Camping Anyone?

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Pack Parents – As discussed at the pack meeting we are planning some camping.  See below for details:

May 15-17 – Camp-or-ee

  • Who – Any pack 24 scout & parent / guardian.  Pack 24 will be joining other area packs for a large scale event.  We’re not sure how many other packs are attending, but there could be hundreds of other scouts.
  • What – A “cub or ee” is like a large scale camp out where meals and activities are organized.  This event is being coordinated by the Three Fires Council which serves DuPage County, but we have confirmed out-of-area packs (like ours) are welcome to attend.  This is a “bring-your-own tent” style camp out.
  • Where:  “Camp Big Timber” which is 37W955 Big Timber Road, in Elign, IL.  This is about an hour from Riverside.
  • Why:  It will be fun.  BB Guns, Archery, Climbing Walls, Camp Fires, and many other activities.
  • When: Friday May 15 to Sunday May 17.  The event begins at 6pm on the Friday and ends Sunday morning.  There may be some ability for families to arrive late or, leave early as necessary.
  • How:  Click here to register ASAP.  We are trying to get them to keep the early bird option for us for a few more days, but it officially ended on April 14 (the date of this post).  The cost is $30 per scout and $15 per adult, and includes meals.  You must accompany your scout on this event.  It does not appear to be open to non-scout siblings at this time.

Remember the presentation of summer camping options at the Pinewood Derby?  If you are interested, or may be interested in camping, please indicate it by signing up on this link:

We have heard from several families that they would be more interested in attending if they knew some other pack  24 folks were going to go.  So no obligation to sign up here, but it may be fun for several of you to go.  By signing up here, you are just showing your interest, you still have to officially register with the Pathway to Adventure Council ( to attend camp.  There is also a lot of information available about cub scout camping options on this website.

The early bird registration discount ends on May 1.


May 15-17 Camp O Ree Registration

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Pack Meeting – Tuesday, April 14

by James Jerz in Pack, Troop 24

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The high-energy juggling show of Jason Kallum is our special treat for the scouts at our pack meeting this Tuesday, so be sure to arrive on time (which is 7pm).  Please invite a friend that may be interested in scouts so he can see the fun.

We’re going to give a brief summary of our plans for this summer which will include a bike ride in June, camping at a minor league baseball field in July, and of course our usual service as the color guard in the 4th of July parade, followed by the lemonade stand.

We are also coordinating dates for the wide range of summer camp options being provided by the Pathway to Adventure Council.

Also…  To support two different Eagle Scout projects of the boy scouts of Troop 24 we request you bring any spare books or school supplies.  The boys scouts are going to be providing these to groups in need as part of their community service which is a critical part of the Eagle Scout projects.

Thanks & see you on Tuesday.

Next Pack Meeting is Tuesday, April 14

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Juggler / entertainer Jason Kollum will be our special guest at our pack meeting on Tuesday, April 14.  He has a special show interactive show for our cub scouts.  The meeting will begin at 7pm in the RPC social hall.

Please feel free to have your son invite any friends that may be interested in joining pack 24.

Camp Tecumseh Trip

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Tecumseh SignBefore families get away for spring break, we wanted to remind you to take a few minutes to register for the Pack 24 trip to Camp Tecumseh.  We have several previous posts with a summary of everything you need to know, especially a summary of all of the excellent activities.

Registration will close on March 31, so there’s still time to register.  As of today, 13 families have filled 37 of the 59 spots reserved.  Click here to register & pay.

The next pack meeting is Tuesday, April 14 at 7pm.   We hope to bring in a special guest for the scouts, with details to be announced soon, but we expect it to be a lot of fun.

Pack News

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If you’re planning on joining us for the Camp Tecumseh trip on April 24-26 click here to register.  We have filled 22 of our 59 spots, and registration closes at the end of March.  Click here for a summary of the logistics and this previous post for a summary of some of the awesome activities like climbing, horseback riding, rifle range, boating and campfires.

We are also looking for your help to support a former Pack 24 Cub Scout who is now working on his Eagle Scout project.

Troop 24 Eagle Scout Candidate, Will Gmitro, needs your help collecting school supplies to benefit refugee children of the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program. You may donate individual items or all the items to fill a grade-level backpack.

