Our monthly Pack meeting is this coming Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Riverside Presbyterian Church. Our activity will be “skit in a bag.” Each Den will receive a bag of items from which they will develop a skit to present to the Pack. It’s always a fun time to see the creativity of the Scouts.

In addition, we will be having a presentation from the Friends of Scouting (FOS). Below is a communication from our Council’s Friends of Scouting Unit Coordinator to prepare you for the presentation:


This is the one time each year when parents and guardians (Akelas) are asked to financially contribute support to the Pathway to Adventure Council (PTAC). Akelas often ask, “Why should I contribute to FOS?” So, in response, I thought it helpful to send information to you ahead of time so that you understand what Friends of Scouting supports and why it’s important.

Your Pack pays annual dues to PTAC that cover a National Registration fee, Boys Life subscription for your Scout, and support from the Council to your local Pack. Other than the initial dues you pay when your Scout first registers, Pack 24 covers these annual dues (this is unique among the Council – most Packs pass the annual fee on to Akelas). Friends of Scouting dollars go to “behind the scenes” expenses that support our unit and that we never “see,” but are incurred by our local Council. These expenses are things like:

  • Operating costs for Camp Napowan, Camp Betz, Camp Owasippe and Camp Lakota.
  • District and Council programs such as Pinewood Derbies, Training Events, Winter Klondike Derbies, Merit Badge Days, Haunted Hikes, and more.
  • Important items such as Adult Leader Training and Accident and Sickness Insurance coverage for all registered youth and leaders, and Camperships for Scouts whose families would not otherwise be able to afford to send their child to camp or join Scouting.

Typical contributions vary, based on a donor’s circumstances, but some donors have contributed up to $5,000, or even more! It takes about $240 per Scout per year to support the services and programs provided by PTAC. That’s $20 a month. A target amount of $240 will cover all expenses incurred by our Council for your Scout this year. If you can afford more, fantastic! Your donation will help support Scouts who are less fortunate. If you cannot give at that amount, I hope that you will give whatever you can. Please consider the benefits received by your child and other youth when making your decision. In 2019, only 11% of families participated in FOS. We hope to have 100% participation this year, but we need your help!

At the presentation you will receive a Friends of Scouting pledge card. I ask that you be prepared at that time to donate/pledge. You can write a check for the full amount, spread it out over the year, or even make a pledge via online resources, there is also a “text to give” option as well.

I am ready to make my pledge to FOS and believe that supporting Friends of Scouting is important. I ask you to thoughtfully consider helping us reach our goal of 100% participation. Thank you in advance for your consideration and your support of FOS.

— FOS Unit Coordinator

Pancake Breakfast Money Due 2/27/2020

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At the Pinewood Derby, each Scout received a set of tickets to sell for the Pancake Breakfast.   If you haven’t received your tickets, please contact your Den Leader. Pancake Breakfast ticket money is due by February 27th and can be dropped off at Rachel Schrier’s home at 375 Uvedale Road (please note: the Schriers have moved since last year’s pancake money drop-off) or handed in to your Den Leader. If you have questions about your tickets, please email Rachel at rachelschrier@hotmail.com.

The Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Riverside Presbyterian Church.

Pancake Breakfast: shift signup is OPEN

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Signup for the annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 7th is now OPEN!

This event is run jointly with BSA Troop 24. They cook the food and the Cub Scouts serve and clean up.  It’s the second largest fundraiser for Pack 24, so we need the help of all Scouts in serving at least one shift.  The Cub Scouts are typically very excited to help serve friends, family and neighbors at this event and our guests love to see their enthusiasm and earnest desire to help! The shifts from 9:30AM-11:30AM tend to be the busiest.  

Sign up today to get your pick of shifts: 


At the Pinewood Derby, each Scout received a set of tickets to sell for this event.  If you haven’t received your tickets, please contact your Den Leader. Pancake Breakfast ticket money is due by February 27th and can be dropped off at Rachel Schrier’s home at 375 Uvedale Road (please note: the Schriers have moved since last year’s pancake money drop-off) or handed in to your Den Leader. If you have questions about your tickets, please email Rachel at rachelschrier@hotmail.com.



Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sleep at the Museum of Science and Industry? Now’s your chance, Pack 24! 

