2022 General Announcements: September

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We ran out of time for announcements at Tuesday’s Pack Meeting. Fall is such a busy time in Scouting, so I thought it would be helpful to collect announcements into one place. Here they are!

Den Meetings, Dates/times vary: Please communicate with your child’s den leader for information about their den meetings. Your child will complete badge requirements at these fun meetings. If they miss meetings, the den leader will communicate which requirements will need to be completed at home.

Popcorn Sales, Ongoing in Sept & Oct: See this post for more information and to sign up for site sales.

Pack Committee Meeting, 9/27, 7-8 pm: All parents are welcome. Send us an email to request the Zoom link and/or copies of the minutes.

Council Camporee, 10/7-10/9: Registration will close at the end of the day on 9/30/2022. Read about this exciting camping event here. If you would rather not stay overnight, you can also register for the day on 10/8.

Pack Meeting & Bobcat Ceremony, 10/18, 7-8 pm: Watch for more information about this annual pack tradition.

Scout Cabin Campout, 10/22-10/23: Registration information coming soon! This is another annual tradition. It will be our last overnight event for the fall.

2022 September Pack Meeting

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What: First Pack Meeting of the Year!

When: Tuesday, 9/20, 7:00-8:00 pm

Where: Social Hall, Riverside Presbyterian Church, 116 Barrypoint Road

Join us for awards, popcorn samples, and an exciting craft! All Scouts should wear their Class A uniforms. Scouts will have the opportunity to decorate their own leather neckerchief slide. Say goodbye to the metal slides that fall off all the time!

The Webelos 2 (5th grade) den will lead the flag ceremony and a skit, so please be on time.

Parents who missed the Parent Meeting will have the opportunity to complete the registration process. If you have not already done so, please bring a check or a credit card to pay the Pack dues as well as completed health forms for your Scout and other members of your family who will participate in Pack activities this year.

2022 Pack Parent Meeting

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Attention, Akelas! Please remember to send at least one parent from your family to our Pack Parent Meeting this Tuesday, 9/6 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Riverside Presbyterian Church. There will be time to meet Pack and Den Leaders, to ask questions about the upcoming year, and to complete the registration process for this year.

Please bring the following:

  1. A printed & SIGNED copy of the Annual Health & Medical Record for your Scout and any other family members who are likely to attend Cub Scout events this year. We will keep these on file all year, so you will no longer need to complete a new one each time we go on an overnight trip. Don’t forget to print a copy of your health insurance card to attach to the form.
  2. Either a check or a credit card to pay Pack dues. Those paying by check will pay $60 per Scout plus $15 per subscription to Scout Life. Those paying with a credit card will pay $61.70 per Scout plus $15.50 per subscription to Scout Life (the extra money will cover the credit card processing fees).

Please “Do Your Best” to be present at this important meeting!

2022 Council Camporee – Game On!

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Green Gorillas Go Bananas! #PTACGOBANANAS

Join Team Green Gorillas!

For our second camping trip this year we will join units from our local council at the Council Camporee!

When: October 7-9, 2022

Where: McHenry County Fairgrounds

Registration link: https://scoutingevent.com/456-GameOn2022 (Select “Pack 3024” on the form when it asks for your unit.)

We are encouraging everyone to register ASAP. Currently the camping fee is only $30 per person, but this will increase to $45 after September 10th. We also recommend pre-paying for lunch and dinner ($8 each in advance, $10 each at the event). Our Pack will collaborate on preparing breakfasts only. Pack Leaders will provide more info on breakfast after we see who registers.

The program will be based off your all-time favorite board games, video games, and game shows. Activities will include: inflatables, shooting sports, scouting skills, arts and crafts, STEM, a conservation village, a vendor midway, and an action-packed closing show. Our Pack has been assigned to the Green Gorillas team! We will compete against (and surely defeat) the Yellow Yaks, Red Rhinos, and Purple Penguins. GAME ON!

2022 Warren Dunes Camping Trip

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Warren Dunes Camping Trip: Friday, September 16th-Sunday, September 18th.   Pack 24 Cub Scouts are returning to the Warren Dunes State Park near Sawyer, Michigan for our annual 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.

We will need volunteers to help load supplies at Riverside Presbyterian Church Thursday evening, September 15th and Sunday, September 18th upon return. Please email George Condes gcondes@gmail.com to volunteer your services. Of course, all please pitch in with cooking, cleanup, loading/unloading at the campsite.

Here’s a summary of what we have planned…

Friday night: Check in, set up, dinner on your own, campfire.


  • French Toast breakfast
  • Post-breakfast hike to secluded dunes & beach (swim if you like)
  • Lunch: Walking tacos
  • More dune climbing and swimming post-lunch
  • Dinner: Cook out with burgers/dogs
  • We’ll end the evening with s’mores around the campfire

Sunday morning: Breakfast, then camp breakdown/cleanup

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cost?

A:  Scouts and siblings under 16 are $30 each, adults are $45 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 (and an hour ahead of Riverside time).  

