During your visit to Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan, be sure to stop by our beautiful Triangle M Ranch, where you can take advantage of one of the few horse programs at a Scout camp in the country. Horses are available for merit badge work and trail rides. The skilled ranch staff tend to a herd of 12 horses, many of which are Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan veterans. The Triangle M Ranch program is a great way to learn to ride or practice. You can also see the back woods of Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan on one of our trail rides.
Before You Visit
Before you head over to the ranch, take note of the following:
- Participants must to wear long pants, a shirt, boots with heels, and a helmet (helmet provided by camp).
- There are additional fees associated with all horse ranch programs. These can be paid at the welcome center.
- All trips are subject to cancellation due to horse health, weather and/or low enrollment considerations.
- Troops will need to provide their own transportation to the ranch, located directly across the road from Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan (due to time constraints, scouts should not walk).
Our ranch offers the following badges. Click below to find out more about prerequisites, costs, requirements, and other important information.
- Animal Science and Horsemanship (don’t forget to download our study guide if you’re taking this).
- There is a $45 fee associated with this badge, payable at the Welcome Center.
An hour-long riding experience held at various times throughout the day; a good experience for Scouts that have not earned Horsemanship Merit Badge, and for parents & guests who visit Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation. Breakfast trail rides are available Tuesday through Friday mornings. Capacity is 10 per ride.
Cost: $25. Payments must be made at the Welcome Center.
Times offered: Schedules will vary depending on other Ranch activities—check with your camp director, or a member of the Welcome Center staff.
Registration: You must register and pay at the Welcome Center only, by noon the day before the ride.
Additional Horse Programs – Take advantage of custom designed horse programs such as Breakfast rides and arena riding. If interested, discuss the various options with the Head Wrangler or High Adventure Coordinator. Additional fees vary by type of program.
For a safe, fun, and hassle-free ranch experience, take note of the following:
- No person may bring or use any horse which is not one of the reservation’s horses.
- Horse use is limited to registered Scouts or adult leaders and to persons on the reservation who shall be the same age or grade as the aforementioned Scouts.
- Use of horses by any person must be in conformance with National Scout policies, including the wearing of reservation supplied helmets at all times when on horseback.
- For program purposes, registered Scouts shall have priority of use over non-Scouts and adults.
- Horse use is prohibited for unregistered youth that cannot meet minimum age or grade requirements of youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America, regardless of their sex.