TRADITIONAL Boy Scout Camp

For six weeks each summer, Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan’s two full-service camps, East Camp and West Camp, serve thousands of scouts from the Northeast Illinois Council and beyond. We offer scouts and adults alike many opportunities for fun and learning.

Here’s what a typical day looks like.

Program Areas

Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan operates 12 different program Areas each summer.  Both East and West Camp operate their own core program areas; Aquatics, Eco-Con, Handicraft Scoutcraft, Shooting Sports, Trailblazer.  Each camp also operates a unique Pinnacle Area designed to challenge older scouts of at least 13 years of age or Star Rank on either side of the lake.  The Reservation Staff operates a number of program areas available to all scouts to add even more opportunities for adventure: The Climbing Wall, Horse Ranch, Cycling BaseZip Line, and the Black HoleLearn more about our program areas.

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Merit Badges

Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan has a world-class merit badge program offering a diverse selection of over 60 badges.  Our highly skilled merit badge counselors are passionate about what they teach and are always finding new and fun ways to share their Scouting knowledge.   We are constantly growing, adding over twenty new badges in the past ten years, so there is always something new for scouts to learn. See all the badges we offer.

Order of the Arrow

A week of advancement, programs, and fun is capped off with our popular Order of the Arrow Callout ceremony.  This Native American-based ceremony is a capstone program in which scouts are called out to participate in an ordeal that will solidify them as members in the Order of the Arrow.  If you are already an Ordeal member and have been for at least 10 months, camp is a great place to obtain the Brotherhood honor. Learn more about our OA programs.

Provisional Camping

Want to stay an extra week at camp? Can’t go to camp when your troop is signed up? Provisional camping provides an opportunity for Scouts unable to attend Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation with their unit, or allows them to attend an extra week of camp if desired. Scouts can join one of our provisional units lead by former staff and adult volunteers.  They spend the week enjoying the same programs they would with their home units while meeting new scouts and friends. Learn more about provisional camping.

Adult Leader Programs

The Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan staff knows our adult leaders take valuable vacation time to bring their scouts to camp and we really appreciate it.  For that reason we try to make camp just as exciting and beneficial for our leaders as our campers.  There are a number of program opportunities for leaders.  See what we have to offer!

Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan High Adventure Base

Philmont, Boundary Waters, Sea Base…how about Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan? We offer a variety of trip options for your troop, whether you want to spice up your week in camp with some adventure, or are looking for a an entirely separate trip! Our expert guides will make sure your trip runs smoothly. Check out all the cool adventures we offer!

cub scout Program

Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan’s high-quality and unique programs are not limited to Boy Scouts. Cub Scouts can join in on the fun, too! Here’s what we have for Cub Scouts.

Individualized Programs at Wabaningo

Wabaningo has 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 Lad Chojnacki shelter is available for units staying in Wabaningo.