Scouts BSA

Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation offers scouts and leaders first-in-class programs and facilities. We strive to meet your unit’s program needs and pride ourselves on providing customer service that exceeds expectations. Even troops that visit Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan year after year and always return to find something new for them. Our units find a second home in the Northwoods.


Traditional Camping

Your troop/crew/unit handles registration and should provide you with further instructions. Usually, your go-to person, for any registration questions, is the unit’s designated camp coordinator. Our staff is 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 is a great opportunity to spend a second or third week up north! Your Scout can either join our Camp’s Unit which is led by former camp staff, he or she can make arrangements to attend with another Troop (they may also let parents join them). To learn more about Provisional Camp, please visit our Register for Scouts BSA page.


The Northeast Illinois Council appreciate the many Scouters, volunteers, and families who understand and value the summer camp programs offered at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation.

These wonderful people know that some financial situations make it difficult to pay the summer camp fees (especially for families with more than one Scout). They are aware that financial hardships can prohibit a Scout from attending camp.

Thanks to them, we can offer financial assistance to these families.

Please forward this link to all your scouting families – even if they haven’t signed up for camp yet or asked about financial assistance. We hope that this program helps them get their scouts to camp!

Link: The 2020 Scholarship Application will be available by November 1


For six weeks each summer, our 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.


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, Pinnacle, Scoutcraft, Shooting Sports, Trailblazer. We also offer additional “Reservation” program areas to all scouts to add even more opportunities for adventure: the Climbing Wall, Horse Ranch, Cycling Base and Zip Line. Visit our dedicated page to learn 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 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 changing our offerings, so there is always something new for scouts to learn. See all the badges available in 2019 here!


A week of advancement, programs and fun is capped off with our popular Closing Campfire and Order of the Arrow Callout. This Native American-based ceremony is a capstone program that calls out elected Scouts to participate in an “Ordeal” that will establish 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.


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!