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Offerings for SCouts BSA

Traditional Camping

Traditional Camp is our week-long merit badge program.  We offer a wide variety of merit badges for first-time summer camp participants and experienced campers, alike.   Click Here to learn more about our merit badge program. Your scouting unit will have a designated camp coordinator who will be your “go-to person” for registration and payment deadline questions. Units sometimes have a separate “in-camp adult leader” who can help your youth prepare for his or her week at camp.  Of course, our staff would be happy to answer any questions, as well. You can contact them here.

Provisional Camping

If your youth can’t make it to camp for the merit badge program the same week as his or her unit, we recommend attending Provisional Camp (this can also be a great opportunity to spend a second or third week at camp). Your Scout can either join our camp’s “Ship 129” which is led by former camp staff and other adult leader volunteers, or you can make arrangements for your Scout to attend with another Troop or Crew. 


Guest Camping

We offer tent (bring your own), small RV, and small pop-up trailer sites in Wabaningo during the summer, for families of Scouts and Adult Leaders attending our summer camp program.  Wabaningo is a 5 minute drive away from most camp facilities; it has showers and bathrooms within walking distance of the sites, and there are covered picnic tables in and around the Pavilion, for cooking and eating.

Out of Season Offerings

Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan has camping options available year-round! Whether your troop is looking for a cold-weather experience in the winter, or just a pleasant autumn campground, Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan has what you need.  NOTE:  Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation is closed for “off-season” camping from now through 2020, at least. We will update this section when we resume cabin and tent camping during the fall, winter, and spring seasons.

Reserving a Campsite

Hey troop leaders! Your journey to a successful summer at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan begins with reserving a campsite. You’re better off doing this early, because the sites fill up fast. Here is The 2020 MSR Reserved Sites Chart. This is a continuously updated Google document, but it does not guarantee availability of a specific site for a specific week.  Contact the Council Program Assistant with questions (see Contact Us).

Each campsite you reserve costs $75 per site, per week.  Examples: Blackfoot A and B for Weeks 1 & 2 would cost $300, but for Week 1 only would cost $150.  Boone A, B, and C for Week 1 would cost $225, but for Weeks 1 & 2, would cost $450.  NOTE: This is not a deposit.  It is a one-time site fee.  It is not applied to Scout/Adult Leader Fees and cannot be reapplied to future years, even if you cancel the current year’s site reservation.  It is non-refundable, so please only pay for the number of sites you are confident you can fill.  Thank you.

2020 Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Summer Camp Dates

  • Week 1:  June 21-27                               Week 4: July 12-18

  • Week 2:  June 28-July 4                         Week 5: July 19-25

  • Week 3:  July 5-11                                  Week 6: July 26-Aug. 1

Complete the 2020 MSR Campsite Reservation Request Form and mail or bring it to the council office with payment.   If you attended in 2019, please get Debi your 2020 campsite form as soon as possible if you hope to stay in the same site during the same week. Please provide accurate numbers, so we can find the best campsite for you. Please note that this a request form and does not a guarantee a specific campsite.  Please be advised: We may have to move you elsewhere or pair you with another troop, if your numbers do not match the campsite capacities.

We will email the contact people on this form to let you know when your troop can register for their week (or weeks) at camp, and to keep you updated regarding the 2020 merit badge class schedules, which will be available by next April.

Sign-up for Provisional Camping

What if my scout cannot attend Traditional Camp the same week as his troop, or they wants to stay an additional week without his troop.  Can they?

Yes!  During each of our six weeks of “Traditional” Camp, a Scout will be able to participate in the exact same week-long merit badge program, even though their own troop will not be there.  Sorry, this program is not available for adults.

Steps to Register your Scout as a provisional camper:

  1. If your scout youth is a female, contact us before registering online so we can ensure she is with a female unit or there is a female Provisional Adult Leader that week.

  2. 2020 MSR Summer Camp registration link (links) will be provided by November 1, 2019.

  3. Choose the week of camp your scout wants to attend. Then, make sure you choose “Provisional Scout” (not “Scout”) from the list.

  4. Registration Contact – You are the registration contact, but provide your Scout’s unit information on this page.  Also provide your cell or other daytime phone number.

  5. It then opens to the Attendee tab, where you provide your scout’s name and unit leader information (name, email, phone).  This is also where you tell us who he will be “Attending With” (see below).

  6. Make sure to click on the “Check-out” tab to pay his fee and complete the registration.

Attending With:

  1. Another Unit: Some Scouts have friends in another unit, who will host them for the week. Make arrangements to stay with them, but pay the fees yourself. Or, they can add your scout as a Provisional Camper to their registration. Ask them about transportation to and from camp for your Scout. If completing this registration yourself, list your scout’s unit number. You will be asked for your scout’s unit leader information and the other troop’s number.

  2. Camp’s Unit (Ship 129):  We will provide a unit with 2-deep leadership for your Scout, so he can attend the week that works best for him.  If making this choice, no other information is needed.

IMPORTANT:  In the past, the only way to sign up for Provisional Camp was with a paper form, that was signed by the Scout’s Unit Leader (Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor).  We’ve made things easier for you, by allowing you to register him/her online.  But, we still need you to provide his or her Unit Leader’s first and last name, daytime phone number, and email address.


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

These wonderful people know that we live in a time when finances can be greatly stretched, and it can be difficult to pay the summer camp fees (especially for families with more than one Scout). And they are aware that sudden financial hardships occur that could prohibit a Scout from attending one of these programs.  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.  Knowing such assistance is available might help us all get their scouts to camp.

Link: The 2020 Cub Scout and Boy Scout Scholarhip Application link will be provided by Nov. 1, 2019


Want to check out Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation for yourself? Sign-up for a Day Pass and come see the excitement of our Camp for yourself! You can sign up for a Day Pass here.