Tecumseh Cancelled for 2020

by Jason Johns in Camping, Overnight, Pack

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It is with great disappointment, but complete understanding, that we must announce that our annual overnight to Camp Tecumseh has been cancelled for April 2020. We received notice from Camp Tecumseh that they are not hosting any groups until May 1, 2020.

We are investigating the possibility of rescheduling for later this Spring or perhaps this Fall. If that ends up being a possibility, we will let you all know the new dates.

Thank you for your understanding.

Den Meetings Postponed Through April 7

by Jason Johns in Pack

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In the interest of minimizing unnecessary gatherings, all den meetings will be postponed through at least April 7, 2020.

We’re still planning on Camp Tecumseh April 24-26 (look for a registration email coming soon). And our Pack meeting April 14. But of course, we’ll keep monitoring the situation.

Stay safe!

Snoozeum Cancelled

by Jason Johns in Pack

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In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) has cancelled the March 20 Snoozeum. Refunds will be issued as soon as possible.

The MSI is following the CDC’s recommendations regarding social distancing (avoiding crowds and keeping distance from others) to assess all Museum operations with the goal of protecting vulnerable populations.

Our monthly Pack meeting is this coming Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Riverside Presbyterian Church. Our activity will be “skit in a bag.” Each Den will receive a bag of items from which they will develop a skit to present to the Pack. It’s always a fun time to see the creativity of the Scouts.

In addition, we will be having a presentation from the Friends of Scouting (FOS). Below is a communication from our Council’s Friends of Scouting Unit Coordinator to prepare you for the presentation:

 

This is the one time each year when parents and guardians (Akelas) are asked to financially contribute support to the Pathway to Adventure Council (PTAC). Akelas often ask, “Why should I contribute to FOS?” So, in response, I thought it helpful to send information to you ahead of time so that you understand what Friends of Scouting supports and why it’s important.

Your Pack pays annual dues to PTAC that cover a National Registration fee, Boys Life subscription for your Scout, and support from the Council to your local Pack. Other than the initial dues you pay when your Scout first registers, Pack 24 covers these annual dues (this is unique among the Council – most Packs pass the annual fee on to Akelas). Friends of Scouting dollars go to “behind the scenes” expenses that support our unit and that we never “see,” but are incurred by our local Council. These expenses are things like:

  • Operating costs for Camp Napowan, Camp Betz, Camp Owasippe and Camp Lakota.
  • District and Council programs such as Pinewood Derbies, Training Events, Winter Klondike Derbies, Merit Badge Days, Haunted Hikes, and more.
  • Important items such as Adult Leader Training and Accident and Sickness Insurance coverage for all registered youth and leaders, and Camperships for Scouts whose families would not otherwise be able to afford to send their child to camp or join Scouting.

Typical contributions vary, based on a donor’s circumstances, but some donors have contributed up to $5,000, or even more! It takes about $240 per Scout per year to support the services and programs provided by PTAC. That’s $20 a month. A target amount of $240 will cover all expenses incurred by our Council for your Scout this year. If you can afford more, fantastic! Your donation will help support Scouts who are less fortunate. If you cannot give at that amount, I hope that you will give whatever you can. Please consider the benefits received by your child and other youth when making your decision. In 2019, only 11% of families participated in FOS. We hope to have 100% participation this year, but we need your help!

At the presentation you will receive a Friends of Scouting pledge card. I ask that you be prepared at that time to donate/pledge. You can write a check for the full amount, spread it out over the year, or even make a pledge via online resources, there is also a “text to give” option as well.

I am ready to make my pledge to FOS and believe that supporting Friends of Scouting is important. I ask you to thoughtfully consider helping us reach our goal of 100% participation. Thank you in advance for your consideration and your support of FOS.

