The original Boy Scout Troop in Wauconda was chartered in 1932 as Troop 40 under the Wauconda Lion’s Club. At that time Scoutmaster Orval A. Granger led eight Boy Scouts. The Troop was rechartered as Troop 90 in 1951 with Federated Church of Wauconda and since 2005 has been chartered with Messiah Lutheran Church. Troop 90 serves ten communities around the Wauconda area and draws from Cub Scout Packs 90, 290, and 76, as well as welcoming boys who are new to Scouting. Troop 90 currently has 40 active Scouts. Among these are eight Scouts serving as Den Chiefs with Packs 90 and 290 who assist Cub Scouts in their development toward becoming active Scouts.
Venturing Crew 2090 is for both boys and girls ages 14 to 20. Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Venturing Crew 2090 currently has seven active crew members.
Over the decades the Boy Scout Troop in Wauconda has honored many Scouts with the highest achievement in Scouting, the Eagle Rank. Records show that more than 65 Scouts have earned this prestigious rank since 1980, with additional older records held by Northeast Illinois Council and Boy Scouts of America National office.
The Order of the Arrow represents Scouting’s service oriented honor society. Troop 90 currently has twenty OA Scouts including nine Ordeal, eleven Brotherhood, as well as seven adult OA members.
Troop 90 is active in camping activities year-round. Annually the troop sends Scouts to week-long camping adventures at WaKaJaWan Scout Reservation in northern Wisconsin. The Troop has been active for many years with Scouts participating in high adventure trips to Boundary Waters in northern Wisconsin, Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico, and Sea Base in Islamorada Florida. In addition, contingents from Troop 90 have attended many BSA National Jamborees.
Many traditions which are still in place today have developed in Troop 90 over its long history. The leadership of the troop builds on the Boy Scouts of America concept of being boy led in its activities. Emphasis is placed on participation, outdoor skills, merit badge experiences, and advancement. Through Scouting, boys develop skills which help them grow into responsible, independent young men and good citizens; learn to pursue productive life situations; make good life choices; and have fun.
When a boy joins Troop 90, his parents join the troop as well. The troop operates on the basis that Boy Scouts learn most by doing for themselves. However, a scout’s interest and accomplishments directly reflect the participation and support of his parents. The time a parent spends with their son in Scouting is quality time that builds a lifelong relationship.