Blue & Gold Banquet – February 28

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2016 B&G PatchIts time to register for the Annual Pack 24 Blue & Gold Banquet.  Since we have so many new scouts – here is a summary of why the Blue & Gold is a big deal:

  • We hold it in February to commemorate the founding of Boy Scouts on February 8, 1910
  • It is going to be a lot of fun for everyone, with an entertainment program featuring a science show with Steve Belliveau.
  • We have a ceremony for all Webelos II scouts that have earned the Arrow of Light – which is the highest award in cub scouts
  • The Webelos II scouts then cross over to join the ranks of the Troop 24 Boy Scouts
  • A delicious buffet dinner will begin after all of the ceremonies
  • A slide show of our major events during the year
  • A souvenir program for each scout
  • Finally, all scouts that participate in the event will be given a sweet patch to commemorate the event.

This year’s Blue & Gold will be held at the Riverside Golf Club, which is conveniently located at 2520 Des Plaines, in North Riverside.  The whole family is invited to attend.  Click here to register & pay by the February 22 deadline.

The whole family is invited to attend.  The banquet will begin at 4pm.

2016 Blue & Gold Registration

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Pack 24 News

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Pack 24 will not have a Tuesday night pack meeting in February, our normally scheduled Tuesday night meetings resume in March.  The Blue & Gold banquet a the end of February serves as our pack meeting.  Registration for the Blue & Gold Banquet will begin soon, and will feature a great science show – so stay tuned for details.

We had 59 scouts race in our pinewood derby last weekend, there was an awesome variety of cars on display.  Congratulations to all the scouts that won a speed or design prize.  We also had 17 participants in our first-ever “Parents Pinewood” the Friday night before the scout event and congratulations to our racing champion Rich Duff and design winner Joanne Gibson for her “Pizza Rat” car.

Mark your calendars for the morning of March 5 for our annual pancake breakfast with the boy scouts of troop 24.  The boy scouts cook up the pancakes & sausage, and  our cub scouts serve the food and bus dishes in the dining room.  We will start a sign up so our scouts can register for 45 minute shifts, we ask each scout to serve at least one shift to help us ensure good coverage for this event.  Pancake tickets to this event were distributed at the pinewood derby last weekend.  Your den leader has your pancake tickets if you didn’t make it to the derby.  Tigers have four tickets to sell ($20), and all our scouts have ten to sell ($50).  Sale of these tickets is a condition to your scout’s membership in pack 24.

  • Crossing -over Webelos II will be turning in the money to the tickets they collected to the Troop 24 boy scouts.
  • More information on where to turn in ticket sales money will be provided soon.

If you are interested in learning more about summer camp options, be sure to check out the Pathway to Adventure Council website. There are some upcoming kick-off events at Cabela’s sports stores on February 13 and February 27, click here for details.



Get Ready for Pinewood

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Gentlemen – start your engines!

2016 Pinewood PatchThe pack 24 Pinewood Derby is this Saturday (January 30), here’s what you need to know!

Registration begins at 10am and ends at noon.  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.  Be sure to arrive early so your scout can test his car on the track and make any final 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: Girl Scout Troop 657 is returning to run the lunch cafe in the Social Hall.  They have a very reasonably priced menu with many tasty items.  Be sure to visit them so your scout doesn’t run out of fuel when it comes time for racing.

The folks from the newly created “Pathway to Adventure 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 finally Webelos II are last.  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.

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.  As 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.
  • I saw some special equipment and parts at the Scout Store in LaGrange, can I use these?  Yes, but only if these are officially licensed BSA parts.  As stipulated in our rules, you can not use any non-BSA sanctioned parts.  Our rules are available here for your review.

Make a DIfference

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Pinewood Derby Cars from 2010

Pinewood Derby Cars from 2010

Pinewood Derby is about two weeks away.  Get those cars ready for a great day of racing on Saturday, January 30.  If you need a little bit of help getting your scout’s masterpiece created, here is info on a CUB SCOUT PINEWOOD DERBY CAR CUTOUT EVENT:

  • Boy Scout Troop 101 of Darien is hosting a Cub Scout Pinewood Derby car cutout event Sunday, January 24th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at St. John Church located at 7214 Cass Ave in Darien.
  • We will have adult leaders and Scouts on hand along with bench top power tools for car cut out and scales to assist with construction of cars.
  • If interested, contact Mark Greg, Assistant Scoutmaster of troop 101 at and provide an estimate of how many Cub Scouts would be attending.


