Health Lodge & Medical Services
For the protection of the staff and campers, Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation maintains a central Health Lodge, staffed 24 hours per day while camp is in session. In the event of a health emergency in camp, medical services will be provided in the campsite or at the Health Lodge by an individual qualified in first aid.
If you or someone in your Unit experiences an injury/illness while in camp, please contact the nearest staff member or camp office, who will contact a health officer. Alternatively, you can visit the Health Lodge in person—it is located between the West Camp Office (or Welcome Center) and the Country Store.
If the medical staff determines that the situation requires a higher level of medical care, patients will be transferred to a hospital or clinic for treatment. Parents will be notified immediately of any serious health situations. Unit leaders should not remove anyone from the reservation for medical care without consulting/informing Health Lodge personnel.
Please Remember: Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation is not responsible for any Scout or adult arriving at camp with a pre‑existing illness or injury.
Everyone at camp (visitors included) are required to have an up-to-date BSA Medical Form on file with our office. There’s a lot of very specific details here, so we created a whole page to help you out: BSA Annual Health Forms.
Please Remember: Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation is not responsible for any Scout or adult who arrives at camp with a preexisting illness or injury.
Transporting Prescription Medication to Camp
The medication must be in a prescription container from your pharmacy that includes the following information. Ask your pharmacist about containers specifically for camp (1 for each prescription).
- Pharmacy name
- Name of prescribing physician
- Camper’s name
- Prescription number
- Date prescribed
- Name of medication
- Directions for use
No exceptions to any of these policies are possible.
PRESCRIPTION Medication Distribution
Medications for anyone under age 18 (participating in the traditional or provisional camp program) will be blister-packed and returned to the troop leader at dinner time (on Sunday). Adult Leaders are responsible for ensuring scouts in their unit take their medications regularly and at the appropriate time! Each troop/ crew is strongly encouraged to have a leader designated for this responsibility.
Prescription medication information is required for each type of medication to be taken at camp. Complete the “PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION” section of the BSA Annual Health Form (must be initialed by the prescribing physician). An Excel worksheet will also be made available to each unit’s MSR Camp Coordinator. You will be told how and when to forward the completed document to the Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation Health Officer. This “electronic version” is in addition to the required health form section, but is very helpful because it makes check-in of medication is much faster.
The health lodge can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (new email address). Our Health Officer is Cathy St. John, who is assisted by a number of experienced medical staff.
If you’re at camp and have a medical emergency, please talk to the nearest staff member. If none is available, the Welcome Center can be reached at 715-484-2346 and they will dispatch a medic to your location.