In 2019, Troop 221 is celebrating 46 years of Scouting in Plano, Texas. We are a medium-sized troop with about 65 active Scouts. Our goals are to deliver all that the Scouting Program has to offer with a particular focus on Character, Adventure & Leadership.
We focus on Character by expecting a great deal from our boys. We have high expectations for the way that young men should act and treat one another. Our boys are accountable to each other.
We focus on Adventure by encouraging our Scouts to plan and execute challenging outings. We camp out once a month, which include overnight backpacking trips, rock climbing, shooting sports, and cooking competitions. We go on an annual canoe trip down the Buffalo River in Arkansas and travel out of state to seek cooler temperatures for Summer Camp. And, we always send crews to at least 2 BSA High Adventure Programs each summer. This past summer, we sent 2 crews to Sea Base to sail and snorkel around the Florida Keys and 1 crew to the Northern Tier Canoe Base in Atikokan, Ontario.
We believe the only way to develop Leadership is to practice leadership. Our boys run the program with coaching and mentoring by adults who are keenly interested in their growth and development. We believe that Scouting is the greatest youth organization in the world and our goal for the boys that pass thru this program is for them to have a life-changing experience. For more information, please contact us here.
Character, Adventure, Leadership – That’s what we’re about!
Written by Nate Schmerker: The Canoeing campout was one of my favorite campouts, because I can canoe peacefully (sometimes) and enjoy the natural peacefulness of the lake and most important of all, King of the Dock, a game we play on the artificial dock. The game is...read more
Written by Nate Schmerker: The Chopped campout was full of competition, cooking, smiles and delicious dishes. This campout was also the first “actual” campout for the TFCs (Trail to First Class), i.e. first-year scouts. They got to experience the fun and activities...read more
When we had our planning conference last year, the boys spent a lot of time planning a "LARP" campout. LARP stands for Live Action Role Play. We'll build swords they said and we'll have battles in the woods. The adults were a bit skeptical but we told the boys that...read more
Our 7th Buffalo River Canoe Trip was memorable as always. We left Plano at 6:00 am the day after school got out, made the drive to Silver Hill, AR. After waiting for a huge thunderstorm to pass we loaded our equipment into canoes at the Grinder's Ferry access and...read more
Troop 221 sent two crews to Philmont Scout Ranch this summer. These are a few notes and photos from Crew 719-H-01, aka "Hotel 1". There were 11 members in our Crew and we selected Itinerary 13 back in April. We arrived in Base Camp on July 19th. We checked in and...read more
Our 6th Buffalo River Canoe Trip was outstanding. We left at 6:00 am the day after school got out, made the drive to Silver Hill, AR, got our equipment loaded into canoes and managed to get a couple miles down the river. It was a heck of a day..as always. For this...read more