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 (both male and female), and parents are always welcome and invited to visit. For more information, please email scoutmaster@lakevilla188.mytroop.us

Payton Whitehead's Eagle Court of Honor -- Aug 10th

Posted by jhertzke on Jul 2 2024 - 7:38pm

Please join the Whitehead Family as we celebrate Payton's achievement of earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
Lunch will be served at Noon. 

Eagle Court of Honor - William Grant 07/27

Posted by bgrant on Jun 28 2024 - 8:52am

Date: Saturday, July 27th,2024 Time: Noon Location: Camp Crown / Jadel Center

Please join the Grant family as we Celebrate William's achievement of earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
Lunch will be served at Noon.
Then the ceremony will begin at 1 pm.
After the ceremony, please stay for cake and fellowship.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Grant - 847-791-8932 or Mr. Grant - 847-791-8967.

Logan Castiglia's Eagle Scout Project

Posted by jhertzke on Jun 17 2024 - 11:57pm
Jun 30 2024 - 10:00am
Jun 30 2024 - 3:00pm
Avon township Center - - 433 E Washington Round Lake Park

Building Book Shelves organizing Library, making book marks

Scrip is a Gift Card Fundraiser

Posted by jhertzke on Mar 13 2024 - 12:01am

Scrip is a Gift Card Fundraiser, also known as scrip fundraising.

It has been the #1 fundraiser for nonprofit organizations
across the U.S. for more than 25 years.

Links to Merit Badge Opportunities

Posted by jhertzke on Mar 7 2024 - 12:46pm

All Merit badges that are available through BSA - Descriptions, and their requirements can be found at the following link

National Youth Leadership Training, also known as NYLT - Sign up is now available

Posted by jhertzke on Dec 22 2023 - 1:06pm

National Youth Leadership Training, also known as NYLT, is a 6 day, exciting and immersive outdoor classroom learning experience to give the youth skills and confidence to lead their unit.  As a past unit leader and past course director, it is amazing to see the growth of the leaders upon their return in their unit and the community.   I thank you for sending youth leaders in the past to this course.