Register for February Events

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The 2015 Pinewood Derby was a huge success.  We had 61 scouts participate, which is the vast majority of the Pack.  Thanks to everyone that stepped up to help, especially Pinewood Chairman Bill Schlesser and the Troop 24 scouts that helped run the race.

We do not have a Tuesday night pack meeting in February, instead we meet as a pack at the Blue & Gold Banquet on February 22.  We are returning to the Riverside Golf Club for this year’s Blue & Gold to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America, recognize the accomplishments of our Webelos II scouts before they cross-over to the ranks of Troop 24, and have some fun.  The Blue & Gold organizers have arranged for a special visit from a magician / entertainer.  The whole family is invited to attend.  The cost is subsidized for scouts.

We also have registration continuing for the Polar Prowl on February 13.  This event is open to all the cub scouts in our area and we have a lot of fun sledding (as weather permits), hiking, playing games in the snow and warming up with a campfire & soup.  There is a patch for everyone that comes to the Prowl.  There is no cost for pack 24 scouts to attend, so click here to register today.

2015 Blue & Gold Registration

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The 2015 Pinewood Derby is just a few short days away.  Here are some friendly reminders to help with your final preparations.

  • Registration closes at noon!  You can check-in your car any time from 10am to noon.  Cub scouts cannot handle the cars after check-in, but are free to test it on the track up until noon.  We will have a pit crew to help with any final adjustments from 10am to noon.  Cars cannot be checked-in after noon.  Your scout will receive ballots for voting for the cars with the best design in his den.
  • Stay for lunch at the RPC.  The Girl Scouts of Troop 657 will be running a lunch stand in the downstairs social hall and will be serving items such as: homemade chicken noodle soup & French bread,  homemade sloppy joes, cheese & sausage pizza, chips, clementines, lemonade.  They’ll also have a variety of delicious baked goods for sale afterwards.
  • Summer Camp presentation begins at 12:45pm.  There are a lot of new camping options this year as a result of the counsel merger.  We’ll have a 15 minute presentation and Q&A session from a counsel representative.
  • Flag Ceremony at 1pm & Racing thereafter!  Scouts will race by rank, starting with Tigers and ending with Webelos II.  Before each den begins racing, we will award scouts that have won a design award.  The top three cars in each den will receive a trophy.  When all dens are done racing, we will have a championship round, and the top five cars will receive a trophy.
  • Volunteers still needed.  We expect to have a lot of scouts & family on hand to participate in this fun event.  We still need a few parents to cover the movie room and of course, post race cleanup is always necessary as well.  To make this the best pinewood derby ever, please sign up here:
  • Other. Rules can be found here: Derby Rules 2012 (the 2012 rules still apply – no changes).  Design categories are:
    • Funniest
    • Most Creative
    • Scout-Inspired
    • Fastest-Looking
    • Coolest

2015 pinewood_derby_racer_patchGentlemen – start your engines!

The pack 24 Pinewood Derby is a week away.  Be sure to have the finishing touches on  your wonderful cars to be ready to race next weekend.  If you’d like to get some expert help, the good folks at the LaGrange BSA service center are having a  PINEWOOD DERBY CHAMP CAMP this coming Saturday January 17th from 10am to 2pm.  A pinewood derby consultant will be available to offer advice on how to make the car faster.  A least one associate will be cutting out cars on a band saw for those who have neither the time nor the resources to get their scouts cars cut out.  The La Grange Scout Shop as all the items you need to really detail your car.  This is an excellent way to spend a Saturday morning to make cars faster for the race.  You can call the scout shop or see shop associate for more details.  The address is 811 Hillgrove in LaGrange.

Parents – You should have received an email invitation to sign up for one session during derby day.  We need parents to chaperone the movie room for 1/2 hour, because even though racing is fun & exciting, it doesn’t hold the attention span of all scouts & younger siblings.  If we don’t have enough volunteers, we’ll close the movie room… We also need help with cleanup at the end of the race.

  • Here is a link to the signup shifts:

Other factoids you need to know about the Pinewood Derby include:

Registration begins at 10am and ends at noon.  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.  Be sure to arrive early so your scout can test his car on the track and make any final 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: Girl Scout Troop 657 is returning to run the lunch cafe in the Social Hall.  They have a very reasonably priced menu with many tasty items.  Be sure to visit them so your scout doesn’t run out of fuel when it comes time for racing.

The folks from the newly created “Pathway to Adventure Council” will give a short presentation about this year summer camp options which will begin at 12:45pm.

The Derby begins at 1pm.   Racing will be conducted by rank, so Tigers are first followed by Wolves, Bears, Webelos I and finally Webelos II are last.  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.

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.  As 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.
  • I saw some special equipment and parts at the Scout Store in LaGrange, can I use these?  Yes, but only if these are officially licensed BSA parts.  As stipulated in our rules, you can not use any non-BSA sanctioned parts.  Our rules are available here for your review.

Greetings Pack 24, hope everyone has been staying warm.

