Service Event: Feed my Starving Children

by Joanne Gipson in Pack

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Hello Scout Families,

Pack 24 has an amazing opportunity to volunteer with the Feed my Starving Children organization! 

We’ll be packing nutrient-dense meals to be distributed to malnourished children all around the world—nearly 70 countries, including the United States after Hurricane Katrina.

This event is open to ages 5 and up and is a wonderful way for the whole family to serve those in need and have a lot of fun while bonding with the Pack. 

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, February 10th, 2018, 7pm-9pm

Where: 742 East Park Avenue (Hwy 176), Libertyville, IL

Rules: comfortable clothes; no jewelry; grades k-2 require one adult per child; grades 3-6 require one adult per three children

Register at this link:

Once you register yourself, you can add the name of your Scout(s), siblings, grandparents, friends, etc. by clicking “add member names”. The more the merrier! Feed my Starving Children always makes sure this event is fun and lighthearted. Plus, the Scouts not only LOVE having a job to do, they can feel good about doing it.

Hope to see a great turnout for Pack 24!

Snow Tubing & Pinewood Derby Info!

by Kimberly Cimino in Pack

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Happy New Year, Pack 24 families!  We hope 2018 is off to a great start.  We have a busy start to the year, so read on for all the info you need:

Wilmot Snow Tubing, 1/15

 Snow tubing is on Monday, 1/15/2018 from 11AM-1PM at Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin.  Deadline to sign up will be on Friday at noon.  Once you arrive at Wilmot, look for the Snow Tubing lodge, which is separate from the ski lodge (just past the ski lodge depending which way you come in).  A Pack 24 volunteer will be there to give you your tickets and show you were to go.  We are planning to meet around 10:45AM, but it’s also OK if you need to show up a bit late.  Here is the form to the signup: .  

Adult Pinewood: Friday, 1/26/18

Registration begins at 6PM and ends at 6:45PM.  The race begins promptly at 7PM.  Awards for the fastest car and best design 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, please email me at and I will drop a car off at your home.  This is always a fun event with some pretty amazing cars!

Scout Pinewood Derby: Saturday, 1/27/18

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 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.).

We need support from our Akelas to make the Derby successful!  Please take a look at our SignUp Genius and see where you can volunteer: 

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.


  • Feed Our Starving Children February (day TBD)
  • Blue and Gold Banquet 2/24 at 4PM
  • Pancake Breakfast, 3/3
  • First Division Overnight, 3/9-3/10
  • Camp Tecumseh, 4/27-4/29

Snow Tubing at Wilmot Mountain: Monday, January 15th

by Kimberly Cimino in Pack

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Get ready for some tubing fun!  Join us on Monday, January 15th from 11AM-1PM for snow tubing at Wilmot Mountain.  Monday, January 15th is MLK day and 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:  We will meet at the Snow Tubing Lodge at about 10:45AM to sign waivers and hand out tickets.

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!


We are nearly full for the December 16 Star Wars: The Last Jedi matinee, and will on December 7.  Click here to see all event details such as starting time (9:45am) location (North Riverside Mall Theaters) cost ($3/ scout & $6 for other family).  

Or just click here to register and join our group of nearly 90 for this event!

If you didn’t use PayPal of Kamp Bux to pay for this event, bring cash or check to the pack meeting next week (December 12).

May the force be with you.

Gather ’round Padawans,

We have a large group of more than a dozen families registered for the Star Wars Episode 8 private screening on the morning of Saturday, December 16, but we still have room for more.  So if you want to register siblings, grand parents or other family, now is your chance.  The cost for other family is the same as parents – only $6 per person.

Click here to register today.  Remember space is limited and this is a private showing for Pack 24 and Troop 24 scouts and family.

Click here for a refresher on all of the details for showtime, location, etc.  

Join us for Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

by James Jerz in Outing

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A long time ago in a Galaxy far, far away…

If your scout (or you) are big fans of the Star Wars movies, then we hope you can join Pack 24 for a private matinee showing of the newest Star Wars episode on Saturday, December 16 at 9:45am at the North Riverside Mall Classic Cinemas theatres.  Doors open at 9:15 so you can get there in time to load up like Jabba the Hutt on all kinds of popcorn, sugary snacks, soft drinks, etc. and then shout out the answers to the movie trivia.

