Summer Bike Ride: Sunday, June 12th at 10AM

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Please join us for our first summer outing: a bike ride along the Salt Creek Trail on Sunday, June 12 at 10AM.  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 12th at 10am.  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 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.

The pack has a long standing tradition of a summer bike ride, and this is always a fun adventure for our scouts!

Summer Bike Ride 2016













  • Please list all scouts attending so we have enough patches.

  • Price: $0.00

    Quantity:
    There is no charge for this outing.

  • Price: $0.00

    Quantity:
    There is no charge for this outing.

 

Memorial Day Ceremonies

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The Pack 24 cub scouts have been invited to participate in several Memorial Day programs to honor all veterans.  If your scout is available to participate in either of these ceremonies, they should wear full “class A” uniform with neckerchief and slide.  Hats are optional but appropriate.

Village of Riverside:  At 10:00am on Monday, May 30th the Village will have a ceremony in Guthrie Park in downtown Riverside. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be at St. Mary’s Parish.

Central School:  Any Pack 24 scout that attends Central is welcomed to participate in a program on Friday, 5/27/16 at 8:30AM.  Scouts should go to their class room first, but will then be granted permission to go outside early to the flag pole to prepare for Central’s Memorial Day Service.  After the service, scouts will return to their school with the rest of their classmates.

Blythe School:  Any Pack 24 scout that attends Blythe is welcome to participate in a program on Tuesday, 5/31/16 at 8:30AM.  Scouts should go to their classroom first and will be given additional instructions upon arrival.  After the service, scouts will return to their school with the rest of their classmates.

Ames School:  Any Pack 24 scout that attends Ames is welcome to participate in a program on Thursday, 5/26/16 at 8:30AM.  Scouts should go to their classroom first and will be given additional instructions upon arrival.  After the service, scouts will return to their school with the rest of their classmates.

Email us at pack24riverside@gmail.com if you have any questions about these events.

Reminder- Sign Up for Apple River Canyon!

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Last call for all Memorial Day Campers!  The sign up will be closing soon for our amazing camping experience at Apple River Canyon State Park.  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.

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.

Please email Gian Ricco at gricco@gmail.com with any questions.

Our final Pack meeting of the year will be this Tuesday, 5/10 at 7PM at RPC.  We will be having our advancement ceremony and recognizing the accomplishments of our Scouts this year.   Please bring a box of cereal to donate to the RPC food drive!

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 http://www.pack24riverside.org/2016/03/23/memorial-day-weekend-camping-trip-to-apple-river-canyon/ for all of the amazing details!  Please contact Gian Ricco at gricco@gmail.com with any questions.

Sign up here: 

 

 

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 http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/1873659 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 http://www.camptecumseh.org.  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!

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 gricco@gmail.com.

 

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 pack24riverside@gmail.com or sue@blueprinttours.com if you have any questions.