Pinewood Derby 2017 Info

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We know that all the Pack 24 Scouts have been diligently preparing their masterpieces for a shot at racing glory.  Best of luck to you all!  Here are some race day tips for both the Adult Pinewood & Scout Pinewood!

Adult Pinewood: Friday, 1/27

Registration begins at 6PM and ends at 6:45PM.  The race begins promptly at 7PM.  An award for the fastest car will be awarded and a celebration of all will take place after the race at a location still to be TBD.  We still have spots for parents to sign up!  The cost is $20 per car and the proceeds go back directly to the Pack.  This is a great way for parents to be involved in making a car with their Scout and generates a fun, friendly rivalry among parents.  There were some amazing cars last year!   If you want to participate, you can sign up here and Hutt Rubio will drop off a car at your home: 

Scout Pinewood Derby: Saturday, 1/28

This year, there are two options to register your car.  You can register on Friday between 6PM-6:45PM or on Saturday between 10AM-12PM.   We can’t register any latecomers after registration closes or else we will not be able to begin our race on time.  When you register, you will be given the Pinewood Patch and ballots to vote for best car designs.   Here are the categories for voting: Most Scout Like, Coolest, Fastest Looking,Funniest & Most Creative.

 Be sure to arrive early so your scout can test his car on the track and make any final modifications.  Your car will be weighed and limited tools will be available to help with modifications. Note that once your son’s car has been registered, only our volunteer boy scouts from Troop 24 will be handling the cars, this helps reduce the risk of mishaps.

Lunch: The Girl Scouts are returning to run the lunch cafe in the Social Hall.  They have a very reasonably priced menu with many tasty items such as pizza, sloppy joes, chicken noodle soup, etc… Be sure to visit them so your scout doesn’t run out of fuel when it comes time for racing.

The folks from the Des Plaines Valley Council will give a short presentation about this year summer camp options which will begin at 12:45pm.

The Derby begins at 1pm.   Racing will be conducted by rank, so Tigers are first followed by Wolves, Bears, Webelos I and Webelos II.  The winners from each rank will take place in the Finals after all the ranks have completed their race.  We hope to have all racing completed by about 3pm.

The race is a lot of fun and we invite you to bring the whole family to the Derby.  Please remember that Boy Scout Policy is that all parents must accompany their scouts to these types of events, so if you scout is going to participate in the derby, one parent must stay for the duration.  We will have the movie room set up for their entertainment but please feel free to bring other small, appropriate entertainment for your Scout (think cards, books, etc..).

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions.

  • Do we have to stay for the whole Derby?  The short answer is “No.”   Be sure to check in between 10am in noon and then have your scout on hand prior to the opening flag ceremony at 1pm.  Check in should take you no more than 15 minutes, especially if you arrive prior to the absolute deadline of 12 noon.  You are free to come & go, but remember at least one parent needs to be on hand while your scout participates in the derby.
  • I don’t think I can check in by noon – can I please check in late? Absolutely not.  Sorry, but the race officials will have to prepare the racing software based on the check in results, and also tabulate votes so racing can begin promptly at 1pm.  If you do not check in on time, your scout will not race.  Ask a friend or neighbor to help you if you anticipate any issues.
  • My car number has two of the same digits (i.e. 22 / 33 / 44) – what do I do?  Be sure to use the number stickers from your pinewood kit on your scout’s car. Please bring along spare numbers to donate to the pit crew, so we have some extras for scouts that have two of the same digit.
  • What is the maximum weight?  Five ounces as determined by the official scales at check-in.  If your scout’s car is in excess of the limit, you will have to remove weight.  Pro tip #1 – don’t put weights on the bottom of your car… it can get caught on the track and ruin your scout’s race.  Pro tip #2 weigh your car at home and leave it a bit under five ounces, you can add a bit more weight in the pit crew area before you officially check in.
  • Our rules are available here for your review.


We need parent volunteers to make this day happen!  We still have quite a few open spots to fill so please take a look and sign up to help:

Good luck, Racers!

