Tom Lombardo Memorial Fund

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As many of you know, Riverside Pack 24 lost Tom Lombardo, one of our Den Leaders, to lung cancer this past fall. 

As an Eagle Scout, Tom dedicated his life to the principles of Scouting. In that spirit, Pack 24, along with Layla and Jamie Lombardo, have created the Tom Lombardo Memorial Fund. 

All proceeds will benefit Scouts in underserved communities — providing funds for uniforms, activities, camping and so much more. 

Please contribute whatever you can — every bit counts — to help us honor Tom’s legacy and provide opportunities for all Scouts to thrive and experience everything Scouting has to offer.

Thank you and please share with any friends and neighbors who knew Tom, as well as those that believe in the mission of Scouting and would like to contribute.

Camp Tecumseh sibling registration now open!

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Come join the Pack at Camp Tecumseh — the whole family is welcome! Sign up today. Registration closes April 15th. Find all the details on our previous post.

Camp Tecumseh registration is open!

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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 27, Saturday April 28 and Sunday, April 29.  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. Camp Tecumseh is one hour ahead of Riverside, so please plan your travel accordingly.

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 Riverside 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 open to Scouts and parents. If all spaces aren’t filled, we’ll open spaces up to siblings on April 5th. Registration will close on April 15th.  

Pack Meeting Tuesday, March 13th

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Hello Scout Families!

We’re ready to resume our regular monthly Pack meetings the second Tuesday of each month. The March meeting is 7pm, Tuesday, March 13th.

We’ll be updating you on the activities planned for the rest of the year — like the annual spring Pack trip to Camp Tecumseh. Plus, Scouts will be able to show their Den creativity and teamwork with “skit in a bag”, where each Den will use a bag of props  to use to make up a skit and perform for the Pack and parents.   

School Supply Drive for Refugee Children

Aidan F., an Eagle Scout candidate from Riverside Troop 24, is holding a collection for school supplies for the Catholic Charities Refugee program.

Please bring any of the supplies listed below that you can to Tuesday’s Pack meeting, or you can drop off at any of three collection points — The Riverside bank, Riverside Foods and The Riverside Library — from March 7th to March 18th. On Sunday March 11th and 18th scouts will be at the Presbyterian Church and St. Mary’s Church collecting during the services.

Let’s show that Scouts are helpful and kind. Please give what you can.

Supplies requested:

  • #2 Pencils (packs)
  • Erasers
  • Pencil sharpeners 
  • Folders 
  • Sturdy tote bags  
  • Scientific calculators 
  • Glue sticks 
  • Scissors (both safety and non-safety) 
  • Graphic novels  
  • comic books 
  • Kindergarten – 3rd grade reading level books
  • sturdy backpacks 
  • Wide-ruled (50) and College ruled notebooks
  • Black and blue pens 
  • Red pens (packs) 
  • English dictionaries
  • Colored pencils (packs)
  • Markers (washable) (packs) 
  • Small tissue packs (packs)

Sibling registration open for Cantigny overnight

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There are still some spots left for the March 9th Pack 24 Cantigny overnight and we are opening registration to siblings age five and up. Act fast — registration will close this Monday night, February 26th. Find the details and registration form here:

Overnight at the 1st Division Museum at Catigny

Last Call for the Blue and Gold Banquet

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Registration is closing tonight, Wednesday, 2/21 at 10PM for the 2018 Blue and Gold Banquet.  Don’t miss out on Mad Scientist Chicago, delicious food and celebrating our Webelos who are crossing over into Boy Scouts.  All scouts families at all levels are encouraged to attend!

Here are the details:

When: Sunday, February 25th at 4PM at the

Where: Crystal Sky Banquets (7941 W. 47th street, McCook).  

Looking forward to celebrating with you all!  Sign up is closed.

Overnight at the 1st Division Museum at Cantigny

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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:

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!

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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:

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!

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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:

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!