Cub Scout Pack 24 FAQs

Where do I get an application for my Scout?

Applications are available from your Den Leader, or you can download one (https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-406.pdf). Note: For Lions and Tigers, if the parent/guardian does not live with the Scout, the parent/guardian must also complete an adult application. Those can be obtained from your Den Leader or downloaded (https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501(18)_AdultApp_WEB.pdf).

Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is a one-time application fee of $60. A check for each application can be made out to “Pack 24.” We can accept payment via PayPal, but cannot accept Zelle or Venmo.

Where and when do I turn in my Scout’s application and fee?

Applications and fees can be turned in to your Den Leader. Please do not turn them in at the Scout Shop as that makes applications harder to track.

How do I know when events and meetings are happening?

When you express interest in your child becoming a Pack 24 Scout and provide your email address, we’ll add you to our email distribution list. Those emails also publish to the Pack 24 website: www.pack24riverside.org/. You can also join the Pack’s Facebook page, which is a closed group: www.facebook.com/groups/riversidepack24

What’s the difference between a Den meeting and a Pack meeting?

A Den meeting is with your Scout’s specific grade. Scouts meet as Dens to complete requirements outlined in their Scout handbook by participating in various projects and activities.

When does the Pack meet?

Pack meetings are for all the Dens to gather for announcements and activities and sometimes even fun entertainment. The Pack typically meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm sharp at Riverside Presbyterian Church, 116 Barrypoint Rd. from September through May. Pack meetings typically last an hour. However, in the interest of maintaining social distancing, we are suspending Pack meetings for the 2020-2021 school year. Instead, we are focusing on Den meetings this year.

When does my Scout’s Den meet?

Your Den Leader will set the Den meeting schedule and location. Typically, Dens also meet once a month. Den meetings and activities will be outdoors as much as possible. 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). We recommend your Scout bring his/her own hand sanitizer to the Den meetings, along with gloves if you are so inclined. A parent or other supervising adult should be present for your Scout at each Den meeting.

Where do I buy my Scout’s uniform and handbook?

Scout uniforms and handbooks can be purchased at the Scout Shop in LaGrange, 811 W. Hillgrove Ave. Let one of the employees at the Shop know you’re with Riverside Pack 24 and what grade your Scout is in and they’ll get you everything you need, from shirts to neckerchief to patches. Scout hats, belts and official pants are optional. After your Scout advances past their first year, handbooks, neckerchiefs and slides will be purchased for them by the Pack.

How do I volunteer?

Early and often! Volunteers are always appreciated. Just tell a leader you want to pitch in and we’ll put you to work. Also, look for calls to volunteer via SignUp Genius in emails and on Pack 24 website posts. With no volunteers, there would be no Pack 24!

What is an Akela?

An Akela is you — a parent or other responsible adult that sees the Scout along on his/her journey.

How many outings does the Pack typically have in a season?

We tend to keep our Scouts busy! Typically, we have camping trips of all types, museum overnights, popcorn sales, Pinewood Derby, pancake breakfast, Wilmot tubing, Feed Our Starving Children service event, Blue & Gold banquet and so much more. Outings are encouraged, but optional. They usually entail an additional fee, but often the Pack subsidizes the cost for the Scouts. We know everyone leads busy lives, but we promise you lots of fun and Scout bonding. However, we have suspended all overnights and camping for the 2020-2021 school year.

I have a suggestion for an outing. Who do I talk to about it?

Let any Leader know! Better yet, come share your input at one of our leadership meetings — we meet every month or so. Fresh faces are always welcome.

How long does the Scouting season last?

The official Scout season is from September through our last meeting in May. However, we do plan events over the summer, like the Fourth of July parade participation and lemonade stand, bike ride, BBQ, and more.