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

Parents Meeting Information!

Posted on Sep 23 2020 - 11:48am

We had in person parents meetings last week. We have posted here the information that was covered including links to important documents!
We are preparing for recharter and will need all families to update their family information using the google form link below!

Mums Pick Up

Posted on Sep 23 2020 - 11:47am

We are happy to announce mums will be ready for pickup Thursday and Friday of this week. Pick up will be both days 3pm to 8pm at the Rylanders!

The Rylander’s


Posted on Sep 10 2020 - 1:04pm

Please see the Boy Scouts of America's COVID-19 FAQ list of updates and changes in regards to all things scouting during the COVID-19 pandemic at https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/

Merit Badge Opportunities

Posted on Sep 10 2020 - 1:04pm



or Contact our Merit Badge Coordinator:
Tina Ellingsen at tina.ellingsen30@gmail.com or 847-354-1229

Council Events

Posted on Sep 10 2020 - 12:38pm

Council events and registration can be found on the Council Calendar located at - https://neic.org/wh/

NEIC has several events schedule for Fall 2020 including Shooting Sports Days, Youth Protection Training, Outdoor Leader Skills training, OA Fall Conclave, 5K Fall into Fitness and more... Check the website for specific details.

Who Do I Contact?

Posted on Sep 10 2020 - 12:26pm

I need a Scoutmaster conference or blue card and I'm in Troop 188 boys.
Contact Chris Ellingsen.

I need a Scoutmaster conference or blue card and I'm in Troop 188 girls.

BSA Troop # 188