It’s Pinewood Derby time!

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We hope you’ve been hard at work on your cars! If you would like the Scout Shop in LaGrange to cut your car for free, there’s still one more date left to do it: Saturday, January 19th from 9:30am to 2pm. They also have plenty of decals, weights and other Pinewood Derby items if you’re looking for inspiration.

Here are all the race details. Please pay special attention to check-in times, as we can’t check in any cars outside of those times. Also, plan on pitching in on race day! Sign up for a parent volunteer spot today.

 

Adult Pinewood: Friday, 1/25/19

Registration begins at 6PM and ends at 6:45PM.  Voting is from 6:45-7pm. The race begins promptly at 7PM.  Awards for the fastest car and best design will be awarded. 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 Mark Hill at mah101400@yahoo.com.  This is always a fun event with some pretty amazing cars! Scouts who are checking in on Friday can test their cars on the track between 6 and 6:45. Remember: ONLY a Scout leader should touch the track or gate. We want to ensure everything stays intact for Saturday’s race.

Scout Pinewood Derby: Saturday, 1/26/19

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.   

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 their car on the track between 10 and noon and make any final modifications.  Your car will be weighed and limited tools will be available to help with modifications. Note that once your Scout’s car has been registered, only the leaders checking in cars and 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 Lions 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 between 3&4pm.

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 your 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 & 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.

Still feeling that generous holiday spirit? Or maybe being more charitable is at the top of your New Year’s resolutions? Well then…

Sign up here to join Pack 24 at Feed My Starving Children! 

When: Saturday, January 12th from 4:30-6:30pm, 

Where: 555 Exchange Court, Aurora IL

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

Give just a couple of hours of your Saturday and you’ll help feed 30 children for an entire year. Plus, there’s still time left in the day to go out as a family and feed yourselves! It’s a win-win!

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. 

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.

Feed My Starving Children & Snow Tubing at Wilmot

by Kimberly Cimino in Pack

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Hello, Pack 24 families.  See below for info regarding two upcoming events: Feed my Starving Children and Snow Tubing at Wilmot!

 

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, January 12, 2019, 4:30-6:30PM

Where: 555 Exchange Court, Aurora IL 60504

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:  https://www.fmsc.org/account/login?ReturnUrl=%2fjoin-group%3fjoincode%3dYP0ZKZ&ShowSteps=true

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.

Get ready for some some snow tubing fun!

 Join us on Monday, January 21st from 10AM-12PM for snow tubing at Wilmot Mountain.  Monday, January 21st is MLK day and a student non-attendance day for all District 96 schools- what a great way to spend a day off!  Wilmot Mountain is about 1.5 hours from Riverside and was just recently renovated.  Check out their website: http://www.wilmotmountain.com/  We will meet at the Snow Tubing Lodge at about 9:45AM to sign waivers and hand out tickets.

The Scouts had such a successful popcorn campaign this year that this event is FREE for all Scout and discounted to $15 per adult and $10 per sibling.  Paypal is strongly preferred but you can pay by check by dropping it off at 92 Riverside Rd.   Please email me at ciminokl@comcast.net with any questions.  See you on the hill!

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Dozin’ with the Dinos registration is here!

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It’s time to Doze with the Dinos at the Field Museum: Friday, February 8th-Saturday February 9th!

Come enjoy a REAL night at the Field Museum with Pack 24. Many exhibits are open until midnight and there’s TONS to explore. It’s been a while since Pack 24 has done this  overnight and we’re not sure when it’ll come around again, so take advantage of this opportunity while you can!

Cost is $65 per person and includes access to Dozin’ with the Dinos overnight and all open museum exhibits, parking, evening snack, continental breakfast and admission to the museum the next day. Note: parking is not included for the next day admission.

Guests can also enjoy a screening of “Waking the T. rex: The Story of SUE”. Tickets are $5 and sold on the night of the event.

The Pack has reserved 45 spots. If these spots are not filled by Scouts and adults, we’ll open reservations to siblings one week before the January 2nd registration deadline.

We understand that some of our events, such as museum overnights, cost a little more. If you would like to attend with your Scout, but find the cost exceedingly prohibitive, please email Kim Cimino (ciminokl@comcast.net) and the Pack will try to work something out. We want everyone to be able to join in the fun!

Check out the details then sign up at the bottom. Deadline is January 2nd!

Check-in

Check in is from 5:30-6:15pm at the south entrance of the museum, opposite from the Shed Aquarium. All guests must be checked in by 6:15. Please eat dinner before you come! Outside food is not allowed, although there are vending machines.

If you arrive late, you can enter through the South Entrance until 8pm. Guests that arrive after 8pm must enter through the West Entrance, near Lake Shore Drive. No one will be admitted to the museum after 9pm.

