Camp Tecumseh registration is open!

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Get ready to enjoy the awesome activities this camp has to offer: climbing, epic slides, horseback riding, marksmanship, waterfront fun and campfires! Pack 24 has reserved a total of 60 spots for Friday, April 27, Saturday April 28 and Sunday, April 29.  Camp Tecumseh is in Brookston, Indiana which is north of Lafayette, and according to Google Maps, approximately a two-hour drive from the Riverside area. Camp Tecumseh is one hour ahead of Riverside, so please plan your travel accordingly.

Some key points to keep in mind include:

  • Our accommodations will be four bunkhouse style cabins, which will each sleep 14-15 individuals.  Each will have indoor plumbing, showers and heat. Each bunk bed has an electric outlet and a shelf for personal belongings. We will group everyone by family.  This year, we will try to devote a cabin to mothers and sons/daughters traveling together. This is a great outing for our mothers!
  • Each family will have the option to stay either two nights (Friday & Saturday) or just for Saturday.  Everyone has to check out by 1pm ET on Sunday.
    • For the two night option, check-in on Friday is after 4:30pm ET and includes four meals beginning with breakfast on Saturday.  The cost is $70 for adults and $60 for kids (scouts & school-aged siblings). Note – there are no activities or food available on Friday night. You may want to pack a picnic, and bring some games.
    • For the one night option, check in is Saturday morning after 9am ET and includes three meals beginning with lunch on Saturday.  The cost is $55 for adults and $45 for kids (scouts & school-aged siblings).
    • If you have not been to Tecumseh and are trying to decide between one night or two nights, we would recommend arriving on Friday night ONLY IF you are able to get to the camp before 9:00 pm EST (Tecumseh is one hour ahead of Chicago and the registration desk closes early). It is hard to find the camp in the dark, and even harder to find your cabin if you miss registration and are unfamiliar with the camp. If you are unable to reach Tecumseh by 8:00 pm CST/9:00 pm EST – we recommend you only sign-up for Saturday and arrive early Saturday morning.   There will be no Pack 24 representative at the camp to help you find your way on Friday night if you arrive at 9:00 pm CST.
  • There is an extra fee for horseback riding ($9 for a 40 minute trail ride), the rifle range ($1 for ten shots), or candle making ($2 per person).  You can only register for these activities in-person, when arrive at the Camp. There is not a set of scheduled activities for our group, so people can choose to spend their time at the waterfront, climbing, sliding or doing whatever is the most fun.  We also understand parents will have to sign a waiver for the horseback riding, but we haven’t received a copy of it for you to review.

Here is the general schedule for the weekend (keep in mind they are one hour ahead of Riverside time):

  • Friday (if you are planning on two nights)
    • 4:30-9:00 pm Check-In (Non-staffed program areas are available during check-in hours, no food is available.)
  • Saturday
    • 7:00 am Rise & Shine!
    • 8:00 am Breakfast (For campers who stayed Friday night)
    • 9:00-11:45 am *Program Areas & Trading Post Open
    • 12:00 pm Lunch
    • 1:00-5:00 pm *Program Areas & Trading Post Open
    • 5:30pm Dinner
    • 7:30 pm Campfire – Join us for songs, skits, & stories led by camp staff.
  • Sunday
    • 7:00 am Rise & Shine!
    • 8:00 am Breakfast
    • 8:45 am Chapel (Location announced @ breakfast)
    • 9:00-12:00 *Program Areas & Trading Post Open

It goes without saying that all the scouts that participate in this event will receive a commemorative patch.  In order to comply with all BSA requirements, please also review the attached Activity Consent Form. As part of the registration process, each family will have to acknowledge these terms.

If you’re ready to for this adventure, then register below.  Due to limited space, registration is first open to Scouts and parents. If all spaces aren’t filled, we’ll open spaces up to siblings on April 5th. Registration will close on April 15th.  

Pack Meeting Tuesday, March 13th

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Hello Scout Families!

