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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June 14 Bike Adventure

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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 (http://www.pathwaytoadventure.org) 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.


May 15-17 Camp O Ree Registration

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Pack Meeting – Tuesday, April 14

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The high-energy juggling show of Jason Kallum is our special treat for the scouts at our pack meeting this Tuesday, so be sure to arrive on time (which is 7pm).  Please invite a friend that may be interested in scouts so he can see the fun.

We’re going to give a brief summary of our plans for this summer which will include a bike ride in June, camping at a minor league baseball field in July, and of course our usual service as the color guard in the 4th of July parade, followed by the lemonade stand.

We are also coordinating dates for the wide range of summer camp options being provided by the Pathway to Adventure Council.

Also…  To support two different Eagle Scout projects of the boy scouts of Troop 24 we request you bring any spare books or school supplies.  The boys scouts are going to be providing these to groups in need as part of their community service which is a critical part of the Eagle Scout projects.

Thanks & see you on Tuesday.

Next Pack Meeting is Tuesday, April 14

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Juggler / entertainer Jason Kollum will be our special guest at our pack meeting on Tuesday, April 14.  He has a special show interactive show for our cub scouts.  The meeting will begin at 7pm in the RPC social hall.

Please feel free to have your son invite any friends that may be interested in joining pack 24.

Camp Tecumseh Trip

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Tecumseh SignBefore families get away for spring break, we wanted to remind you to take a few minutes to register for the Pack 24 trip to Camp Tecumseh.  We have several previous posts with a summary of everything you need to know, especially a summary of all of the excellent activities.

Registration will close on March 31, so there’s still time to register.  As of today, 13 families have filled 37 of the 59 spots reserved.  Click here to register & pay.

The next pack meeting is Tuesday, April 14 at 7pm.   We hope to bring in a special guest for the scouts, with details to be announced soon, but we expect it to be a lot of fun.

Pack News

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If you’re planning on joining us for the Camp Tecumseh trip on April 24-26 click here to register.  We have filled 22 of our 59 spots, and registration closes at the end of March.  Click here for a summary of the logistics and this previous post for a summary of some of the awesome activities like climbing, horseback riding, rifle range, boating and campfires.

We are also looking for your help to support a former Pack 24 Cub Scout who is now working on his Eagle Scout project.

Troop 24 Eagle Scout Candidate, Will Gmitro, needs your help collecting school supplies to benefit refugee children of the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program. You may donate individual items or all the items to fill a grade-level backpack.

You can bring your items to the collection bin at the Riverside Presbyterian lobby through April 6 or to our April 14 Pack Meeting.  Click here for supply list.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

For any questions please contact  Will Gmitro