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 more than 100 Boy 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 "Youth 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

Merit Badge Opportunities

Posted on Jan 6 2019 - 12:58pm



or Contact our Merit Badge Coordinator:

Monthly Camp Out Procedures

Posted on Apr 11 2017 - 10:00am

1. Sign up on the Troop website at least 2 weeks prior to the camp out. If you will be arriving late, leaving early, meeting at camp, etc. please note this in the comments sections. If you are an adult attending, please indicate if you are meeting at the Township Building, if you are able to drive Scouts and how many, and the information on which vehicle you will drive (year, make, model, license plate).

Patrol Room Clean-Up

Posted on Apr 8 2014 - 9:16pm

After your Patrol break-outs, please make sure that you put the room back exactly as it was when you arrived (or better).

Camping Forms

Posted on Mar 8 2014 - 8:28pm

If you need a permission slip for the camp out, they are located on the left hand side of the Troop web page under files - camping.

If a Scout is

Change in Patrol Food/Grubmaster Reimbursement

Posted on Aug 14 2013 - 10:53am

Effective immediately, there is a change for food reimbursement for camping trips. In order to get reimbursed for patrol food, a Scout/parent will need to submit the receipt along with a reimbursement form to the Troop Treasurer (Jackie Black). The form can be found under the left hand side of the Troop Website under Files - Camping. This will help each Scout budget for their purchases and will help us record it correctly in our records.

BSA Troop # 188