Greetings Pack 24, hope everyone is having a great start to 2017.  We have a lot going on so please take the time to read through this email!

  • During January and February, we do not have our normally scheduled pack meetings on the second Tuesday night of each month due to the Pinewood Derby and Blue and Gold Banquet (read on for more details).  Your den leaders will provide you with the schedule for any den activities during January & February.
  • Our Snow Tubing trip to Wilmot Mountain is this Friday, 1/13/17 from 4-6PM. You are welcome to arrive at any point during the day to enjoy all the activities Wilmot has to offer.  Please note that the tubing hill does not open until 4PM but there are other activities, lessons, etc… which you can find on the website at  At 3:30PM, I will be at the check in area with coupons that you can redeem for your tubes and helmets.   I will email each family a waiver that they will need to turn in prior to receiving their coupon.  We already have 60 people signed up but there is still room for more!  Signup will close at 12pm on Wednesday.  Check out the previous post on the page for all the signup details.  Remember- this is a FREE event for Scouts and discounted to $15 for adults and $10 for siblings.   You are free to bring in your own snacks or there are refreshments that can be purchased at the lodge.
  • The Adult Pinewood Derby is on Friday, 1/27/17 which is the night before the scout pinewood.   This event is meant to be a fun event and provide an opportunity for the parents and scouts to work together on the cars.  The parent cars are meant to abide by the same rules as the scouts.  There will be 2 winners – Most Creative and First Place for the fastest car.

Key points are as follows:

  • Cost is $20
  • Contact Hutt Rubio at to sign up and arrange to get your car kit.
  • Racing starts @ 7pm, check in begins @6pm.  Event lasts until racing is completed, but should be less than one hour.
  • Pit crew area will be available for final adjustments.
  • After the race is complete the parent cars will remain in the gym to placed on display for ALL to see on Pinewood Derby day. This way if scouts do not attend on Friday night they can see the cars and the 2 winners from Friday.
  • After Race Event – adults are welcome to come for an after race party to brag on their hard work and dedication…..Location is TBD.  Special prize for the winner.
  • Cub Scout Pinewood Derby is on Saturday, 1/28/2017. Car kits were distributed to scouts in December so please contact your den leader if you haven’t received one.  If you missed our Pinewood Derby Workshop, you can still go to the Cub Scout Store in LaGrange this Saturday, 1/14 from 10AM-2PM and they will CUT THE CAR FOR YOU!  We will have more details posted about the derby over the next few weeks but remember that scouts must check-in cars in the morning so racing can begin promptly at 1pm.  Full racing rules can be found here: Pinewood Derby Rules for Pack 24.  The best part of the pinewood is that it is FREE, and there are many prizes for fastest cars and best designs; categories include:
    • Funniest
    • Most Creative
    • Scout-Inspired
    • Fastest-Looking
    • Coolest
  • A Pinewood Derby Planning Meeting will be this Thursdy, 1/12 at 7:30PM at 34 East Lounge.  If you are interested in getting involved with the Pinewood Derby then plan to stop by.  We will be discussing the track setup that occurs Friday night, the computer program and day of event activities.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
  • Blue & Gold Banquet on Sunday, 2/26/2017.  This will be a late afternoon event at the Riverside Golf Club.  Any Webelos II that have earned the Arrow of Light award will be recognized and all of our Webelos II will cross-over to the ranks of Boy Scouts.  There will be entertainment and great food for all the scouts.  Please watch for more details to come later in the month.

Thank for taking the time to read this!  See everyone on the hill!


Tubing at Wilmot Mountain: Friday, 1/13

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Get ready for some tubing fun!  Join us on Friday, January 13th from 4-6PM for snow tubing at Wilmot Mountain.  Friday, January 13th is a student non-attendance day for all District 96 schools- what a great way to spend a day off!  Wilmot Mountain is about 1.5 hours from Riverside and was just recently renovated.  Check out their website:

While we are not skiing as a Pack, feel free to head up early to check out all there is to do before we meet up at 4PM for hot chocolate, treats & tubing.    The Scouts had such a successful popcorn campaign this year that this event is FREE for all Scout and discounted to $15 per adult and $10 per sibling.  Paypal is strongly preferred but you can pay by check by dropping it off at 92 Riverside Rd.   Please email me at with any questions.  See you on the hill!

