Summer Kickoff Picnic

by Joanne Gipson in Instructions, Picnic

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Hello, Scout families! 
 
We’re getting ready to kick off a great Scouting season, starting with a picnic full of food, friends and fun.
 
This year, the picnic is right here in Riverside!
 
When?
Sunday, August 20, 12pm – 3:30pm
 
Where? 
Scout Cabin
417 Fairbank Rd.
 
Bring the family and invite friends that are interested in joining the Pack. We’ll have burgers, hot dogs, desserts and plenty of food all around, along with tug-o-war, bounce house and water bottle rockets!
Start saving your two-liter bottles and follow these instructions to build your own rocket to bring to the picnic (we’ll provide the launcher). Let’s see how high we can fly this year!
 
Look out for a signup genius in the near future…help cooking, running games, cleaning up, etc. is always appreciated and makes the event run smoothly. 
 
Hope to see some familiar and new faces!

Let’s Watch the Solar Eclipse!

by Joanne Gipson in Pack

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Join your fellow Scouts to see the solar eclipse! You may not get another chance anytime soon…the last TOTAL eclipse was in 1991.
 
This is a pop-in event between 11:30am & 3pm at Big Ball Park on Monday, August 21st. All Pack 24 Scouts and families are invited. 
 
You’ll get eclipse-safe viewing glasses and be able to make your own pinhole projector. Plus, you’ll earn your Solar Eclipse 2017 BSA patch!
 
Learn all about the solar eclipse at NASA to get your Scouts excited for the event. 
 
Hope to see everyone under the sun on the 21st!
Thank you to all of the Scout families and volunteers who participated in our summer bike ride. We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather!
 
Even though summer just started, we’re looking forward to September camping in Michigan at Warren Dunes State Park — less than two hours from Riverside. 
 
Make sure to save the date(s) and look out for signup later this summer: 
 
**Friday, September 9th – Sunday, September 11th.**
 
Scouts will tent-camp, explore, play games, enjoy the beach, cook out and end Saturday night with a campfire and s’mores. We’ve reserved 48 spaces and they’ll go fast. Hope to see you there!
 

As one of our summer events, we have decided to attend the Scout Day at the Bristol Renaissance Fair on Sunday, July 16th.  This will be an awesome day for your entire family to check out the Fair at your leisure and have your Scout work on getting his Scout Passport filled out.  There will be special activities for all Scouts and a discount on tickets for Scout in uniform. You are welcome to arrive and depart whenever it is convenient.  We are working on securing an area for everyone to have lunch or a snack together so stay tuned!

Here is the link for the Fair:  http://www.renfair.com/bristol/special-events/.  You can purchase your tickets at the location in order to get the Scout Discount.

If you are planning to attend, please use the Sign Up Genius to let us know how many people from our Pack to expect.  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADAA2DA20-bristol

See you there!  

Don’t forget that our summer  bike ride along the Salt Creek Trail is this Sunday, June 25 at 3:00pm.  So far the weather forecast is PERFECT for a summer ride- 73 degrees and partly sunny!

Here are the key details:

  • Who:  All pack 24 scouts and family members, including siblings.
  • What:  A ride along the Salt Creek Trail, approximately four miles to the Brezina Woods.  A few parents will meet us there with refreshments & snacks.
  • Where:  Meet at the Ames parking lot, bike through Riverside and North Riverside (along the trail on 26th street) to the Salt Creek trail entrance, which is just west of First Avenue along 26th street.
  • Why:  For fun, all scouts that participate will receive a patch.
  • When:  Sunday, June 26th at 3:00PM.  This is probably a two hour activity.

There will not be charge to participate in this event.  We are asking for folks to sign up so we have an accurate headcount for ordering snacks.  We need a few parent volunteers to help with kids crossing streets and getting the snacks out to the Brezina Woods, so please email

me at ciminokl@comcast.net if you are able to help!

The pack has a long standing tradition of a summer bike ride, and this is always a fun adventure for our scouts!

