The summer is off to a busy start for the scouts in Troop 44. From providing the flag detail for the annual Memorial Day service to hosting their car show on June 1and completing several Eagle projects in the coming weeks, their schedules are full.

The annual Friends of Van Alstyne Scouting Car Show was a success, despite the threat of storms and a few showers. Proud vintage car owners came to show off their vehicles and received some unique trophies made from recycled engine parts. Some specific category winners were: Mayor’s Choice — O.D. Crowl, with a 1948 Ford Studebaker; Scout’s Choice — Tom Holman with a 1969 Chevy Camaro, which also won Best Car in Show. The oldest vehicle participating was a 1929 Ford Model A, exhibited by Gary Russell.

The day wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without the following sponsors, which the Friends of Van Alstyne Scouting want to thank: Broken Wheel Auto Salvage, Texas Star Bank, Benton Lutrell Realtors, Crossroads Auto Center, Cody Trailer Sales, O’Reilly Auto Parts (Anna), Napa (Sherman), Kurt Fagan at Farmers Insurance (Anna), Bates Used Cycle Parts, "MadRock" 102.5, and the families of Troop 44, Pack 6 and Girl Scout Troop 8584. The group also benefitted from the services of a local Elvis impersonator DJ, who was a hit with the crowd.

On Saturday, the troop and its leaders will be completing two of the boys’ projects for their Eagle rank, making additions and improvements to Four Corners Area Food Bank. Later this summer, three more Eagle projects will be completed on behalf of Pin Oaks Christian Fellowship in Anna, and another one at Elmont Baptist Church. This year could see the largest number of scouts in Troop 44 achieve their Eagle rank in the troop’s entire 100-year history.

While the scouts are proud of their new facility and pleased with the results of the Car Show toward paying for building utilities, they are disappointed to report that an attempt was made recently to break into the new Scout Museum. While nothing was stolen, some damage was done to the exterior of the museum which the scouts had worked so hard to complete.

The Scout memorabilia within the museum is not particularly valuable to anyone outside the troop or the scouting community — photographs, records, old books and uniforms, signs and troop awards. Scoutmaster Brian Hendricks said there is no need to break in, he’ll be glad to meet anyone at the museum anytime to satisfy their curiosity about what’s inside! Hendricks can be reached at 903-487-9911.