East Camp

 

 
 
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East Camp sits on the “original” land of Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation and has all the atmosphere and rich tradition of one of the oldest scout camps in the Nation. Many features in East Camp have resisted the sands of time: the Aquatics area is situated on the same sandy beach as it was back then and the Dining Hall out dates the camp itself. However, we regularly maintain and update East Camp so more and more scouts can continue to enjoy its incredible history and facilities. Other sights to see in East Camp included the original Order of the Arrow Lodge, the antique birch bark canoe in the dining hall and the majestic view of Lake Killian from the fire bowl.

East Camp is more spread out than West Camp and has the advantage of lots of space between campsites: only a few are within sight of another troop’s site. East Camp is located close to the Order of the Arrow Bowl and the Chapel. However, it’s quite a hike to Family Camp and the Welcome Center. Compared to West Camp, the forest is older (including some virgin pines), there are more and longer trails, and it is generally more rugged and woodsy. While most units eat in the dining hall, East Camp is the ideal setting for units to patrol cook.

Most program areas, the dining hall and the camp office are near the lake; all campsites are up and over a ridge that runs parallel to the lakeshore.

CAMPSITES

East Camp’s campsites are named after Native American tribes: They are: Blackfoot, Shawnee, Menominee, Sioux, Mohawk, Delaware, Chippewa, Cheyenne, Iroquois, and Comanche.


Blackfoot

Blackfoot is the first site along the camp road and sits on its left side. It is reasonably close to the Dining Hall, Camp Office and most program areas, but it is further from the showers and Shooting Sports facilities. The site is somewhat hilly and will hold up to 3 separate units totaling (approximately) 30 to 40 campers; the site has two shelters and one latrine.


Shawnee

Shawnee A and B are both plat-less campsites (there are no tent platforms).

Shawnee is the first site on the right side of the camp road and sits across the road from Blackfoot. It is relatively flat and partitioned by isolated groves of trees. The site can hold up to 3 units totaling (approximately) 30-40 campers; it has one shelter and one latrine. Shawnee is reasonably located for access to the Dining Hall and program areas, but it is further from the showers and Shooting Sports.

Troops/crews need to bring their own tents, unless special arrangements are made with camp staff well before your week in camp.


Menominee

Menominee A and B are both “plat-less” campsites (there are no tent platforms).

It is located on a spur off the main camp road and is just past Shawnee. Menominee is a nice and flat site quietly situated away from most of camp. Each part (A and B)can hold (approximately) 40 campers. The site provides relatively quick access to the Dining Hall and program areas,but the showers and shooting sports are a 5-10 minute walk. Menominee has two shelters and one latrine.

Troops/crews need to bring their own tents, unless special arrangements are made with camp staff well before your week in camp.


Sioux

Conveniently situated near the Scoutmaster’s parking lot, Sioux provides easy access to all areas of camp. Sioux sprawls across a number of patrol sites on two hills and accommodates two troops totaling a little over 40 campers. Sioux has one shelter and one latrine.


Mohawk

One of the largest campsites geographically, Mohawk extends up the ridge from the left side of the camp road (just past the parking lot) towards the crest of camp’s main ridge. Mohawk has several distinct levels and can accommodate three different units and up to (approximately) 60 campers; it has two shelters and one latrine. Mohawk is well situated for ease of access to all areas in camp and the parking lot.


Delaware

Delaware consists of level and open ground. It is located closest to the shower house (just off to the right of the camp road, past the parking lot)This is a beautiful site with a shelter, latrine and a landscape that inspires the Scouting Spirit. The site is cozy and holds up to two units totaling (approximately) 35 campers.


Chippewa

Chippewa is located closest to the shooting ranges, to the right off the main road. It is relatively close to the shower house as well.Despite its location, roughly at the center of the camp road, it is remote and provides a true wilderness experience. The hills Chippewa creates natural patrol sites on three distinct levels. The site can be shared by a couple of units, but only houses (approximately) 30 campers total. The site has one shelter and a latrine.


Cheyenne

Located far down and to the left of the main camp road, Cheyenne is nestled in wilderness and includes a shelter and latrine. It is not close to another site, so your campfire stories can be told without interruption. This site contains about four distinct patrol sites and levels, and can be shared by two units if necessary. The site will hold (approximately) 35 campers.


Iroquois

This site sits off an old logging road that splinters from the main road. While the site is further from the parking area, it is conveniently located near all camp program areas and the Dining Hall.. It is also perhaps the most remote campsite with no close neighbors. The site consists of two levels, allowing up to (approximately) 40 campers from one or two units to camp comfortably. This site has two shelters and a latrine.


Comanche

Located at the far end of the main camp road, Comanche is the furthest from the main parking area. Given the geography of the camp, this makes Comanche one of the closest sites to most program areas and the dining hall. Comanche is a expansive site, with a large open area in its center and other areas scattered amongst the low hills surrounding the site. Comanche has a shelter and latrine and can house up to two units with approximately 55 campers.