Pack 24 Summer Events

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Thanks to all the scouts and parents that helped Jennifer and Jay Baird with the lemonade stand, especially Janette Gonzalez.  We sold about 400 cups of lemonade to our thirsty friends & neighbors, and the scouts were all cheerful and helpful.

Eagle Scout Ceremony – Saturday, July 18:

  • All pack 24 cub scouts and parents are invited to a troop 24 ceremony for their two newest Eagle scouts, one of the scouts is a current pack 24 den chief.  The ceremony begins at 6pm at the Riverside Presbyterian Church, with a reception following at 7pm.
  • All scouts should be dressed in their class A uniform.
  • This ceremony is a great way for our scouts to see the young men that have advanced through cub scouts to the highest rank in Boy Scouts.  If you are in town, please participate.

Summer Campout – July 24:

  • Please join us for our outing to the Schaumburg Boomers baseball game and subsequent camp out.  This is an event that is sponsored through the Pathway to Adventure Council, but we understand that several other pack families will attend, including Greg Randall, who is coordinating.
  • See this previous post for how to register for the event.  You can come to the game and then go home or stay later for camping & fireworks.  If you stay overnight, the Boomers provide breakfast.

US FlagThe weather looks great for the 4th of July, so join us as we march in the Riverside Independence Day Parade 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.
    • 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.
    • You do not need to sign up to march in the parade with us, but email if you have any questions.
  • Lemonade Stand
    • Thanks to Jennifer & Jay Baird for coordinating this event.  The fresh-squeezed lemonade is always popular after a march through town.  This year we are also going to sell some cold watermelon slices.
      Ahhh.... refreshing!!

      Ahhh…. refreshing!!

    • We could really use your help setting up and cleaning up.  If you haven’t already signed up for a shift, please check out the signup genius and lend a hand for just an hour.
    • We have some applications available for any new scouts that may be interested in joining pack 24.  Please pass the word to anyone you know that is interested in joining the pack.

Happy Fourth Everyone – see you on Saturday.

Greetings sports fans!  Please join us for a counsel-arranged event to watch the Schaumburg Boomers.  This event is open for the whole family, so bring any baseball fans along.

Here are some of the main facts:

  • This is a “scout night” at a minor league baseball game, followed by an option to camp.  You can choose to sign up just for the baseball game, and not the camping if you want.
  • There are two different ticket options for the game ($9 for a ticket, $15 for ticket + patch + snacks).  Parking is free.  Everyone can also stay for fireworks.
  • The cost for the overnight is $10 extra per person and includes post-game activities such as s’mores and breakfast the next morning.  Bring your own tent to camp on the field after the game.
  • Here is a link to the official flyer with all the details:
  • You register directly for the outing with the Boomers.

Thanks to Greg Randall for looking into the details and being the Pack 24 contact for this event.  Email if you have any questions, and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Pack 24 Summer Activities

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Happy end of the school year pack 24!  Summer has officially begun.

We have updated the pack 24 calendar to reflect some fun summer activities we have planned, here’s a quick overview.

  • June 14:  Join us for a bike adventure along the Salt Creek Trail.  We are planning an easy ride of a few miles, with refreshments served at a mid-way point.  Meet at the Ames School parking lot at 1pm.  There is no charge for this event and it is open to the entire family.  Please sign up here so we have an accurate head count for the snacks & drinks we’ll purchase for the group.
  • July 4:  We are about to begin signup for our traditional role as the color guard for the parade, plus working at the best lemonade stand in Riverside.  If you are in town, we hope you can join us.
  • July 24:  Overnight tent-camping after a minor league baseball game with the Schaumburg Boomers.  Details will follow.
  • August 30:  End-of-summer picnic and new scout recruitment event.  Save the date to join us for fun with water rockets, a bounce house, games and excellent barbequed brats & burgers.

While technically not summer, please also save the date of September 11-13 for our camping trip to the Warren Dunes in Sawyer Michigan.  The Lake Michigan waters are still warm but the crowds on the beach are significantly reduced.  The scouts always love running up and down the dunes and of course, enjoying scrumptious camping food such as walking tacos.

Magic Show – June 4

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Do you want to learn about the magic behind all of the great pack 24 events?  Are there specific kinds of events that you think would be great for our cub scouts?  If so, any pack 24 parent is welcome to join our summer planning session next week on Thursday, June 4 at 7pm.

Please sign up here in advance so we can get a sense of head count:

Please note that there is a social aspect to this meeting as well, so please be prepared to cover your direct expenses for food and/or beverage.  While we meeting to plan this event for our cub scouts, we ask that you do not bring them to the meeting.

Please feel free to email with any questions.

We hope all the pack 24 families had a great Memorial Day and ready to finish out the school year.

Remember that we are having a bike adventure during the afternoon of Sunday, June 14.  There isn’t a fee to participate, but we ask that you click here to register in advance since we will be serving snacks & refreshments and need to have an accurate head count.

One of the Pack 24 parents has arranged for the pack to attend the special belt loop program at the Microsoft Store in Oakbrook this Saturday, May 30 from 10am-noon.  All scouts that participate in this program will receive the cub scout belt loop, and of course, learn a lot in the progress.  The cost is $10 per scout, and you need to click here to directly register with the Pathway to Adventure Council.   Space is limited for this event, so register today.  All scouts must be accompanied by parents at this event.

Pack 24 Bike Adventure – June 14

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Wild BikerPlease join us for our first summer outing: a bike ride along the Salt Creek Trail on Sunday, June 14 at 1pm.  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.
  • 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, June 14 at 1pm.  This is probably a two hour activity.

There will not be charge to participate in this event.  We are asking for folks to sign up here so we have an accurate headcount for ordering snacks.  We need a few parent volunteers to help with kids crossing streets and getting the snacks out to the Brezina Woods, so please note that on the signup list.

Thanks to Bryan & Christine Long for coordinating this event.  The pack has a long standing tradition of a summer bike ride, and this is always a fun adventure for our scouts.

Bike Adventure Sign-Up

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May 12 Pack Meeting

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Our very last pack meeting of the school year will be Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm in the RPC Social Hall.  The main focus will be recognizing our scouts’ accomplishments and advancement to the next rank.  Please be sure to have your scout come in his class A uniform.

At the end of the ceremony, we traditionally celebrate with milk & cookies.  The pack will be supplying a variety of refreshments, and we request that each scout family brings a snack to share.  We welcome all variety of snacks, including fresh fruit, chips ‘n’ dip, cheese ‘n’ crackers, and of course, the aforementioned cookies (bars, cupcakes, cannoli, etc.).

See you there.

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.