We’re ready to resume our regular monthly Pack meetings the second Tuesday of each month. The March meeting is 7pm, Tuesday, March 13th.

We’ll be updating you on the activities planned for the rest of the year — like the annual spring Pack trip to Camp Tecumseh. Plus, Scouts will be able to show their Den creativity and teamwork with “skit in a bag”, where each Den will use a bag of props  to use to make up a skit and perform for the Pack and parents.   

School Supply Drive for Refugee Children

Aidan F., an Eagle Scout candidate from Riverside Troop 24, is holding a collection for school supplies for the Catholic Charities Refugee program.

Please bring any of the supplies listed below that you can to Tuesday’s Pack meeting, or you can drop off at any of three collection points — The Riverside bank, Riverside Foods and The Riverside Library — from March 7th to March 18th. On Sunday March 11th and 18th scouts will be at the Presbyterian Church and St. Mary’s Church collecting during the services.

Let’s show that Scouts are helpful and kind. Please give what you can.

Supplies requested:

  • #2 Pencils (packs)
  • Erasers
  • Pencil sharpeners 
  • Folders 
  • Sturdy tote bags  
  • Scientific calculators 
  • Glue sticks 
  • Scissors (both safety and non-safety) 
  • Graphic novels  
  • comic books 
  • Kindergarten – 3rd grade reading level books
  • sturdy backpacks 
  • Wide-ruled (50) and College ruled notebooks
  • Black and blue pens 
  • Red pens (packs) 
  • English dictionaries
  • Colored pencils (packs)
  • Markers (washable) (packs) 
  • Small tissue packs (packs)

Sibling registration open for Cantigny overnight

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There are still some spots left for the March 9th Pack 24 Cantigny overnight and we are opening registration to siblings age five and up. Act fast — registration will close this Monday night, February 26th. Find the details and registration form here:

Overnight at the 1st Division Museum at Catigny

Last Call for the Blue and Gold Banquet

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Registration is closing tonight, Wednesday, 2/21 at 10PM for the 2018 Blue and Gold Banquet.  Don’t miss out on Mad Scientist Chicago, delicious food and celebrating our Webelos who are crossing over into Boy Scouts.  All scouts families at all levels are encouraged to attend!

Here are the details:

When: Sunday, February 25th at 4PM at the

Where: Crystal Sky Banquets (7941 W. 47th street, McCook).  

Looking forward to celebrating with you all!  Sign up is closed.

Overnight at the 1st Division Museum at Cantigny

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Join us for an overnight at the 1st Dvision Museum and spend the night in a WWII trench, on the beaches of Normandy or the jungle of Viet Nam!  This overnight is a Pack 24 favorite  and one you won’t want to miss!

When:  Friday, March 9th at 6:30- Saturday, March 10th at 8:30AM

Where:  1st Division Museum at Catigny:

How much:  The cost is $30 per scout and $17 per adult.  Siblings are not able to sign up unless we have open spots closer to the event date.

What to bring:  An air mattress, comfortable clothes, layers for outdoor activities & play and a flashlight.

The overnight includes:

-A guided tour of the Museum

-Outside activities and fun in the tank park

-Dress like a solider

-Movie on the big screen

-Nate night snack & Breakfast

This overnight is popular and will fill up so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot!


Pancake Breakfast Shift Signup is here!

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We are opening the signup for annual Pancake Breakfast which is on Saturday, March 3rd.  This event is run jointly with the Boy Scouts of Troop 24. They cook the food and the Cub Scouts serve and clean up.  This event is the second largest fund-raiser for Pack 24 so we need the help of all Scouts in serving at least one shift.  The Cub Scouts are typically very excited to help at this event and our guests love to see their enthusiasm and earnest desire to help! The shifts from 9:30AM-11:30AM tend to be the busiest.  Here is the signup genius:

At the Pinewood Derby, each scout received a set of tickets for this event.  If you haven’t received your tickets, please contact your Den Leader.  Pancake Breakfast ticket money is due by February 22nd and can be dropped off at Rachel Schrier’s home at 296 Herrick Road or handed in to your Den Leader.

