Sign Up for Apple River Canyon has begun!

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Calling all campers!  Get excited about our Memorial Day Camping trip to Apple River Canyon!

Apple Canyon

Check out our previous post at for all of the amazing details!  Please contact Gian Ricco at with any questions.

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Scout Day with the Chicago White Sox

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The Chicago White Sox will be hosting a Scout Day on Saturday, May 21st.  Check out the link for more information.  If you are interested in sitting together as a Pack, please drop off completed forms with payment to 92 Riverside Rd by Sunday, April 24th.  Go White Sox!

Reminder: Pack Meeting on Tuesday

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Hi, Pack 24 families.  Don’t forget that our Pack Meeting is on Tuesday, April 12th at 7PM at RPC.  We have a fun filled night of games such as tug-of-war and ice shirts planned for the Scouts!  We will be discussing our end of the year activities and will be seeking parent feedback on our summer activities.  We hope to see you there!  Please email your den leaders with any questions.

The new Class B!

Last Call for Camp Tecumseh: April 29th-May 1st

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Camp Tecumseh Sign Up will be closing in the next week and there are still limited spaces available!  Check out all the fun activities at  This is always a pack favorite so sign up today!

Tecumseh Sign

Watch for the Memorial Day Apple River Canyon Sign Up to post this week!

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Gather ’round scouts, what better way to spend part of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend than a campout in beautiful Apple River Canyon State Park, which is only two and one half hours from Riverside.

Apple Canyon

Apple River Canyon State Park is in the hilly northwest corner of Illinois in Jo Daviess County near the Wisconsin border. Limestone bluffs, deep ravines, springs, streams and wildlife characterize this area. Once a part of a vast sea bottom that stretched from the Alleghenies to the Rockies, the scenic canyon area was formed by the action of the winding waters of the Apple River.

As the nearest large city is Rockford some 50 miles to the east, the park is seldom inundated with visitors.

Flowing for countless centuries, the Apple River has cut through limestone, dolomite and shale deposits carving the canyon and creating massive cliffs rising high above the water. Upon close examination, the colorful canyon reveals walls dotted with mosses, lichens and tenacious bushes rooted to the sheer walls by minute crevices.

The glaciers that leveled hills and filled valleys in other parts of the state left this area unscratched. Fossils found in the limestone bluffs attest to the fact that the park was once part of a giant inland sea that extended from the Rockies to the Allegheny Mountains some 400 million years ago.  Lack of glaciation also was responsible for making lead veins easily available, which contributed to early development of the area.

The park contains such wildlife as deer, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, eagles, hawks and 47 varieties of birds. At least 14 different ferns and over 500 different herbaceous plants and 165 varieties of flowers, can be seen throughout the park.  Hunting is not allowed in the park because of its small size, but the fishing in the pristine waters of the Apple River is superb. The Apple River has a variety of fish including smallmouth bass, sunfish, crappie, carp and suckers. The river is one of several in the state where the Illinois Department of Natural Resources releases keeper-size rainbow trout. Trout require clean, clear, cold water and in the spring, Apple River meets these requirements in the spring, however, the fish do not survive through the hot summer months so the stream is stocked on a put-and-take basis.

Five hiking trails – Pine Ridge, Tower Rock, River Route, Sunset and Primrose – wind through the woods, bluffs and along the scenic Apple River. Trails average 1.5 miles in length.

Apple Canyon 2

Here are the specifics:

Who:  All Pack 24 scouts, parents / akeylas, and siblings.  The cost is $15 per scout, $25 per sibling, and $25 per adult.  Total registration is limited to 60 participants.

What:  Some of our activities will include: hiking, rock hopping, campfire stories, and a wide range of other scout-related action.

Where:  Apple River Canyon is located 140 miles, or approximately 2.5 hours, away from Riverside. We are camping in youth group dedicated campsites that are located right along the banks of the scenic Apple River.

Why: The usual suspects: good clean outdoor fun, friendships, and quality time with your scout(s).

When:  Friday, May 27th through Sunday May 29th.  Friday night will primarily consist of set up and possibly a campfire – Saturday will be the action-packed day – so feel free to come for either one night or two. We will be wrapping things up on Sunday morning after breakfast so everyone can be back in Riverside by mid-day on Sunday, May 29th.

How: Registration will start in the first week of April.   If you have any questions, or are willing to volunteer to help organize any portion of this campout, please email Gian Ricco at


Camp Tecumseh Signup starts now!

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Camp Tecumseh Registration has begun

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 29, Saturday April 30 and Sunday, May 1.  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.

 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 $97 for adults and $53 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 $69 for adults and $37 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 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, 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-come, first served.  However, we need to give the Camp organizers a final count, so registration will close on April 10th.  Email or if you have any questions.

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Save the Date: Camp Tecumseh

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Hello, Pack 24.  We are looking forward to camping at Camp Tecumseh near Brookston, Indiana on April 29, 30 and May 1.  Many Pack 24 scouts and their families enjoyed this weekend experience last year and we renewed on the spot!   Check it out at  This year we are holding 60 spaces for scouts and their families.   Registration will open at the end of  March.  If you have any questions, please contact Sue Pipal at

Pancake Breakfast is this Saturday, March 5th

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Pancake Breakfast is this Saturday, March 5

 Thank you for all the scouts and parents that are volunteering to work the pancake breakfast. This is the major fundraiser for both the Pack and the Troop. You will be working in an important role out in the dining area.  Click on the link below to sign up for the few remaining openings or review your time slot:

For all parents that have signed up your scout to cover a 45 minute shift, please read these job responsibilities ahead of time with your cub scout.

