Troop 221 was first chartered in 1973 to Hughston Elementary School. The troop moved to Bowman Middle School for about two years, then to West Plano Presbyterian Church in February 1982. The troop moved in August 1995 to St. Paul Lutheran Church. In September 1996, the troop moved to Pitman Creek Church of Christ, which was acquired by Highland Oaks Church of Christ in 2007. In July of 2014, the Highland Oaks Plano Campus was sold and the troop moved to Custer Road United Methodist.
In its early years, the troop went to summer camp at Camp Texoma Scout Camp (which later became Texoma Lutheran Camp). Then, 221 went to summer camp in Mena, Arkansas at the camp operated by Texoma Council. Since 1993, summer camps have been out of state in places like Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Arizona, Oklahoma, Georgia and Arkansas. Summer Camp history.
In the 1980’s, Troop 221 earned the Historic Trails Award by researching the site of the last Indian battle in Collin County, camping on the site and raising the money to pay for the marker. This has now been moved to the Spring Creek Campus of Collin College and can be seen outside the West Entry. The troop was one of the first to earn the “Been on the Brazos” award for canoeing fifty miles on the Brazos River. From 1992 to 1996, the troop distinguished itself by earning the “Best Campsite Inspection Award” at district Camporee. Troop 221 was the program patrol for the 1998 “M.edical A.ction S.cout H.elpers” (M.A.S.H.) Camporee.
The troop has also had Scouts and leaders attend National Jamborees and World Jamborees, complete treks at Philmont Scout Ranch and expeditions at all 3 Northern Tier Canoe bases. We’ve sailed at Seabase, participated in Order of the Arrow activities, and attended Circle Ten winter camps. The Scouts have served the chartered organizations through Eagle projects, and have been active in Scouting for Food for many years.
Over the years, the Scouts of Troop 221 have enriched their lives and broadened their skills through a variety of activities and camping including Venture patrol trips to Colorado, backpacking in the Davy Crockett National Forest, shooting sports campouts, hiking the Cross Timbers and Ouachita Trails, canoeing down the Buffalo and Brazos and rappelling and rock climbing.
Weekend trips have taken the troop to several area military bases including Ft. Hood and Ft. Sill, the Russian Space Exhibit, Catherine the Great Exhibit, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, N.A.S.A. and the Battleship Texas in Houston, Turner Falls, Camp Tahuaya in Longhorn Council, Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Schlitterbahn water park with campout nearby in San Marcos and backpacking at Winding Stair National Recreation Area, Beavers Bend and Robbers Cave in Oklahoma. In the past, the troop has also held weekend campouts for the entire family, including campouts and boating at Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Roberts, camping in Dinosaur Valley State Park and a trip on the Texas State Railroad between Rusk and Palestine.
In 2013, we took a break from our Annual Buffalo River Canoe Trip and went on a whirlwind tour of West Texas. We hiked Guadalupe Peak, toured Carlsbad Caverns and watched the evening Bat Flight. We also swam in the spring-fed pool and camped at Balmorhea State Park. We toured Ft. Davis and camped in Davis Mountain State Park. We saw stars at the MacDonald Observatory and even went sledding at the Monahans Sandhills on our way back to Dallas.
119 young men in Troop 221 have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Their projects have helped the community and the chartered organizations in a variety of ways. The projects have included library book drives, a Keep Plano Beautiful booth at the Balloon Festivals, hiking trail improvements, projects such as clearing trails and creating shelving units at the Heard Museum and Outdoor Learning Center, making doghouses for Operation Kindness Animal Shelter, building an outdoor shelter for the SPCA, building a brick wall at the entrance to Heritage Farmstead, improvement projects for our charted organizations, city park improvements and services, and shelving and other improvements for local charities such as the Plano Food Pantry.
In the past, the troop has earned money in a variety of ways, including Christmas tree sales in 1986, church soft drink machines, selling trash bags and holding car washes. But the greatest income has come from garage sales at our charter organization, and popcorn sales. These are currently the primary means of raising funds for the troop. Presently, 100% of all popcorn sales are credited to the individual Scout for use with Scouting expenses, such as dues and camp fees. Troop 221 has also historically supported BSA’s Friends of Scouting fundraising effort.
Troop 221 has earned awards such as the Quality Unit Award and The National Camping Award. The adult leaders in Troop 221 have trained and been trainers in areas including Wood Badge and many basic and advanced Scouting courses. Our leaders have served as District and Unit Commissioners and on various district committees. They have earned awards for their dedication and involvement in Scouting, including the Silver Beaver, the District Award of Merit and the Al Lee Scouting Service Award.