Bring Food to the Nov 10 Pack Meeting

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Our next pack meeting is Tuesday, November 10 at 7pm.  The location is the RPC social hall.

Our main focus for this meeting will be the Bobcat Ceremony for all new cub scouts, regardless of rank.  We are preparing a script for the program, so all new scouts should be dressed in their full class A uniform with neck and slide.  Brag vest and hat are appropriate if you have them.

To celebrate this happy occasion, we invite all scout families to bring along a treat to share after the ceremony.  Cookies, fruit, chips, chili are some of the items that families have brought in the past.  The pack will supply the juice & milk to round it all out.

Our host organization, the Presbyterian Church, is having a food drive, so we also invite you to bring non-perishable goods to the meeting as well.

Thanks & see you there.

Camp Out Wrap Up / lost & found

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Over 30 families and 100 people attended the  scout cabin camp out this past weekend.  Despite the chilly conditions 12 families even pitched tents and survived the night.  Thanks to everyone for the help setting up, running activities and with the final clean up, without your help we wouldn’t have been able to have as much fun.

The Village Forester was very complimentary of our scouts’ effort with the conservation project.  That was a big pile of weeds and buckthorn that had been cleared out of the woods by the cabin.

There were a few items left behind.  We’ll have these available at the next pack meeting for pick-up, or email to make arrangement to pick up if any of these are yours.

2015 camp out lost & found

2015 camp out lost & found

  • Black rei glove
  • Black outlast glove
  • Nike soccer shoe looks like size 4
  • Green Gatorade bottle.
  • Translucent red Lightning McQueen water bottle



Camp Fire Image

Songs & s’mores at the campfire


Come join the fun this Saturday at the Scout Cabin camp out.  We have 85 people registered to attend so far, and plenty of room for more.  Here’s what you need to know:

Preliminary Schedule (subject to fine tuning)

  • 1:00 Begin set-up of tents if you are going to stay overnight.
  • 1:30 Presentation from Village of Riverside Forester Mike Collins
  • 2:00 Removal of invasive plant species.  Bring your own shovels, pruning shears and gloves to eradicate garlic mustard and buckthorn in the woods near the cabin.  Be sure to wear long pants or jeans and long shirts, to protect against scrapes and itches.  It will be chilly so long sleeves will keep you warm as well.  If you participate in this service project your scout will complete one of the requirements for the Cub Scout World Conservation Award.
  • 3:00 Activities begin
    • Knot instruction and demonstration
    • Pine cone crafts
    • Zip line
    • Scavenger hunt
    • Shelter building contest
  • 5:00 Pizza dinner (bring your own camp chairs since we are eating outside)
  • 6:00 Campfire and skits / songs put on by the boy scouts of troop 24, flag retirement ceremony and taps
  • 7:00 S’mores!
  • 8:00 Movie
  • We rise and shine on Sunday morning for a breakfast and clean up.

roasting marshmallow on a campfireWhat to bring:

  • Tent & tarp
  • Sleeping bag, air mattress, extra blankets to stay warm, pillows
    • Some people have been known to bring earplugs to dampen the sounds of your neighbor’s snores.
  • Lanterns / head lights to see in the dark
  • Camp chairs (good for relaxing and critical for sitting down at dinner)
  • Games or books for any downtime your kids may need
  • Warm clothes / hats (its going to be chilly)
  • Water bottle
  • Personal care effects.

If you haven’t turned in popcorn to your den leader (or designee) bring it to the camp out to turn in.

The whole family is invited to come, and the cost is a low low $5 per person.  Please click here to register ASAP so we have an accurate head count for food and supplies.

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  1. The camp out is only a few days away – register now so we have enough supplies on hand for everyone
  2. Minimal cost – only $10 per person
  3. Did someone say zip line?
  4. A great way to try camping, if you don’t like it – your own bed is only a short car drive (or walk) away
  5. Pizza, pizza, pizza…
  6. Fun activities like building shelters, group games and a scavenger hunt
  7. Digging in the woods is so fun, scouts won’t even know its a service project!
  8. A camp fire with the older boy scouts of troop 24, including a flag retirement
  9. Late. night. movie.
  10. Its super easy to register, just click here!

fall campingPlease join us for the Scout Cabin Camp Out on Saturday, October 17.  This is a great first camping experience for new scouting families, and open to all scouts, parents & siblings.  Here’s everything you need to know, we’ll post a detailed packing list after the next pack meeting.

  • BYOT:  This is a bring your own tent event.  We sleep outside the scout cabin in the open areas surrounding it.  If you don’t have a tent, you are welcome to come for all the activities and then go home to sleep in your own bed.  We would really like everyone to be part of the fun.
  • Location:  The cabin is close to Indian Gardens, along Fairbank road in the SW corner of Riverside.
  • Schedule:  Families can begin setting up tents beginning at 1pm on Saturday.  We will wrap it up on Sunday morning, around 10am.
  • Activities:  We have a lot of great things planned including:
    • A conservation project with the Riverside Forester to dig out invasive plants in the woods near the cabin
    • Scouting activities including an outdoor shelter project and a hands on knot tying demonstration
    • Games including epic tug-of-war
    • The zip line will be back (parent supervision required – to be sure!)
    • A scavenger hunt to find prizes in the area around the cabin
  • Dinner will be served at 5pm, hot pizza and all the sides.
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    Songs & s’mores at the campfire

    A camp fire with songs, skits and a flag retirement ceremony where we will be joined by the boy scouts of troop 24.  Of course scouts will be able to make their own s’mores when the fire burns down.