Enjoy a rare chance to explore the Museum after everyone else has gone home. Explore the Museum’s one-of-a-kind exhibits at your own pace. Participate in special activities, make your own science toys, and complete a scavenger hunt. When it’s all done, sleep nose-to-nose with a 727, next to a giant heart or steps away from a toy-making factory. It’s all part of the Snoozeum!

WHERE: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL (please note: MSI is NOT part of the museum campus, but is five miles south on Lake Shore Drive and 57th St.)

WHEN: Friday, March 20th — Saturday, March 21st; check-in is Friday from 5:30pm-8pm (later check-in is available); departure time is 8:30am Saturday morning.

WHO: Scouts and siblings ages 6-12 and parents

WHAT: $65/person includes overnight admission, parking, a film in the Giant Dome Theater, activities, a Snoozeum patch and breakfast.

Register today! Registration closes February 20th at NOOB. If this event fills up, we will start a waiting list. Once registration closes, the event Chair, Cari Hermann, will email a participant guide containing a sample schedule, rules, what to bring/not to bring, parking instructions, waiver, etc. to all registrants.

Please note: Pack 24 will not issue refunds unless the event is cancelled altogether.

Scout Sunday, February 2nd

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Riverside Presbyterian Church, our charter organization, invites you to attend RPC on Scout Sunday, February 2nd.  RPC’s Service of Worship begins at 10:00 a.m. with Coffee Fellowship to follow in the Social Hall.  Please wear your Class A uniform and encourage family members to wear their uniform as well (Girl Scouts, Venturing, etc.).

The Scout Sunday tradition was started to make people in houses of worship aware of Scouting, and to allow Scouts to live out their “Duty to God” pledged each week.  The Scout Law says that a “Scout is Reverent” and Scouts promise to do their “Duty of God” in the Scout Oath.

Scout families who would like to provide treats for the coffee hour after the service are invited to drop them off in the Social Hall kitchen of the church any time between 9:00 and 10:45 a.m. Thanks for your contribution & hope to see you there!

If you can’t join us at RPC, wear your uniform proudly to whatever house of worship you attend to show the community what we mean when we say “a Scout is Reverent.”

Come show your support and celebrate as our Webelos II Den crosses over to join the Boy Scouts. They’ve worked hard to earn this honor, many since they were Tigers, and it will be an honor to send them off with a party.

The Blue & Gold Banquet is on Sunday, February 23rd at 4pm at the Riverside Golf Club (2520 S. Desplaines Ave., North Riverside).  

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 a lot of fun!  Our entertainment this year is juggler Andy Head! “With a trunk full of tricks and some hilarious help from the “Audience All-Stars”, Andy Head presents a knock-out Comedy Juggling Show that’ll have everyone laughing, smiling and cheering!”
  • 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 souvenir program for each Scout
  • Finally, all Scouts that participate in the event will be given a patch to commemorate the event

The whole family is encouraged to attend. Registration deadline has been extended to February 18th.

Looking forward to celebrating with you all! Scouts: Class A uniform is required!

Pinewood Derby Details

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We hope you’ve been hard at work on your cars! If you’re still in need of inspiration, the Scout Shop in LaGrange has plenty of decals, weights and other Pinewood Derby items.

Here are all the race details. Please pay special attention to check-in times, as we can’t check in any cars outside of those times. Also, plan on pitching in on race day! Sign up for a parent volunteer spot today.

Click here for the rules and instructions if you need a refresher.

Adult Pinewood: Friday, 1/24/20

Registration begins at 6PM and ends at 6:45PM.  Voting is from 6:45-7pm. The race begins promptly at 7PM.  Awards for the fastest car and best design will be awarded. 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 Mark Hill at mah101400@yahoo.com.  This is always a fun event with some pretty amazing cars! Scouts who are checking in on Friday can test their cars on the track between 6 and 6:45. Remember: ONLY a Scout leader should touch the track or gate. We want to ensure everything stays intact for Saturday’s race.

Scout Pinewood Derby: Saturday, 1/25/20

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.   

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 their car on the track between 10 and noon and make any final modifications.  Your car will be weighed and limited tools will be available to help with modifications. Note that once your Scout’s car has been registered, only the leaders checking in cars and 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 Lions are first followed by Tigers, 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 between 3&4pm.

