September 8 Pack Meeting

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It was great to see all of our friends from scouting at the Summer Picnic last Sunday.  We had over 100 people attend and enjoy launching bottle rockets, an epic water balloon fight, a bouncy obstacle course and of course burgers and brats hot off the grill.   Tim Ozga wants to thank everyone that helped him set up, and run this picnic and the games, it sure gets everyone ready for another great year of cub scout activities.

Speaking of pack activities, be sure to join us for our first pack meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 8 at 7pm in the RPC social hall.  We will have a special guest entertainer join us to put on an entertaining and educational show featuring the science of bubbles.  We’ll also recap our summer activities, talk about upcoming events such as Warren Dunes and the MSI Overnight in November.  Invite a friend to come to this fun meeting to learn more about cub scouts.

Warren Dunes MapAnd speaking of Warren Dunes, please register and pay before the September Pack Meeting.  The trip is September 11-13 and is a lot of fun since we spend nearly all day exploring the dune or playing on the Lake Michigan beach.  This is a great value since the cost is just $15 for scouts (and siblings) and $30 for adults.  Click here for all the details, or just click here today to register.

Summer Picnic – Sign Up Reminder

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If you haven’t done so yet, please join us for our Summer Picnic this Sunday, August 30 from 1-5.  The location is the National Grove South #2, the entrance to which is located near of the intersection of Des Plaines and 29th Avenue.There will be fun games including water balloons, a bounce house, and BBQ right off the grill.  This event is a great way to get re-acquainted with other scouts in the pack and connect with any leaders.  There is no charge for all of these great activities, and the entire family is welcome to attend. Please invite any friends or neighbors that may also be interested in attending this event.  Many of our leaders will be on-hand to talk about our upcoming activities (click here to see more what we have planned).

  • Again, there isn’t any charge for your family to attend, however we do request that you sign up here so we have a sense of headcount.

Schedule of Pack Events

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With back-to-school for all D96 kids just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to give all of our cub scout families an overview of some of the events our leadership has planned for the upcoming year:

  • Sunday, August 30 from 1-5pm.  Summer picnic at the National Grove South #2, the entrance to which is located near of the intersection of Des Plaines and 29th Avenue.
  • Tuesday, September 8 @ 7pm.  First monthly pack meeting, featuring an entertaining & educational bubble show.  We’ll also hand-out awards from summer activities and kick-off our fall popcorn campaign.
  • Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13.  Fall campout to Warren Dunes in Sawyer, Michigan. The cost is $15 for scouts and $30 for adults which includes meals, and all activity fees, but if you want to know more check out this previous post.
  • Saturday, October 17 – Sunday, October 18.  Scout Cabin Campout in Riverside.  A great starter event for families that are just getting used to camping.  We’ll have a lot of other great activities planned as well.
  • Friday, November 20 to Saturday November 21.  Snoozeum at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago.  Registration will begin in early September, spaces will be limited.
  • January 23 Polar Prowl
  • January 30 Pinewood Derby
  • February 6 Overnight at LegoLand in Schaumburg.
  • February 28 Blue & Gold Banquet at the Riverside Golf Club.
  • April 29-May 1  Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana.

Check out the Google Calendar on this website and link your own electronic calendar to it to stay up to date on pack events.

Pack meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm at the RPC from September to December, and March to May.  We change up our schedule of pack meetings in January and February for the Pinewood Derby and Blue & Gold Banquet.


The Pack 24 cub scouts are returning to the Warren Dunes State Park near Sawyer, Michigan on September 11, 12 & 13 for our fall 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 (yes, even sisters) are welcome to attend this outing.

Here’s a summary of what we have planned

Friday night:  Check in, set up, cracker barrel (cheese, crackers, sausage) campfire.

Saturday:  Pancake breakfast/cereal/fruit.

  • 9:30-12:30  Hike to private dunes & beach
  • 1:00-2:00    Walking tacos
  • 2:30-5:30    Move to big beach by car for games & swimming
  • 6:00-7:00    Cook out with burgers/dogs/brats
  • Evening      Campfire and s’mores

Sunday:    Dry breakfast cereal/bagels/fruit

Optional side trip after we finish packing up:  Trip to apple orchard 10:00-noon

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cost? A:  Scouts and siblings under 12 are $15 each, adults are $30 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.  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.

Registration will close on September 8, which is our first pack meeting.  Click here to register today.

Warren Camping Registration – 2015

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Pack 24 Summer Picnic

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Greetings Pack 24 families.

Water RocketThe pack leaders are getting ready to kick-off a great year of scouting, and our first event will be the annual summer picnic on Sunday, August 30 from 1-5pm.  The location is the National Grove South #2, the entrance to which is located near of the intersection of Des Plaines and 29th Avenue.  We have several fun events planned including:

  • A bounce house
  • Water balloon fight
  • Bottle rockets (the water-powered variety – you can make your own in advance)
  • Scout games of all sorts

There will also be delicious burgers, hot dogs and brats fresh & hot, right off the grill.

Come see your friends from cub scouts.  This event is open to all scout families in pack 24, including siblings and grand parents.  There is no charge to attend this event, but we are looking to get a sense of head count, so would appreciate it if you could sign up in advance so we know how much food to buy.