Space is limited – we have about 90 seats reserved at this time, since this opportunity will also be open to the Troop 24 boy scouts.  At this time, registration will be only for scouts and one parent, but if space is available we will open it up for additional family members.

The cost is only $3 per scout and $6 per parent. 

Click here to register!

More information will be announced at our November pack meeting, but don’t wait until then because it could be too late and you could end up being frozen in carbonite like Han Solo (actually no, you just can’t see the movie with us).

May the force be with you!

Star Wars Outing Registration

by James Jerz in Forms

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It’s Scout Cabin Campout Time!

by Joanne Gipson in Camping, Overnight, Pack

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Let’s camp at the Scout Cabin!

Join us on October 21st at 3pm for camping at Riverside’s own Scout Cabin. This is the perfect campout for the whole family, especially those Scouts that are new to the Pack and want to see what camping is all about. Plus, if your Scout gets cold feet, you’re literally right in the neighborhood, so it’s an easy drive home —and you can still join us for donuts and bagels in the morning.

This event is free for Scouts, $5 for siblings and $10 for adults.
Here are just a few of the fun activities planned:
  • A presentation from the Village of Riverside Forester
  • Zipline
  • Games
  • Pizza at 5pm
  • Campfire & S’mores (of course)
  • Movie before turning in
  • Bagels & Donuts for breakfast
Be sure to pack:
  • Tent & tarp
  • Sleeping bags & pillows
  • Extra blankets and clothing layers
  • Lantern, head lamp or flashlight
  • Bug Spray — a MUST
  • Camp chairs for hanging out and eating meals
  • Games or books for any downtime your kids may want to take
  • Water bottle
  • Any toiletries you may need 
  • Earplugs optional since some of our Scout parents have been known to snore
Sign up today!

Submarine Overnight Signup is Open!

by Joanne Gipson in Forms, Overnight, Pack

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This could be one of our Pack’s coolest overnights ever – sleeping on a REAL submarine! Space is limited and registration closes end-of-day this Thursday, Sept. 28th. You will NOT want to miss this!


Join the Pack on Saturday, November 4th at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum’s USS Cobia Overnight Program. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Scouts and families will be offered special supervised access to some non-public areas of the submarine.  Activities may include learning how to fire a torpedo and dive the submarine, Morse code, identifying WWII planes and ships, and much more. It’s a real-life, hands-on history lesson!


This event is $40 per person and is open to Scouts, parents and siblings over six years old. This includes admission to the overnight, dinner at a local restaurant and snacks on Saturday, as well as museum admission for Sunday. Bring your own breakfast for Sunday morning.


Dinner will be at approximately 5pm on Saturday (details to follow for participants). Arrival at the submarine will be at 7:30. The museum is located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, just under three hours from Riverside.


Bring your own sleeping bag and pillow for your submarine bunk. The sub is heated/air conditioned, but temps will vary, depending on the outside weather. Be prepared, Scouts, and pack layers and a flashlight!

Check out all the details on the museum’s parent page and sign up below. Waivers will be sent to participants after signup.

We’ve reached capacity. Registration is closed. Thanks to everyone who signed up!

Scout Night at the Chicago Blackhawks Game!

by Kimberly Cimino in Pack

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CALLING ALL HOCKEY FANS!!! This is something you will not want to miss. 

 The Chicago Blackhawks are hosting two Scout nights again this season and this year we are hoping to get a group of fans from Pack 24 to attend!   Scout families will get to see our beloved Blackhawks in action, receive a cool Blackhawks patch & get a shout out on the jumbotron! Although there are two dates that are an option, our Pack is going to try and attend the game on Sunday, December 3rd at 6pm. We need to have a minimum of 15 people purchase tickets from our Pack in order to participate.    The Blackhawks just released the dates and there is a VERY short turnaround time on when we would need to place our order.  Last year, tickets sold out on the first day!

Check out the flyer for more info: 2017-2018 Scout Nights 

How do we get in on this great Scouting event?  Only families who have signed up AND PAID by the end of the day on Monday, 9/4 will be able to participate.   Tickets are $80 per person.   The PTAC requests that you only purchase tickets for your immediate family in order to make sure that as many scouting families as possible are eligible.

If you have any questions, please email Kim at  

Go Blackhawks!