2021 Scout Cabin Campout!!

by Jason Johns in Camping, Overnight, Pack

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Join us on Saturday, September 25th from 12 p.m. to Sunday, September 26th at 9 a.m. for camping at Riverside’s own Scout Cabin. (Note: we are combining our usual kick-off picnic with our Scout Cabin overnight this year.) 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 breakfast in the morning. This event is free for Scouts, $10 for siblings and $15 for adults.   Tons of fun activities are planned:

  • Games
  • Pizza at 5pm
  • Campfire & S’mores (of course)
  • Movie before turning in
  • Bagels & Donuts for breakfast

In addition, after dinner we will hold our first Pack Meeting of the 2021-2022 year! It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Pack Meeting and we’re looking forward to it.

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

2021 Warren Dunes

by Jason Johns in Pack

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Signup is open for Warren Dunes! Here are the details:

-Warren Dunes Camping Trip: Friday, August 6th-Sunday, August 8th.   (This year, due to COVID, we’ve moved up the Warren Dunes camping trip. Instead of being the weekend after Labor Day, the trip to Warren Dunes will be the first weekend in August.) Pack 24 Cub Scouts are returning to the Warren Dunes State Park near Sawyer, Michigan for our annual 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, August 5th and Sunday, August 8th upon return. Please email Jason Johns 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, dinner on your own, 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 $25 each, adults are $40 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. Note: Food is included, but if you have dietary restrictions, you’re welcome to bring any food you like.

In previous years, we’ve set up at the campsite nearest the parking lot. This year, the plan is to set up at the campsites toward the back and spread out. Hopefully, this will facilitate social distancing. Note, we will not be the only group at the campground this year. 

Here is the sign up! If you cannot see the form on your mobile phone, please click here to register. Reminder: no refunds can be issued

2021 Pancake Breakfast

by Jason Johns in Pack

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Hello Pack 24 Families!

The Boy Scout Troop 24 Annual Pancake Breakfast will be DRIVE-THRU this year, and they need our help!  Our Cub Scouts will still be selling Pancake Breakfast tickets, but unlike in years past, we will not be bussing tables.  Instead, the Troop may have our scouts (accompanied by an adult) holding up signs in strategic areas of Riverside to advertise the breakfast.  More details to come!

Your Den Leader will be passing out blue Pancake Breakfast Ticket envelopes.  Please try to sell all of your tickets.  Return the money (in the blue envelope please) to your den leader or to Rachel Schrier, 375 Uvedale Rd. Let’s hope for milder weather on March 6, 2021!

March 6, 2021 Pancake Breakfast Ticket

Popcorn Orders Due 10/24/2020

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As we near the end of popcorn sales I wanted to go over a few instructions and reminders.

Popcorn orders DUE this SATURDAY 10/24
Popcorn orders are due this Saturday October 24th. You will drop off your orders with the following people based on your den. Please contact the these individuals to determine where and when to drop off your orders.

Den Name Email
Lions Natalie Wetzel owensnf@gmail.com
Tigers Natalie Wetzel owensnf@gmail.com
Wolf Lindsay Truesdale pack24popcorn@gmail.com or 708-296-8400
Bear Cari Hermann cahermann01@hotmail.com
Webelos 1 Lindsay Truesdale pack24popcorn@gmail.com or 708-296-8400
Webelos 2 Rachel Schrier rachelschrier@hotmail.com
  1. Writing one check to Pack 24 is ideal to make things easier, but if you need to submit separate checks from various people and/or cash that is understandable.  If dropping off cash, please let the den leader or assigned collector know ahead of time so you can drop it off when someone is home just to be safe.
  2. Ideally, if you could submit your order form, checks, and cash in one manila envelope and then label the envelope with your child’s name, den/rank, and total amount of money raised that would make it a lot easier for me to organize and check thru items.   (e.g., Camden Truesdale Webelos 1 $540.)
  3. If for some reason you don’t get it to your den leader or assigned collector on Saturday, you can drop it off at my house Sunday morning at 124 Akenside Rd. Riverside.  

Online Orders

  1. Online orders will remain open after October 24th, so if you still have some people wanting to buy online with your scouts seller id that gives you a little extra time to get a few more orders!
  2. I am awaiting a response back from the council about that deadline for online orders.  As soon as I get that info I will pass it along to you all immediately.  

Popcorn Delivery

  1. Popcorn arrives to the council on November 7th. I plan on picking our orders up that day.
  2. It will take a couple days to organize all the orders, but expect to be able to pick up your order or have them delivered to you shortly after November 7th.
  3. I will send more info about popcorn delivery in the near future after I discuss logistics with den leaders and see what works best.

