Cosley Zoo overnight registration is here!

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For the first time, Pack 24 is headed to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton for an overnight stay! 

Cosley Zoo exhibits a variety of domestic farm animals and Illinois native wildlife. Visitors can enjoy watching the activities of the curious red fox, playful raccoons, intriguing turkey vultures, adorable goats and much more. You can even see some “creepy crawlies” such as snakes, insects, and turtles. Naturalistic habitats complete with trees and water features house the wild mammals, reptiles and birds. Learn more at

When: Friday, November 8th, 6:30pm – Saturday, November 9th, 8am (please arrive promptly on Friday evening)

Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton, IL (approx. 20 miles west of Riverside; please allow time for Friday rush hour traffic)

Who: This overnight is better suited for younger Scouts and space is very limited, so registration is open to Lions (need to be six years old), Tigers, Wolves and Bears. Don’t worry, we’re planning other overnights suitable for everyone!

What: Animal-centric activities led by Zoo staff; sleep in the climate-controlled upper level of the barn; evening snack and continental breakfast are provided

Space is limited, so please sign up ASAP to be assured a spot. Registration closes October 24th. If this overnight fills up, we will create a waiting list. 

2019 Cosley Zoo

  • Price: $20.00


  • Price: $40.00

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  • Paypal is strongly preferred. If you would like to use your Camp Bucks please email our treasurer Jason George at and he will issue you an invoice. Any checks can be dropped off at 92 Riverside Rd. or at the November Pack meeting. Unless the outing is cancelled by the Pack or venue, no refunds can be issued. In the event this registration fills up, we will create a waiting list.


It’s Scout Cabin campout time!

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Join us on Saturday, October 5th from 3pm to Sunday, October 6th at 9am for camping at Riverside’s own Scout Cabin. This is the perfect campout for the whole family, especially those Scouts that are new to the Pack and want to see what camping is all about. Plus, if your Scout gets cold feet, you’re literally right in the neighborhood, so it’s an easy drive home —and you can still join us for breakfast in the morning.

This event is free for Scouts, $5 for siblings and $10 for adults.
Tons of fun activities are planned:
  • Games
  • Pizza at 5pm
  • Campfire & S’mores (of course)
  • Movie before turning in
  • Bagels & Donuts for breakfast
Be sure to pack:
  • Tent & tarp
  • Sleeping bags & pillows
  • Extra blankets and clothing layers
  • Lantern, head lamp or flashlight
  • Bug Spray — a MUST
  • Camp chairs for hanging out and eating meals
  • Games or books for any downtime your kids may want to take
  • Water bottle
  • Any toiletries you may need 
  • Earplugs optional since some of our Scout parents have been known to snore

If you have an extra tarp, tent or sleeping bags you’re willing to lend out, please let your Den Leader know. Some of our families are brand new to camping and aren’t yet stocked up on camping essentials.

Sign up below! Not seeing the form on your mobile device email? Click here to register.

Scout Cabin Campout 2019

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  • Price: $10.00


  • Price: $5.00

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  • PayPal is preferred; however, we will be accepting cash and checks at the October pack meeting. If you select Kamp Bux, you will receive an email from our Treasurer regarding your available Kamp Bux.

Fall bike ride…let us know you’ll be there!

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Please join us for the Pack 24 bike ride along the Salt Creek Trail on Sunday, September 22nd at 3PM.

Here are the key details:

Who:  All Pack 24 scouts and family members, including siblings. 
What:  A ride along the Salt Creek Trail, approximately four miles to the Brezina Woods.  A few parents will meet us there with refreshments & snacks.  A Riverside Police officer will also be giving a brief presentation on Scout safety. Please email Rachel Schrier at if you can help!
Where:  Meet at the Ames parking lot, bike through Riverside and North Riverside (along the trail on 26th street) to the Salt Creek trail entrance, which is just west of First Avenue along 26th street. 
Why:  For fun! All Scouts that participate will receive a patch. 
When:  Sunday, September 22nd at 3:00PM.  This is about a two hour activity. 
In case of bad weather, our rain date will be the following Sunday.  Hope to see you there!