You can bring your items to the collection bin at the Riverside Presbyterian lobby through April 6 or to our April 14 Pack Meeting.  Click here for supply list.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

For any questions please contact  Will Gmitro

Camp Tecumseh Registration has begun

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Tecumseh SignGet ready to enjoy the awesome activities this camp has to offer: climbing, epic slides, horseback riding, marksmanship, waterfront fun and campfires, click here to see the previous post with a description of all activities.  Pack 24 has reserved a total of 59 spots for Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26.  Camp Tecumseh is in Brookston, Indiana which is north of Lafayette, and according to Google Maps, an easy two-hour drive from the Riverside area.

Some key points to keep in mind include:

  • Our accommodations will be four bunkhouse style cabins, which will each sleep 14-15 individuals.  Each will have indoor plumbing.  We will group everyone by family and try to keep the dens together as much as possible.
  • Each family will have the option to stay either two nights (Friday & Saturday) or just for Saturday.  Everyone has to check out by 1pm ET on Sunday.
    • For the two night option, check-in on Friday is after 4:30pm ET and includes four meals beginning with breakfast on Saturday.  The cost is $94 for adults and $50 for kids (scouts & school-aged siblings).
    • For the one night option, check is Saturday morning after 9am ET and includes three meals beginning with lunch on Saturday.  The cost is $67 for adults and $35 for kids (scouts & school-aged siblings).
  • There is an extra fee for horseback riding ($9), the rifle range ($1 for ten shots), or candle making ($2 per person).  You can only register for these activities in-person, when arrive at the Camp.  There is not a set of scheduled activities for our group, so people can choose to spend their time at the waterfront, climbing, sliding or doing whatever is the most fun.  We also understand parents will have to sign a waiver for the horseback riding, but we haven’t received a copy of it for you to review.

Here is the general schedule for the weekend (keep in mind they are one hour ahead of Chicago time):

  • Friday (if you are planning on two nights)
    • 4:30-9:00 pm Check-In (Non-staffed program areas are available during check-in hours.)
  • Saturday
    • 7:00 am Rise & Shine!
    • 8:00 am Breakfast
    • 9:00-11:45 am *Program Areas & Trading Post Open
    • 12:00 pm Lunch
    • 1:00-5:00 pm *Program Areas & Trading Post Open
    • 5:30pm Dinner
    • 7:30 pm Campfire – Join us for songs, skits, & stories led by camp staff.
  • Sunday
    • 7:00 am Rise & Shine!
    • 8:00 am Breakfast
    • 8:45 am Chapel (Location announced @ breakfast)
    • 9:00-12:00 *Program Areas & Trading Post Open

Tecumseh logoIt goes without saying that all the scouts that participate in this event will receive a commemorative patch.  In order to comply with all BSA requirements, please also review the attached Activity Consent Form.  As part of the registration process, each family will have to acknowledge these terms.

If you’re ready to for this adventure, then click here to register online.  Due to limited space, registration is first-come, first served.  However, we need to give the Camp organizers a final count, so registration will close at the end of March.  Email if you have any questions.

Camp Tecumseh Registration

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Pack 24 News & Meeting Reminder

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Thanks to all the scouts & parents that helped make the Pancake Breakfast a big success.  We were told that nearly a thousand tickets were sold.  That’s a lot of satisfied customers to serve, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Our pack meeting is TONIGHT at 7pm in the RPC Social Hall.  The main activity at our pack meeting will be “skits-in-a-bag.”  Each den will be given a few props and then have 15 minutes to figure out a short skit to perform in front of the entire pack.  Parental involvement for this activity is welcomed.

We’re going to be covering some upcoming events, especially the trip to Camp Tecumseh on April 24-26.

We also want to let the pack know about the Cameron Can Foundation, which was started by the Dominick Family in honor of their own son, Cameron, who was born with hydrocephalus.  Cameron serves as the inspiration for Cameron Can which is a non-profit organization that provides grants for local children who have hydrocephalus and other neurological disorders..   The Dominick Family is a huge supporter of Pack 24 with Matt Dominick serving as a Popcorn Kernel and their two sons active in the Bear and Tiger Dens.  On March 12th, the Cameron Can Foundation will be hosting their annual fundraiser.  Please come out to join the festivities as the Dominick family works to provide a bright future for children with life long neurological conditions.

