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 Survey

Posted on Oct 23 2020 - 12:49pm

Troop 188 Families,

We are in the planning stages for Thanksgiving In The Woods 2020 for the weekend of November 20-22. We want to continue this amazing tradition despite COVID-19 and are working to make it as safe as possible. It will look very different this year. We need to gauge interest for planning purposes. Please respond to the attached survey before Friday, October 23. There will be separate official sign-ups closer to the event.

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!!!

RECHARTER! Deadline Oct 22nd!

Posted on Oct 22 2020 - 9:12am

We are preparing for recharter 2021 and need all families to commit to next year and update their family information using the Family Information Sheet for 2021:

Merit Badge Opportunities

Posted on Oct 21 2020 - 8:01pm



or Contact your Scoutmaster for Merit Badge Counselor suggestions:

Wreath Fundraiser Starting This Week!

Posted on Oct 20 2020 - 4:26pm

Our Wreath Fundraiser is starting up this week! Each Scout or parent will receive an email from Northwoods Wreaths to set up their online selling account. Families with more than one Scout may have a family account to sell from. Paper wreath fliers are available to pick up on Kate Whitehead's porch anytime. Her address is 2511 Magnolia Lane, Lindenhurst. They can also be picked up at the troop meeting. Attached is a pdf of the flier as well. Don't forget to share out your Scout's web page for easy ordering and payment.

Youth Protection Training This Week!

Posted on Sep 30 2020 - 10:06am

Parents and Adult Leaders,

Just a reminder, we are having Youth Protection Training this week during the 6pm and 7pm meetings in the gym. Please register so we have an idea of numbers (we don't want to exceed the amount allowed!). Bring a camp chair if you want to sit during the training presentation.

BSA Troop # 188