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Van Alstyne Troop 44 Prepares for Busy Fall

As the Boy Scouts in Troop 44 prepare for another busy fall of community service, a new group of Tiger Cubs recently joined Pack 6 as part of the annual scouting recruitment event at the elementary school, setting 20 new boys on their lifelong journey with scouting.

With the next three months to include raising flags at the home football games, helping community members at Great Days of Service, assisting the Friends of the Library with their annual book sale, and providing overnight security for the United Methodist Church’s annual Lord’s Acre, the boys in Troop 44 are looking forward to providing a lot of service to their community during the coming months.

To get a little relaxation in before the busy season, the troop went on a canoeing camp-out at Camp James Ray on Lake Texoma Sept. 14-15, thoroughly enjoying the beautiful weather and fun activities. With more than 25 troop members on the camp-out, including boys and parents, it was a solid turnout, with many of the younger boys getting some outdoor cooking experience toward earning their next scout rank.

The next project on the agenda for the troop is moving the books for the annual Friends of the Library book sale to the Community Center to have them ready for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28. Once the sale is over, the boys will help remove the leftover books, as well.

October begins with National Night Out on Oct. 1, for which the scouts provide fingerprinting services for children of the community in this local safety event put on by the Van Alstyne Police Department. Next is the “Great Big Van Alstyne Fall-der-All,” on Oct. 19, during which the Friends of Scouting in Van Alstyne will host a garage sale to raise funds for the group, and then the scouts will turn out in force the following weekend to help those in need as part of the annual Great Days of Service on Oct. 25-26.

November kicks off with the boys camping out overnight at the United Methodist Church on Nov. 1 to keep an eye on everything set up for the church’s annual Lord’s Acre Harvest Festival on Nov. 2. Throughout the season, the troop will be on hand at each home football game to raise and lower the flag and show their support for the home team.

The season culminates in December with both the Boy Scouts and the Cup Scouts participating in the annual Van Alstyne Christmas Parade on Dec. 14. Plans are underway for the scouts’ annual barbecue fundraiser that date, as well, so folks will want to stay tuned for more information as the holidays approach.

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