Pack meeting this Tuesday!

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Our last Pack meeting of the year is this Tuesday, December 10th at 7pm in the RPC downstairs social hall. We’ll hand out prizes for our top popcorn sellers AND…

BOOM: Scouts that sold $500 or more worth of popcorn will get to put a pie in the face of the adult of their choice. Don’t worry, we’ll have coverage for your clothes and hair. Don’t miss the most hilarious Pack meeting of the year!

ALSO: Pinewood Derby cars will be distributed! Save the date for the Pinewood Derby on Saturday, January 25th. We’ll be sending out complete details and rules, along with a volunteer signup, later this week. There is also an adult Derby the evening of Friday the 24th for anyone who wants to channel their inner child into a cool race car. More adult Derby details will be shared at the Pack meeting and in our follow-up Pinewood email. 

The Scout Shop in La Grange offers free Pinewood car-cutting and design seminars. Here’s their schedule:

NOTE: The December Pack meeting will be our last one until March so Leadership and volunteers can focus on making the January Pinewood Derby and February Blue & Gold banquet the best (big) events they can be.

See you all Tuesday!

Help Riverside plant 1,000 trees!

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Please mark your calendars for Sat, Nov 23 from 10 am – 3 pm to help Riverside plant 1,000 trees near the river in Riverside’s first district. 

Riverside resident Tom Sisulak and Forester Mike Collins will be leading a quick discussion about the importance of trees and explaining the various native trees of Riverside at the Scout Cabin at 10 am. Following the discussion, he will divide the attendees into 10 groups, with each team planting 100 trees along the river area. Following the planting, attendees are invited to come back to the Scout Cabin with its crackling fireplace for a hot lunch of chili and/or soup.  

This event is really fun, informative and a great way for Scouts and teens to earn service hours and give back to the community. DRESS WARM!!! It’s been known to snow and be quite chilly during this annual event in years past. 

This is not a Scout-sponsored event, but some Troop 24 Boy Scouts and Leaders will be there, so if you go be sure to have your Scout wear their hat to represent Pack 24!

Bobcat Ceremony Pack Meeting This Tuesday

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Our monthly Pack meeting is this Tuesday November 12th at 7:00PM at RPC. This month is our Bobcat ceremony where we recognize our new Scouts—from Tiger rank up—and their first achievement.

Lions are welcome to witness the ceremony, but since this is a meeting that requires Scouts to be seated and quiet for much of the hour, it’s fine if Lions choose not to attend. If you are a parent attending with your Lion, please sit near your Scout.

We will start downstairs in the social hall for any announcements and then will move upstairs into the Sanctuary for the ceremony — Lions, then Tigers, Wolves and so on. Parents follow behind. New Scouts are called up to the front and then their parents to join them. The parents are handed a Bobcat badge and pin. Once the Den Leaders are done speaking, usually people take pictures for a few minutes. After the ceremony, we’ll head back downstairs for refreshments. 

All Scouts should be dressed in full Class A uniform, scarf and slide included.

The requirements for earning the Bobcat Badge are found in the Cub Scout handbook, but here is a recap. We know it takes a while to learn all of these things, so please just tell your Scout(s) to do their best. Note: new Scouts will recite these as a group, so no need for nerves about any solo performance.

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.

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 traveling to and from the Sanctuary.

Cosley Zoo overnight registration is here!

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For the first time, Pack 24 is headed to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton for an overnight stay! 

Cosley Zoo exhibits a variety of domestic farm animals and Illinois native wildlife. Visitors can enjoy watching the activities of the curious red fox, playful raccoons, intriguing turkey vultures, adorable goats and much more. You can even see some “creepy crawlies” such as snakes, insects, and turtles. Naturalistic habitats complete with trees and water features house the wild mammals, reptiles and birds. Learn more at

When: Friday, November 8th, 6:30pm – Saturday, November 9th, 8am (please arrive promptly on Friday evening)

Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton, IL (approx. 20 miles west of Riverside; please allow time for Friday rush hour traffic)

Who: This overnight is better suited for younger Scouts and space is very limited, so registration is open to Lions (need to be six years old), Tigers, Wolves and Bears. Don’t worry, we’re planning other overnights suitable for everyone!

What: Animal-centric activities led by Zoo staff; sleep in the climate-controlled upper level of the barn; evening snack and continental breakfast are provided

Space is limited, so please sign up ASAP to be assured a spot. Registration closes October 24th. If this overnight fills up, we will create a waiting list. 

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It’s Scout Cabin campout time!

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Join us on Saturday, October 5th from 3pm to Sunday, October 6th at 9am for camping at Riverside’s own Scout Cabin. This is the perfect campout for the whole family, especially those Scouts that are new to the Pack and want to see what camping is all about. Plus, if your Scout gets cold feet, you’re literally right in the neighborhood, so it’s an easy drive home —and you can still join us for breakfast in the morning.