Parking

Overnight parking in the Soldier Field North Garage beginning at 5pm is included with your ticket. You can access this garage off 18th street. Take a parking ticket from the machine and a validation ticket from Dozin’ with the Dinos check-in staff. All cars in the garage must exit by 9am the following morning.

Do not park in the East Lot, unless you’ve made prior arrangements for accessible parking.

Packing list

We recommend guests bring their own supplies for the night:

• Sleeping bag

• Pillow

• Toothbrush and toothpaste

• Washcloth or hand towel

• Flashlight (We do not sell flashlights or batteries.)

• Comfortable clothing (Temperatures may vary hall to hall. Consider bringing layers of clothing—t-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, sweat pants.)

• Gym shoes

• Change and small bills for vending machines (Museum staff cannot make change.)

• Earplugs (Sometimes our dinosaurs snore.)

• Bag/backpack

Pack carefully! We do not provide any sleeping equipment.

Do not bring:

X Tents

X Air mattresses larger than a twin size

X Outside food or drink (unless you have a food allergy or dietary restriction)

Guests are strongly advised against bringing wagons or other heavy equipment.

Chaperones are not allowed to drop off their children or overnight gear at the entrance and leave them unsupervised while parking.

Departure

Pack and clear your supplies by 8:30am the next morning. Move your car out of the North Garage by 9am. If you need to leave before 8am, exit through the East Entrance 11 on the ground floor. To depart before 6am, contact a Dozin’ with the Dinos staff member or Protection Services Officer.

Extending your stay

Continue exploring the Museum after the event ends—Basic admission is included with your ticket! You can leave your gear with coat check or pack it away in your car. Just remember to have a Dozin’ with the Dinos staff member stamp your hand so that you can re-enter the Museum.

If you are staying on Museum Campus, you can pull back into the North Garage and pay the daily rate or drive closer to the Adler Planetarium to find a metered parking spot.

Sign up below! Not seeing the form on your mobile device email? Click here to register. Note: If you register, but then need to cancel, a refund is not guaranteed unless we can find a family to take your place.

We’re sorry, but this overnight is full.

 

Reminder: Pack Meeting Tuesday, December 11th

by Joanne Gipson in Pack

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Our last Pack meeting of the year is Tuesday, December 11th at 7pm! 

This is the night that Scouts who have sold over $500 worth of popcorn get to choose an adult to give a pie in the face. It’s tons of fun whether you participate or just watch from the sidelines. Plus, we’ll be handing out popcorn prizes to the popcorn-selling Scouts.

Also on the agenda—each Scout will get their Pinewood Derby car to work on for January’s race. The Scout Shop in Lagrange will have their first free cutting event this Saturday, December 15th where Scouts can choose from several templates and have their cars cut for free. We’ll have more info on the Derby at the Pack meeting and will be sending out official rules later this week. 

This is our last Pack meeting until March. In January, we’ll have the Pinewood Derby and February the Blue & Gold banquet. There are other events planned for the next couple of months, too, like the Feed My Starving Children service event, Dozin’ with the Dinos, Wilmot Tubing and Pancake Breakfast, so make sure to open and read all Pack 24 emails so you don’t miss out!

 

Bobcat ceremony Pack meeting November 13th

by Joanne Gipson in Pack

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Our monthly Pack meeting is Tuesday November 13th at 7:00PM at RPC. This month is our Bobcat ceremony where we recognize our new Scouts and their first achievement.

We will start downstairs in the social hall for any announcements and then will move upstairs into the Sanctuary for the ceremony — Lions, then Tigers, Wolves and so on. Parents follow behind. New Scouts are called up to the front and then their parents to join them. The parents are handed a Bobcat badge and pin. Once the Den Leaders are done speaking, usually people take pictures for a few minutes. After the ceremony, we’ll head back downstairs for refreshments. 

All Scouts should be dressed in full Class A uniform, scarf and slide included.

The requirements for earning the Bobcat Badge are found in the Cub Scout handbook, but here is a recap. We know it takes a while to learn all of these things, so please just tell your Scout(s) to do their best. Note: new Scouts will recite these as a group, so no need for nerves about any solo performance.

Bobcat Badge

  1. Learn and say the Scout Oath, with help if needed.
  2. Learn and say the Scout Law, with help if needed.
  3. Show the Cub Scout sign. Tell what it means.
  4. Show the Cub Scout handshake. Tell what it means.
  5. Say the Cub Scout motto. Tell what it means.

This is the basic information that all Cub Scouts must know which is why all Scouts must earn the Bobcat badge before any other badge.

