Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation has been owned and operated by the Northeast Illinois Council, B.S.A. since 1929.  It consists of 1,560 acres and is located 25 miles northeast of Antigo, Wisconsin.  Heavily wooded with a multiple forest stand, the terrain offers a variety of Northwoods experiences for Scouts.  Two major lakes and a natural creek are located within the boundaries of the reservation.  Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan SR operates two resident camps, each with a barrier free (handicapped accessible) campsite, a horse ranch, and a High Adventure Base.  Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan provides programs for Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, Scout Sea Ships, and even Cub Scouts.


Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan is located about 4 hours and 30 minutes north of the Chicago suburbs, in Langlade County, Wisconsin. We’re about 30 minutes north of Antigo, an hour south of Rhinelander, and an hour North of Wausau.

Our address is:
Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation
W6500 Spring Lake Road
Pearson, WI 54462

If you’re looking for driving directions, check out our Driving Directions page. If you want to mail letters to your scout at camp, please look at our mail service information.


  • East Camp:  Complete program facilities and staff.  Campsites: 10; Capacity: 20 units, 300 campers.
  • West Camp: Complete program facilities and staff.  Campsites: 10; Capacity: 20 units, 350 campers.
  • Wabaningo: Three “wilderness” campsites and a “pioneer” campsite.  The unit provides its own program with the assistance of an assigned commissioner.  Units camping in Wabaningo may arrange to participate in most programs and activities offered by the reservation or design their own summer adventure.  The newly constructed Ladd Chojnacki shelter is available for units staying in Wabaningo.
  • Triangle M Ranch: Horseback trail rides can be scheduled by units or individuals throughout the period.
  • Family Camp: Cabins and recreational facilities for approximately 40 family members of leaders whose units are at camp.

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Have additional questions? Please contact us and we’d be more than happy to help.