Hello, Scout families! 
 
We’re getting ready 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. So, if you plan on coming, please sign up here to pitch in!
 
 
When?
Sunday, August 26, 12pm – 3:00pm
 
Where? 
Scout Cabin
417 Fairbank Rd.
 
Bring the family and invite friends 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!
 
Sign up here to let us know if you’re coming and how many people you’re bringing. We want to make sure to have enough food to go around!
 
Hope to see some familiar and new faces!
 
 
SAVE THE DATE
 
The annual Pack 24 camping trip to Warren Dunes is coming up September 7th – 9th. It’s tons of fun in the woods and on the beach. More info coming soon. In the meantime, check out the photos from last year’s trip to the Dunes and start getting excited!
 

Hello, Pack 24 Akelas. We are very excited about all the great events we have planned for our 2018-2019 Scouting season.  We will be sending out more details about specific events soon, but in the meantime check out these important reminders:

-Our Pack is so successful due to the amazing dedication of our parents/Akelas. We are looking for 4-6 parents who would be willing to sit on our Kernel Committee which oversees popcorn sales.  Committee members would be responsible for scheduling site sales, delivering popcorn to the site sales, collecting order sheets, etc. With a great team in place this should be a pretty easy job.  Our Pack has always been very successful with popcorn sales, allowing us to offer reduced rates for activities such as Camp Tecumseh and Warren Dunes and offer FREE activities such as the summer picnic and snow tubing.  For the past several years, we have also been able to absorb the cost of all annual dues to the BSA and provide Boys Life subscriptions for all of our members. Without successful popcorn sales, the price of activities will likely go up. Most importantly, the Scouts learn a lot about themselves during the sales and feel great about being successful! If interested in playing some role in popcorn sales, please email Jessica O’Brien at jessicaobrien1521@gmail.com.

-Our next Leadership Meeting will be on Tuesday, August 21st at 7PM at Layla Lombardo’s home at 299 Uvedale Rd. Please come check out the things we are planning and see if there is a way to get involved. All are welcome!!

-There are a lot of exciting changes to Cub Scouts this year. This is the first year we will be welcoming girls into Pack 24 and we will also be kicking off our Lion Den program for Kindergartners. If you are interested in becoming involved in either of these efforts, please reach out to Kim Cimino at ciminokl@comast.net and plan to attend our leadership meeting on August 21st.

-Save the Dates!! Signups Coming Soon!

  • Bike Ride,  Sunday 8/5 at 3PM
  • End of Summer Picnic: Sunday, 8/26 from 12-3PM at Scout Cabin
  • Warren Dunes Campout:  Friday, 9/7-Sunday, 9/9
  • First Pack meeting:  Tuesday, 9/11 (Pack meetings will continue to be the second Tuesday of the month with no meetings in January & February).

Have a great rest of your summer!

Rescheduled Summer Bike Ride Info: Sunday, 8/5

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Please join us for our rescheduled bike ride along the Salt Creek Trail on Sunday, August 5 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 rachelschrier@hotmail.com if you want to 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, August 5 at 3:00PM.  This is about a two hour activity. 

Signup:   www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADAA2DA20-summer2 

In case of bad weather, please check the website for updates.  Hope to see you there!

Reminder: Bike ride this Sunday!

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Don’t forget to sign up for the summer bike ride this Sunday, July 22nd at 3pm! 

You can find all the details here: www.pack24riverside.org/2018/07/09/summer-bike-ride/

We’re also in need of more parent volunteers. Please email Rachel (rachelschrier@hotmail.com) to let her know you can lend a hand either along the trail with the bikers or at the end of the trail with drinks and snacks.

See you Sunday afternoon!

Summer Bike Ride

by Kimberly Cimino in Pack

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Please join us for our first summer outing: a bike ride along the Salt Creek Trail on Sunday, July 22nd at 3:00PM!

 

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 rachelschrier@hotmail.com if you want to 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, July 22nd at 3:00PM.  This is about a two hour activity. 

Signup:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADAA2DA20-20182 

 

In case of bad weather, please check the website for updates.  Hope to see you there!

