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Boy Scout Troop 3
(Wilmette, Illinois)
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Our mission is to prepare young people to be leaders in their family and communities and individuals of strong character. Through campouts, service projects, skill- and team-building, they discover the positive principles of Scouting.

A Boy-Led Troop

Our scouts share a love of the outdoors, adventure, skill-building and camaraderie. Youth leaders run meetings, decide where to camp, and plan service projects. Adult leaders and volunteers provide guidance and support as necessary.


Troop 3 has a rich tradition in Wilmette, founded nearly 100 years ago, on October 10th, 1920. We have a beautiful troop room with a true cabin feel that was endowed to us by a former scout and member of Trinity Church.

Welcoming New Scouts to Troop 3

We encourage all new scouts to quickly develop basic skills to make campouts and other activities more enjoyable. Most new scouts can achieve the second rank of Tenderfoot within a few months of joining scouting. We provide support with older scout Guides, and new scouts also learn the Patrol method.


Path to Tenderfoot for New Scouts




Introduction to Scouting Skills

Building Confidence & Experience


  • Join Troop and a patrol; meet your Guide; Scoutmaster Conference
  • Learn safe fire-building and how to handle wood tools
  • Early campouts - build cooking, safe hiking and other skills
  • Camp MaKaJaWan - skill-building and merit badges; fun!
  • Demonstrate basic first aid, physical fitness and remaining Tenderfoot requirements
  • Scoutmaster Conference; Board of Review; Court of Honor

Click here for a good summary of all major rank requirements for the first four of the seven ranks of scouting.

Our Compact Troop Size has Many Advantages

  • More opportunities for leadership roles
  • Faster familiarity with other scouts and leaders
  • Easier for adult advancement/merit badge mentors to track progress
  • Path to Eagle – strong support, high Eagle Rank achievement


  • Six to eight local campouts during the school year, some with activities like Rocket-launching, Canoeing, Biking, Geo-caching, Cabin camping/Aviation Museum and Camp MakaJaWan.

Merit Badges & Activities

  • Including marksmanship, sailing and motor boating

High Adventure

  • Previous trips include Philmont (New Mexico) in 2017 and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the past several years.

Other Activities

  • Community service projects, annual Pancake Breakfast, Ski Trip and the National Jamboree

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