Pack meeting & Bobcat Ceremony is this Tuesday!

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Our monthly Pack meeting is Tuesday November 8th 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 and then will move upstairs into the Sanctuary for the ceremony. After the ceremony, we’ll head back downstairs for refreshments.  Please have the Scouts dress in full Class A uniform.

Please bring a food item to share with the pack. We will provide the beverages.

The requirements for earning the Bobcat Badge are found in the Cub Scout handbook, but I’ll recap them here!

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.

Thanks, and we’ll see you at RPC on Tuesday at 7:00PM.

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 travelling to and from the Sanctuary.

Pack Meeting is Tonight, 10/11!

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This is a reminder that our Pack Meeting is this evening at 7PM.  We will be discussing the Scout Cabin Camp Out, popcorn sales and other future activities.  We will also have entertainment from “A Real Madhatter” who will be entertaining the crowd with balloon sculptures and teaching the scouts to make their own balloon creations! Check out the webpage at http://www.arealmadhatter.com/

Don’t forget that signup is still going on for the Scout Cabin Camp Out on 10/15!   We will need some parent volunteers to make this a great event so take a look at our Signup Genius and see where you can help out: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-scout1

Let us know  at pack24riverside@gmail.com if you have any questions about the different volunteer spots or the camp out.

See you tonight!

Last Call for Feed our Community Day

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Hi, Scout Families.  We will be closing the signup for Feed our Community Day this weekend!  So far, we only have 9 scouts signed up.   This year, FOCD hopes to pack in excess of 100,000 meals that will be donated to local food pantries and they need our help!

Pack 24 scouts can work at one of three 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.  The Pack will cover the $5 fee for Scouts.  Your entire family is encouraged to attend!

Available shifts are 9:00 – 10:30 am, 11:00am-12:30pm or 1:00 – 2:30pm – FYI, the campout will not officially begin until after the last shift,

  • If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate in another way please see their webpage at http://www.feed6.org/focd-registration-2016.html
  • All scouts new to FOCD receive a badge and returning Scouts will receive a 2016 FOCD pin.

Scout Cabin Camp Out is Saturday, 10/15!

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Please join us for the Scout Cabin Camp Out on Saturday, October 15.  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!

  • 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.  The Camp Out will “officially” start at 3PM.  We will wrap it up on Sunday morning, around 10am.
  • Activities:  We have a lot of great things planned including:
    • 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.
  • 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 be on the lookout for the signup genius coming out later this week!

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Feed Our Community Day

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Saturday, October 15th is a busy day! The morning of our campout at the Scout Cabin, Pack 24 will be one of the many community groups helping to package nutritious meals for those in need at the North Riverside Village Commons (2401 South Des Plaines Ave).  This year we expect to pack in excess of 100,000 meals that will be donated to local food pantries and there are still some sign up spots left to fill.

Pack 24 scouts can work at one of three 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.  The Pack will cover the $5 fee for Scouts.  Your entire family is encouraged to attend!

Available shifts are 9:00 – 10:30 am or 1:00 – 2:30pm – FYI, the campout will not officially begin until after the last shift,

  • If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate in another way please see their webpage at http://www.feed6.org/focd-registration-2016.html
  • All scouts new to FOCD receive a badge and returning Scouts will receive a 2016 FOCD pin.

Pack Meeting & Fall Harvest Day

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Pack Meeting: Tuesday, 9/13 at 7PM

We hope everyone is off to a great start to the school year. This is a friendly reminder that our first Pack Meeting of the school year is tonight at 7PM at the Riverside Presbyterian Church.  We will be reviewing the exciting activities we have planned for the year and getting the kids started on selling Popcorn.  We will also have some fun Star Wars themed activities for the Scouts to get in the Spirit of our 2016 Popcorn campaign.

Squash Harvest to Benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository has partnered with a farmer in Marengo, Illinois that allows squash to be harvested …all of which goes to the food depository.  Volunteers (aged 8 and up) are needed to harvest the squash. This would make great event to teach our scouts about volunteerism and contributing to help feed the hungry. In the last few years, volunteers have harvested hundreds of thousands of pound of fresh corn and squash.

Date: Saturday October 8th

Time: 7:30 AM

Location: 10409 Carls Rd, Marengo IL 60152

(Appx 60 miles from Riverside)

Volunteers: Must be age 8 or over. Adult chaperones will need to register through the Greater Chicago Food Depository website (www.chicagosfoodbank.org) online volunteer system.  For the youth volunteers, we will only need to provide a list with names and dates of birth.  Please go to the signup genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-food

Deadline:  Please sign up by 9/20.

Popcorn Site Sales

Sign up for our site sales!  Remember that each scout gets credit towards their total sales for each hour worked.  We will hopefully be adding another day soon.  Here is the signup genius:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-popcorn2

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight!

