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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Pancake Breakfast & More!

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Hi, Pack 24!  February and March are a VERY busy month for us.  See below!

Pancake Breakfast

We are opening the signup for annual Pancake Breakfast which is on Saturday, March 4th.  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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-pancake1

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 16th and can be dropped off at Rachel Schrier’s home at 296 Herrick Road or handed in to your Den Leader.

Blue and Gold Banquet

We hope to see you at our Blue & Gold banquet on Sunday, February 26th at 4pm.  At this event we will be recognizing all scouts but especially our Webelos II scouts which have earned the Arrow of Light.  Our Webelos II will also be crossing over to the ranks of the Troop 24 Boy Scouts.  See the original post for more info and the sign up:  2017 Blue and Gold Banquet

Astro Overnight

Signup is underway for our Astro Overnight at the Adler Planetarium on Friday, March 10th.  We had to move our deadlines so the deadline for Scouts to signup is now February 15th.  At that point, we will open it up to all siblings!  The final deadline for signing up will be February 20th.   See the original post for more info and the signup: http://www.pack24riverside.org/2017/02/05/sign-up-is-open-adler-planetarium-astro-overnight-on-friday-march-10th/

2017-2018 Planning Meeting

Believe it or not, we already need to start planning for our 2017-2018 year!  Please mark your calendar for Thursday, March 16th at 7:30PM  at Irish Times in Brookfield for our annual planning meeting.  We have a chance to socialize and get started on planning an awesome year. We will need to fill several key leadership positions and will be deciding on our major events!  All parents who are interested in hearing more about our leadership opportunities or want to get involved in some event planning are encouraged to attend!  Please sign up here if you are able to attend: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-20172018

Thanks, Pack 24!  Looking forward to seeing everyone in the next couple of weeks!   

Our “Astro Overnight” at the Adler Planetarium on Friday, Mach 10th is approaching!  The Pack has participated in this overnight in previous years and it has been a big hit!  Here is everything you need to know: 

  • What’s involved?  Don’t miss your chance to spend a night at the museum!  At an Adler Astro-Overnight, you can dream of landing on the Moon, exploring the surface of Mars, and shooting past asteroids.  Educators will lead you through your Solar System adventure with hands-on activities, a special Grainger Sky Theater show and award-winning exhibits. This program is designed for ages 6-10. Light snacks, continental breakfast and two sky shows are included.  Make sure to eat dinner before you arrive!
  • What is our Schedule?  The Astro-Overnight program starts at 6pm.  You can start checking in at 5PM.  Between 6pm and 10pm, participants will enjoy a combination of fun astronomy activities, night sky telescope viewing (weather permitting), a customized sky show, evening snack time, and exhibit free time. Check-out is at 8am the next morning. .
  • What’s the cost?  The cost is $45 per person, scout or akela.  Yes, all scouts must be accompanied by at least one adult for this overnight event.  Parking is approximately $22 per vehicle at a nearby lot.  We prefer that you use PayPal.
  • When is the registration deadline?  Registration deadline is February 15th for Scouts.  At that point, if the event isn’t full we will open the registration up to siblings (minimum age of 6).  
  • What if my Scout is a Webelos II, and will cross-over to the BSA in February? Your scout is certainly welcome to participate in this final event with the rest of the cub scouts.
  • Are siblings permitted to attend?   We are requesting that only Akelas and Scouts sign up.  If the event does not fill up, we will open it up to sibling registrations.
  • If you have any other questions, check out their website or email us at pack24riverside@gmail.com.  

 

2017 Blue and Gold Banquet

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Pack 24 Parents –

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the Pinewood Derby.  We are putting together a post with some pictures and the racing times so be on the lookout!  We handed out Pancake Breakfast tickets so please reach out to your den leaders if you need to arrange a time to pick them up.  We also handed out the new Class B t-shirts!  They will be available again at our March Pack meeting.

The Blue & Gold Banquet is on Sunday, February 26th at 4PM.  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!  Animals for Awareness will be coming with rescued exotic animals!  This show will start promptly at 4:15
  • 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 slide show of our major events during the year
  • A souvenir program for each scout
  • Finally, all scouts that participate in the event will be given a patch to commemorate the event.

This year’s Blue & Gold will be held at the Riverside Golf Club which is conveniently located at 2520 Des Plaines, in North Riverside.  The whole family is invited to attend.  The registration will closed on 2/18/17.

Looking forward to celebrating with you all!

 

Pinewood Derby 2017 Info

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We know that all the Pack 24 Scouts have been diligently preparing their masterpieces for a shot at racing glory.  Best of luck to you all!  Here are some race day tips for both the Adult Pinewood & Scout Pinewood!

Adult Pinewood: Friday, 1/27

Registration begins at 6PM and ends at 6:45PM.  The race begins promptly at 7PM.  An award for the fastest car 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, you can sign up here and Hutt Rubio will drop off a car at your home: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-parent 

Scout Pinewood Derby: Saturday, 1/28

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 folks from the Des Plaines Valley Council will give a short presentation about this year summer camp options which will begin at 12:45pm.

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..).

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.

FINALLY,

We need parent volunteers to make this day happen!  We still have quite a few open spots to fill so please take a look and sign up to help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cadaa2da20-pinewood3

Good luck, Racers!