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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

Hiking Opportunity with Pack 191

Posted on Sep 14 2021 - 5:49am

Troop 188 has been invited to hike and build community with Pack 191 for scouts who will be crossing over to the Troop. Attached is their hiking schedule which is roughly once a month on the first Saturday of the month.

Merit Badge Opportunities

Posted on Sep 14 2021 - 5:42am

Go to THIS LINK TO FIND A MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR https://neic.ihubapp.org/posts/54759/scouts-bsa-advancement
or Contact your Scoutmaster for Merit Badge Counselor suggestions. See below for 2021 Offerings!

Council Events

Posted on Sep 14 2021 - 5:41am

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

Events Coming up (Scouts and/or Adults):
*OA Fall Conclave #1 at Camp Crown Sept 17-19th. Sign up opens 6/1. Details: https://scoutingevent.com/129-OAConclaveSept17

Who Do I Contact?

Posted on Sep 3 2021 - 7:09am

I need a Scoutmaster conference or blue card and I'm in Troop 188 boys.
Contact Mrs. Adams at scoutmaster@lakevilla188.mytroop.us

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

Return to Scouting Fall 2021

Posted on Aug 19 2021 - 4:04pm

Hi everyone! Welcome back to the new Scouting year!

Our first meeting of the year will be on Thursday, August 26th at 7pm, at the Lake Villa Township building on Rte 59.

BSA COVID-19 FAQ - Requirements Updates

Posted on Jan 13 2021 - 8:07pm

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/

BSA Troop # 188