Rebuilding Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation


On the evening of Friday, July 19, 2019 Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation was hit by a severe thunderstorm. Camp suffered substantial damage resulting in thousands of trees are down, many buildings and program areas requiring reconstruction, and campsites lost in the catastrophe. Though the clean-up process will be lengthy and costly, we will rebuild Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation with your support.

Today I had to leave a place that over the last 4 summers has become an extremely large part of my life. On Friday night, camp turned from a paradise in the north woods of Wisconsin to a disaster zone. Saturday began for many of my friends and I before dawn clearing downed trees so that we could access water and campers trapped in their sites. Saturday ended with the news that camp was not only closed for all campers for the summer, but that it was sufficiently damaged and unsafe that I would be leaving Monday morning. With 2 more weeks of camp to go we had to leave. Camp has become my home and is where some of my closest friends were. Friday night’s storm knocked down more than an estimated 5,000 trees, destroyed all but a few tents, campsites and roads, and knocked out both power and water to camp, it’s winds were 70+ mile an hour and were capable of simply debarking an absurd amount of trees. #Makajawanstrong
— James Davies, East Camp Staff Member
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Support #MaKaJaWanStrong

To aid in the rebuilding efforts, Northeast Illinois Council has created a donations page which we encourage you to donate to. These donations will go to rebuilding our campsites, program areas, and other camp facilities and equipment that were damaged in the storm. With your help, we can rebuild Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation for the 2020 season.

Over $27,000+ Raised so far from 150+ Donors!

Photos of the Damage