Also, this is a great event for any families that may be interested in joining the pack.  Several pack leaders will be on hand to answer questions, including Cub Master Tim Ozga, who is organizing the event.

Hope you can make it!

Pack 24 Summer Events

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Thanks to all the scouts and parents that helped Jennifer and Jay Baird with the lemonade stand, especially Janette Gonzalez.  We sold about 400 cups of lemonade to our thirsty friends & neighbors, and the scouts were all cheerful and helpful.

Eagle Scout Ceremony – Saturday, July 18:

  • All pack 24 cub scouts and parents are invited to a troop 24 ceremony for their two newest Eagle scouts, one of the scouts is a current pack 24 den chief.  The ceremony begins at 6pm at the Riverside Presbyterian Church, with a reception following at 7pm.
  • All scouts should be dressed in their class A uniform.
  • This ceremony is a great way for our scouts to see the young men that have advanced through cub scouts to the highest rank in Boy Scouts.  If you are in town, please participate.

Summer Campout – July 24:

  • Please join us for our outing to the Schaumburg Boomers baseball game and subsequent camp out.  This is an event that is sponsored through the Pathway to Adventure Council, but we understand that several other pack families will attend, including Greg Randall, who is coordinating.
  • See this previous post for how to register for the event.  You can come to the game and then go home or stay later for camping & fireworks.  If you stay overnight, the Boomers provide breakfast.

US FlagThe weather looks great for the 4th of July, so join us as we march in the Riverside Independence Day Parade and serve the best lemonade in town afterwards.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • Parade
    • Scouts must be in full class A uniform, blue dress shirt, neckerchief, slide, cub scout hat is optional.  Brag vest if you’d like.  Parents & siblings are welcome to march with us, please wear your red, white & blue.
    • We are marching right behind the fire engines, so will be serving as the color guard for the rest of the parade.  Line up begins at 8:15am close to the corner of Delaplane & Longcommon, just north of the big ball park.
    • Parade begins at 8:45am, so don’t be late!
    • Scouts are welcome to bring their own bag of candy to share with people along the parade route.  The Village has asked us to tell everyone that throwing candy is not permitted, but handing out candy is fine.
    • At the end of the parade, you can meet your scout at the pack 24 lemonade stand in Guthrie Park.
    • You do not need to sign up to march in the parade with us, but email if you have any questions.
  • Lemonade Stand
    • Thanks to Jennifer & Jay Baird for coordinating this event.  The fresh-squeezed lemonade is always popular after a march through town.  This year we are also going to sell some cold watermelon slices.
      Ahhh.... refreshing!!

      Ahhh…. refreshing!!

    • We could really use your help setting up and cleaning up.  If you haven’t already signed up for a shift, please check out the signup genius and lend a hand for just an hour.
    • We have some applications available for any new scouts that may be interested in joining pack 24.  Please pass the word to anyone you know that is interested in joining the pack.

Happy Fourth Everyone – see you on Saturday.

Greetings sports fans!  Please join us for a counsel-arranged event to watch the Schaumburg Boomers.  This event is open for the whole family, so bring any baseball fans along.

Here are some of the main facts:

  • This is a “scout night” at a minor league baseball game, followed by an option to camp.  You can choose to sign up just for the baseball game, and not the camping if you want.
  • There are two different ticket options for the game ($9 for a ticket, $15 for ticket + patch + snacks).  Parking is free.  Everyone can also stay for fireworks.
  • The cost for the overnight is $10 extra per person and includes post-game activities such as s’mores and breakfast the next morning.  Bring your own tent to camp on the field after the game.
  • Here is a link to the official flyer with all the details:
  • You register directly for the outing with the Boomers.

Thanks to Greg Randall for looking into the details and being the Pack 24 contact for this event.  Email if you have any questions, and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Pack 24 Summer Activities

by James Jerz in Camping, Outing

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Happy end of the school year pack 24!  Summer has officially begun.

We have updated the pack 24 calendar to reflect some fun summer activities we have planned, here’s a quick overview.

  • June 14:  Join us for a bike adventure along the Salt Creek Trail.  We are planning an easy ride of a few miles, with refreshments served at a mid-way point.  Meet at the Ames School parking lot at 1pm.  There is no charge for this event and it is open to the entire family.  Please sign up here so we have an accurate head count for the snacks & drinks we’ll purchase for the group.
  • July 4:  We are about to begin signup for our traditional role as the color guard for the parade, plus working at the best lemonade stand in Riverside.  If you are in town, we hope you can join us.
  • July 24:  Overnight tent-camping after a minor league baseball game with the Schaumburg Boomers.  Details will follow.
  • August 30:  End-of-summer picnic and new scout recruitment event.  Save the date to join us for fun with water rockets, a bounce house, games and excellent barbequed brats & burgers.

While technically not summer, please also save the date of September 11-13 for our camping trip to the Warren Dunes in Sawyer Michigan.  The Lake Michigan waters are still warm but the crowds on the beach are significantly reduced.  The scouts always love running up and down the dunes and of course, enjoying scrumptious camping food such as walking tacos.