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 your 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 & 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. The weight of the car on the official scale is the only weight that counts.

It’s tubing time! Get ready for Wilmot!

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Join us on Monday, January 2oth from 10am-noon for snow tubing at Wilmot Mountain!  

Monday, January 20th 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 recently renovated. We’ll meet at the Snow Tubing Lodge about 15 minutes before hitting the hill to sign waivers and hand out tickets.

The Scouts had such a successful popcorn campaign this year that this event is FREE for all Scouts 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 ciminokl@comcast.net with any questions.  See you on the hill!

*Refunds can only be offered if the event is cancelled by Wilmot due to weather.

2020 Pinewood Derby Rules and Instructions

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The 2020 Pinewood Derby is on Saturday, January 25th! Car check-in will be from 10am-noon. Races start at 1pm and should end with the championship race by 4pm. There is also an adult race the night before. Check-in for the adult cars or any Scouts that want to check their car in early will be from 6pm-6:45pm. If you would like to participate in the adult race, please email Mark Hill at mah101400@yahoo.com. We will send a more detailed schedule of events in January.

This is our largest event of the year, so we need plenty of parent volunteers to make it a success. Please sign up here to help set up, clean up or supervise the movie room.

Want help cutting? The Scout Shop in La Grange has you covered:

It’s time to build your Pinewood Derby car! We handed out a yellow sheet of “top tips” at the December Pack meeting. That’s a good start, but please see the complete rules below for ALL you need to know.



The Pinewood Derby is open to all Cub Scouts. Cars should be built by the Cub Scouts with some adult guidance. Any technical assistance should be fully explained to the Cub Scout so that they can use that knowledge on future projects.

CAR SPECIFICATIONS – every racer must meet these dimensions:

Maximum width: 2.75 inches

Maximum length: 7.00 inches

Maximum height: 6.00 inches

Minimum width between wheels: 1.75 inches

Bottom clearance between car and track: 0.38 inch

Maximum weight: 5.0 ounces


1. The OFFICIAL GRAND PRIX PINEWOOD DERBY KIT (KIT NO. 17006) must be used. Each Scout will be issued one of these kits by the Pack.

2. CAR BODY: The wood provided in the official kit must be used. The block may be shaped and decorated in any way that is not prohibited by the rules or specifications. Details such as steering wheel and driver are permissible as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width, height and weight specifications.

3. NOSE DESIGN: The starting pin is a round metal pin that extends perpendicular to the track from the center of the lane to hold the cars at the start of the race. Cars should be made so that they have a flat surface on the front to rest against the pin. Cars made without a flat surface on the nose (those which are pointed, rounded, tapered, etc.) may be entered, but only at the Scout’s risk, because they may not work well with the starting pins. No part of the car may extend forward of the rear of the starting pin when the car is placed against the pin for the start.

4. WHEELS: The official Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby wheels supplied with the kit must be used, or official Pinewood Derby replacement parts. The only modification allowed to wheels is removal of burrs and molding flash (excess plastic). No sanding, shaping, or other modifications of the wheel are allowed. The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded.

5. AXLES: The official Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby axles supplied with the kit must be used. They may be polished and/or lubricated. Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited. The car shall not ride on springs. Only dry lubricant is permitted. No wet lubricants, e.g., WD40 are permitted. The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices. No loose material of any kind, such as lead shot, or moving parts may be used.

6. INSPECTION: Each car must pass inspection by the Pack 24 Pinewood Derby officials before it may compete. Inspection will consist of checks of overall width, overall height, proper wheels, proper axles, and weight, followed by a trial run down the track.  Any car which does not travel from the starting line to the timing sensors without assistance will not be permitted to compete in the Derby.

7. If a car does not pass inspection, the Scout will be informed immediately of the reason for failure, and will be given time within the official inspection time period to make the adjustment. Scouts are free to bring tools and materials to adjust their cars to pass inspection. After final approval, cars will be impounded by the officials until racing is completed. Cars will not be re-inspected unless the car is damaged in handling or in a race.

