Scouts BSA Troop 188 is a BSA Quality Unit is located in Lake Villa, Illinois and serves Northern Lake Country. The Troop is a member of the North Star District within the Northeast Illinois Council. The Troop was founded in 1965 and is currently comprised of nearly 120 Scouts and 60 Leaders.

Our Troop is chartered by Lake Villa United Methodist and meets at the Lake Villa Township Center located at 37850 N. IL Hwy 59; Lake Villa, IL. 60046

The Troop firmly advocates being a "Scout Run" troop. Our scouts develop, plan, and execute the program - meetings and outings. They are responsible for choosing the meeting topics and delivering the content. They are also responsible for selecting outing types and locations and then working through their planning and execution. We follow this approach because we find it provides the best learning experience possible. Many troops advocate this approach, but we believe we take it further than most.

Our goal is to build leaders utilizing the Scout Oath and Scout Law as guidelines. Each scout has an opportunity to develop character, citizenship, and physical and mental fitness. Focusing on an outdoors-oriented environment, the members of Troop 188 are provided with opportunities for leadership development and the learning of skills in a variety of areas. We provide many opportunities to advance through the Scout ranks - we are proud of our many scouts that have made it to the Eagle Rank. The over-riding principals are that the scouts are provided a safe environment to grow and develop and in the process, have fun.

We meet most Thursday nights at 7 pm in the main meeting room at the Lake Villa Township Center, located in Lake Villa, IL. Interested youth and parents are always welcome and invited to visit.

For more information, please email scoutmaster@lakevilla188.mytroop.us

Thanksgiving in the Woods Feast

Posted on Nov 13 2020 - 3:55pm

You may have seen the email from Nick Roberts, our NEIC Scout Executive, stating new COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. In light of these new guidelines, the camping portion of Thanksgiving in the Woods next weekend will be cancelled. However, we will still be cooking and serving a fantastic turkey dinner with all of the trimmings (car-side pickup as previously stated), and will host a virtual thanksgiving banquet via Zoom on Saturday at 7ish (come and go as you please). If you are signed up for camping, you will already be counted in for the car-side pick-up. We will do our best to maintain this annual troop tradition by partaking in a great meal and a virtual celebration!

Wreath Fundraiser Due TODAY!

Posted on Nov 12 2020 - 10:05am

Today is the last day to turn in / get wreath sales! Please turn any money/paper orders to Kate Whitehead. She will be outside tonight at the troop meeting. Also you can drop them off at her house anytime before 8:30pm!

Merit Badge Opportunities

Posted on Nov 9 2020 - 7:47am



or Contact your Scoutmaster for Merit Badge Counselor suggestions:

Updated Troop 188 Meeting Format

Posted on Nov 7 2020 - 12:20pm

Our Troop 188 weekly meetings will take on a new look starting in November. As the State of Illinois and Lake County have implemented new meeting size restrictions of 25 or less, the Troop has responded accordingly. Each week there will be one troop meeting at 7pm where only SPLs, ASPLs, Scoutsmasters and select PLAs will be physically in attendance. Every week our SPLs, Peter and Holly are rotating one patrol to be live for Flags, Skit/Songs, etc. All other members of Troop 188 should attend online via ZOOM.

Scoutmaster News

Posted on Nov 5 2020 - 8:00am

Troop 188 has some bittersweet news to share: our Scoutmaster Chris Ellingsen is stepping down at the end of 2020 as our Scoutmaster. He has devoted so much time and energy to our scouts and would like to take a break to focus on his family.

2020 Popcorn Sale Update

Posted on Oct 23 2020 - 12:43pm

We have 14 days left before the popcorn fundraiser is over! It's not too late to earn some $$$ for your scout account! Did you know if you sell one bag of small caramel corn for the next 14 days, you will earn at least $40 for your scout account? That is a few months’ worth of camping paid for!!!

BSA Troop # 188