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: French Toast and Sausage for breakfast, walking tacos for lunch, hotdogs / burgers for dinner.  Plenty of nutritious fruits and veggies will be served with each meal. Note: Food is included, but if you have dietary restrictions, you’re welcome to bring any food you like.

Here is the sign-up! If you are viewing this via email or cannot see the form on your mobile phone, please visit pack24riverside.org on a desktop to register. Reminder: no refunds can be issued.

Sorry, sign up for the Warren Dunes camping trip is closed.

2022 Popcorn: All You Need To Know

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Hello Akelas,
Thank you for supporting your Scouts and Riverside Pack 24 this year by selling popcorn as our main fundraiser. Here are some details and logistical information for your reference. Sorry for info overload, but save this email for future reference.

Why Sell Popcorn? 

  • It allows each Scout to earn money to fund their Scouting adventures (70+% of the profits selling popcorn comes directly back to our Pack!)
  • It helps pay for a portion or all of certain events throughout the year.
  • It helps pay for annual membership dues.
  • For Scouts they earn recognition, advancements and retention. Its fun and encourages responsibility, association with friends, motivation for prizes, a sense of accomplishment and potential Legacy Scholarships. 

3 Ways to Sell 

  1. Take Orders:  Door-to-Door Sales 
    1. Leaders will pass out order forms at the Pack 24 Kick-off meeting on Sunday, August 28, 2022. Prize sheets will also be distributed. Eventually we will receive door hangers you can fill out and leave if someone is not home for them to contact you back. 
    2. Tips for Selling Door-to-Door 
      1. Be Neat – Scouts should wear their uniform for a professional look.
      2. Be Prepared – Scouts should learn the popcorn flavors and prices, along with what you are going to say. 
      3. Maintain Eye Contact – be confident
      4. Speak Loudly and Clearly
      5. Always Be Polite & Courteous – Always say “Thank you!” at the end of a sale even to the people who don’t buy anything!
      6. Keep Moving with a Smile – the more people you approach and talk to, the more popcorn you will sell
      7. If someone doesn’t want to buy popcorn please refer to the Answers To Objections At Point Of Sale sheet on the back of the PTAC Incentives sheet!
      8. Scouts should bring the following while selling door-to-door: 
        1. Order form / Pen (optional:  clipboard)
        2. Envelope for money/checks collected
        3. Cash in case customer needs change back
    3. Payments: It is up to the individual parent, but we recommend collecting payment at time of order. Cash is preferred, but checks can be made out to you, the parent (Akela). 
    4. We expect that parents then submit ONE check with the total amount due/collected to their Den leaders by the deadline, Monday, October 24, 2022. This total check should be made out to “Pack 24”. Order forms along with prize selections should also be turned into your Den leader.  
    5. Den leaders reconcile and submit entire Den order to Jenny & Lee Hinson by Wednesday, October 26, 2022.
    6. Popcorn will then be distributed to Scouts on the weekend of November 12-13, 2022. You can inform your customers that delivery will be during the following week.  
  2. Site Sales 
    1. We will be holding 14 Site Sales to earn credit selling popcorn at local stores. These will take place on the weekend days of Saturday and Sunday each weekend in the months of September and October, 2022. Each weekend day will consist of 3 two-hour time slots at each Site Sale from 10am – 4pm. Please sign up for any and all dates you’d like from September 10, 2022 through October 23, 2022 on the signup genius. Most of our best seller’s participation use this as a way to boost their sales with minimal effort. Total sales for the day will be divided amongst the Scouts based on the hours selling. The more hours selling = more sales credit for the Scout.

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F4CA5A72FA3FD0-pecatonica

  1. Scouts should wear their uniform to look professional, and don’t forget to sign in upon arrival to ensure proper credit is given.  
  2. Online Sales

Officially we are identified as:
Riverside Cub Scout Pack #3024
Pathway to Adventure Council (PTAC)
Portage Creek District
Riverside Presbyterian Church
Have your Scouts Sign up for an online selling account and earn more towards their Scouting adventures!  A new line of gourmet products are now available exclusively on a user friendly site that has similarities to popular sites that everyone is used to seeing.  Scouts, families, and units can tell their story in a compelling way seeking support for Scouting’s mission with fresh and softer branded products that will appeal to everyone.
It’s easy to register! You will receive an email with subject line:  “Boy Scouts of America Online Popcorn Sale” from Pecatonica River Popcorn. Within this email there will be a click here link that will take you to the MY PR Popcorn Tool to create and customize an account for your Scout. Be sure to use your Scouts specific Seller ID. This will be the Seller ID that you will share with anyone who wants to support your Scout so they receive proper credit. By sharing the link to Pecatonica River Popcorn’s online store, www.prpopcornstore.com, with your family and friends they can help support your Scout and our Pack 24. There is even a Pecatonica River Popcorn app you can download through the app store called the My PR Popcorn App

You are now ready to create and use your personal profile! 

