Campout this weekend

Please register now if you are interested in participating in the campout this weekend. Click HERE for the original post about the campout, which includes sign up links.
You may choose to attend just for fun or to participate in the Water Sports and Motorboating merit badges.
If you want to attend but cannot depart at 11:00 am on Friday, reply to this email to ask about other options.
If you want to participate but still need to complete the swim test, reply to this email about options.
If you will be working on the Motorboating merit badge, remember to do your online boating safety training! See the original post for the link to training.

Motorboating and Water Sports Merit Badge Weekend

Troop 24 is offering Motorboating and Water Sports merit badges at a Troop campout August 12 – 14, 2022. The merit badge class is limited to 8 Scouts so that 4 can work on Motorboating and 4 can work on Water Sports then switch activities. The cost of the outing will be $50 per scout.

We will leave from RPC on Friday, August 12 at 11:00 am. We will be staying in tents at the Staubus property on Shafer Lake in Hartford, Michigan. Please click on the links provided here to see the requirements for both merit badges. Please review these with your scout.

Motorboating
Water Sports

This Merit Badge event is only open to Troop 24 Scouts who already have the Swimming merit badge and who have passed the BSA Swim Test this year. Scouts who want to earn the Motorboating Merit Badge need to be at least 12 years old and complete the online certification class at https://www.boat-ed.com/michigan/ which has a cost of $29.50. Scouts may sign up for this campout if they will be working on both merit badges OR just one of the two badges. Scouts under 12 years old can do Water Sports, and scouts who already have one of these badges may do just the other. Please indicate that in the “Notes” when you sign up.

The campout is also open to additional scouts who previously started or completed these merit badges. The campout is also open to scouts for camping only (but not merit badge instruction). You can check on the Troop 24 Website “Upcoming Events” page to make sure your registration was fully submitted and accepted.

If you have a PFD that your son likes to wear please feel free to send it with them. If not we will have PFD’s for everyone. Make sure that they pack a swimsuit that they can tie, towel, and sunscreen.

In addition to our merit badge instructors Mr. Hartwig and Mr. Flaherty, we are looking for adult drivers, preferably adults who will stay for the entire event and participate as chaperones. Please sign up on the Adult Form if you can help with this event.

Here are links to the forms:

SCOUT FORM – DOING THESE MERIT BADGES FOR THE FIRST TIME
SCOUT FORM – CAMPING ONLY OR PREVIOUSLY STARTED THESE MERIT BADGES
ADULT FORM

Fourth of July Parade Sign up

This year we will be marching in the 4th of July parade along with the Cub Scouts. The sign-up link is for Scouts and Leaders; please sign up at your earliest convenience!

Also, if you haven’t signed up for the pizza booth yet, please sign up for a shift if you are able. Scouts should wear uniform shirts or Troop t-shirts.

Please contact Cindy Reynolds at cindyreynolds3@gmail.com with questions, thank you!

Pizza Booth Sign up

We’re back!!! Guthrie Park Pizza Booth on July 4th – Sign up here!

We need help with our annual pizza booth at Riverside’s 4th of July celebration. This is our second largest fundraiser. We need scouts and parents! Please sign up for one of the shifts below. Scouts should wear uniform shirts or Troop t-shirts.

Please contact Cindy Reynolds at cindyreynolds3@gmail.com with questions, thank you!

Pizza Booth Sign up

Last Day to Register for Kankakee this weekend! Biking, Canoeing & Kayaking Campout Signup Available – June 10-12, 2022

So far we have 12 Scouts and 5 leaders signed up for this weekend’s campout. It should be nice weather, and since it is so close, if anyone wants to stay one night or make it a day trip, that’s fine; just email troop24events@gmail.com to make that arrangement.

 

Signup closes tonight, thank  you! 

Please join Troop 24 on our last campout of the season at Kankakee River State Park, leaving Friday, June 10, and returning Sunday, June 12! 

Scouts should come prepared to camp in tents for two nights.   We have two activities planned (we will need several parent volunteers to sign up as leaders/chaperones in order to hold this outing):

  1. Canoeing/Kayaking:  The canoeing/kayaking will be a 12-mile, 3-5 hour trip on Saturday, outfitted by Reed’s.
  • Scouts MUST be 13, have achieved First Class rank & have Swimming Merit Badge in order to canoe or kayak.
  • Kayaking is recommended for scouts with kayaking experience. Scouts will be in single kayaks and will need to be fit/strong enough to paddle for the full 12 miles.

or

  1. Bicycling: The biking will be done on a 10.5 mile paved bike path through the park.
  • Biking is available for all Scouts.
  • Scouts must wear a helmet to bike.
  • Scout parents must make sure that the scout’s bicycle is in good working order prior to the outing.

 Volunteers

 In order to offer two activities we need parent volunteers to participate.  If you are able to attend this outing and help out by either chaperoning the biking or the canoe/kayaking we would really appreciate the help.  Or if you can drive scouts either to or from this outing; please consider helping our leaders in this way.    If you would like to attend, please fill out the Leader/Chaperone Registration form; if you are willing to help drive, please indicate on your Scout’s Registration form your willingness to drive.  The nice thing about Kankakee is that it is only about 1-hour drive, so you can join whenever it works in your schedule.