8. Your car must have ONLY YOUR assigned number clearly visible on the car. Your Pinewood Derby car kit has a sticker on with with your name and Car Number. Using the numbered stickers from the kit, be sure your Car Number is visible on the rear of the car. Also, write your name on the bottom of your car.

9. All decisions of the Pack 24 Pinewood Derby officials are final.


Can my dad build my car? Your dad (mom, grandpa, or cousin Fred) can help you, especially with cutting pieces, etc. but this is supposed to be done by the Scout, with adult supervision/assistance.

How do I make the car go fast? The most important piece of advice is to bring the car as close as possible to the 5.0 ounce weight limit. The materials in the box weigh about 5 ounces, and will be much less if you decide to cut the car block for your design. You can add weights (found at the Scout Store, or at hobby shops in the area) to bring your car to the correct weight, or use coins, bolts, etc. as long as they do not move during the race. The scales owned by the Pack are the official scales – you will be able to check your weight starting at 10:00 am on race day.

The second most important piece of advice is to reduce friction as much as possible within the rules. That means polishing/smoothing the axles, using adequate lube on the wheels and axles and making sure the car runs as straight down the track as possible. Also, the Internet has a lot of good (and bad) advice available.

Ask the other scouts what has worked for them in prior years.

Can I buy PineCar wheels or axles, “speed” wheels or 1 piece axles for my car? NO! The intent is to use the equipment in the box, to keep things as even as possible. If you damage the pieces in the box, you can purchase replacement pieces at the scout store. You may use the decorative/weighting pieces they offer.

Do I have to use the slots cut in the wood block for my axles? No, you can widen or shorten the wheelbase as you like. Be sure to keep the bottom clearance above 0.38 (3/8”) inch.

Do I have to make my car fancy? No – I’ve been told that Scouts have won their pack’s Pinewood Derby using the wood block without cutting it at all, simply putting the wheels on it and painting it. Aerodynamics are not super important to success. However, to win the “Fastest Looking”, “Coolest Car” or other design award, a little effort will be necessary.

Does my car have to look like a car, or can I make it look like (put in your own suggestion here)? The car can look like anything you want (within the boundaries of good taste), as long as it can make it down the track, and meets the other specifications. You might even win an award for the way it looks!


What happens if my car breaks during the morning fun races on Saturday? You will have to have it qualified and working by the check-in deadline (set for 12 noon Saturday). If it breaks during practice or fun runs, you will have to fix it. There will be a tool area set up at RPC Saturday morning should anything happen, and to help you qualify your car.

What if someone else damages my car? The derby officials will investigate and punish any deliberate attempts to damage another scout’s car. Please avoid any accidents by keeping your car near you until you have checked it in for racing. Scouts will not be able to handle their car after it is checked in.

Will there be food available during the races? Girl Scouts will be selling food during lunchtime in the social hall on Saturday before the races.

Can my brothers and sisters come? Yes, all family members are welcome. However, space is limited on the gym floor.

What will we do when I’m not racing? Mainly, watch everyone else race. We will have other activities set up, but we want to focus on racing. Please stick around because some races take place quickly and we don’t want you to miss your Scout’s race. If you bring bring any electronic device (such as an iPad), keep it with you at ALL times. The Pack is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 


Pack meeting this Tuesday!

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Our last Pack meeting of the year is this Tuesday, December 10th at 7pm in the RPC downstairs social hall. We’ll hand out prizes for our top popcorn sellers AND…

BOOM: Scouts that sold $500 or more worth of popcorn will get to put a pie in the face of the adult of their choice. Don’t worry, we’ll have coverage for your clothes and hair. Don’t miss the most hilarious Pack meeting of the year!

ALSO: Pinewood Derby cars will be distributed! Save the date for the Pinewood Derby on Saturday, January 25th. We’ll be sending out complete details and rules, along with a volunteer signup, later this week. There is also an adult Derby the evening of Friday the 24th for anyone who wants to channel their inner child into a cool race car. More adult Derby details will be shared at the Pack meeting and in our follow-up Pinewood email. 

The Scout Shop in La Grange offers free Pinewood car-cutting and design seminars. Here’s their schedule:

NOTE: The December Pack meeting will be our last one until March so Leadership and volunteers can focus on making the January Pinewood Derby and February Blue & Gold banquet the best (big) events they can be.

See you all Tuesday!