4th of July is almost here!! Final Reminders!

by Kimberly Cimino in Pack

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Happy 4th of July!  It’s almost time for the parade and lemonade stand!  Here are some final reminders:

  • Parade
    • 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.  We are lining up on Delaplaine Rd just North of Nuttall. 
    • 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. 
    • At the end of the parade, you can meet your scout at the Pack 24 lemonade stand in Guthrie Park.
    • Please sign up just so we have a rough idea of how many to expect: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-20181
    • Call Kim Cimino on her cell phone at 708-870-6064 with any problems or questions!
  • Lemonade Stand

We still need some volunteers to help with Clean Up!!   Clean up is fast if we have enough people to work together!!  Here is the signup:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-lemonade1

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! We also have volunteer spots for anybody who can help set up or clean up.  We will be bringing tables, tents and equipment over from RPC so anybody who is able to help with this is greatly appreciated!

See you on Wednesday!

4th of July Parade and Lemonade Stand

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Join us as we march in the Riverside Independence Day Parade on Wednesday, July 4th and serve the best lemonade in town afterwards.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • Parade
    • 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.  Our exact location will be emailed out as soon as we receive the info.
    • 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.
    • At the end of the parade, you can meet your scout at the Pack 24 lemonade stand in Guthrie Park.
    • Please sign up just so we have a rough idea of how many to expect: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-20181
  • 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!  

Please sign up to here to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-lemonade1

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! We also have volunteer spots for anybody who can help set up or clean up.  We will be bringing tables, tents and equipment over from RPC so anybody who is able to help with this is greatly appreciated!

 

 

Tom Lombardo Memorial Fund

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As many of you know, Riverside Pack 24 lost Tom Lombardo, one of our Den Leaders, to lung cancer this past fall. 

As an Eagle Scout, Tom dedicated his life to the principles of Scouting. In that spirit, Pack 24, along with Layla and Jamie Lombardo, have created the Tom Lombardo Memorial Fund. 

All proceeds will benefit Scouts in underserved communities — providing funds for uniforms, activities, camping and so much more. 

Please contribute whatever you can — every bit counts — to help us honor Tom’s legacy and provide opportunities for all Scouts to thrive and experience everything Scouting has to offer.

Thank you and please share with any friends and neighbors who knew Tom, as well as those that believe in the mission of Scouting and would like to contribute.

https://www.gofundme.com/friends-of-tom-lombardo

Camp Tecumseh sibling registration now open!

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Come join the Pack at Camp Tecumseh — the whole family is welcome! Sign up today. Registration closes April 15th. Find all the details on our previous post.

Camp Tecumseh registration is open!

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Get ready to enjoy the awesome activities this camp has to offer: climbing, epic slides, horseback riding, marksmanship, waterfront fun and campfires! Pack 24 has reserved a total of 60 spots for Friday, April 27, Saturday April 28 and Sunday, April 29.  Camp Tecumseh is in Brookston, Indiana which is north of Lafayette, and according to Google Maps, approximately a two-hour drive from the Riverside area. Camp Tecumseh is one hour ahead of Riverside, so please plan your travel accordingly.

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, showers and heat. Each bunk bed has an electric outlet and a shelf for personal belongings. We will group everyone by family.  This year, we will try to devote a cabin to mothers and sons/daughters traveling together. This is a great outing for our mothers!
  • 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 $70 for adults and $60 for kids (scouts & school-aged siblings). Note – there are no activities or food available on Friday night. You may want to pack a picnic, and bring some games.
    • For the one night option, check in is Saturday morning after 9am ET and includes three meals beginning with lunch on Saturday.  The cost is $55 for adults and $45 for kids (scouts & school-aged siblings).
    • If you have not been to Tecumseh and are trying to decide between one night or two nights, we would recommend arriving on Friday night ONLY IF you are able to get to the camp before 9:00 pm EST (Tecumseh is one hour ahead of Chicago and the registration desk closes early). It is hard to find the camp in the dark, and even harder to find your cabin if you miss registration and are unfamiliar with the camp. If you are unable to reach Tecumseh by 8:00 pm CST/9:00 pm EST – we recommend you only sign-up for Saturday and arrive early Saturday morning.   There will be no Pack 24 representative at the camp to help you find your way on Friday night if you arrive at 9:00 pm CST.
  • There is an extra fee for horseback riding ($9 for a 40 minute trail ride), 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 Riverside 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, no food is available.)
  • Saturday
    • 7:00 am Rise & Shine!
    • 8:00 am Breakfast (For campers who stayed Friday night)
    • 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

It 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 register below.  Due to limited space, registration is first open to Scouts and parents. If all spaces aren’t filled, we’ll open spaces up to siblings on April 5th. Registration will close on April 15th.