Warren Dunes signup deadline is Sept. 1st. Click here to get those last-minute registrations in before midnight.

Save the date for the Pack 24 fall (formerly known as summer) bike ride — Sunday, September 22nd. Details will be shared soon via email, as well as at our first Pack meeting. Spoiler alert: bike ride includes snacks.

Warren Dunes camping sign up is open!

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The Scouting season is really gearing up!  Mark your calendars for our first Pack 24 meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 10th at 7PM in the Riverside Presbyterian Church downstairs social hall. We have so many great events coming up, including the Warren Dunes camping trip September 6th-8th (see below for sign up and details), fall bike ride and the Scout Cabin Camp Out in October (stay tuned for details).

If you are planning to attend the Warren Dunes camping trip, please sign up ASAP so we can get an accurate feel of how many people to expect.  Registration closes September 1st. Here are the details:

-Warren Dunes Fall Camping Trip: Friday, September 6th-Sunday, September 8th.   The Pack 24 Cub Scouts are returning to the Warren Dunes State Park near Sawyer, Michigan for our fall camping trip. This is a great trip for the Scouts and we spend time playing games on the nearby Lake Michigan beach and exploring the dunes. All Cub Scouts and their entire family are welcome to attend this outing.

We will need volunteers to help load supplies at Riverside Presbyterian Church Thursday evening, September 5th and Sunday, September 8th upon return. Please email Mark Hill to volunteer your services. Of course, all please pitch in with cooking, cleanup, loading/unloading at the campsite.

Here’s a summary of what we have planned…

Friday night: Check in, set up, cracker barrel dinner (cheese, crackers, cold cuts) campfire.


  • Pancake breakfast
  • Post-breakfast hike to private dunes & beach (swim if you like)
  • Lunch: Walking tacos
  • More dune climbing and swimming post-lunch
  • Dinner: Cook out with burgers/dogs/brats
  • We’ll end the evening with s’mores around the campfire

Sunday morning: Breakfast, then camp breakdown/cleanup

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cost? A:  Scouts and siblings under 16 are $20 each, adults are $35 each, yes – the entire family is welcome to attend.

Q:  Do I have to camp for two nights?  A:  No, you are free to arrive Saturday morning or leave late Saturday if your schedule is constrained.

Q: How far is it?  A: Sawyer, Michigan is about 96 miles away from Riverside (and an hour ahead of Riverside time).  Click here for directions courtesy of Google Maps.

Q: What are we going to do? A:  Play on the Lake Michigan beach, swimming, explore the dunes, play games, campfire songs & s’mores, outdoor cooking.

Q:  What are we going to eat?  A: Pancakes & sausage for breakfast, walking tacos for lunch, hotdogs / burgers for dinner.  Plenty of nutritious fruits and veggies will be served with each meal. Note: Food is included, but if you have dietary restrictions, you’re welcome to bring any food you like.

As you may have heard, many beaches in Indiana are closed due to a hazardous chemical spill. Currently, the beach at Warren Dunes is not impacted. However, we’re monitoring the situation and may choose to avoid swimming during the upcoming trip. In that case, we are planning other fun activities to keep Scouts and their families busy and happy. 

Here is the sign up! If you cannot see the form on your mobile phone, please click here to register. Reminder: no refunds can be issued

Have you missed us this summer? We’ve missed you, too. If you’ve been wondering about our annual summer bike ride, conflicting schedules have pushed it to the fall, so be on the lookout for the date. On the bright side, it’s bound to be a cooler ride!

Now, on to the BBQ. Let’s get together to kick off a great Scouting season, starting with a picnic full of food, friends and fun. We’ll need some volunteers to help with set up, clean up and a little activity supervision in between. Click the link below to RSVP and volunteer.

>> RSVP here. Plus, sign up to pitch in!

Sunday, August 25th, 12pm – 3:00pm
Scout Cabin
417 Fairbank Rd.
Bring the family and invite friends—kindergarten through fifth grade—that are interested in joining the Pack. We’ll have burgers, hot dogs, desserts and plenty of food all around, along with tug-o-war, bounce house and water bottle rockets!
Start saving your two-liter bottles and follow these instructions to build your own rocket to bring to the picnic (we’ll provide the launcher). Let’s see how high we can fly this year!
Hope to see some familiar and new faces!
The annual Pack 24 camping trip to Warren Dunes is coming up September 6th – 8th. It’s tons of fun in the woods and on the beach. More info coming very soon. In the meantime, check out the photos from one of our previous Dunes trips and start getting excited!