This event is free for Scouts, $5 for siblings and $10 for adults.
Tons of fun activities are planned:
  • Games
  • Pizza at 5pm
  • Campfire & S’mores (of course)
  • Movie before turning in
  • Bagels & Donuts for breakfast
Be sure to pack:
  • Tent & tarp
  • Sleeping bags & pillows
  • Extra blankets and clothing layers
  • Lantern, head lamp or flashlight
  • Bug Spray — a MUST
  • Camp chairs for hanging out and eating meals
  • Games or books for any downtime your kids may want to take
  • Water bottle
  • Any toiletries you may need 
  • Earplugs optional since some of our Scout parents have been known to snore

If you have an extra tarp, tent or sleeping bags you’re willing to lend out, please let your Den Leader know. Some of our families are brand new to camping and aren’t yet stocked up on camping essentials.

Sign up below! Not seeing the form on your mobile device email? Click here to register.

Fall bike ride…let us know you’ll be there!

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Please join us for the Pack 24 bike ride along the Salt Creek Trail on Sunday, September 22nd at 3PM.

Here are the key details:

Who:  All Pack 24 scouts and family members, including siblings. 
What:  A ride along the Salt Creek Trail, approximately four miles to the Brezina Woods.  A few parents will meet us there with refreshments & snacks.  A Riverside Police officer will also be giving a brief presentation on Scout safety. Please email Rachel Schrier at if you can help!
Where:  Meet at the Ames parking lot, bike through Riverside and North Riverside (along the trail on 26th street) to the Salt Creek trail entrance, which is just west of First Avenue along 26th street. 
Why:  For fun! All Scouts that participate will receive a patch. 
When:  Sunday, September 22nd at 3:00PM.  This is about a two hour activity. 
In case of bad weather, our rain date will be the following Sunday.  Hope to see you there!

Warren Dunes signup deadline is Sept. 1st. Click here to get those last-minute registrations in before midnight.

Save the date for the Pack 24 fall (formerly known as summer) bike ride — Sunday, September 22nd. Details will be shared soon via email, as well as at our first Pack meeting. Spoiler alert: bike ride includes snacks.

Warren Dunes camping sign up is open!

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The Scouting season is really gearing up!  Mark your calendars for our first Pack 24 meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 10th at 7PM in the Riverside Presbyterian Church downstairs social hall. We have so many great events coming up, including the Warren Dunes camping trip September 6th-8th (see below for sign up and details), fall bike ride and the Scout Cabin Camp Out in October (stay tuned for details).

If you are planning to attend the Warren Dunes camping trip, please sign up ASAP so we can get an accurate feel of how many people to expect.  Registration closes September 1st. Here are the details:

-Warren Dunes Fall Camping Trip: Friday, September 6th-Sunday, September 8th.   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.

We will need volunteers to help load supplies at Riverside Presbyterian Church Thursday evening, September 5th and Sunday, September 8th upon return. Please email Mark Hill 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, cracker barrel dinner (cheese, crackers, cold cuts) campfire.


  • Pancake breakfast
  • Post-breakfast hike to private dunes & beach (swim if you like)
  • Lunch: Walking tacos
  • More dune climbing and swimming post-lunch
  • Dinner: Cook out with burgers/dogs/brats
  • 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 $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 (and an hour ahead of Riverside time).  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. Note: Food is included, but if you have dietary restrictions, you’re welcome to bring any food you like.

As you may have heard, many beaches in Indiana are closed due to a hazardous chemical spill. Currently, the beach at Warren Dunes is not impacted. However, we’re monitoring the situation and may choose to avoid swimming during the upcoming trip. In that case, we are planning other fun activities to keep Scouts and their families busy and happy. 

Here is the sign up! If you cannot see the form on your mobile phone, please click here to register. Reminder: no refunds can be issued

Have you missed us this summer? We’ve missed you, too. If you’ve been wondering about our annual summer bike ride, conflicting schedules have pushed it to the fall, so be on the lookout for the date. On the bright side, it’s bound to be a cooler ride!

Now, on to the BBQ. 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. Click the link below to RSVP and volunteer.

>> RSVP here. Plus, sign up to pitch in!

Sunday, August 25th, 12pm – 3:00pm
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, bounce house 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!
Hope to see some familiar and new faces!
The annual Pack 24 camping trip to Warren Dunes is coming up September 6th – 8th. It’s tons of fun in the woods and on the beach. More info coming very soon. In the meantime, check out the photos from one of our previous Dunes trips and start getting excited!

4th of July Parade and 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 on Thursday, July 4th and serve the best lemonade in town afterwards.  Here’s what you need to know:


  • Scouts must be in full class A uniform, blue dress shirt, neckerchief, slide, cub scout hat is optional.  Brag vest if you’d like.  Parents & siblings are welcome to march with us, please wear your red, white & blue.
  • We are marching right behind the fire engines, so will be serving as the color guard for the rest of the parade.  Line up begins at 8:15am close to the corner of Delaplane & 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, you can meet your scout at the Pack 24 lemonade stand in Guthrie Park.

>>>Click here to sign up just so we have a rough idea of how many to expect<<<


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 setup and cleanup will be. We need you to make this event a success!