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Troop 188 is a large troop with over 100 Scouts and 60 registered Scouters (adult Scouts). The program has a very positive record of high Scout retention. Our Scout Leaders are well trained and proactively guided in leading the Troop. Through the efforts of our Adult Leadership, we offer a very active (several activities per week) and diverse program for all Scouts. In addition, our Troop has a substantial infrastructure, network and equipment to support this very high level of activity. Our Adult Leaders are well trained with many having over 15 years of adult service to Scouting. Our Scouts and Scouters are highly active in our District’s Scouting program.

Established

February 1st, 1965

Base of Operation

Lake Villa Township Center West, formerly the Gavin North elementary school

Membership

North Star District of the North East Illinois Council

Serving Northern Lake county including:

Antioch, Lindenhurst, Lake Villa, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Milburn

Chartered Organization

Co-sponsored by Lake Villa United Methodist and Prince of Peace Catholic Church

Mission Statement

The Goal of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Guiding Principles

We dedicate ourselves to teaching the principles of Character Development, Citizenship, and Personal Growth. We take every opportunity to let the Scouts grow and develop into strong leaders by teaching strong values. We believe that Scouts learn best by doing and learning. We provide a positive environment where Scouts can grow, lead, and learn with trained, supportive and involved leadership.

Character Building (Self Confidence, Self Worth, Leadership Skills, Social Skills)
Citizenship Training (Respect for our Country, and understanding of Duty)
Personal Growth (Physically, Mentally, Spiritually, and Emotionally)

Troop Philosophy

Our Troop philosophies are:

1. Everything we do is directed at providing a safe environment for our Scouts to grow and experience a great Scouting program.

2. Every child has the right to be a Scout regardless of physical, emotional or mental capacity.

3. Every Scout has the right to participate in all Troop 188 programs within the guidelines of the specific event.

4. Provide a variety of opportunities for all Scouts to choose a program that allows them to participate with respect to their own personal preferences.