Mark Your Calendars for October 18

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October 18 is going to be busy for Pack 24 – here’s why:

  • Scout Cabin Camp Out in Riverside:  Pack 24 is continuing our tradition of a fall camp out at the Scout Cabin located on Fairbank road in southwest Riverside.  Its a great way for new scouts & families to get used to camping, and if the weather gets to be too much, you can drive home to sleep in your own bed.  The leaders are working on the details but we’ll get started in the afternoon and plan on the following activities:
    • Zip line
    • Scout crafts
    • Treasure hunt
    • Dinner
    • Camp fire with Scout Songs, Skits & S’mores
    • U.S. Flag retirement ceremony
    • Movie
    • Optional tent camping overnight
    • Breakfast & morning hike
  • Feed 6 Community Service:  Pack 24 will be one of the many community groups helping to package nutritious meals for those in need.  Pack 24 scouts can work at one of two shifts, and the event organizers have asked us to sign up as a group so they can reserve an area so we can work together as a group.  We will be using the signup genius to sign up our scouts, and then turn in our list of volunteers to the organizers.  The event will be at the North Riverside Village Commons and we are planning on the following two sifts.
    • 9:00 – 10:30 am
    • 1:00 – 2:30pm – FYI, The camp out will not officially begin until after the second shift, so don’t worry about missing out on anything if you support this noble cause.
    • As a further incentive, if your scout volunteers for this event, there will not be any charge for him to attend the camp out later in the day (camp out fee is TBD at this point).

As always, direct questions or comments to us at


Popcorn Site Sales

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Hello Pack 24, we hope you’ve been able to get out with your scout and sell popcorn door to door or at our site sale last Sunday.  The scouts that sold outside of Walgreens did very well, and our Kernels calculate that they are on track to earn a significant credit towards their overall sales goal.

We are going to be selling outside of the Jewel in North Riverside this coming weekend.  You should have received an email inviting you to register your scout for this event, but if you didn’t, please visit the sign-up at this link:

All of the funds we raise from selling popcorn are used to reduce the costs of den and pack activities; that’s why there isn’t any fee for our Pinewood Derby.  Don’t forget that 10% of sales are credited directly to your scout as Kamp Bux for use to reduce the costs of his activities.

Speaking of great activities, be sure to mark your calendar for October 18 for our Scout Cabin camp out in Riverside.  We’re developing a lot of fun scouting related activities, and more details will be available ** soon **.

Popcorn Preview

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Popcorn LogoOur popcorn kernels Vince Pecis and Matt Dominick have planned a fun popcorn campaign for our scout.  We’ll discuss the prizes and other incentives for the Pack 24 scouts at our first pack meeting which will be Tuesday, September 9 at 7pm at the RPC Social Hall.  By the way, we’ll have a few games and patches available for scouts at the Pack Meeting so be sure to come for the fun.

Here are key points for this year’s popcorn fund-raiser:

  • This is the pack’s largest fund-raiser, and represents about 70% of our annual budget.  With funds from popcorn, we are able to provide handbooks, neckerchiefs, slides and awards for our scouts without any additional charges.  The pack also heavily subsidizes many of our outings with the funds from popcorn.
  • We will be organizing three weekends of site sales for popcorn at area retailers.  The first sale will be Sunday, September 14th from 10am to 3pm at the Walgreens at the corner of Ogden and First Avenue.  Online signup will be sent separately, or is accessible here.  Similar signups on September 20 & 21 and 27 & 28 also from 10am to 3pm with details to be announced soon, so until then, please save the date.
    • As in past years, we will credit scouts for sales activity at these site sales.
  • Pack 24 orders will be due by October 18, which is also the date of the pack camp out at the Riverside Scout Cabin.
  • Popcorn for individual sales (also called take orders) will be distributed on November 15.
  • We will have a pizza party for scouts that sell more than $300 of popcorn on November 24.
  • 10% of individual sales will be credited to a scout’s Kamp Bux account which can be used to reduce the cost of pack outings.
  • There are many more fun prizes and incentives available from the Des Plaines Valley Council and the popcorn vendor, Trail’s End.
  • Click here (Popcorn Online Orders) to download a helpful “how to” to use the online tools to reach family and friends that are not in the immediate area.

