Popcorn Campaign Update

by James Jerz in Popcorn

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A big thank you to all the scouts and parents that participated in our site sales.  Kernels Vince & Matt have tabulated the results and we are ahead of our record-breaking year last year.  We will soon circulate an email to summarize hours worked by scout to we can make sure everyone gets an appropriate level of credit towards their sales goals.

Although the site sales are over, we encourage everyone to get out with your scout to go door-to-door to visit neighbors & friends.  This year our popcorn campaign will wrap-up on Saturday, October 18, with all orders (and collections) due to the den leader (or parent coordinator) on this dateNote this is the date of the fall camp out as well – more details will be provided soon.

One way to ask friends & family to support scouting is to ask them to participate in the online campaign.  To facilitate your scout’s involvement in this campaign, Kernel Matt put together the following “how to” guide to online popcorn sales.

Creating an online account to sell popcorn through Trails End

Log on or click on the link http://sell.trails-end.com/login

In the top right corner choose “Create Account” and then choose “Scout”

You will then be prompted enter your child’s birth date and year

On the next page is where you enter the rest of account information to sign up:

  • Child’s first name and last name initial
  • Create a user name and password
  • Enter your email address to be updated with online sales

You also need to choose the correct information to for our Troop to get credit for the sales. That is listed on the right side of the sign up page for which you created the user name and password.

  • Council: Des Plaines Valley
  • District: Voyageur Trace
  • Unit: Pack 3024-Riverside Presbyterian Church

Once all information is complete, you just need to hit “Sign Up” at the bottom and you are now registered.

Once registered, you can now send out your child’s sales page to friends/family via email. That is listed under the “Spread the Word” tab.

In addition, you can copy the link from your child’s sales page, and paste it to your Facebook status (with a picture of your child in uniform) to gain more visibility and sales opportunity to their page.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kernel Matt at:  mdominick@simplyproven.com



Pack FAQ

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Our scouting year is well underway and with the addition of more than new scouts our membership is now over 80 boys.  We are always welcome to new members, so if you have friends or neighbors with sons that may be interested in joining the pack, please invite them to an upcoming pack or den meeting.

We’ve had a few questions from our newer scout families, so we thought the following information would be helpful.

Patch PlacementWhere do I get a uniform?  What patches does my son need & where do they go?

  • The staff at Scout Store at 811 Hillgrove in LaGrange can help you find everything your son will need for his class “A” uniform.  Starting with the blue dress shirt, they let you know the appropriate Council shoulder patch (Des Plaines Valley) and some other patches.
  • The rank emblems (Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos) and arrow points are awarded by the pack leadership.  If you have some that haven’t been sewn on yet, a guide can be found to the right of this post.
  • Scout pants & hat are optional.  Neckerchief and slide are part of the official class “A” uniform.
  • Scouts that participate in our popcorn campaign will also earn a class B uniform, which is the T-shirt with a really cool design on it.

When are pack meetings?  What activities are planned this year?

  • Pack Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Riverside Presbyterian Social Hall.  We change it up in January and February for the Pinewood Derby and Blue & Gold, but we’ll cover that in 2015.
  • We have a Google Calendar embedded in this website.  Our next major events will occur on October 18 with the Scout Cabin Camp Out and Feed My Community Day.  Scout cabin registration will begin soon.

Can I get some help with the all the jargon?

  • The cub scouts are boys in the first to fifth grades.  The boy scouts are 6th grade to High School.  Both are part of the nationally organized Boy Scouts of America.   Cub scouts can cross-over and join the ranks of boy scouts when they are Webelos and well into the fifth grade.
  • Cub scouts are organized into a pack which is all boys in the first to fifth grades.  Dens represent specific ranks by grade level:
    • Bobcat – is the first rank a scout will earn.  New scouts, even those above first grade, must earn this after they learn some basic scouting requirements.  We have a ceremony for all new scouts that have earned this rank at our pack meeting in November.
    • Tigers – first grade
    • Wolves – second grade
    • Bears – third grade
    • Webelos – fourth & fifth grades.  Bonus for you, webelos is short for We’ll be Loyal Scouts.  Webelos that complete eight specific activity pins are awarded the Arrow of Light.
  • Pack 24 is chartered by the Riverside Presbyterian Church.  The pack is part of the Voyager Trace district, which in turn is a sub-division of the Des Plaines Valley Council, which serves more than 30 communities in our area.  The DPVC operates at 811 Hillgrove Avenue, in LaGrange.  You may have seen some news that the DPVC is going to be consolidated into a larger Chicago-area Council, but apparently the LaGrange store will remain open.

Who can join?

  • Pack 24 welcomes all boys in the first to fifth grades in the Riverside area.
  • Because we do so many fun activities, sometimes girls wish to join, but official BSA policy is boys-only.  Note that both girls and boys can join Venturers at age 14, this is separate division of the national BSA organization.
  • Initial membership fee is $50, which includes Boys Life magazine and the dues that are paid to the national BSA organization.