Odds and Ends

  1. If you have run out of spaces on your order form, I have more order forms that you can pick up from me at 124 Akenside.  Call or text me at 708-296-8400 to arrange a good time to stop by.  I’m at work during the day, but on Thursday my mother-in-law will be home with the kids and on Friday my husband Alan is working from home.  I will leave extras with them if you need to stop by then.
  2. If you need some more door hangers as you make some last sales I have a few extras, please feel free to reach out for more of those too.
  3. Good luck on the last few days of sales!

Best Wishes,

Lindsay Truesdale
Pack 24 Popcorn Kernel
124 Akenside Rd. Riverside

Socially Distant Scouting

by Jason Johns in Pack

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We hope you are all navigating the new school year well. As the old Chinese proverb goes, we are certainly living in interesting times. Over the summer, we, the Pack 24 leadership team, have been meeting (virtually) to discuss how to continue Scouting for this 2020-2021 year.

We certainly want to continue with Scouting activities, but we must also keep our Scouts safe. As such, and in accordance with guidance from medical professionals, we decided to cancel large group activities this year. Sadly, that means no Warren Dunes, no kick-off picnic at the Scout Cabin, and no Scout Cabin overnight. We also plan to suspend Pack meetings for the foreseeable future. We are instead planning to focus on Den meetings. Below is a list of the Den Leaders, along with their email addresses. You should be receiving an email from your Scout’s Den Leader soon about planned activities, but please feel free to reach out to your Scout’s Den Leader with any questions or concerns. Also, if you know of any young boys or girls who are interested in Cub Scouts, please share this information with their parents and have them reach out to the appropriate Den Leader. 

Kindergarten = Lion
Leader: Natalie Wetzel (owensnf@gmail.com)

First Grade = Tiger
Leader: Candace Donlin (candace.donlin@gmail.com)

Second Grade = Wolf
Leader: Carrie Staubus (carrie@staubus.net)

Third Grade = Bear
Leader: Cari Hermann (cahermann01@gmail.com)

Fourth Grade = Webelos I
Leader: Kim Cimino (ciminokl@comcast.net)

Fifth Grade = Webelos II
Leader: Rachel Schrier (rachelschrier@hotmail.com)

Scouts will be expected to wear masks at all Den meetings, whether indoors or outdoors (including hikes), except if the Den meeting is virtual (e.g., via Zoom). Den meetings and activities will be outdoors as much as possible. We recommend your Scout bring his/her own hand sanitizer to the Den meetings, along with gloves if you are so inclined.

In addition, the plan is for popcorn sales to be virtual this year. In years past, Scouts have had the opportunity to set up their own Web pages for online sales. This year, we are planning to focus on those online sales. Scouts may drop off flyers in their neighbors’ mailboxes with the URL to their online site, but Scouts will not be doing door-to-door sales or site sales.

It is certainly going to be a different year. But together, we can still make Scouting fun. And hopefully, sometime next year, we’ll be back to Pack meetings, overnights, and camp outs.

Yours in Scouting,
 Pack 24 Leadership Team

No Meeting 4/14/2020

by Jason Johns in Pack

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We will not be having our Pack meeting as originally scheduled for tomorrow, April 14, 2020 at 7 p.m.

The leadership team is working to develop ways we can continue Scouting during this unique time. Your den leaders will be in touch.

Stay safe and sane.

Popcorn Colonel Needed!

by Jason Johns in Pack, Popcorn

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We need a Popcorn Colonel to lead our popcorn sales this Fall. Our popcorn sales finance much of our activities. Without a Popcorn Colonel, we cannot offer all that we do. We need someone to step up and take on this very important role.

We have had co-Colonels in the past. So if you want to partner up with someone else (or several someones else), that’s possible. The more people involved, the less of a burden — and more fun — it is.

Please volunteer to be our Popcorn Colonel! If you are able to volunteer for this role, please email me at jason_johns@comcast.net. Thank you!

Tecumseh Cancelled for 2020

by Jason Johns in Camping, Overnight, Pack

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It is with great disappointment, but complete understanding, that we must announce that our annual overnight to Camp Tecumseh has been cancelled for April 2020. We received notice from Camp Tecumseh that they are not hosting any groups until May 1, 2020.

We are investigating the possibility of rescheduling for later this Spring or perhaps this Fall. If that ends up being a possibility, we will let you all know the new dates.

Thank you for your understanding.

Den Meetings Postponed Through April 7

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In the interest of minimizing unnecessary gatherings, all den meetings will be postponed through at least April 7, 2020.

We’re still planning on Camp Tecumseh April 24-26 (look for a registration email coming soon). And our Pack meeting April 14. But of course, we’ll keep monitoring the situation.

Stay safe!

Snoozeum Cancelled

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In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) has cancelled the March 20 Snoozeum. Refunds will be issued as soon as possible.

The MSI is following the CDC’s recommendations regarding social distancing (avoiding crowds and keeping distance from others) to assess all Museum operations with the goal of protecting vulnerable populations.