Camp Program

The Program at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation is based on the interests and needs of the individual troops, and scouts in those units.  Our camp staff is here to help you reach your goals.

Unit Leaders!  Have you considered what your unit want to receive from camp?  We suggest you review the Scoutmaster’s Handbook, especially the section on “Summer Camp Adventure”.  This guide and other scouting publications can offer many helpful suggestions.  As you plan, consider the following:

Activities in which your unit interacts with other units: Flag ceremonies, camp-wide games, and campfires

Activities for all members of you unit which build on the Patrol Method: troop climb, high adventure, overnights, pizza parties, and the challenge course.

Activities aimed at the individual, or a few individuals with similar interests: merit badges, polar bear swim, bouldering wall, astronomy overnight, and the triathlon.

Planning Your Unit’s Program

  1. Explain to your scouts what Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation has to offer.  This guide and the website are great places to start; schedule a promotional meeting through the council office (contact Jim Neubaum) to learn even more.
  2. Determine individual scout needs.  The advancement (merit badge pages) will help.  A large portion of your unit’s time in camp should be allotted for individual advancement and activity, but also remember patrol and unit activities.
  3. Ask scouts what they want from camp.  Allow for flexibility.  Facility availability may change and no one can control the weather.  The camp staff will support your goals but cannot plan your program; no one knows your unit as well as you!
  4. Strengthen your patrols.  The patrol method is what makes Scouting work.  Try to maintain natural patrols.
  5. Advancement is scheduled by the scout, who should be free to work at their own pace.
  6. If you know what you want but don’t see it on this site or in our leaders’ guide, please ask!  We’d love to help.

Here’s just a sampling of typical program opportunities at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation:

  • Astronomy Overnight
  • Black Hole
  • Black Powder Demos
  • Bog Hikes
  • Bouldering  Wall
  • Boundary Trail
  • Challenge Course
  • Critter Crawl
  • Early Morning Boating
  • Ecolympics
  • Edible Plant Hikes
  • Firem’n Chit
  • Fish Fry
  • Flag Ceremonies
  • Floating Campfires
  • Ice Cream Competition
  • Kayak Capture the Flag
  • Luaus
  • Lunch Cookouts
  • Marshmallow Roast
  • Merit Badges
  • Mile Swim
  • Night Hikes
  • Orienteering
  • Patrol Flags
  • Paul Bunyan Overnight
  • Pioneering Projects
  • Pizza Parties
  • Platinum Pigeon
  • Polar Bear Activities
  • Rodeo
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Silver Arrow
  • Silver Bullet
  • Snorkeling BSA
  • Softball
  • Tomahawks
  • Totem Pole Carving
  • Totin’ Chip
  • Trailblazer
  • Trail Rides
  • Troop Overnight
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wabaningo Overnights
  • War Canoe Races
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wilderness Overnight
  • Zip Line
  • And much, much more! 

Take the time now to figure out what you, your unit leaders, and your scouts want from their Summer Camp experience. Start planning now to make it happen!