 Important Information

  • Please drop your Scout, their bike, bike helmet, and gear off at RPC at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. We will return about 10am on Sunday.
  • Scouts who are canoeing or kayaking must have a signed Reeds waiver in order to participate.
  • Scouts must have a bike helmet if they are biking.
  • Deadline for signing up for the outing is Tuesday, June 7.
  • The Scout cost for this outing is $85 per scout for canoeing (2 per canoe) or $95 per scout for a single kayak.
  • We will provide transportation for all bikes in one of the two Troop trailers.
  • All participating Scouts must return equipment and participate in clean up at 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 16 at RPC.
  • FYI, Scouting Activity Forms A, B1 & B2 are required for troop campouts. Form C on the last page is not required for this activity, but is the Pre-Participation Physical Form required for Camp Tesomas.
  • Please fill out a form for each scout and each leader/chaperone. Scouts and Leaders must register and pay by Sunday, June 2.

To register: 

  • Register each participant separately if you have multiple family members interested in attending.

Honor Flight Welcome – Wednesday, June 15th

In the Scout oath, each scout promises to do their Duty to God and Country. The Duty to Country means that each Scout will serve our nation and show love and respect for our country and its heroes.
Troop 24 has been invited to join the Honor Flight Chicago in its Welcome Parade for veterans on Wednesday, June 15th evening. You can read more about the Honor Flight Chicago program HERE.
Scouts and Leaders must wear full uniform (including scarf, sash and olive or khaki pants or shorts). Non uniformed adults and middle/high school aged siblings may join, but will only be allowed in the baggage area, not the mezzanine parade area.
Please make a poster with the words “Welcome Home Veterans” or “Thank You for Your Service” to bring to the event.
We will meet at the RPC driveway at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, June 15th to carpool to Midway Airport. The event will conclude at approximately 10:30 pm.
Please let us know that you will be there by signing up HERE.

Kankakee River State Park Biking, Canoeing & Kayaking Campout Signup Available – June 10-12, 2022

Please join Troop 24 on our last campout of the season at Kankakee River State Park, leaving Friday, June 10, and returning Sunday, June 12.

FYI, Signup links are at the bottom of this email. 

Scouts should come prepared to camp in tents for two nights.   We have two activities planned (we will need several parent volunteers to sign up as leaders/chaperones in order to hold this outing):

 1. Canoeing/Kayaking:  The canoeing/kayaking will be a 12-mile, 3-5 hour trip on Saturday, outfitted by Reed’s.

  • Scouts MUST be 13, have achieved First Class rank & have Swimming Merit Badge in order to canoe or kayak.
  • Kayaking is recommended for scouts with kayaking experience. Scouts will be in single kayaks and will need to be fit/strong enough to paddle for the full 12 miles.

or

2. Bicycling: The biking will be done on a 10.5 mile paved bike path through the park.

  • Biking is available for all Scouts.
  • Scouts must wear a helmet to bike.
  • Scout parents must make sure that the scout’s bicycle is in good working order prior to the outing.

 Volunteers

 In order to offer two activities we need parent volunteers to participate.  If you are able to attend this outing and help out by either chaperoning the biking or the canoe/kayaking we would really appreciate the help.  Or if you can drive scouts either to or from this outing; please consider helping our leaders in this way.    If you would like to attend, please fill out the Leader/Chaperone Registration form; if you are willing to help drive, please indicate on your Scout’s Registration form your willingness to drive.  The nice thing about Kankakee is that it is only about 1-hour drive, so you can join whenever it works in your schedule.

 Important Information

  • Please drop your Scout, their bike, bike helmet, and gear off at RPC at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. We will return about 10am on Sunday.
  • Scouts who are canoeing or kayaking must have a signed Reeds waiver in order to participate.
  • Scouts must have a bike helmet if they are biking.
  • Deadline for signing up for the outing is Tuesday, June 7.
  • The Scout cost for this outing is $85 per scout for canoeing (2 per canoe) or $95 per scout for a single kayak.
  • We will provide transportation for all bikes in one of the two Troop trailers.
  • All participating Scouts must return equipment and participate in clean up at 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 16 at RPC.
  • FYI, Scouting Activity Forms A, B1 & B2 are required for troop campouts. Form C on the last page is not required for this activity, but is the Pre-Participation Physical Form required for Camp Tesomas.
  • Please fill out a form for each scout and each leader/chaperone. Scouts and Leaders must register and pay by Sunday, June 2.

To register: 

  • Register each participant separately if you have multiple family members interested in attending.

Kankakee Biking, Canoeing & Kayaking Campout – Signup comes out tomorrow!

Our ever-popular Kankakee campout will be held on June 10-12 and the signup will be live tomorrow, 6/1.

We will need lots of chaperones for this event in order to meet the scout leadership requirements. The good news is it is close, so come for just the bike ride, and stay one night, both nights, or just for dinner after the drop off.

Here is a link to the company that provides the boating trips – https://www.reedscanoetrips.com/

Be on the lookout for the signup 6/1.

Thanks

Troop 24 Event Planners

Scouts Needed for Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 30, 2022

The Village of Riverside’s annual Memorial Day program will be held on Monday, May 30 at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s church, 126 Herrick Rd, Riverside, IL 60546.

Troop 24 has been asked to help honor the U.S. Servicemen who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. Scouts of Troop 24 will form the Color Guard as well as several other roles. Scouts are required to be in full Class A uniform including neckerchief, slide, and scout pants.

The service will be held at the St. Mary’s Parish Center and scouts should arrive at 9:25 am for a brief rehearsal before the 10:00 am service. Please meet at the main entrance to the gym. Families are encouraged to attend this moving ceremony to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Scouts who plan to participate please sign up HERE. Scouts will receive one service hour credit for volunteering at this event.

Questions? Contact Scoutmaster Tom Hartwig at thartwig@olparks.com.

Memorial Day May 30, 2022

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