Join us as we march in the Riverside Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 4th 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.  Our exact location will be emailed out as soon as we receive the info.
    • 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.
    • Please sign up just so we have a rough idea of how many to expect: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADAA2DA20-parade 
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  • Lemonade Stand

The fresh-squeezed lemonade is always popular after a march through town!  This is a great fundraiser for Pack 24 and many people look forward to our delicious lemonade and friendly service! Please sign up to have your Scout sell lemonade: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-lemonade

The Lemonade Stand gets very busy so please plan to stay to stay & help.  We also have volunteer spots for anybody who can help set up or clean up.

Happy Independence Day!

Summer Bike Ride 2017

by Kimberly Cimino in Pack

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Please join us for our first summer outing: a bike ride along the Salt Creek Trail on Sunday, June 25 at 3:00pm.  Here are the key details:

  • Who:  All pack 24 scouts and family members, including siblings.
  • What:  A ride along the Salt Creek Trail, approximately four miles to the Brezina Woods.  A few parents will meet us there with refreshments & snacks.
  • Where:  Meet at the Ames parking lot, bike through Riverside and North Riverside (along the trail on 26th street) to the Salt Creek trail entrance, which is just west of First Avenue along 26th street.
  • Why:  For fun, all scouts that participate will receive a patch.
  • When:  Sunday, June 26th at 3:00PM.  This is probably a two hour activity.

There will not be charge to participate in this event.  We are asking for folks to sign up so we have an accurate headcount for ordering snacks.  We need a few parent volunteers to help with kids crossing streets and getting the snacks out to the Brezina Woods, so please email me at ciminokl@comcast.net if you are able to help!

The pack has a long standing tradition of a summer bike ride, and this is always a fun adventure for our scouts!

Memorial Day Flag Ceremonies

by Kimberly Cimino in Pack

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The Pack 24 cub scouts have been invited to participate in several Memorial Day programs to honor all veterans.  If your scout is available to participate in either of these ceremonies, they should wear full “class A” uniform with neckerchief and slide.  Hats are optional but appropriate.

Village of Riverside:  At 10:00am on Monday, May 29th the Village will have a ceremony at St. Mary’s Parish.  Scouts are encouraged to attend.

Central School:  Any Pack 24 scout that attends Central is welcome to participate in a program on Friday, 5/26/17 at 8:20AM.  Scouts should go to their class room first, but will then be granted permission to go outside early to the flag pole to prepare for Central’s Memorial Day Service.  After the service, scouts will return to their school with the rest of their classmates.  Mr. Howes will be rehearsing with the Scouts during the week.

Blythe School:  Any Pack 24 scout that attends Blythe is welcome to participate in a program on Tuesday, 5/30/17 at 8:15AM.  Scouts should go to their classroom first and will be given additional instructions upon arrival.  After the service, scouts will return to their school with the rest of their classmates.

Ames School:  Any Pack 24 scout that attends Ames is welcome to participate in a program on Friday, 5/20/17 at 8:20AM.  Scouts should go to their classroom first and will be given additional instructions upon arrival.  After the service, scouts will return to their school with the rest of their classmates.  I am looking for a parent volunteer or Scout leader who can be present at Ames to help organize the Scouts if needed.

Email us at pack24riverside@gmail.com if you have any questions about these events or want to volunteer to help.

Camp Tecumseh 2017 Registration

by Kimberly Cimino in Pack

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Camp Tecumseh Registration has begun

Get ready to enjoy the awesome activities this camp has to offer: climbing, epic slides, horseback riding, marksmanship, waterfront fun and campfires! Pack 24 has reserved a total of 60 spots for Friday, April 28, Saturday April 29 and Sunday, April 30.  Camp Tecumseh is in Brookston, Indiana which is north of Lafayette, and according to Google Maps, approximately a two hour drive from the Riverside area.