During January and February, we do not have our normally scheduled pack meetings on the second Tuesday night of each month.  We have two special pack events that also serve as the meetings for the month.

  • Pinewood Derby on January 24.  Car kits were distributed to scouts in December, contact your den leader if you haven’t received one.  We will have more details posted for the derby over the next few weeks, but scouts must check-in cars in the morning so racing can begin promptly at 1pm.  Full racing rules can be found here: Pinewood Derby Rules for Pack 24.  The best part of the pinewood is that it is FREE, and there are many prizes for fastest cars and best designs; categories include:
    • Funniest
    • Most Creative
    • Scout-Inspired
    • Fastest-Looking
    • Coolest
  • Blue & Gold Banquet on February 22.  This will be a late afternoon event at the Riverside Golf Club.  Any Webelos II that have earned the Arrow of Light award will be recognized and all of our Webelos II will cross-over to the ranks of Boy Scouts.  There will be entertainment for all scouts and of course, good food.

While we are at it, we should mention the council is planning a Polar Prowl during the morning of February 14.  This is of course Valentine’s Day as well, but Prowl is one of the largest cub scout events in the area since it brings everyone in the council together for sledding, hiking, games and more.  Scouts stay warm with a camp fire, hot chocolate and a soup medley.  Scouts also receive a patch!  There is no cost for scouts to attend this event, but parents must accompany them.  Click here to register by the deadline of January 31.

And speaking of January 31, there is a Cub Scout STEM Event at the Museum of Science & Industry on this date.  We are looking for a parent or two to coordinate a trip for our pack, so if you are interested, you can find out more here.  Then email us at if you can help.

Pathway to AdventureFinally, and this is your bonus for reading to the bottom of this message, the new Council has announced its new shoulder patch.  They are mailing a letter and certificate for a free patch to all scouts & leaders during January.

  • We are arranging to have a council representative attend our Pinewood Derby on January 24 to present all the options available for scout summer camps.  With the combination of the four councils into Pathway to Adventure, there are several more camps and programs available to us this year.

2015 Polar Prowl Registration

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2015 Polar Prowl

Winter fun on February 14, 2015

  • Parents must accompany scouts to this event
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The Pack 24 leaders wish everyone a safe and enjoyable time with your scouts while school is out of session.

We have nearly 50 people signed up for the Blue Man outing on February 8.  For complete details such as location, price, etc, click here.  Registration ends on December 31, so don’t delay your sign up, and click here to register; remember the whole family is welcome to attend.

We don’t have another pack meeting until the Pinewood Derby on January 24, so see you in about a month, so until then.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Blue Man Group Outing

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BMGPack 24 is planning a group outing to the Blue Man Group on Sunday, February 8 at 1pm; and of course the whole family is welcome to attend, including grandparents, siblings, etc.  We are getting a discounted group rate of $38 per person, which is a $20 per person savings from the lowest cost ticket option which is normally available.  There is currently availability in the front three rows of the theatre, and here are the key facts:

  • Who:  Pack 24 scouts and family members
  • What:  Outing to Blue Man Group
  • Where:  Briar Street Theatre, 3133 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60657
  • Why:  A fun outing, maybe a Christmas present?
  • When:  February 8 2015, 1pm show
  • How:  Click here!

The deadline to register is December 31 (2014).  We are going to try to use either Kamp Bux or PayPal to cover the cost of this program to reduce the need to track down payments.

If we have enough interest, we will look into a bus to take the group from Riverside to the theatre.  Otherwise, parking across the street is $15.  If you have any specific questions, please email (


Blue Man Group Registration

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Pack Meeting – December 9

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Our next pack meeting is this Tuesday, December 9 at 7pm in the RPC Social Hall.  Here’s what we have planned.

Pinewood Derby Cars from 2010

Pinewood Derby Cars from 2010

  • Pinewood Derby
    • Pinewood Derby is net month, January 24 to be exact, but cars will be distributed at this meeting so everyone has ample time to craft their masterpiece.
    • To give new scouts design ideas for cars, please encourage your scout to bring a pinewood car from a past derby.  We’ll put all the cars on display at the beginning of the meeting.
    • We’ll cover the rules (available here:  Pinewood Derby Rules for Pack 24) and we’ll break out for a parent workshop to answer any car crafting questions.
    • We’ll continue with awards for the best designs by age category, the categories are the same as last year and include:
      • Funniest
      • Most Creative
      • Scout-Inspired
      • Fastest-Looking
      • Coolest
  • Pie-in-the-facePopcorn
    • Prizes are here and will be distributed to scouts by their den leaders at the meeting.
    • We’ll also recognize the sellers that sold over $600 each
    • At the end of the meeting, the very top sellers will be able to do a pie-in-the-face to the pack leader of their choice.
  • We have a few other items to cover such as scout awards and potential outing to Blue Man Group in February, see you on Tuesday.

TL, DR:  Bring an old pinewood derby car to show off to the new scouts!