 

 

It’s Popcorn Time…Join the Force

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At our Pack Meeting on Tuesday,  9/13 our awesome Popcorn Kernels will be kicking off our 2016 Popcorn campaign.  It’s our most important fund raiser and permits us to reduce the costs for many of the activities that we do throughout the year.

We will continue our Kamp Bux program, so 10% of your scout’s popcorn sales will be credited against the cost of selected Pack 24 overnights and campouts.  Last year several scouts attended our LegoLand overnight for no cost – after the application of their Kamp Bux credits.  So if your scout sells $200 worth of popcorn – he will earn a $20 credit!

This year, the Pathway to Adventure Council has a lot of fun and exciting changes.  With the Star Wars theme, scouts have the chance to earn the Galatic badge, Star Wars prizes (in addition to other cool scouting prizes) and a chance to go to the Jedi Masters-Rogue 1 movie premiere for any Scout selling over $1, 000.00.  More info on this will follow at the Pack Meeting but check it out at www.pathwaytoadventure.org/popcorn

How does it work?

  1. Come to the Pack Meeting on Tuesday, 9/13 at 7PM to get your order forms and hear about the exciting prizes offered this year!  If you can’t make the meeting, reach out to your Den leaders who will have additional forms.  You can also download the new sales app on your phone or tablet!
  2. Go see your neighbors, family members and friends. Fill out the order form and collect payment.  All Checks should be payable to Pack 24.
  3. Sign up for our site sales!  We have three weekends coming up at various locations and each scout gets credit towards their total sales for each hour worked.  Here is the signup genius:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-popcorn2

Do you have a van or truck?  We need help on Saturday, 9/10 with picking up popcorn from the distribution center.  We will have a number of our leaders at Warren Dunes so any help would be greatly appreciated!  If you can pitch in, please email our Kernels at axponn@gmail.com.

Email us at pack24riverside@gmail.com with any questions.  Thanks for your support!

Warren Dunes Camping Trip & First Pack Meeting

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It was so nice to see so many Pack 24 families at the Picnic last weekend!  We are looking forward to our first Pack 24 meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 13th at 7PM at Riverside Presbyterian Church.  We have so many great events coming up including the Warren Dunes camping trip over Labor Day weekend and the Scout Cabin Camp Out on Saturday, October 15th.  Details on the Scout Cabin Camp Out will soon be released..

If you are planning to attend the Warren Dunes camping trip, please sign up within the next week so we can get an accurate feel of how many people to expect.  Here are the details:

-Warren Dunes Fall Camping Trip: Friday, September 9-Sunday, September 11th.   The Pack 24 cub scouts are returning to the Warren Dunes State Park near Sawyer, Michigan 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 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 16 are $20 each, adults are $35 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.

Remember to Sign Up: Fall Kickoff Picnic is Sunday!

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Our End of Summer/Fall Kickoff picnic is quickly approaching.  The picnic is on Sunday, August 28th from 1-5PM at the National Grove South #2, the entrance to which is located near of the intersection of Des Plaines and 29th Avenue.  Here are the activities planned:

  • Delicious food grilled by our own Scout leaders & parents
  • Bounce house
  • Water balloon launchers
  • Bottle Rocket launching
  • Other games, socializing & shenanigans

We need some Akela/parent volunteers to make this happen.  There is no charge for families to attend but we do need some help to make sure we have a great time.  Please take a look at the sign up genius and let us know if you can help:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-picnic

Check out these sites if you are interested in making your own water powered bottle rocket (don’t feel you need to make it as fancy!!):

http://www.instructables.com/id/Soda-Bottle-Water-Rocket/

Also, look at a past Pack 24 launching event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xl1ovxTcBo

Please sign up below so we know how much food to purchase!  We are looking forward to seeing our Scouting friends!

Greetings, Pack 24 families.  The Pack leaders are getting ready to kick-off a great year of Scouting!  We have several fun & exciting events already in the works.   Sign up below!!

-Our Annual Summer Picnic on Sunday, August 28th 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 grandparents.  There is no charge to attend this event, but we are looking to get a sense of head count, so would appreciate it if you could sign up in advance so we know how much food to buy.

-Use the force…it’s time to start thinking about Popcorn!  The Pathway to Adventure Council is hosting a Star Wars themed popcorn training party.  There will be sales tips, games, Star wars character appearances, popcorn tasting & a free lightsaber to all Scouts who attend!  Our Pack is planning to attend on Saturday, 8/27/16 at the Westmont Yard.  The party goes from 9AM-12PM but only lasts for about an hour and you can stop in at any point.  Please sign up at https://scoutingevent.com/456-9143 if you are able to attend.  There are other dates & locations available if you are not able to make this date.

-Warren Dunes Fall Camping Trip: Friday, September 9-Sunday, September 11th.   The Pack 24 cub scouts are returning to the Warren Dunes State Park near Sawyer, Michigan 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 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 16 are $20 each, adults are $35 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.

Our first Pack 24 meeting will be on Tuesday, 9/13 at 7PM at RPC.  You will be hearing from your den leaders soon!