Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation offers scouts and leaders first class program and facilities.  As a camp, we strive to meet your unit’s program needs and pride ourselves on providing customer service that goes beyond your expectations.  Troops that visit Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan tend to return year after year and we always have something new for them.  Our units find a second home in the Northwoods.

FOR SCOUTS & PARENTS

Traditional Camping

Your troop/crew/unit should handle registration and provide you with further instructions Your scouting unit should have a designated camp coordinator who’s your go-to person for any registration questions. Of course, our staff would be happy to answer any questions, as well. You can contact them here.

Provisional Camping

If you can’t make it up to camp the same week as your troop, we recommend attending with one of our provisional camping units (this can also be a great opportunity to spend a second or third week up north). Your Scout can either join our camp’s “Ship 129” which is led by former camp staff and other parent volunteers (Week 2, 4, or 6), or you can make arrangements for your Scout (and parent) to attend with another Troop (Weeks 1-6). To learn more about Provisional Camp, please visit our Provisional Camping page.

Scholarships

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of many Scouters who understand and appreciate the valuable lessons learned through Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan’s Summer Camp Programs, we are proud to offer scholarships, or “camperships” (as they’re often called), to Boy Scouts and Venturing Scouts.  These scholarships are financial assistance for Youth who would not be able to attend one of our MaKaJaWan Summer Camp Programs otherwise. The 2019 Boy Scout Scholarships will be available soon.

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 WallHorse RanchCycling BaseZip Line, and the Black HoleLearn more about our program areas.

Click Here to learn about Planning Your Unit’s Program.

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.

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!