Pack meeting & Bobcat Ceremony is this Tuesday!

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Our monthly Pack meeting is Tuesday November 8th 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 and then will move upstairs into the Sanctuary for the ceremony. After the ceremony, we’ll head back downstairs for refreshments.  Please have the Scouts dress in full Class A uniform.

Please bring a food item to share with the pack. We will provide the beverages.

The requirements for earning the Bobcat Badge are found in the Cub Scout handbook, but I’ll recap them here!

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.

Thanks, and we’ll see you at RPC on Tuesday at 7:00PM.

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 travelling to and from the Sanctuary.

Pack Meeting is Tonight, 10/11!

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This is a reminder that our Pack Meeting is this evening at 7PM.  We will be discussing the Scout Cabin Camp Out, popcorn sales and other future activities.  We will also have entertainment from “A Real Madhatter” who will be entertaining the crowd with balloon sculptures and teaching the scouts to make their own balloon creations! Check out the webpage at

Don’t forget that signup is still going on for the Scout Cabin Camp Out on 10/15!   We will need some parent volunteers to make this a great event so take a look at our Signup Genius and see where you can help out:

Let us know  at if you have any questions about the different volunteer spots or the camp out.

See you tonight!

Last Call for Feed our Community Day

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Hi, Scout Families.  We will be closing the signup for Feed our Community Day this weekend!  So far, we only have 9 scouts signed up.   This year, FOCD hopes to pack in excess of 100,000 meals that will be donated to local food pantries and they need our help!

Pack 24 scouts can work at one of three 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.  The Pack will cover the $5 fee for Scouts.  Your entire family is encouraged to attend!

Available shifts are 9:00 – 10:30 am, 11:00am-12:30pm or 1:00 – 2:30pm – FYI, the campout will not officially begin until after the last shift,

  • If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate in another way please see their webpage at
  • All scouts new to FOCD receive a badge and returning Scouts will receive a 2016 FOCD pin.

Scout Cabin Camp Out is Saturday, 10/15!

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Please join us for the Scout Cabin Camp Out on Saturday, October 15.  This is a great first camping experience for new scouting families and open to all scouts, parents & siblings.  Here’s everything you need to know!

  • BYOT:  This is a bring your own tent event.  We sleep outside the scout cabin in the open areas surrounding it.  If you don’t have a tent, you are welcome to come for all the activities and then go home to sleep in your own bed.  We would really like everyone to be part of the fun.
  • Location:  The cabin is close to Indian Gardens, along Fairbank road in the SW corner of Riverside.
  • Schedule:  Families can begin setting up tents beginning at 1pm on Saturday.  The Camp Out will “officially” start at 3PM.  We will wrap it up on Sunday morning, around 10am.
  • Activities:  We have a lot of great things planned including:
    • Scouting activities including an outdoor shelter project and a hands on knot tying demonstration
    • Games including epic tug-of-war
    • The zip line will be back (parent supervision required – to be sure!)
    • A scavenger hunt to find prizes in the area around the cabin
  • Dinner will be served at 5pm, hot pizza and all the sides.
  • A camp fire with songs, skits and a flag retirement ceremony where we will be joined by the boy scouts of troop 24.  Of course scouts will be able to make their own s’mores when the fire burns down.
  • We’ll have a late night movie inside the scout cabin so everyone can wind down and get ready to settle in to bed.
  • Finally, Rise and shine on Sunday morning for breakfast & clean up.

So we can maximize participation, the cost is only $5 per participant.  We are asking for parents to help the leadership with some of the larger scale events such as food serving and clean up, so please be on the lookout for the signup genius coming out later this week!



