Overnight at the 1st Division Museum at Cantigny

by Kimberly Cimino in Pack

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Join us for an overnight at the 1st Dvision Museum and spend the night in a WWII trench, on the beaches of Normandy or the jungle of Viet Nam!  This overnight is a Pack 24 favorite  and one you won’t want to miss!

When:  Friday, March 9th at 6:30- Saturday, March 10th at 8:30AM

Where:  1st Division Museum at Catigny:  https://www.fdmuseum.org/

How much:  The cost is $30 per scout and $17 per adult.  Siblings are not able to sign up unless we have open spots closer to the event date.

What to bring:  An air mattress, comfortable clothes, layers for outdoor activities & play and a flashlight.

The overnight includes:

-A guided tour of the Museum

-Outside activities and fun in the tank park

-Dress like a solider

-Movie on the big screen

-Nate night snack & Breakfast

This overnight is popular and will fill up so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot!


Pancake Breakfast Shift Signup is here!

by Joanne Gipson in Pack

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We are opening the signup for annual Pancake Breakfast which is on Saturday, March 3rd.  This event is run jointly with the Boy Scouts of Troop 24. They cook the food and the Cub Scouts serve and clean up.  This event is the second largest fund-raiser 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 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.  Here is the signup genius: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADAA2DA20-pancake4

At the Pinewood Derby, each scout received a set of tickets for this event.  If you haven’t received your tickets, please contact your Den Leader.  Pancake Breakfast ticket money is due by February 22nd and can be dropped off at Rachel Schrier’s home at 296 Herrick Road or handed in to your Den Leader.

Pancake Breakfast tickets are here!

by Joanne Gipson in Pack

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Hello Scout Families!

The Scout Pancake Breakfast—one of our most popular fundraising events—is coming up in March. 

Heads up—each Scout sells a minimum number of tickets (fewer for the younger Scouts, a few more for the older Scouts). Envelopes will be handed out by Rachel Schrier at the Pinewood Derby on Saturday. If you don’t get your Scout’s tickets to sell on Saturday, you’ll be able to get them through your Den Leader.

Tickets are easy to sell and usually go like…well…hotcakes. After all, who doesn’t want to share an all-you-can-eat supply of pancakes and sausage with friends, family and neighbors?

See you at the Derby!

Pinewood Derby Help Needed!

The Pinewood Derby is one week away! We hope that your scouts are putting their finishing touches on their cars this weekend!  We still have room in the Parent Derby on Friday night so please let me know if you would like to participate.  It is a lot of fun!  We also still need A LOT of parent volunteers to help with the event so please take a look at the SignUp Genius:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-2018

2018 Blue & Gold Banquet

The Blue & Gold Banquet is on Sunday, February 25th at 4PM at the Crystal Sky Banquets (7941 W. 47th street, McCook).  

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!  Mad Scientist Chicago will be performing cool science experiments for our entertainment.
  • 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.  The registration will closed on 2/18/18.

Looking forward to celebrating with you all!

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: https://volunteer.fmsc.org/Register/Group/JoinGroup.aspx?gid=1328106

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 ciminokl@comcast.net 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: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADAA2DA20-2018 

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: http://www.wilmotmountain.com/  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 ciminokl@comcast.net 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!