Last Call for Warren Dunes Camping

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As of Friday afternoon 16 families and 49 adventurous campers have registered to attend the spectacular Warren Dunes camping trip September 5, 6 & 7.

Unfortunately, we only have a half-dozen spots remaining for this trip due to campsite limitations.  We’ve extended registration through the weekend, and will have to close it on Tuesday, September 2.

For more information about this great outing, click here.

If you’ve been sold and are ready do register, do so by clicking here!

If you can’t get to Warren Dunes, don’t forget our first Pack Meeting of the new school year is September 9 at the RPC Social Hall at 7pm.

Happy Labor Day.

Pack 24 Events!

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With school starting next week, we thought it would be a good time to remind the pack 24 families of the fun events the leaders have planned for this upcoming year.  You can always check out the calendar on our website, but we’ve put dates for pack events in this email for your easy access.

First of this Sunday, August 24 from 1-5pm is our summer picnic which is a rally day to get our upcoming year started and also welcome new scouts.  Click here for all the details  and here to register.  There is no charge for this event, and it is open to the entire family.   Please invite any friends and neighbors to attend if you think they have a son that would be interested in cub scouts.  We ask that you bring an age-appropriate game such as bean bag toss, Frisbee, croquet or such to supplement the fun.  We have already arranged for a bounce house, water rockets, water balloons and some other games.

Registration is now open for the first camping trip of the year which is to the Warren Dunes near Sawyer, Michigan.  This trip is Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7.  You can drive in for the day if you aren’t inclined to stay overnight.  Click here for all the details and here to register.

Key dates for the rest of the year are as follows.  Remember pack meetings are the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 7pm at the RPC Social Hall unless otherwise noted.

  • September 9 – First Pack Meeting – 7pm at Riverside Presbyterian Church Social Hall
  • September 13 – Popcorn show & sell distribution (site sales begin soon thereafter)
  • September 26 / 27/ 28 – Webelos only Zombie Apocalypse at Scout Adventure Camp (Rochelle, IL)
  • October 14 – Pack Meeting
  • October 18 – Feed my Community service project
  • October 18 / 19 – Scout Cabin Camping (Riverside, IL)
  • November 8 / 9 – Eagle Cave Camping (Wisconsin)
  • November 11 – Pack Meeting & Bobcat ceremony for new scouts
  • November 15 – Popcorn take order distribution
  • December 9 – Pack Meeting & recognition of top popcorn sellers
  • January 24 – Pinewood Derby
  • February 22 – Blue & Gold Banquet / Webelos II Cross-Over (Riverside Golf Club)
  • March 7 – Pancake Breakfast
  • March 10 – Pack Meeting
  • March 20 / 21 – First Division Museum / Cantigny overnight (Wheaton, IL)
  • April 14 – Pack Meeting
  • April 24 /25 / 26 – Camp Tecumseh camping (Brookston, IN)
  • May 12 – Pack Meeting & graduation ceremony


Warren Dunes Camping

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Warren Dunes MapThe Pack 24 cub scouts are returning to the Warren Dunes State Park near Sawyer, Michigan on September 5, 6 and 7 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 (yes, even sisters) are welcome to attend this outing.

Here’s a summary of what we have planned

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

Saturday:  Pancake breakfast/cereal/fruit.

  • 9:30-12:30  Hike to private dunes & beach
  • 1:00-2:00    Walking tacos
  • 2:30-5:30    Move to big beach by car for games & swimming
  • 6:00-7:00    Cook out with burgers/dogs/brats
  • Evening      Campfire and s’mores

Sunday:    Dry breakfast cereal/bagels/fruit

Optional side trip after we finish packing up:  Trip to apple orchard 10:00-noon

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cost? A:  Scouts and siblings under 12 are $15 each, adults are $30 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.  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.

Registration will close on August 28, so you have one less thing to worry about before enjoying Labor Day.  Click here to register today.


Warren Dunes Camping Registration

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Sorry, there are no spots remaining.

Summer Picnic – August 24

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Greetings Pack 24 families.