  • We’ll have a late night movie inside the scout cabin so everyone can wind down and get ready to settle in to bed.
  • Finally, Rise and shine on Sunday morning for breakfast & clean up.

So we can maximize participation, the cost is only $5 per participant.  We are asking for parents to help the leadership with some of the larger scale events such as food serving and clean up, so please chose a job during the sign up process.

Click here to sign up today!

2015 Scout Cabin Registration

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Pack Meeting & Camp Out

by James Jerz in Camping, Pack

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Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm is our next Pack Meeting.  The location is the RPC social hall, as usual.   Some of the highlights will include:

  • Turn-in popcorn orders and collections.  New scouts that turn in a popcorn order will receive a our custom Pack 24 “Class B” T-Shirt to wear to informal events.
  • The Bears are putting on a show!  They are working up a bunch of activities to entertain the rest of the pack.
  • Snoozeum overnight waivers and any final payment are also due.
  • A preview of our plans for the Scout Cabin camp out on October 17.

Did you say Scout Cabin camp out on October 17?

  • Yes!  Sign up will begin soon once we work out the final details.  Set up will begin in the early afternoon.  This is a great opportunity for new scouts to get their first camping experience in a setting that is close to home if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
  • We will serve dinner and breakfast to our hungry campers.
  • We are planning a lot of great outdoor activities including a camp fire with skits and songs with some of the boy scouts from Troop 24.
  • We all sleep in tents outside of the cabin, since it is too small for our group size.  The cabin will be open all night for use of the restroom facilities.  You’ll need to bring your own tent.
  • This event is open the whole family.
  • See you there!

At the time this email went to press (Thursday evening) October 1, there were only six spaces left for the Snoozeum overnight at the Museum of Science & Industry on November 20.  If you want to go, be sure to click here to register right away.  Once we fill our reservation of fifty spaces, there are no assurances we can get more spots for latecomers.

And speaking of overnight events…

Plans for the Scout Cabin overnight on Saturday, October 17, are now being finalized.  Registration will begin soon, so just be sure to save the date for now.  This is a great way to get your scout introduced to camping since home is not too far away.  We are planning all the camping basics such as a camp fire, outdoor activities and tent camping.  You need to bring your own tent to this event, since the Scout Cabin is our base of operations, but not big enough to accommodate our group size.


This is the last weekend we will have site sale for our popcorn campaign.  There are still some spaces available for our shifts on Saturday and Sunday.  Please sign up to support the pack and so your son can earn credits towards his sales goal.


Pack 24 News

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We hope your scout is having good success selling popcorn.  Not too many people can resist an earnest cub scout.  Remember that 10% of your scout’s popcorn sales are credited as “Kamp Bux” to offset the cost of his activities like camp outs, etc.  When selling popcorn, scouts should be in full uniform.  Going door-to-door and calling up friends and family is a great way to get started.  Please also sign up to be part of our site sales that are going on for the next few weekends (click here for the online signup form please note the three rules).  You only need to sell one item of popcorn or participate in a single site sale to earn a special patch from Trail’s End.

If you haven’t done so, sign up for the November 20 Snoozeum Overnight at the Museum of Science & Industry.  Click here for a description of the event, or just click here to register.  Remember, space is limited, and we have about 40 spots remaining.  Siblings are welcome to attend as well.

If you are a NASCAR fan, check out this free drawing that is available to all families associated with the Boy Scouts of America program.  Click here to download the program flyer with all the details.

Lastly, mark you calendars for the next pack meeting on Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm in the RPC Social Hall.

Snoozeum Overnight Details

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Snoozeum GraphicSpend the night at the Museum of Science and Industry ( with some of our Pack 24 friends.  The event is called the Snoozeum Overnight.

When: Friday, November 20. Check-in runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Program ends at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

What: Museum exhibits will be open from 6 to 1 1p.m. to explore. There will be several make-and-take activities and a scavenger hunt.

Where: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.

Cost: $65 per parent, $50 per youth (the pack is subsidizing part of the cost – so sell that popcorn!)

Registration Deadline: October 16, 2015 (Space is limited so first come, first served)

An evening snack and light breakfast are included but if you want dinner, you can eat beforehand or buy it at the Brain Food Court by 8:30 p.m.

We have only 50 spots reserved, and there may not be an opportunity to get more, as the museum events typically sell out. Once you have reserved your spot (names, ages and genders of all participating), Paige Fumo Fox will send you more details for the evening and the participant agreement and release form that you must turn it at the museum. When tickets are sent from the museum, Paige will get tickets to you.

There are no refunds for the Snoozeum.

This is not a drop-off event. All kids must have a parent responsible for them. No more than five kids per adult.

Click here to register today.