introduction
  • 7:10pm Castle Panic
  • 7:45pm Frozen T-Shirts
  • 7:55pm Announcements and Hot Chocolate
  • 8:00pm DismissalBulls-Sox-Academy Logo

Don’t forget to register for the fun Bulls-Sox overnight this Saturday night (March 15); click here for the previous post with all the details or just click here to register.  The cost to attend is only $10 per participant.  Yes, you can set up your tent indoors on the artificial turf at the facility, but you do not need to stay overnight if you don’t want to.  And yes, school aged siblings are welcomed to attend along with scouts.

Bulls-Sox-Academy LogoWe are finally ready to begin registration for the Pack 24 overnight to the Bulls Sox Academy, here’s what you need to know.

  • Who:  All current pack 24 cub scouts, at least one parent for each scout, and any interested school-aged siblings
  • What: Group games and activities, late night snacks, a big screen movie and tent camping indoors.
  • Where: Bulls / Sox Academy; 6200 RiverBend Drive, Lisle, IL 60532.  Click here for driving directions; Google Maps indicates it is a 30 minute drive.
  • When: Check-in beginning at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 15.  Check out at 7am the following morning.
  • HowClick here to register.  The cost will be $10 per participant, and all scouts will get a commemorative patch.

More details you want to know!  Pack 24 has reserved the entire Bulls / Sox Academy; this is a large facility with multiple basketball courts, baseball fields, and a large movie screen.  We are going to be organizing group games like tug-of-war, steal-the-bacon, relay races and, some other fun stuff.  You do not need to be a Sox fan to attend.

We need to have a headcount for games and supplies, so registration will end next Friday, March 14.

Email with any questions.

Sox Overnight Registration Form

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Bulls / Sox Overnight – March 15

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Bulls-Sox-Academy LogoThe Pack has reserved the Bulls / Sox training facility in nearby Lisle, IL for an overnight of games & activities on March 15. Some of the highlights we are planning include:

  • Exergaming with the innovative games and stations at “The Vault.”  Most of these stations are kid-powered video games but there is a climbing wall as well.  You can click here to see their promotional video.
  • A variety of large group games such as: steal the bacon, tug-of-war and relay races.
  • Space for indoor camping, we will pitch our tents on the indoor turf.
  • Plus snacks, late-night movie on the big screen, and a commemorative patch.

Registration will begin soon, so be sure to save the date.

Email us at with any questions.

Upcoming Pack Events

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Blue & Gold Banquet is this Sunday, February 23.  The opening flag ceremony begins promptly at 4pm, so be sure to arrive early to check your coats, find your seats and get settled in.

  • PLEASE take a minute to upload any pictures to the slideshow we are developing:  click here to upload and if you are prompted for a key it is “blueandgold”

Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, March 1 at the RPC.  Thank you all for signing up.  Our shifts are almost fully filled, so if you haven’t registered yet, please do so by clicking here and entering your scout’s name.

There is still time to sign up for the Washington DC Trip on April 25-28.  The hotel reservation will be released on March 1, make your decision quickly.

Our normally scheduled pack meetings resume on Tuesday, March 11 at 7pm at the RPC.

The Sox Academy overnight is Saturday, March 15.  More details on this fun event will be forthcoming soon.

Starved Rock campout during Memorial Day weekend, including an overnight on Saturday, May 24.  Many more details will be announced soon.