Pancake Breakfast tickets are here!

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Hello Scout Families!

The Scout Pancake Breakfast—one of our most popular fundraising events—is coming up in March. 

Heads up—each Scout sells a minimum number of tickets (fewer for the younger Scouts, a few more for the older Scouts). Envelopes will be handed out by Rachel Schrier at the Pinewood Derby on Saturday. If you don’t get your Scout’s tickets to sell on Saturday, you’ll be able to get them through your Den Leader.

Tickets are easy to sell and usually go like…well…hotcakes. After all, who doesn’t want to share an all-you-can-eat supply of pancakes and sausage with friends, family and neighbors?

See you at the Derby!

Pinewood Derby Help Needed!

The Pinewood Derby is one week away! We hope that your scouts are putting their finishing touches on their cars this weekend!  We still have room in the Parent Derby on Friday night so please let me know if you would like to participate.  It is a lot of fun!  We also still need A LOT of parent volunteers to help with the event so please take a look at the SignUp Genius:

2018 Blue & Gold Banquet

The Blue & Gold Banquet is on Sunday, February 25th at 4PM at the Crystal Sky Banquets (7941 W. 47th street, McCook).  

Since we have so many new scouts – here is a summary of why the Blue & Gold is a big deal:

  • We hold it in February to commemorate the founding of Boy Scouts on February 8, 1910
  • It is a lot of fun!  Mad Scientist Chicago will be performing cool science experiments for our entertainment.
  • We have a ceremony for all Webelos II scouts that have earned the Arrow of Light – which is the highest award in cub scouts
  • The Webelos II scouts then cross over to join the ranks of the Troop 24 Boy Scouts
  • A delicious buffet dinner will begin after all of the ceremonies
  • A souvenir program for each scout
  • Finally, all scouts that participate in the event will be given a patch to commemorate the event.

The whole family is encouraged to attend.  The registration will closed on 2/18/18.

Looking forward to celebrating with you all!

Service Event: Feed my Starving Children

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Hello Scout Families,

Pack 24 has an amazing opportunity to volunteer with the Feed my Starving Children organization! 

We’ll be packing nutrient-dense meals to be distributed to malnourished children all around the world—nearly 70 countries, including the United States after Hurricane Katrina.

This event is open to ages 5 and up and is a wonderful way for the whole family to serve those in need and have a lot of fun while bonding with the Pack. 

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, February 10th, 2018, 7pm-9pm

Where: 742 East Park Avenue (Hwy 176), Libertyville, IL

Rules: comfortable clothes; no jewelry; grades k-2 require one adult per child; grades 3-6 require one adult per three children

Register at this link:

Once you register yourself, you can add the name of your Scout(s), siblings, grandparents, friends, etc. by clicking “add member names”. The more the merrier! Feed my Starving Children always makes sure this event is fun and lighthearted. Plus, the Scouts not only LOVE having a job to do, they can feel good about doing it.

Hope to see a great turnout for Pack 24!

Snow Tubing & Pinewood Derby Info!

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Happy New Year, Pack 24 families!  We hope 2018 is off to a great start.  We have a busy start to the year, so read on for all the info you need:

Wilmot Snow Tubing, 1/15

 Snow tubing is on Monday, 1/15/2018 from 11AM-1PM at Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin.  Deadline to sign up will be on Friday at noon.  Once you arrive at Wilmot, look for the Snow Tubing lodge, which is separate from the ski lodge (just past the ski lodge depending which way you come in).  A Pack 24 volunteer will be there to give you your tickets and show you were to go.  We are planning to meet around 10:45AM, but it’s also OK if you need to show up a bit late.  Here is the form to the signup: .  

