In the midst of preparations for their 100th anniversary celebration, the scouts in Troop 44 paused to honor their two newest Eagle Scouts, Kirk Johnson, Jr., and Aidan Pedersen. The Eagle Court of Honor was held at First United Methodist Church on March 23, with scores of family and friends gathered.

The boys and their families were honored to have State Representative Larry Phillips in attendance. Rep. Phillips gave his remarks and presented each of the two new Eagle Scouts with U.S. and Texas flags which had flown over the U.S. and State Capitols, respectively.

The first weekend in April marked the Texoma Valley District’s annual "Camporee," a time when all of the troops in the region get together and have a friendly competition to hone their scout craft skills. Scouts in Troop 44 were responsible for hosting the events, which included activities such as blind tent set-up, first aid relay, cooking over a campfire and rifle shooting. Troop 44 was selected to host this year in honor of its 100th anniversary, and leaders throughout the district commended the troop and the boys on a job well done.

The troop is finalizing preparations for its special community-wide 100th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 4, to be held at the Scout Hut. The day’s festivities will include an invitation only barbecue luncheon for dignitaries, former scouts and leaders and current members and their families.

A public ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and will include congratulatory greetings from the invited dignitaries, from Circle 10 Boy Scout executives, and from local former scouts and troop leaders. In addition, the Troop is working with the Van Alstyne High School Band in hopes they’ll be able to acquire the sheet music for and learn John Phillips Sousa’s "Boy Scout March" to perform at the event.

The Troop will also host a ribbon-cutting for its new Scout Hut that day, which the boys and the community have been working together on for more than a year. The Troop’s historic 1947-era Scout Hut has been transformed into a scouting museum for the region, and the boys look forward to showing it off to the public on May 4. Guests will be invited to get their first look at all of the scouting memorabilia the Troop has acquired through the years.

The Boy Scouts will have scout pioneering crafts on display, showing off many of the skills they’ve learned as scouts, including setting up a typical campsite, complete with "mess" tent, to prepare campfire cobbler for afternoon refreshments.

Any community members who know of former scouts no longer living in the area are encouraged to pass the word along and invite them back for this special occasion. Anyone with contact information of former scouts is asked to share that with Scoutmaster Brian Hendricks via email at, or via phone at 903-487-9911.