Water RocketThe pack leaders are organizing a kick-off for our scouting year for Sunday, August 24 from 1-5pm.  The location is the National Grove South #2, the entrance to which is located near of the intersection of Des Plaines and 29th Avenue.  We have several fun events planned including:

  • A bounce house
  • Water balloon fight
  • Bottle rockets (the water-powered variety – you can make your own in advance)
  • Scout games of all sorts

There will also be delicious burgers, hot dogs and brats fresh & hot, right off the grill.

Come see your friends from cub scouts.  This event is open to all scout families in pack 24, including siblings and grand parents.  There is no charge to attend, but we would appreciate it if you could register by clicking here, so we can have a sense of head count.

Also, this is a great event for any families that may be interested in joining the pack.  Several pack leaders will be on hand to answer questions, including Cub Master Tim Ozga, who is organizing the event.

Hope you can make it!

Cub Scout Day Camp in August

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If you are looking for some activities for your scouts during the quiet days before school starts, here is some information about the Cub Scout Day Camp.  A link to the full details and the registration form is available here by clicking here  - but some of key information from their flyer includes the following:

SUMMARY:   Join us for 3 days of fun as we scout out the fun and excitement the fun to be had in the arctic! Come take the challenge and push your limits! Program will include archery, bb-guns, bottle rockets, games, splash pad, crafts,songs and skits, and much more!

WHO: Cub Scouts and future Cub Scouts going into Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos. Boys from 1st-5th grade. Plenty of fun for adults and boy scouts willing to help too! There must be at least one adult for each 5 boys.

WHAT: For the first time in many years VT day camp will feature bb-guns as well as archery,sports, crafts, bottle rockets, games & songs! We will do something for each level – Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos. Get a cool t-shirt and a specially designed patch.

COST: $40.00 a Scout. Leaders and parents are free.

Note – if you’re interested, register directly, since this is not an activity that the pack is coordinating.  If you have questions -  contact Voyager Trace district executive Matt Rohan 708-315-6703 otherwise, email your registration to

Annual Planning Meeting

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Check out this previous post for a summary of all of the fun activities the pack has planned for our scouts for the upcoming year;  you can also take a look at our online calendar, which is right on this website.  Parental involvement and support is the reason the pack is able to provide so many fun and educational activities for the scouts.  Parents are always welcome to attend the pack’s monthly leadership meetings, and we especially invite you to our annual planning session which will be held on August 20th.

At our annual planning session we will review the pack’s financial status and approve a budget, begin work on the popcorn fund-raising campaign, set the agendas for our monthly pack meetings.  If you are interested in working with the pack leaders on these types of activities, you do not need to join as an official leader to help.  The pack is also considering some additional special events if there are parents that are interested in helping us coordinate the following:

  • Sports:  Two years ago the pack took a bus to Wrigley Field for a behind-the-scenes tour, and we have gone on group outings to Chicago Steel hockey and Chicago Rush arena football games.  There similar opportunities for tours or games at other venues.
  • Conservation:  The Village of Riverside is amenable to working with the pack for a wide variety of projects, and some of our scouts have helped with similar iniatiatives.  These are a good experience for the boys, and can result in special recognition and awards from the national Boy Scout organization for our scouts.
  • Just Plain Fun:  Places such as Medieval Times, Blue Man Group, and the Tall Ship Windy all offer significant discounts for groups, and often have patches for scouts to memorialize the fun.
  • Pack Meeting Presentations:   Last year the pack arranged for special visits from Animals for Awareness and storyteller Chris McBrien, but if we have pack parents or other people in the community that would like to share collections, artistry, stories or other fun activities with our scouts, you are most welcome to let us know.
  • New Scout Recruitment:  We need to coordinate with the PTO and administrators in each school to promote the Pack 24 Cub Scouts to potentially interested families.  We could also use your help in getting the word out, especially to families with boys that are going into first grade and that could be new Tiger scouts in the fall.
  • Popcorn:  The popcorn campaign is our biggest fund raiser and contributes about 2/3 of the funds for our annual budget.  Our Popcorn Kernel, Vince Pecis is looking for a few parents to help him coordinate the site sales and pickup for this year’s campaign.  The area BSA groups are all coordinating so there will be some special events like minor league baseball games for families that take a leadership role in this year’s popcorn campaign.

If you’re not available on the 20th but would be interested in helping to coordinate an event, let us know by talking to a leader or emailing us at

Thanks for helping us make this another awesome year of fun for our scouts.