  • On the left side of the page click on My Profile to edit and create your Scout’s profile.
  • Upload a picture of your Scout in their uniform and set their fundraising goal. You can even upload a video of them explaining why they are selling popcorn for Cub Scouts Pack 24 in Riverside and asking for support in their fundraising efforts.
  • This is also where you can download your Scout’s individual online sales report.
  • The tracking tool allows you to see how much is left of your Scout’s goal.

Pathway to Adventure Council has prizes starting at the $150 level and going all the way up to the $5,000 level where Scouts can choose between different prizes at each level depending on how much they have sold (see PTAC 2022 Popcorn Prize sheet). 

Pecatonica River Popcorn is also offering prizes in their Winner’s Circle Prize Program if a Scout sells $3,000 (see the prize selection on the back of the order form). A list of any Site Sale credits will be provided before the deadline to add to the Scout’s total, plus any online sales the Scout incurred.

Special PTAC Incentives are also being offered for the Chicago Wolves and the Chicago Blackhawks (See PTAC Incentives sheet on the back of the Answers To Objections At Point Of Sale sheet).

The Riverside Cub Scouts Pack 24 fundraising popcorn goal as a whole is set at $30,000 for the 2022 season. When broken down that is a very attainable goal of approximately $375 per individual Scout. The Pack Incentive if this goal is achieved would be Cubmaster George shaving his head at a Pack meeting in support of our very much accomplished popcorn selling Scouts!

Thanks again,
Your Popcorn Kernels

Jenny & Lee Hinson

2022 Pack 24 Kickoff Picnic

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We hope you’re all looking forward to the 2022 Kickoff Picnic! 

We’ll need some volunteers to help with set up, grilling, clean up, and a little activity supervision in between. 

Use the link below to RSVP and volunteer.


2022 Kickoff Picnic

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Have you missed us? We’ve missed you, too! Let’s get together to kick off a great Scouting season, starting with a picnic full of food, friends, and fun. We’ll need some volunteers to help with set up, clean up, and a little activity supervision in between. 

**********A volunteer sign-up link will be coming soon**********

When? Sunday, August 28th, 12 pm – 3:00 pm

Where?  Scout Cabin 417 Fairbank Rd.

Bring the family and invite friends—kindergarten through fifth grade—that are interested in joining the Pack. We’ll have burgers, hot dogs, desserts, and plenty of food all around, along with tug-o-war, rock/stick painting, and water bottle rockets!

Start saving your two-liter bottles and follow these instructions to build your own rocket to bring to the picnic (we’ll provide the launcher). Let’s see how high we can fly this year!

Cub Scout Adventure Days

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All Cub Scouts are invited to Adventure Days on Saturday, 9/17, and Saturday, 9/24. The Adventure Days are hosted by the Pathway to Adventure Council (our local Boy Scouts of America Council).

Activities available range from archery, pinewood derby races, STEM activities, and more!

Click here for details and registration.

Please note the 9/17 Adventure Day does overlap with our Pack camping trip to Warren Dunes.

2022 Independence Day Parade & Lemonade Stand

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Join Cub Scout Pack 24 and Boy Scout Troop 24 as we march in the Riverside Independence Day Parade and serve the best lemonade in town on Monday, July 4th!  Here’s what you need to know:


  • Scouts must be in Class A uniform: blue dress shirt and neckerchief (Cub Scout hat is optional).  If you did not receive your new neckerchief at the Advancement Ceremony in May, please reach out to your Den Leader to pick it up. There is still plenty of time to visit the La Grange Scout Shop for any additional uniform needs.
  • Parents & siblings are welcome to march with us; please wear your red, white & blue.
  • We are marching right behind the fire engines (#2 in line), so we will be serving as the color guard for the rest of the parade.  Line up begins at 8:15am close to the corner of Delaplaine & Longcommon, just north of the Big Ball Park.  
  • Parade begins at 8:45am, so don’t be late!
  • Scouts are welcome to bring their own bag of candy to share with people along the parade route.  The Village has asked us to tell everyone that throwing candy is not permitted, but handing out candy is fine.
  • For any adult or Scout without candy, we will be handing out flyers to boys and girls of Cub Scout age along the parade route inviting them to join Pack 24!
  • At the end of the parade, please meet your Cub Scout at the Pack 24 lemonade stand in Guthrie Park.

Lemonade Stand

The fresh-squeezed lemonade is always popular after a march through town!  This is a great fundraiser for Pack 24 and many people look forward to our delicious lemonade and friendly service!  

>>>Click here to sign up to help<<<

The Lemonade Stand gets very busy, so please plan to stay to stay & help.  Scouts will be using knives, juicers, and other equipment, so we will need everyone to pitch in to keep them safe and keep the line moving!

Parents: Please volunteer to help set up and/or clean up.  We will be bringing tables, tents and equipment over from RPC, so anybody who is able to help (especially if you have a minivan or vehicle with similar capacity) is greatly appreciated! The more volunteers we have, the quicker set up and clean up will be. We need you to make this event a success!