  1. Arrive on time and in uniform. If you plan on eating the breakfast, allow plenty of time and bring a ticket. Also add extra time for parking, removing your coat, etc.
  2. Be sure that you have washed your hands.
  3. Report to your den leader/parent in charge of your shift and receive our apron and nametag. Your leader will assign you to an area of the room such as, for example, the 4 tables on the right side of the room.
  4. You will check your tables and remove any unused trays, garbage, soiled placemats. The trays, china plates, silverware, and ALL cups are to be placed into the open window of the dishroom. Prior to placing in the dishroom window, any other garbage such as paper napkins, butter cups, leftover food, should be placed into the garbage cans. Please wait until guests are finished prior to taking away their dishes.
  5. If you have removed any placemats (due to soiling), please replace them using the new ones in the box on the counter – your leader will point out the location of the box.
  6. If a guest at one of your tables asks for seconds, please take their plate up to the seconds window and get it for them. You can ask if they want sausage or pancakes or both. Please wait until a guest ASKS for seconds – otherwise, we may be serving people food that they did not really want and then it ends up going to waste.
  7. Do not get any hot coffee or tea for any guests. This is not one of the Cub Scout responsibilities. If a guest needs juice or milk, you can alert one of the Boy Scout beverage pourers to come to your table – they will be going around periodically to each table anyway though.
  8. Smile at the guests, be friendly, thank them for coming to the breakfast and supporting scouting. You are representing your entire Pack and you’ll want to make a good impression so it is best to take your job seriously and avoid any fooling around with other Cubs.

AKELAS in charge – The head dining room supervisor (a designated Boy Scout leader/committee member) will be providing overall coordination for both the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts working in various roles out in the dining area and he/she will be answering questions throughout the day. The Akelas will be expected to be the direct supervisors of the Cubs who are working. Please be sure that no scout or akela leaves before their replacements have arrived so we have continuous service for our guests.

Thanks for all your help with the breakfast. It is a great way for the entire community to see what a wonderful program scouting is and what fantastic Cub and Boy Scouts we have in Pack 24 and Troop 24!

2016 B&G PatchPlease join us on Sunday, February 28 at 4pm for the annual Blue & Gold banquet to celebrate the founding of the Scouting movement in 1910 and recognize the achievements of our crossing-over Webelos II scouts.

There will also be an awesome science show, described as part science and part magic.  Of course, there will also be good food, because this is a banquet after all.  Some scouts say the roast potatoes are the BST EVR!

Of course there is also a patch and a commemorative program.  The banquet is at the Riverside Golf Club, located just east of Des Plaines avenue in North Riverside.  Click here to see other posts with more information on the Blue & Gold events or just click here to register.  The deadline to register & pay is Monday, February 22, since we need to give a head count to the venue.

Yummy - pancakes!

Yummy – pancakes!

Signup for the March 5 pancake breakfast has begun!  Click here to go to the signup genius site. We ask each scout to serve at least one 45 minute shift in the dining room.

On the subject of pancakes, please continue to turn in your pancake ticket sales as well.  You can turn these in to our new pancake maven Rachel Schrier @ 296 Herrick Rd in Riverside.  Please let your den leader know if you didn’t get tickets, since all scouts need to sell their tickets to support the pack.

Note: soon to cross-over Webelos II will turn these in directly to the Troop 24 contacts listed on their envelopes.  

Tecumseh Sign

Speaking of marking your calendars.  Pack 24 is returning to visit awesome Camp Tecumseh from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1.  During our visit last year, our scouts had a great time with all the activities, which included rifle marksmanship, archery, climbing, candle-making, horse back riding, the obstacle course, and a great camp fire program.  All the accommodations were bunk house style cabins, which had modern indoor plumbing and bathrooms.  The food was pretty good too.  So stay tuned for more info, but in the meantime, save the dates.



2016 B&G PatchAt our Blue & Gold banquet on Sunday, February 28 our special guest will be science entertainer Steve Belliveau.  He has put on shows at some of the D96 schools and his website provides the following description of his act:

  • At last, a science school assembly and science show that everyone can not only see, but understand and enjoy. The aim of Steve’s show is to inspire students to get involved in science themselves. Using dramatic demonstration, easy to see equipment, humor, music and audience participation, he brings down to earth basic ideas about air/water pressure, magnetism & electricity, friction, chemistry, simple machines, conservation of energy, sound and color.

However, the Blue & Gold also features much more than just this awesome show.  The Webelos II scouts will receive their arrow of light awards, and then cross-over to the ranks of Troop 24 boy scouts.  The there will be a top-notch dinner and a fantastic slide show as well.  All scouts that come to the Blue & Gold will get a super fun patch to commemorate the occasion.

The whole family is welcome to attend, so please sign up here today to register.  The deadline of February 22 is rapidly approaching.

Yummy - pancakes

Yummy – pancakes

Please also mark you calendars for the morning March 5, which is the date of the scout pancake breakfast.  Our cub scouts serve in the dining room while the troop 24 scouts prepare the food in the kitchen.  Ticket sale proceeds are due to Rachel Schrier @ 296 Herrick Rd. in Riverside by Thursday, February 18.  Crossing-over Webelos will be working with the Troop 24 boy scouts and have separate pancake turn-in instructions.