4th of July Parade and Lemonade Stand

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Join Cub Scout Pack 24 and Boy Scout Troop 24 as we march in the Riverside Independence Day Parade on Thursday, July 4th and serve the best lemonade in town afterwards.  Here’s what you need to know:


  • Scouts must be in full class A uniform, blue dress shirt, neckerchief, slide, cub scout hat is optional.  Brag vest if you’d like.  Parents & siblings are welcome to march with us, please wear your red, white & blue.
  • We are marching right behind the fire engines, so will be serving as the color guard for the rest of the parade.  Line up begins at 8:15am close to the corner of Delaplane & Longcommon, just north of the big ball park.  
  • Parade begins at 8:45am, so don’t be late!
  • Scouts are welcome to bring their own bag of candy to share with people along the parade route.  The Village has asked us to tell everyone that throwing candy is not permitted, but handing out candy is fine.
  • For any adult or Scout without candy, we will be handing out flyers to boys and girls of Cub Scout age along the parade route inviting them to join Pack 24!
  • At the end of the parade, you can meet your scout at the Pack 24 lemonade stand in Guthrie Park.

>>>Click here to sign up just so we have a rough idea of how many to expect<<<


Lemonade Stand

The fresh-squeezed lemonade is always popular after a march through town!  This is a great fundraiser for Pack 24 and many people look forward to our delicious lemonade and friendly service!  

>>>Click here to sign up to help<<<

The Lemonade Stand gets very busy so please plan to stay to stay & help.  Scouts will be using knives, juicers and other equipment so we will need everyone to pitch in to keep them safe and keep the line moving!

Parents: Please volunteer to help set up and/or clean up.  We will be bringing tables, tents and equipment over from RPC so anybody who is able to help (especially if you have a minivan or vehicle with similar capacity) is greatly appreciated! The more volunteers we have, the quicker setup and cleanup will be. We need you to make this event a success!

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 56 spots for Friday, April 26-April 28.  Camp Tecumseh is in Brookston, Indiana which is north of Lafayette and approximately a two-hour drive from the Riverside area. Camp Tecumseh is one hour ahead of Riverside, so please plan your travel accordingly.  Registration is currently open ONLY for Scouts.  Sibling registration will open if space is available. 

Some key points to keep in mind include:

  • Our accommodations will be four bunkhouse style cabins, which will each sleep 14 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.  We will have a Father’s Cabin, Mother’s Cabin & Family Cabin!
  • 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. 

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
    • 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. 

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.  


Pancake breakfast: Sign up to help out, Scouts!

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Signup for the annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 2nd is now OPEN! 

This event is run jointly with the Boy Scouts of Troop 24. They cook the food and the Cub Scouts serve and clean up.  It’s the second largest fundraiser 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 serve friends, family and neighbors 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.  

Sign up today to get your pick of shifts:

At the Pinewood Derby, each Scout received a set of tickets to sell for this event.  If you haven’t received your tickets, please contact your Den Leader.  Pancake Breakfast ticket money is due by February 21st and can be dropped off at Rachel Schrier’s home at 296 Herrick Road or handed in to your Den Leader. If you have questions about your tickets, please email Rachel at

Come show your support and celebrate as our Webelos II Den crosses over to join the Boy Scouts. They’ve worked hard to earn this honor, many since they were Tigers, and it will be an honor to send them off with a party.

The Blue & Gold Banquet is on Sunday, February 24th at 4pm at the Riverside Golf Club (2520 S. Desplaines Ave., North Riverside).  

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!  Our entertainment this year is the John Measner Magic ShowCombining humor and audience participation—and possibly a furry friend—the whole family is sure to enjoy John Measner.
  • 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 deadline has been extended to Tuesday, 2/19/19.

Looking forward to celebrating with you all! Scouts: Please wear your Class A uniform!