Other questions?  Ask your den leader or email us at pack24riverside@gmail.com.

Mark Your Calendars for October 18

by James Jerz in Camping, Outing

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October 18 is going to be busy for Pack 24 – here’s why:

  • Scout Cabin Camp Out in Riverside:  Pack 24 is continuing our tradition of a fall camp out at the Scout Cabin located on Fairbank road in southwest Riverside.  Its a great way for new scouts & families to get used to camping, and if the weather gets to be too much, you can drive home to sleep in your own bed.  The leaders are working on the details but we’ll get started in the afternoon and plan on the following activities:
    • Zip line
    • Scout crafts
    • Treasure hunt
    • Dinner
    • Camp fire with Scout Songs, Skits & S’mores
    • U.S. Flag retirement ceremony
    • Movie
    • Optional tent camping overnight
    • Breakfast & morning hike
  • Feed 6 Community Service:  Pack 24 will be one of the many community groups helping to package nutritious meals for those in need.  Pack 24 scouts can work at one of two shifts, and the event organizers have asked us to sign up as a group so they can reserve an area so we can work together as a group.  We will be using the signup genius to sign up our scouts, and then turn in our list of volunteers to the organizers.  The event will be at the North Riverside Village Commons and we are planning on the following two sifts.
    • 9:00 – 10:30 am
    • 1:00 – 2:30pm – FYI, The camp out will not officially begin until after the second shift, so don’t worry about missing out on anything if you support this noble cause.
    • As a further incentive, if your scout volunteers for this event, there will not be any charge for him to attend the camp out later in the day (camp out fee is TBD at this point).

As always, direct questions or comments to us at pack24riverside@gmail.com.


Popcorn Site Sales

by James Jerz in Camping, Popcorn

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Hello Pack 24, we hope you’ve been able to get out with your scout and sell popcorn door to door or at our site sale last Sunday.  The scouts that sold outside of Walgreens did very well, and our Kernels calculate that they are on track to earn a significant credit towards their overall sales goal.

We are going to be selling outside of the Jewel in North Riverside this coming weekend.  You should have received an email inviting you to register your scout for this event, but if you didn’t, please visit the sign-up at this link:

All of the funds we raise from selling popcorn are used to reduce the costs of den and pack activities; that’s why there isn’t any fee for our Pinewood Derby.  Don’t forget that 10% of sales are credited directly to your scout as Kamp Bux for use to reduce the costs of his activities.

Speaking of great activities, be sure to mark your calendar for October 18 for our Scout Cabin camp out in Riverside.  We’re developing a lot of fun scouting related activities, and more details will be available ** soon **.

Popcorn Preview

by James Jerz in Pack

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Popcorn LogoOur popcorn kernels Vince Pecis and Matt Dominick have planned a fun popcorn campaign for our scout.  We’ll discuss the prizes and other incentives for the Pack 24 scouts at our first pack meeting which will be Tuesday, September 9 at 7pm at the RPC Social Hall.  By the way, we’ll have a few games and patches available for scouts at the Pack Meeting so be sure to come for the fun.

Here are key points for this year’s popcorn fund-raiser:

  • This is the pack’s largest fund-raiser, and represents about 70% of our annual budget.  With funds from popcorn, we are able to provide handbooks, neckerchiefs, slides and awards for our scouts without any additional charges.  The pack also heavily subsidizes many of our outings with the funds from popcorn.
  • We will be organizing three weekends of site sales for popcorn at area retailers.  The first sale will be Sunday, September 14th from 10am to 3pm at the Walgreens at the corner of Ogden and First Avenue.  Online signup will be sent separately, or is accessible here.  Similar signups on September 20 & 21 and 27 & 28 also from 10am to 3pm with details to be announced soon, so until then, please save the date.
    • As in past years, we will credit scouts for sales activity at these site sales.
  • Pack 24 orders will be due by October 18, which is also the date of the pack camp out at the Riverside Scout Cabin.
  • Popcorn for individual sales (also called take orders) will be distributed on November 15.
  • We will have a pizza party for scouts that sell more than $300 of popcorn on November 24.
  • 10% of individual sales will be credited to a scout’s Kamp Bux account which can be used to reduce the cost of pack outings.
  • There are many more fun prizes and incentives available from the Des Plaines Valley Council and the popcorn vendor, Trail’s End.
  • Click here (Popcorn Online Orders) to download a helpful “how to” to use the online tools to reach family and friends that are not in the immediate area.

Last Call for Warren Dunes Camping

by James Jerz in Camping

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As of Friday afternoon 16 families and 49 adventurous campers have registered to attend the spectacular Warren Dunes camping trip September 5, 6 & 7.