— FOS Unit Coordinator

Pancake Breakfast Money Due 2/27/2020

by Jason Johns in Pack

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At the Pinewood Derby, each Scout received a set of tickets to sell for the Pancake Breakfast.   If you haven’t received your tickets, please contact your Den Leader. Pancake Breakfast ticket money is due by February 27th and can be dropped off at Rachel Schrier’s home at 375 Uvedale Road (please note: the Schriers have moved since last year’s pancake money drop-off) or handed in to your Den Leader. If you have questions about your tickets, please email Rachel at rachelschrier@hotmail.com.

The Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Riverside Presbyterian Church.

Pancake Breakfast: shift signup is OPEN

by Joanne Gipson in Pack

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Signup for the annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 7th is now OPEN!

This event is run jointly with BSA 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: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CADAA2DA20-pancake6

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 27th and can be dropped off at Rachel Schrier’s home at 375 Uvedale Road (please note: the Schriers have moved since last year’s pancake money drop-off) or handed in to your Den Leader. If you have questions about your tickets, please email Rachel at rachelschrier@hotmail.com.

 

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sleep at the Museum of Science and Industry? Now’s your chance, Pack 24! 

Enjoy a rare chance to explore the Museum after everyone else has gone home. Explore the Museum’s one-of-a-kind exhibits at your own pace. Participate in special activities, make your own science toys, and complete a scavenger hunt. When it’s all done, sleep nose-to-nose with a 727, next to a giant heart or steps away from a toy-making factory. It’s all part of the Snoozeum!

WHERE: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL (please note: MSI is NOT part of the museum campus, but is five miles south on Lake Shore Drive and 57th St.)

WHEN: Friday, March 20th — Saturday, March 21st; check-in is Friday from 5:30pm-8pm (later check-in is available); departure time is 8:30am Saturday morning.

WHO: Scouts and siblings ages 6-12 and parents

WHAT: $65/person includes overnight admission, parking, a film in the Giant Dome Theater, activities, a Snoozeum patch and breakfast.

Register today! Registration closes February 20th at NOOB. If this event fills up, we will start a waiting list. Once registration closes, the event Chair, Cari Hermann, will email a participant guide containing a sample schedule, rules, what to bring/not to bring, parking instructions, waiver, etc. to all registrants.

Please note: Pack 24 will not issue refunds unless the event is cancelled altogether.

Scout Sunday, February 2nd

by Joanne Gipson in Pack

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Riverside Presbyterian Church, our charter organization, invites you to attend RPC on Scout Sunday, February 2nd.  RPC’s Service of Worship begins at 10:00 a.m. with Coffee Fellowship to follow in the Social Hall.  Please wear your Class A uniform and encourage family members to wear their uniform as well (Girl Scouts, Venturing, etc.).

The Scout Sunday tradition was started to make people in houses of worship aware of Scouting, and to allow Scouts to live out their “Duty to God” pledged each week.  The Scout Law says that a “Scout is Reverent” and Scouts promise to do their “Duty of God” in the Scout Oath.

Scout families who would like to provide treats for the coffee hour after the service are invited to drop them off in the Social Hall kitchen of the church any time between 9:00 and 10:45 a.m. Thanks for your contribution & hope to see you there!

If you can’t join us at RPC, wear your uniform proudly to whatever house of worship you attend to show the community what we mean when we say “a Scout is Reverent.”

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 23rd 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 juggler Andy Head! “With a trunk full of tricks and some hilarious help from the “Audience All-Stars”, Andy Head presents a knock-out Comedy Juggling Show that’ll have everyone laughing, smiling and cheering!”
  • 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. Registration deadline has been extended to February 18th.

Looking forward to celebrating with you all! Scouts: Class A uniform is required!

Pinewood Derby Details

by Joanne Gipson in Pack

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We hope you’ve been hard at work on your cars! If you’re still in need of inspiration, the Scout Shop in LaGrange has plenty of decals, weights and other Pinewood Derby items.

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.

Click here for the rules and instructions if you need a refresher.

Adult Pinewood: Friday, 1/24/20

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, 1/25/20

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 Tigers, 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. The weight of the car on the official scale is the only weight that counts.