 Some key points to keep in mind include:

  • Our accommodations will be four bunkhouse style cabins, which will each sleep 14-15 individuals.  Each will have indoor plumbing, showers and heat.  Each bunk bed has an electric outlet and a shelf for personal belongings. We will group everyone by family.  This year, we will try to devote a cabin to mothers and sons/daughters traveling together.   This is a great outing for our mothers!
  • Each family will have the option to stay either two nights (Friday & Saturday) or just for Saturday.  Everyone has to check out by 1pm ET on Sunday.
    • For the two night option, check-in on Friday is after 4:30pm ET and includes four meals beginning with breakfast on Saturday.  The cost is $70 for adults and $60 for kids (scouts & school-aged siblings). Note – there are no activities or food available on Friday night. You may want to pack a picnic, and bring some games.
    • For the one night option, check in is Saturday morning after 9am ET and includes three meals beginning with lunch on Saturday.  The cost is $55 for adults and $45 for kids (scouts & school-aged siblings).
    • If you have not been to Tecumseh and are trying to decide between one night or two nights, we would recommend arriving on Friday night ONLY IF you are able to get to the camp before 9:00 pm EST (Tecumseh is one hour ahead of Chicago and the registration desk closes early). It is hard to find the camp in the dark, and even harder to find your cabin if you miss registration and are unfamiliar with the camp. If you are unable to reach Tecumseh by 8:00 pm CST/9:00 pm EST – we recommend you only sign-up for Saturday and arrive early Saturday morning.   There will be no Pack 24 representative at the camp to help you find your way on Friday night if you arrive at 9:00 pm CST.
  • There is an extra fee for horseback riding ($9 for a 40 minute trail ride), the rifle range ($1 for ten shots), or candle making ($2 per person).  You can only register for these activities in-person, when arrive at the Camp.  There is not a set of scheduled activities for our group, so people can choose to spend their time at the waterfront, climbing, sliding or doing whatever is the most fun.  We also understand parents will have to sign a waiver for the horseback riding, but we haven’t received a copy of it for you to review.

Here is the general schedule for the weekend (keep in mind they are one hour ahead of Chicago time):

  • Friday (if you are planning on two nights)
    • 4:30-9:00 pm Check-In (Non-staffed program areas are available during check-in hours, no food is available.)
  • Saturday
    • 7:00 am Rise & Shine!
    • 8:00 am Breakfast (For campers who stayed Friday night)
    • 9:00-11:45 am *Program Areas & Trading Post Open
    • 12:00 pm Lunch
    • 1:00-5:00 pm *Program Areas & Trading Post Open
    • 5:30pm Dinner
    • 7:30 pm Campfire – Join us for songs, skits, & stories led by camp staff.
  • Sunday
    • 7:00 am Rise & Shine!
    • 8:00 am Breakfast
    • 8:45 am Chapel (Location announced @ breakfast)
    • 9:00-12:00 *Program Areas & Trading Post Open

It goes without saying that all the scouts that participate in this event will receive a commemorative patch.  In order to comply with all BSA requirements, please also review the attached Activity Consent Form.  As part of the registration process, each family will have to acknowledge these terms.

If you’re ready to for this adventure, then register below.  Due to limited space, registration is first-come, first served.  However, we need to give the Camp organizers a final count, so registration will close on April 10th.  Email pack24riverside@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

March Pack Meeting & Parent Planning Meeting

by Kimberly Cimino in Pack

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Hi, this is a friendly reminder that our Pack Meeting is this Tuesday, 3/14 at 7PM at RPC.  We will be discussing our Spring Events (Camp Tecumseh!) and playing some fun games.  

We are getting started on planning our 2017-2018 Pack 24 calendar.  Please join us for a planning meeting & St. Patrick’s day fun on Thursday, 3/16 at 7:30pm at Irish Times in Brookfield.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to come and share ideas.  Please sign up if you are planning to join us!  Here is the Sign Up Genius:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-20172018.

Feel free to email me at pack24riverside@gmail.com with any questions.