Cub Scout LogoWe invite all pack parents to attend our planning session next week, on Thursday, January 21 at 7pm.  We will be making plans for our events for the next year and want your input to make sure these are fun for the scouts.  Note the venue is Irish Times in Brookfield, so with adult beverages available – parents only, please!  Our leaders will be on hand, with ideas and to have fun.



Happy 2016

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Cub Scout LogoHello Pack 24 Families – We hope you all had a good break and have already had a good start to the new year.

We have planned some great events, so make sure to mark your calendar:

  • Pinewood Derby:  Saturday, January 30
  • Blue & Gold Banquet: Sunday, February 28
  • Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, March 5

We don’t have our usual monthly Tuesday pack meetings in January or February, since these are replaced by the Pinewood (January) & Blue & Gold (February).

Also, we encourage all parents of Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos I scouts to attend our next planning meeting on the evening of Thursday, January 21.  All of our leadership committee meetings are open to parents, but we will begin planning events for the upcoming year at this event.  To add a social & fun element to this meeting, we will be meeting at Irish Times in Brookfield.  Please sign up here so we have a sense of headcount.

The pack will be covering the cost of a few appetizers, but the beverage cost is on your own.  If you have any questions, you can always email us at  See you there!

Social & Strategy – Save the Date!

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Cub Scout LogoParents – As mentioned at our December pack meeting we are now getting ready to plan out events for the rest of 2016.  Please join us for an open committee meeting at 7pm at Irish Times in Brookfield (8869 Burlington Ave, to be exact).  We will be considering outings such as camp outs and overnights, as well as general activities for pack meetings.

  • This is your chance to learn more about how our great activities are planned, sign up here so we can have a sense of head-count.

Also, thanks to everyone that signed up at the December pack meeting to help with the Pinewood Derby.  We have nearly all the spots filled, and this is a huge help for the leaders to make sure the pinewood runs smoothly on race day.  There are a few spots remaining, so please take a look if you can help, or if you want to change the spot you signed up for.

Legoland logoBy the way. The registration for the Legoland overnight on February 6 is still active, and surprisingly, there are still many available spaces.  Siblings are welcome to attend, and the cost for kids is a subsidized $40 per youth (parents are $60).  Signup will end on January 5, so now that all the preparations for Christmas are behind you, click here to sign up today!

2014 Pinewood Derby PatchFinally, registration for the parent pinewood on January 29, has been extended to December 31.  The entry cost is $20, which includes the cost of the kit.  If you are interested in showing off your fine car crafting skills, sign up before the extended deadline ends.

Registration Reminders

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We hope all the pack 24 families are enjoying winter break and getting prepared for Christmas.

Be sure to register for the overnight to the LEGOLAND in Schaumburg on February 6th.  The pack is subsidizing the cost by $25 per sibling to reduce it from $65 to $40.  Registration will close on December 31 or when our 70 spaces are full, we are currently about 40% full.  Click here for all the event details or here to register while there is still time.

While you’re at it, we hope you can join us for the first-ever Parent’s Derby which will be on the evening of Friday, January 29.  The cost is a mere $20 per car, which includes the official BSA kit and also prizes.  Click here to register before we close registration on December 24 (just a few days away).



LegoLand Registration Has Begun

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Legoland logoPack 24 has an overnight planned for Legoland in Schaumburg for February 6-7 (Saturday 7:30 pm to Sunday 8:30 am).  This event sold out quickly the last time we offered it to our group – so here’s your chance to get in on the fun.  We have Legoland reserved just for Pack 24 with entry to all their exhibits including the 4D theater, Factory Tour, Model Build workshop and two rides which you may ride as many times as you wish.  You will get a pizza dinner, hot breakfast, and overnight stay (bring a sleeping bag and camping pad, sorry no air mattresses).  Parking is free and you will get a digital photo download and of course a special Legoland embroidered patch.  The retail store opens following the overnight if you wish to shop.

Registration will close on January 5 or when spaces are filled.  You will need to sign a waiver, please read Legoland’s information before you register:

The cost is $40 for siblings and $60 for adults.  Click here to register while there are still available spaces.

Any questions call or email Carrie Staubus 708-574-6167 or

Legoland registration form

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