The Friends of Scouting in Van Alstyne want to kick off the New Year with a hearty “Thank You” to the community for its participation in the December fundraiser BBQ, which was very successful for all the scout groups in Van Alstyne. The boys and girls have been especially grateful for those funds going toward utilities at the Scout Hut during the recent cold spells.
To start the 2014 scouting season, the Boy Scouts in Troop 44 have already participated in the annual Merit Badge College, with 14 boys earning two merit badges each. Over the Jan. 18 weekend,14 boys participated in a Wilderness Survival weekend, racking up another merit badge to their credit.
The following weekend will be a special weekend for the Troop with five new Eagle Scouts to be honored at a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor set for Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Van Alstyne. All five boys – Nick Cain, Kyle Johnson, Wiley and Trevor Murphy and Jake White – completed their Eagle projects over the summer and fall, and wrapped up all of their necessary requirements to achieve the rank soon after.
While they have each been recognized within the Troop, this will be the formal event recognizing their achievement in front of friends and family. Local and state government representatives have also been invited for this red-letter day in Troop history. As far as Scoutmaster Brian Hendricks knows, this is the first time that Troop 44 has seen so many Eagles honored at once.
That same day will see the Cub Scouts in Pack 6 hold the annual Pinewood Derby, racing their homemade wooden cars in a time-honored Cub Scout tradition. Boys will begin checking in around 8 a.m. at the Van Alstyne Elementary School cafeteria with races to begin shortly thereafter and running until around noon. The public is invited to come and cheer on their favorite racers. The Boy Scouts will be running a concession stand throughout the morning to help raise money for summer camp.