While we can’t provide in-person holiday merriment to the residents of Cantata this year, we can give them a virtual musical gift.

So, dust off your instruments, tune up your voices, find your carol books, and consider contributing a song to our Troop Anthology.

You can use your preferred device to create your video, of course – and feel free to introduce yourself and family members joining you and introducing your song selection. Be festive!

Finally, ensure that a parent is in the video with you, in accordance with Youth Protection guidelines.

We’ll provide details about submitting your song for the compilation later. Until then, click HERE to sign up to provide a song!

Cal Friend Eagle Project Workday 10/24/20

The project is to organize the maintenance closet at RPC. This will include removing current work benches and shelves, building a new work bench, organizing new shelves, and adding better lighting to the room.

When: Saturday 10/24 – 2 Shifts from 10-12 and 12-2
Where: Riverside Presbyterian Church. Meet at the parking lot (where we meet for meetings and campouts)
Bring: Mask

Water and a light snack will be provided. Be prepared to answer a COVID symptom survey upon arrival.

COVID note: If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms please stay home in order to keep everybody else safe—fever, chills, cough, shortness or difficulty breathing, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat, loss of smell, runny nose, nausea or vomiting.

If you have any questions please email me.  Sign up below.

Thank you.

Cal Friend

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Service Project – Saturday, October 10

Please see a volunteer opportunity below [service hours will be awarded], if you’re free this weekend.

2020 Family Project
N.I.C.E. “Neighbors Involved in a Clean”

Saturday, October 10, 2020
8:30 – 12:00

Come be a part of one of the best community events of the year, updated for 2020 to feature Family.

This year, we are requesting that every family/group unit pre-register. To pre-register, please visit the Brookfield Beautification Commission link on the Village website at, download and fill out the required waiver, and return them via email to or in person to Kathryn Angell at the Village Hall. Please provide a legible e-mail address or phone number, and we will contact you with a Project NICE location & what work is needed.

8:30 a.m. Please physically distance near Kiwanis bandshell
We will have any necessary lawn or garbage bags. Please be prepared with your own gloves. If tools are needed, we will arrange that with you ahead of time.

Volunteers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

It’s good to be N.I.C.E.

Contact the BBC at

Community Service Opportunity

Michael Miller at St Louise de Marillac Church in La Grange Park is looking for volunteers to help out this week with organizing props and set materials for the “St Louise Players” at the Parish Center.

These sessions will take place Tuesday 7/21 and Thursday 7/23 from 7:30- 9:30 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering, earning service hours, and supporting theater, please contact Mr. Miller at so he knows how many are coming and can plan ahead.

Scouts will enter the doors from Harrison street just north of 31st street.

Service Project at The Boulevard – Sunday, March 29

Our troop’s chartered organization, the Riverside Presbyterian Church, prepares, transports and serves a hot meal for 45-75 residents of The Boulevard (Chicago, Illinois) on the last Sunday of every month. The Boulevard provides a healing environment and resources to help ill and injured homeless adults restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self-sufficiency. RPC has requested that scouts transport and serve the meal for the month of March (food will be purchased/prepared by church members). We are in need of a small group – 4 scouts and 2 adults- to participate in the service project. We will meet at the RPC kitchen at 2:30 on Sunday, March 29th, and be home around 6pm. This project is easy and rewarding, plus you will get to share in the meal of White Fence Farm chicken.

Please sign up here to help:
Scout Sign Up
Adult Sign Up

Steven Sanduski Eagle Project – Volunteers needed.

Eagle Candidate Steven Sanduski is looking for volunteers to help with his Eagle Scout Project to be held on Saturday, March 7  from 1-5 pm and Saturday March 14th (if needed) from 10-3 pm.  The project involves tagging trees in Riverside’s Guthrie Park.  He is looking for Scouts 14 and older and Adults to form teams to drill and tag the trees.  Please up for one or more shifts.  Sign up here.

Steven is also looking to borrow cordless drills with batteries and chargers.  If you are able to loan a tool please contact Steven.

Steven will also be collecting monetary donations to supplement the grant he received to complete the project.  If you would like to contribute,  you can make a check out to “Troop 24” and include “For the Benefit of Sanduski Eagle Project” in the note and bring the check to a Troop meeting.

Help Needed with Pinewood Derby – January 25

Pack 24’s annual pinewood derby will be held on Saturday, January 25, and they are seeking help from our scouts. Any Troop 24 scout that wishes to work a one hour shift will earn a service hour, and will also have lunch or snack, courtesy of the pack.

Our scouts will be managing the race by setting up the pinewood cars, and retrieving them to bring back to the starting gates.

Shifts are available in one-hour blocks starting at 1:00pm. The racing is expected to wrap up at 3:00pm so the last shift will help with clean up.

Thanks in advance for your help. Click here to sign up today.

1,000 Trees Service Project – Saturday, November 23rd

Troop 24 will participate in Riverside’s annual 1,000 Trees Planting Project – Saturday, November 23 from 10:00 a.m. – about 3:00 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Riverside Scout Cabin for an information session on how to plant tree seeds. Following the training, volunteers are divided into teams to plant previously collected tree seeds in the village’s natural areas along the Des Plaines River. When the teams are done, they can report to the Scout Cabin to return their tools and enjoy soup, chili and hot cocoa by the warm indoor fireplace. This reforestation effort will be fun, rewarding and easy, and this project will earn scouts conservation service hours needed for rank advancement. Participants should wear warm clothes, gloves, boots and a hat, or whatever outerwear is appropriate for the day’s weather. Scouts do not need to commit to the entire time period to participate.

Scouts sign up here

Leaders/Adults sign up here

Eagle Project Volunteers Needed

Ryan L. has been working on his Eagle Scout project of collecting sporting goods for children in need. The collection phase has reached its conclusion and Ryan is now looking for volunteers to sort the collected goods. The sort day will be on October 26 at 3:00 pm at Ryan’s house (you will receive an email with his address after you sign up). You will receive service hours for your help.
Sign up here

River Rats Service Project

The Hofmann Dam River Rats Annual Fall River Clean-Up
Saturday, October 19, 2019
9 am to noon

Join the dedicated Hofmann Dam River Rats in their semi-annual litter cleanup along the banks of the Des Plaines River. Enjoy the outdoors and learn about the river while helping your local natural areas.

*Disposable gloves, bags, refreshments and training will be provided
*Dress for the weather and to work along the river. Wear sturdy shoes/boots, long sleeves and long pants that can get dirty, and work gloves. Dressing in layers and wearing a hat is recommended.
*Overflow parking is available at Stella’s (3903 Joliet Ave, Lyons)

Meet at the forest preserve area east of the Lyons side of the Barrypoint Bridge and the Hofmann Tower.

Work will include removing trash from the DesPlaines River and the river bank.
The Hofmann River Rats is a registered not-for-profit organization, service hours will be given.

Let us know if you can be there!
Scout Sign-Up
Adult Sign-Up

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