Unfortunately, we only have a half-dozen spots remaining for this trip due to campsite limitations.  We’ve extended registration through the weekend, and will have to close it on Tuesday, September 2.

For more information about this great outing, click here.

If you’ve been sold and are ready do register, do so by clicking here!

If you can’t get to Warren Dunes, don’t forget our first Pack Meeting of the new school year is September 9 at the RPC Social Hall at 7pm.

Happy Labor Day.

Pack 24 Events!

by James Jerz in Pack

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With school starting next week, we thought it would be a good time to remind the pack 24 families of the fun events the leaders have planned for this upcoming year.  You can always check out the calendar on our website, but we’ve put dates for pack events in this email for your easy access.

First of this Sunday, August 24 from 1-5pm is our summer picnic which is a rally day to get our upcoming year started and also welcome new scouts.  Click here for all the details  and here to register.  There is no charge for this event, and it is open to the entire family.   Please invite any friends and neighbors to attend if you think they have a son that would be interested in cub scouts.  We ask that you bring an age-appropriate game such as bean bag toss, Frisbee, croquet or such to supplement the fun.  We have already arranged for a bounce house, water rockets, water balloons and some other games.

Registration is now open for the first camping trip of the year which is to the Warren Dunes near Sawyer, Michigan.  This trip is Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7.  You can drive in for the day if you aren’t inclined to stay overnight.  Click here for all the details and here to register.

Key dates for the rest of the year are as follows.  Remember pack meetings are the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 7pm at the RPC Social Hall unless otherwise noted.

  • September 9 – First Pack Meeting – 7pm at Riverside Presbyterian Church Social Hall
  • September 13 – Popcorn show & sell distribution (site sales begin soon thereafter)
  • September 26 / 27/ 28 – Webelos only Zombie Apocalypse at Scout Adventure Camp (Rochelle, IL)
  • October 14 – Pack Meeting
  • October 18 – Feed my Community service project
  • October 18 / 19 – Scout Cabin Camping (Riverside, IL)
  • November 8 / 9 – Eagle Cave Camping (Wisconsin)
  • November 11 – Pack Meeting & Bobcat ceremony for new scouts
  • November 15 – Popcorn take order distribution
  • December 9 – Pack Meeting & recognition of top popcorn sellers
  • January 24 – Pinewood Derby
  • February 22 – Blue & Gold Banquet / Webelos II Cross-Over (Riverside Golf Club)
  • March 7 – Pancake Breakfast
  • March 10 – Pack Meeting
  • March 20 / 21 – First Division Museum / Cantigny overnight (Wheaton, IL)
  • April 14 – Pack Meeting
  • April 24 /25 / 26 – Camp Tecumseh camping (Brookston, IN)
  • May 12 – Pack Meeting & graduation ceremony


Warren Dunes Camping

by James Jerz in Camping

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Warren Dunes MapThe Pack 24 cub scouts are returning to the Warren Dunes State Park near Sawyer, Michigan on September 5, 6 and 7 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 (yes, even sisters) are welcome to attend this outing.

Here’s a summary of what we have planned

Friday night:  Check in, set up, cracker barrel (cheese, crackers, sausage) campfire.

Saturday:  Pancake breakfast/cereal/fruit.

  • 9:30-12:30  Hike to private dunes & beach
  • 1:00-2:00    Walking tacos
  • 2:30-5:30    Move to big beach by car for games & swimming
  • 6:00-7:00    Cook out with burgers/dogs/brats
  • Evening      Campfire and s’mores

Sunday:    Dry breakfast cereal/bagels/fruit

Optional side trip after we finish packing up:  Trip to apple orchard 10:00-noon

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cost? A:  Scouts and siblings under 12 are $15 each, adults are $30 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.  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.

Registration will close on August 28, so you have one less thing to worry about before enjoying Labor Day.  Click here to register today.


Warren Dunes Camping Registration

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Sorry, there are no spots remaining.

Summer Picnic – August 24

by James Jerz in Outing

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Greetings Pack 24 families.

Water RocketThe pack leaders are organizing a kick-off for our scouting year for Sunday, August 24 from 1-5pm.  The location is the National Grove South #2, the entrance to which is located near of the intersection of Des Plaines and 29th Avenue.  We have several fun events planned including:

  • A bounce house
  • Water balloon fight
  • Bottle rockets (the water-powered variety – you can make your own in advance)
  • Scout games of all sorts

There will also be delicious burgers, hot dogs and brats fresh & hot, right off the grill.

Come see your friends from cub scouts.  This event is open to all scout families in pack 24, including siblings and grand parents.  There is no charge to attend, but we would appreciate it if you could register by clicking here, so we can have a sense of head count.

Also, this is a great event for any families that may be interested in joining the pack.  Several pack leaders will be on hand to answer questions, including Cub Master Tim Ozga, who is organizing the event.

Hope you can make it!