East Camp comprises the “original” land of Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation, and thus has all the atmosphere and rich tradition of one of the oldest scout camps in the nation. The aquatics area is still situated on the sandy beach as it was back then, and other features are unchanged by time. But, much of the camp was altered in the 1970’s to allow for more scouts to enjoy this incredible facility. Other sights to see in the East Camp included the original Order of the Arrow Lodge, the birch bark canoe hanging in the dining hall, and the majestic view of Lake Killian from the fire bowl.
East Camp is the larger of the two main camps and has the advantage of lots of space between campsites; only a few are within sight of another troop site. East Camp is located close to both the Order of the Arrow Bowl and the Chapel. However, it’s quite a hike to Family Camp and the Adminstration area. Of the two camps, East comprises a larger number of the old forest (including some virgin pines) and trails (with longer hikes to various places), and is generally more rugged and woodsy. While most units eat in the dining hall, East Camp is the ideal setting for a unit wishing to patrol cook.
Most program areas, the dining hall, and the camp office are near the lake; all campsites are up and over a ridge that runs parallel to the lakeshore.
Note: We are constantly upgrading/renovating our campsites, so even though we will do our best to update this page, some of the information below may be outdated.
East Camp’s campsites are named after Native American tribes:
Blackfoot is the first site encountered, and is on the left side of the camp road. It is reasonably close to the dining hall, camp office, and most program areas, but a bit of a hike to the showers and shooting sports facilities. The site is somewhat hilly and will hold up to 3 separate units totaling 30 to 40 campers; the site has two shelters and one latrine.
Shawnee is the first site encountered on the right side of the camp road, and is across the road from Blackfoot. It is relatively flat but not quite as open as others. The site can hold up 2-3 units totaling 30-40 campers; it has one shelter and one latrine. Shawnee is a bit of a hike from the showers and shooting sports, but otherwise reasonably located for access to the dining hall and program areas.
Starting 2015, Menominee A & B will both be “plat-free” campsites (meaning that there are no tent platforms) that can hold up to 100 total campers. All troops/crews using it will need to bring their own tents, unless special arrangements are made with camp staff well before your week in camp. It is located on the same spur off the main camp road as Shawnee, and is just past it. Menominee is a nice, flat site quietly situated away from most of camp. Still, access to the dining hall and program areas is fairly good—showers and shooting sports however are a 5-10 minute walk. Menominee has two shelters and one latrine.
Conveniently situated near the Scoutmaster’s parking lot, Sioux has easy access to all areas of camp; however, the proximity to the parking lot and shower house can also be a nuisance. Sioux sprawls across a number of patrol sites on two hills and accommodates two troops totaling a little over 40 campers. Sioux has one shelter and one latrine.
One of the largest campsites geographically, Mohawk extends up the ridge from the left side of the camp road (just past the parking lot) towards the crest of camp’s main ridge. Mohawk has several distinct levels and can thus accommodate three different units and up to 50-60 campers; it has two shelters and one latrine. Mohawk is well situated for ease of access to all areas in camp; however, it’s also close to the parking lot and has quite a hill on the way to the dining hall.
Located closest to the shower house (just of the camp road to the right, just past the parking lot), this site is flat and relatively open. Delaware is within sight of Mohawk and the shower house, which can make it a bit noisy at times. Generally though, this is a beautiful site with one shelter, one latrine, and pleasant terrain. The site is cozy and holds up to two units totaling 30-40 campers.
Chippewa is located closest to the shooting ranges, to the right off the main road. It is relatively close to the showerhouse as well, but otherwise is fairly isolated despite being roughly the center of the camp road. Chippewa is relatively hilly with patrol sites on three distinct levels. The site can be shared by a couple of units, but only houses 25-30 campers total. The site has one shelter and one latrine.
Located some ways down the main camp road from the parking area, this site is just to the left of the main road. Cheyenne is nestled nicely in wilderness, with one shelter and one latrine, and fairly isolated from all other sites. This site has at least four distinct patrol sites on different levels, and thus can be shared by two units if necessary. The site will hold 30-40 campers.
This site is situated along an old logging road that leads to the right off the main road. While the site is quite a distance from the parking area, it is conveniently located near all camp facilities with the exception of the showerhouse. Despite this, it is also perhaps the most isolated campsite with no close neighbors. The site has two levels, allowing up to 40 campers from one or two units to camp comfortably. This site has two shelters and one latrine.
Located at the far end of the main camp road, Commanche is the furthest from the main parking area. This isn’t as bad as it sounds, since the camp road curls around, making Commanche one of the closest sites to all other camp facilities, including most program areas and the dining hall. However, it is a bit of a hike to the shower house and shooting sports. Commanche is a large site geographically, with a large open area in the center and sites scattered on the low hills surrounding it. Commanche has one shelter and one latrine. It can house up to two units with 50-60 campers.