P.S.: Please remember that we are guests in the church and to treat the church, especially the Sanctuary, with reverence. No running and use inside voices when traveling to and from the Sanctuary.

Eagle Cave registration is here!

by Joanne Gipson in Camping, Overnight, Pack

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Registration for the highly-anticipated overnight at Eagle Cave is here!  Join us for this amazing trip early Saturday morning November 10th through Sunday, November 11th, 2018.

You and your Scout will have a chance explore the largest onyx cave in Wisconsin with over 3,000 feet of passageways.  It’s so extensive, that the folks at the Eagle Cave don’t think that Scouts can visit every part of the cave in one weekend, plus there are many other fun activities for the Scouts, including:

  • Organized group games
  • Scavenger hunt & geocaching
  • Hay rides
  • Bingo for prizes
  • Camp fire (with s’mores)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (and a guided night hike)
  • Sledding / skating (if we have an early winter due to another polar vortex)

The pack  will actually sleep in the cave, which advertised as a comfortable 52 degrees year-round. 

The cost will be $25 per Scout; $50 per adult; $35 per sibling.  The cost includes hearty meals to keep up our energy for cave exploring and other activities. 

Eagle Cave is in Blue River, Wisconsin, which is west of Madison and about four hours away from Riverside.  As the event draws closer, we will organize car pools so families can share a ride.  Click here to view their website and more details related to the outing.

This event is open to all Pack 24 Cub Scouts, but our leadership team thinks it may be better suited to our older Scouts grade three and up given the distance from Riverside and the rugged conditions of sleeping in a cave. Our Pack will be sleeping on a hard surface near the front of the cave. If you choose to bring a tent, only a two-person tent is allowed for two people and a maximum four-person tent for 3-4 people since it is a crowded space and tents will be side by side. If your tent is too large, you will be asked to take it down. A tent is not required. Ear plugs and sleep masks are encouraged since the lights stay on and the sound does carry.

Register today — deadline is extended until spots are filled. We’ll send a more detailed list of exactly what to bring, what time to arrive, etc. to all attendees before the trip.

Registration is now open for siblings ($35/each)! Please remember that this event is best suited to older children, approximately third grade and up. If you feel your second grader will be OK with the conditions, use your judgment. 

IMPORTANT: If you’ve already signed up and are just adding a sibling, fill in the registration form with the adult name, email, phone number and sibling quantity and name. There is no need to re-register adults and Scouts that are already registered.

Sign up below! Not seeing the form on your mobile device email? Click here to register. Note: If you register, but then need to cancel, a refund is not guaranteed unless we can find a family to take your place.

Reminder: Pack meeting this Tuesday 10/9

by Joanne Gipson in Pack

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We have our Pack meeting this Tuesday, October 9th at Riverside Presbyterian Church Social Hall. We’ll have an update on our popcorn sales, announcements on future events and some really fun entertainment, so please be there by 7pm sharp

Also: if you have a new Scout and have not turned in your application and/or fee, please bring it to the meeting. The fee is $50 for each new Scout and can be cash or a check made out to “Pack 24”. You can give it to your Den Leader or a Committee Co-Chair. Thank you to everyone who has turned the paperwork in so far.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

Last call for Campers!!  Sign up is closing tonight at midnight.  So far, it looks like it will be a beautiful but cool day and evening.

This event is free for Scouts, $5 for siblings and $10 for adults.

We need help from our Akelas!  Check out the Signup Genius: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084EADA82FABF49-scout 
 
Here is the itinerary:  
 
3PM:  Arrive and tent sent up.
3PM-4PM:  For those who want to participate, we will be working with the village to help remove invasive species along the past near Indian Gardens.  Please bring shovels (big and small) and gloves.  Pants and long sleeves are HIGHLY recommended due to high high rates of poison ivy.
3PM-5PM:  Zipline
5PM:  Pizza
6PM: Flag retirement and skits by the Boy Scouts
7-8PM:  Games
8PM:  Movie and popcorn
 
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

Did I mention that there is a lot of poison ivy out there right now??  The forestor, Mike Collins, asked me to stress the importance of wearing appropriate clothing and gloves when out along the path.  Parents of young children, please supervise them when they are heading to the zipline or service project!  Nothing ruins a camping trip like poison ivy!

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

Scout Cabin Campout

by Joanne Gipson in Pack

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It’s time to camp at the Scout Cabin!

Join us on Saturday, September 29th from 3pm to Sunday, September 30th 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 donuts and bagels in the morning.

This event is free for Scouts, $5 for siblings and $10 for adults.
 
Here are just a few of the fun activities planned:
  • A presentation from the Village of Riverside Forester
  • Zipline
  • 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.