Adult Pinewood: Friday, 1/26/18

Registration begins at 6PM and ends at 6:45PM.  The race begins promptly at 7PM.  Awards for the fastest car and best design will be awarded and a celebration of all will take place after the race at a location still to be TBD.  We still have spots for parents to sign up!  The cost is $20 per car and the proceeds go back directly to the Pack.  This is a great way for parents to be involved in making a car with their Scout and generates a fun, friendly rivalry among parents.  There were some amazing cars last year!  If you want to participate, please email me at and I will drop a car off at your home.  This is always a fun event with some pretty amazing cars!

Scout Pinewood Derby: Saturday, 1/27/18

This year, there are two options to register your car.  You can register on Friday between 6PM-6:45PM or on Saturday between 10AM-12PM.   We can’t register any latecomers after registration closes or else we will not be able to begin our race on time.  When you register, you will be given the Pinewood Patch and ballots to vote for best car designs.  

Here are the categories for voting: Most Scout Like, Coolest, Fastest Looking, Funniest & Most Creative.

 Be sure to arrive early so your Scout can test his car on the track and make any final modifications.  Your car will be weighed and limited tools will be available to help with modifications. Note that once your son’s car has been registered, only our volunteer boy scouts from Troop 24 will be handling the cars. This helps reduce the risk of mishaps.

Lunch: The Girl Scouts are returning to run the lunch cafe in the Social Hall.  They have a very reasonably priced menu with many tasty items such as pizza, sloppy joes, chicken noodle soup, etc. Be sure to visit them so your Scout doesn’t run out of fuel when it comes time for racing.

The Derby begins at 1pm.  Racing will be conducted by rank, so Tigers are first followed by Wolves, Bears, Webelos I and Webelos II.  The winners from each rank will take place in the Finals after all the ranks have completed their race.  We hope to have all racing completed by about 3pm.

The race is a lot of fun and we invite you to bring the whole family to the Derby.  Please remember that Boy Scout Policy is that all parents must accompany their Scouts to these types of events, so if you scout is going to participate in the derby, one parent must stay for the duration.  We will have the movie room set up for their entertainment, but please feel free to bring other small, appropriate entertainment for your Scout (think cards, books, etc.).

We need support from our Akelas to make the Derby successful!  Please take a look at our SignUp Genius and see where you can volunteer: 

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions.

  • Do we have to stay for the whole Derby?  The short answer is “No.” Be sure to check in between 10am in noon and then have your Scout on hand prior to the opening flag ceremony at 1pm.  Check in should take you no more than 15 minutes, especially if you arrive prior to the absolute deadline of 12 noon.  You are free to come & go, but remember at least one parent needs to be on hand while your scout participates in the derby.
  • I don’t think I can check in by noon – can I please check in late? Absolutely not.  Sorry, but the race officials will have to prepare the racing software based on the check in results, and also tabulate votes so racing can begin promptly at 1pm.  If you do not check in on time, your Scout will not race.  Ask a friend or neighbor to help you if you anticipate any issues.
  • My car number has two of the same digits (i.e. 22 / 33 / 44) – what do I do?  Be sure to use the number stickers from your pinewood kit on your scout’s car. Please bring along spare numbers to donate to the pit crew, so we have some extras for Scouts that have two of the same digit.
  • What is the maximum weight?  Five ounces as determined by the official scales at check-in.  If your Scout’s car is in excess of the limit, you will have to remove weight.  Pro tip #1 – don’t put weights on the bottom of your car… it can get caught on the track and ruin your Scout’s race.  Pro tip #2 weigh your car at home and leave it a bit under five ounces, you can add a bit more weight in the pit crew area before you officially check in.
  • Our rules are available here for your review.


  • Feed Our Starving Children February (day TBD)
  • Blue and Gold Banquet 2/24 at 4PM
  • Pancake Breakfast, 3/3
  • First Division Overnight, 3/9-3/10
  • Camp Tecumseh, 4/27-4/29