Bobcat ceremony Pack meeting November 13th

by Joanne Gipson in Pack

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Our monthly Pack meeting is Tuesday November 13th at 7:00PM at RPC. This month is our Bobcat ceremony where we recognize our new Scouts and their first achievement.

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.

P.S.: 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.

Eagle Cave registration is here!

by Joanne Gipson in Camping, Overnight, Pack

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Registration for the highly-anticipated overnight at Eagle Cave is here!  Join us for this amazing trip early Saturday morning November 10th through Sunday, November 11th, 2018.

You and your Scout will have a chance explore the largest onyx cave in Wisconsin with over 3,000 feet of passageways.  It’s so extensive, that the folks at the Eagle Cave don’t think that Scouts can visit every part of the cave in one weekend, plus there are many other fun activities for the Scouts, including:

  • Organized group games
  • Scavenger hunt & geocaching
  • Hay rides
  • Bingo for prizes
  • Camp fire (with s’mores)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (and a guided night hike)
  • Sledding / skating (if we have an early winter due to another polar vortex)

The pack  will actually sleep in the cave, which advertised as a comfortable 52 degrees year-round. 

The cost will be $25 per Scout; $50 per adult; $35 per sibling.  The cost includes hearty meals to keep up our energy for cave exploring and other activities. 

Eagle Cave is in Blue River, Wisconsin, which is west of Madison and about four hours away from Riverside.  As the event draws closer, we will organize car pools so families can share a ride.  Click here to view their website and more details related to the outing.

This event is open to all Pack 24 Cub Scouts, but our leadership team thinks it may be better suited to our older Scouts grade three and up given the distance from Riverside and the rugged conditions of sleeping in a cave. Our Pack will be sleeping on a hard surface near the front of the cave. If you choose to bring a tent, only a two-person tent is allowed for two people and a maximum four-person tent for 3-4 people since it is a crowded space and tents will be side by side. If your tent is too large, you will be asked to take it down. A tent is not required. Ear plugs and sleep masks are encouraged since the lights stay on and the sound does carry.

Register today — deadline is extended until spots are filled. We’ll send a more detailed list of exactly what to bring, what time to arrive, etc. to all attendees before the trip.

Registration is now open for siblings ($35/each)! Please remember that this event is best suited to older children, approximately third grade and up. If you feel your second grader will be OK with the conditions, use your judgment. 

IMPORTANT: If you’ve already signed up and are just adding a sibling, fill in the registration form with the adult name, email, phone number and sibling quantity and name. There is no need to re-register adults and Scouts that are already registered.

Sign up below! Not seeing the form on your mobile device email? Click here to register. Note: If you register, but then need to cancel, a refund is not guaranteed unless we can find a family to take your place.

We’re sorry, but this overnight is full.

Reminder: Pack meeting this Tuesday 10/9

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We have our Pack meeting this Tuesday, October 9th at Riverside Presbyterian Church Social Hall. We’ll have an update on our popcorn sales, announcements on future events and some really fun entertainment, so please be there by 7pm sharp

Also: if you have a new Scout and have not turned in your application and/or fee, please bring it to the meeting. The fee is $50 for each new Scout and can be cash or a check made out to “Pack 24”. You can give it to your Den Leader or a Committee Co-Chair. Thank you to everyone who has turned the paperwork in so far.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

Last call for Campers!!  Sign up is closing tonight at midnight.  So far, it looks like it will be a beautiful but cool day and evening.

This event is free for Scouts, $5 for siblings and $10 for adults.

We need help from our Akelas!  Check out the Signup Genius: 
Here is the itinerary:  
3PM:  Arrive and tent sent up.
3PM-4PM:  For those who want to participate, we will be working with the village to help remove invasive species along the past near Indian Gardens.  Please bring shovels (big and small) and gloves.  Pants and long sleeves are HIGHLY recommended due to high high rates of poison ivy.
3PM-5PM:  Zipline
5PM:  Pizza
6PM: Flag retirement and skits by the Boy Scouts
7-8PM:  Games
8PM:  Movie and popcorn
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

Did I mention that there is a lot of poison ivy out there right now??  The forestor, Mike Collins, asked me to stress the importance of wearing appropriate clothing and gloves when out along the path.  Parents of young children, please supervise them when they are heading to the zipline or service project!  Nothing ruins a camping trip like poison ivy!

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

Scout Cabin Campout

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It’s time to camp at the Scout Cabin!

Join us on Saturday, September 29th from 3pm to Sunday, September 30th 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 donuts and bagels in the morning.

This event is free for Scouts, $5 for siblings and $10 for adults.
Here are just a few of the fun activities planned:
  • A presentation from the Village of Riverside Forester
  • Zipline
  • 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.

Popcorn site sale signup is here!

by Joanne Gipson in Popcorn

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It’s POPCORN time! The Pack’s BIGGEST fundraiser of the year is ready to kick off with site sales signup. Our popcorn fundraiser helps the Pack subsidize trips and activities, plus covers the cost of fees, neckerchiefs, slides and handbooks as Scouts advance to the next level — making Scouting more accessible to all.

Everyone will hear the popcorn sale details at our first Pack meeting on Tuesday the 11th, but if you want to get a jump on signing up for a site sale (the first one is this weekend), follow this link:

Remember: For now, only sign up for ONE slot per weekend so everyone who wants to do site sales has an opportunity. If we have more openings on some weekends, we’ll send out a notice that Scouts can sign up for more than one time per weekend.

All Scouts should wear their Class A uniform (shirt; neckerchief; slide) to their site sale. A parent must stay with the Scout during their shift.

Want to wait for more info at the Pack meeting? No problem! We have plenty of site sales through October. Plus, site sales aren’t the only way to raise funds by selling popcorn. Neighbors, family and friends like popcorn (and Scouts on a fundraising mission), too. Again, we’ll have more info and a seller’s sheet for each Scout who wishes to participate at the first Pack meeting.

Let’s get poppin’!


Pack 24 Frequently Asked Questions

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Hello, Pack 24!

As we begin our Scouting season, there are always things that slip our minds over the summer. Now that we’re getting back into the swing of things, we’ve created a list of frequently asked questions that should help guide you with things like Den Leader names, Pack meeting times, uniform purchase, etc.

This FAQ is not specific to Dens since each Den may be run slightly differently. Please refer any Den-centric questions to your Den Leader.

Many of our new Scout families have already received this document, but, if some of our veterans need reminders, just refer to this link:

Riverside Pack 24 Cub Scouts FAQs

Welcome back and we hope to see everyone at our first Pack meeting of the season Tuesday, September 11th at 7pm at the Riverside Presbyterian Church.

The Scouting season is really gearing up!  Mark your calendars for our first Pack 24 meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 11th at 7PM at Riverside Presbyterian Church. We have so many great events coming up, including the Warren Dunes camping trip Septemeber 7th-9th (see below for sign up and details) 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.  Here are the details:

-Warren Dunes Fall Camping Trip: Friday, September 7th-Sunday, September 9th.   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 6th and Sunday, September 9th 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.

Here is the sign up!

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!
Sunday, August 26, 12pm – 3:00pm
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!
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

-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 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!