Who We Are

We are a great group of Scouts and adult leaders dedicated to serving the youth (boys and girls) in our community that are in middle school and high school. Troop 71 is comprised of two troops, our boys' troop having started in 1965 and our girls' troop starting in 2024. Both are sponsored by the American Legion Leon Burson Post #395 in Plano, IL. The members of our Troops take great pride in serving our community for nearly 60 years!

Our boy and girl troops are very active, with multiple activity opportunities every month.  We meet year-round.  Whether it's a campout, service project, summer camp, or even a high adventure activity, we are always active.  

For nearly 50 years, Troop 71 has brought to the community our spring Friday Night Lenten Fish Fry, which serves as a social event and fundraiser for our troop.

Most of our meetings take place at our very own Camp Kishwaukee in Plano, Illinois.

Our Mission

The mission of Scouting America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Our Vision

Scouting America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

Our Aims & Methods

The Scouting program has specific objectives, commonly referred to as the “Aims of Scouting.” They are character development, leadership development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Leadership development is also one of Scouting's eight methods contributing to both good character and good citizenship.

The methods by which the aims are achieved are listed below in random order to emphasize the equal importance of each.

Diversity & Inclusion in Scouting

Our Vision
To partner with all families and communities in raising young people of high moral character, developing their leadership skills and preparing them to serve and thrive in a world of increasing complexity and challenge. 

Our Statement
Scouting America promotes a culture where each youth, volunteer, and employee feels a sense of belonging and builds communities where every person feels respected and valued.

Leading by example and encouraging each other to live by the values expressed by the Scout Oath and Scout Law, we welcome families of all backgrounds to help prepare young people to serve as successful members and leaders of our nation’s increasingly diverse communities.