We resume meeting as a pack on the second Tuesday or each month in March.  So be sure to come to an exciting pack meeting on Tuesday, March 10 so your scout can help his den with our “skit in a bag” activity.   The den meeting will be in the RPC social hall.

During the meeting we are going to preview our spring camping trip to Camp Tecumseh near Brookston, Indiana on April 24-26.   Here is a description of the awesome activities that are available.  Registration will begin soon.

  • Waterfront:  Fun awaits everyone at the Richard G. Marsh Lake. Our waterfront is usually open to weekend guests for canoeing and paddleboating during the months of April-Oct. Guests are also allowed to bring their own fishing equipment. Our lake is fully stocked with many hungry fish, especially bluegill and bass (catch and release). Groups also enjoy trekking across our suspension bridge that transverses the lake.
  • Mt.Wood Climbing Wall:  Reach for the highest heights on the Climbing Wall at the River Village. Our well-trained, fun-loving, and passionate staff members are ready to help you reach your goal. Remember, close-toed shoes are a must.
  • The Lookout Climbing Wall:  The climbing wall at the Lake Village also doubles as a lookout tower. A spiral staircase is hidden within this structure that allows for guests to go to the top and look out over our gorgeous lake.
  • Kampen Lodge Indoor Climbing Wall: When weather is poor and we are unable to do outdoor climbing, we open indoor climbing walls.
  • Archery:  Bull’s Eye! Learn and practice your shooting skills on the Archery Ranges at either village. Take advantage of a great opportunity to learn or further enhance a skill that has lasted through the centuries.
  • .22 Rifle Range:  The rifle range is a very popular activity on weekends at Camp Tecumseh. Our guns are locked down into boxes with carabineers so that guests can only aim at their target. All shooting is done in the prone position. Our trained staff will provide you with a safety demonstration and assist you as needed. Tickets are $1.00 and can be purchased at the trading post. Have a blast!
  • Black Hole Sledding Tube:  The Black Hole is an enclosed sledding tube that can be used by groups all year long. Guests zoom down the Black Hole on colored toboggan sleds. Snow is not required! Both children and adults enjoy this activity.
  • Bullet Slide:  The Bullet Slide is very similar to the Black Hole. Except on this slide you sit inside a potato sack rather than sitting on a sled.
  • Three-House Tree House:  The three-house tree house is another popular destination for weekend guests. The name pretty much says it all!
  • Challenge and Obstacle Courses:  These two courses are non-staffed activities and are available for guests to use at any time over the weekend. See if you can make it through the entire course without having to touch the ground!
  • Nature Center:  Our interactive nature center has live Fish, Turtles, and Snakes. It is filled with fun, educational displays. The fireplace and bird viewing area makes it an enjoyable place to relax. On most weekends our staff offer a free craft in this area.
  • Trail Rides:  Trail rides are offered every weekend. The rides typically last about 25-35 minutes. Most of the trail ride is setback in our pine forest. Riders must be 7 or older to ride by themselves; otherwise an adult must walk with next to them. Trail rides are $9.00 per rider.
  • Candle Creations:  Camp guests can make their own candles! We have several different colors of wax which will help you to make a very colorful creation. Our staff will guide you through the candle making process and after you finish, they will cut and carve your candle for you. These make great gifts for Mom or Dad! You must sign up in the trading post to get a ticket and reserve a time. The cost for this activity is $2 per candle.
  • Ga-Ga Carpetball:  Get away from the larger groups and take advantage of Camp Tecumseh’s other areas on your own. Some of the areas are; Hiking Trails, Lookout Tower, Disc Golf, Carpetball, Ga- Ga, Basketball, Volleyball, Tetherball, Fishing, Tennis, Suspension Bridge and the Mini Farm.  Bring your own equipment for Fishing & Tennis.
  • Evening Campfire Program:  Join in the fun as our Camp Tecumseh staff members lead your group in songs, skits, and more around the campfire. This program typically takes place around 7:30 pm on Saturday evening.