Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan warmly welcomes visitors. Some activities in camp are open to paid guests, but priority goes to scouts. There are several points of interest in the local area. If you’re is looking for accommodations during your stay, there are several options available:
- Guest Camping – Find out about Tent Sites, Camper/Popup Sites (limited availability), how to make a reservation, and more…
- Nearby hotels, motels, and campgrounds: check out our list of nearby lodging
We have an exhaustive list of visitor policies (being updated), but here are three really important rules you should know:
- You MUST check in at the Welcome Center when you arrive. You need to provide a photo ID upon check-in. You will be issued a visitor wristband and must wear it for the duration of your visit. This is for security purposes.
- You MUST turn in a BSA Health Form when you check in (Part C is only required if you’re staying overnight for more than 72 hours. Otherwise, Parts A and B will suffice). Please turn in these forms at the Health Lodge, which is a short distance from the Welcome Center.
- You MUST take a swim test if you plan on using any Aquatic facility.
Activities for Visitors
MaKaJaWan Scout Reservation does not offer guest or family programs. We also do not have a “family night”. It is best to plan your own week, as available camp activities will be dependent on the Scout resident camp occupancy. You may eat meals in the dining halls (purchase meal tickets at the Welcome Center) and make use of the camp’s hiking trails.
Off-camp activities may include antique shopping in Antigo, rafting or tubing on the Wolf River, or a visit to the Camp Five Logging Museum in Laona. Check out our list of nearby attractions and lodging for more information.
Dining for Visitors
If you choose to dine in our dining halls, you must purchase meal tickets at the Welcome Center. Pricing for meals is as follows:
Full Day Discount,$16 (save $1.50)
If you’d rather not eat at camp, there’s a fantastic selection of affordable, locally-owned restaurants (scroll to the bottom of the linked page for details), all within a 10-minute drive. A 30-minute drive to the nearby town of Antigo gives you even more dining options.
Policies & Restrictions
- Leaders and Family Camp: The Adult Leader’s primary responsibility at camp is to the Unit he/she leads. While the Leader will be able to schedule time to spend with his/her family, it is important that the family understand that the Scouts and the Unit are the Leader’s main concern while attending camp.
- Scout Camp Restrictions: With the exception of regularly scheduled visiting periods, Visitors are not permitted in the campsites or program areas, whether they made reservations for Family Camp, or not. Families may attend special events such as the Order of the Arrow callouts, campfires, retreats, water carnivals, etc. Arrangements should be made with the appropriate camp director for visits to campsites or program areas. ALSO: Youth who did not register/pay to participate in the week-long camp program (as part of a BSA Unit, or as a Provisional Camper/registered Boy Scout who made arrangements to camp with them) are strictly prohibited from staying overnight with a Unit in their campsite(s). They must stay in Family Camp. NO exceptions.
- IMPORTANT: Youth who did not register & pay to participate in the week-long camp program (as part of that BSA unit, or as a Provisional Camper/registered Boy Scout who made arrangements to camp with them) are strictly prohibited from staying overnight with a Unit in their camp site. They must stay in Guest Camping. NO exceptions.
- Unregistered youth who cannot meet minimum age or grade requirements of youth membership in the B.S.A., regardless of their sex, must be in the company, and under the direct supervision, of their parent or guardian at all times when in or on canoes, rowboats, motorboats, sailboats, kayaks, rafts or other watercraft. Because supervision of Scouts is the primary responsibility of Scouters or other adults in the company of Scouts, underage youth may not accompany their parent or guardian if said parent or guardian is at the same time supervising Scouts.
- Waterfront: Provided they meet all BSA requirements and follow all camp policies, Family camp residents may use the waterfront facilities located in West Camp. The dock by the Country Store is reserved for fishing activities and as such, is unsafe for swimming use.
- Swim Checks: Swim checks are required for all guests who plan to use any aquatic facility.
- Boating: Guests may use boats in accordance with the camp and BSA policy—boats are available at the West Camp Aquatics area, primarily in the afternoon and evening. Rowboats are limited to 3 people. Electric or gas motors are not allowed. All use of canoes, rowboats, motorboats, sailboats, kayaks, rafts and other watercraft by registered youth and adults shall be in conformance with National Scouting Safety Afloat rules, except that youth who are not registered Scouts (or Cub Scouts, Tigers, Varsity Scouts or Venturers) shall be required to follow the same restrictions as Scouts of the same age or grade. Cub Scouts are prohibited from canoeing and rafting on running water; no Cub Scout age Scout or non-Scout may use canoes or rafts associated with camp programs off the reservation. Unregistered adults must follow the same applicable Safety Afloat rules as registered adults.
BSA Annual Health Forms
If you stay overnight but camp for less than 72 hours, complete Parts A and B. If you stay for 72 hours or more, complete Parts A, B, and C (a physical is required). Turn them in at the Health Lodge, after checking in at the Welcome Center (it’s next door).