Feed Our Community Day

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Saturday, October 15th is a busy day! The morning of our campout at the Scout Cabin, Pack 24 will be one of the many community groups helping to package nutritious meals for those in need at the North Riverside Village Commons (2401 South Des Plaines Ave).  This year we expect to pack in excess of 100,000 meals that will be donated to local food pantries and there are still some sign up spots left to fill.

Pack 24 scouts can work at one of three 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.  The Pack will cover the $5 fee for Scouts.  Your entire family is encouraged to attend!

Available shifts are 9:00 – 10:30 am or 1:00 – 2:30pm – FYI, the campout will not officially begin until after the last shift,

  • If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate in another way please see their webpage at
  • All scouts new to FOCD receive a badge and returning Scouts will receive a 2016 FOCD pin.

Pack Meeting & Fall Harvest Day

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Pack Meeting: Tuesday, 9/13 at 7PM

We hope everyone is off to a great start to the school year. This is a friendly reminder that our first Pack Meeting of the school year is tonight at 7PM at the Riverside Presbyterian Church.  We will be reviewing the exciting activities we have planned for the year and getting the kids started on selling Popcorn.  We will also have some fun Star Wars themed activities for the Scouts to get in the Spirit of our 2016 Popcorn campaign.

Squash Harvest to Benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository has partnered with a farmer in Marengo, Illinois that allows squash to be harvested …all of which goes to the food depository.  Volunteers (aged 8 and up) are needed to harvest the squash. This would make great event to teach our scouts about volunteerism and contributing to help feed the hungry. In the last few years, volunteers have harvested hundreds of thousands of pound of fresh corn and squash.

Date: Saturday October 8th

Time: 7:30 AM

Location: 10409 Carls Rd, Marengo IL 60152

(Appx 60 miles from Riverside)

Volunteers: Must be age 8 or over. Adult chaperones will need to register through the Greater Chicago Food Depository website ( online volunteer system.  For the youth volunteers, we will only need to provide a list with names and dates of birth.  Please go to the signup genius:

Deadline:  Please sign up by 9/20.

Popcorn Site Sales

Sign up for our site sales!  Remember that each scout gets credit towards their total sales for each hour worked.  We will hopefully be adding another day soon.  Here is the signup genius:


Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight!



It’s Popcorn Time…Join the Force

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At our Pack Meeting on Tuesday,  9/13 our awesome Popcorn Kernels will be kicking off our 2016 Popcorn campaign.  It’s our most important fund raiser and permits us to reduce the costs for many of the activities that we do throughout the year.

We will continue our Kamp Bux program, so 10% of your scout’s popcorn sales will be credited against the cost of selected Pack 24 overnights and campouts.  Last year several scouts attended our LegoLand overnight for no cost – after the application of their Kamp Bux credits.  So if your scout sells $200 worth of popcorn – he will earn a $20 credit!

This year, the Pathway to Adventure Council has a lot of fun and exciting changes.  With the Star Wars theme, scouts have the chance to earn the Galatic badge, Star Wars prizes (in addition to other cool scouting prizes) and a chance to go to the Jedi Masters-Rogue 1 movie premiere for any Scout selling over $1, 000.00.  More info on this will follow at the Pack Meeting but check it out at

How does it work?

  1. Come to the Pack Meeting on Tuesday, 9/13 at 7PM to get your order forms and hear about the exciting prizes offered this year!  If you can’t make the meeting, reach out to your Den leaders who will have additional forms.  You can also download the new sales app on your phone or tablet!
  2. Go see your neighbors, family members and friends. Fill out the order form and collect payment.  All Checks should be payable to Pack 24.
  3. Sign up for our site sales!  We have three weekends coming up at various locations and each scout gets credit towards their total sales for each hour worked.  Here is the signup genius:

Do you have a van or truck?  We need help on Saturday, 9/10 with picking up popcorn from the distribution center.  We will have a number of our leaders at Warren Dunes so any help would be greatly appreciated!  If you can pitch in, please email our Kernels at

Email us at with any questions.  Thanks for your support!