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

Who Do I Contact?

Posted on Jan 14 2021 - 9:02am

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

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

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/

Merit Badge Opportunities

Posted on Jan 12 2021 - 10:40am

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!

Annual Eagle Scouts Come Home

Posted on Jan 12 2021 - 10:39am

Calling all Eagle Scouts! Thursday 1/7 at 7pm is our annual Eagles Come home.....virtually! If you can make it, please email either April Adams or siteadm@lakevilla188.mytroop.us.

Scoutmaster News

Posted on Dec 4 2020 - 5:48am

Troop 188 has some bittersweet news to share: our Scoutmaster Chris Ellingsen is stepping down at the end of 2020 as our Scoutmaster. He has devoted so much time and energy to our scouts and would like to take a break to focus on his family. We are sad to see him go but are so thankful for his years of care, dedication and service to our troop.

RECHARTER! Deadline Oct 22nd!

Posted on Oct 22 2020 - 9:12am

We are preparing for recharter 2021 and need all families to commit to next year and update their family information using the Family Information Sheet for 2021:

BSA Troop # 188