Before Camp



Directions to Camp


Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation is located at W6500 Spring Lake Rd, Pearson, WI 54462.

For Participates: Please follow the Check-In Schedule found below.

For Visitors/Guests: Please Check-In at the Welcome Center when you arrive to camp. The Welcome Center will be the first building on the left across from the gate house.

Check In Schedule

Camp sessions open at 1 PM Sunday.  Units must not arrive before this time since staff will be preparing to receive them.  All units should plan to be at camp no later than 2 PM.  Charter buses will leave for the return trip at approximately 10AM Saturday.  A designated leader from each unit is required to check out with the appropriate MaKaJaWan staff to “close out” your file.   You can schedule a time during the week, but you must check out before 10AM on Saturday.


An important step for a successful stay at camp is the first day. Units are encouraged to arrive as a unit.  Meeting your Camp Commissioner and guide as soon as possible will be very helpful.  A typical first day is outlined below:

  • Upon Arrival: Leaders and Scouts arriving by private transportation will check in at the Welcome Center, who will direct you to East or West Camp. You will then meet your staff guide.  Your guide will assist you with settling in to your campsite.  Units arriving by council bus will meet their guide upon arrival and will then proceed directly to their campsite.  Adult leaders with Scouts on the bus must arrive before the bus but not before 1 PM.

  • 1-5 PM: At the campsite, your guide will advise you of meal times, the weekly schedule and other important information.  The guide will then lead the unit to the waterfront for medication turn-in, medical rechecks, and swim checks.  Make sure the BSA Medical form is on file for each person.  A three-ring binder for medical and prescription medication forms is recommended.

  • 5:50 PM: Retreat: All Scouts must be in full uniform.  All units will assemble at the camp flagpole for the retiring of the colors.  All waiters (two for every 10 Scouts) will report to the dining hall at 5:30.

  • 6:00 PM: After the retreat ceremony, the units will proceed directly to the dining hall for dinner.

  • 7 PM: Leader’s Meeting.  Unit leaders and Senior Patrol Leaders will attend this informal meeting outside the Dining Hall to discuss the week with key staff members.

  • 7 PM: Cook’s Tour:  This is the unit’s first real look at the camp.  Tours are made of the program areas where program and safety rules are discussed.  It’s important that everyone attend this tour (except for the leaders attending the leader’s orientation.)

  • 8:45 PM: Campfire.  This will be followed by quick messages and an opportunity to visit the Trading Post

  • 10 PM: Lights Out

Typical Day

While you are at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation, there is always something going on, so it is important to know what a typical day looks like. Here is a brief description of what a day in the life of a scout will look like. For a more detailed description, view our 2017 MSR Typical Daily Schedule.


7:50 AM Flag Raising

8:00 AM Breakfast (followed by Mug Club for Adult Leaders)

9 – 11 AM Merit badge instruction (Block A M/W/F & Block B T/Th) , some program area activities open.

11 AM – 12 PM Open Program


12:30 PM Lunch

1 – 2 PM Siesta

2 – 4 PM Afternoon program:  Merit badge instruction (Hour 1, 2, & 3 M-F), some program area activities open

4 – 5 PM Open Program


5:50 PM Retreat (flag lowering)

6:00 PM Dinner

7 – 8 PM Evening program—a good time for troop and patrol activities all around camp

9:00 PM Night hikes, astronomy, campfires, and other evening activities

10:00 PM All units should be in their campsites – Please be considerate of units near you!


To see what a full week at camp looks like, check out our typical week schedule. Please note that for higher attendance weeks we will be using the Shift Eating Schedule. Your respective camp director will inform you and your troop upon arrive if there is Shift Eating.

2017 Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan-Typical Week

2017 Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Typical Week-Shift Eating

What to Bring


  1. Backpack for daily use

  2. BSA Annual Health Form: Completed and signed by a physician, a parent/guardian, and a unit leader.  Keep the original at home (for future use) and bring least 2 copies to camp.  Complete the prescription medication section if taking any while at camp.  Talk to pharmacy about containers for camp (1 for each prescription) – medication must be in original container from pharmacy (never in “homemade” containers), with physician’s typed directions for use.

  3. Canteen or water bottle

  4. Flashlight with extra batteries

  5. Ground cloth

  6. Jeans or other long pants

  7. Mosquito netting: A must for all campers!

  8. Mosquito repellent (no aerosol cans) — A must!

  9. Neckerchief (If required by unit)

  10. Pajamas or other sleeping clothes

  11. Personal mess gear including fork, knife & spoon — if doing cooking merit badge, or if unit is doing patrol cooking

  12. Poncho or raincoat — A must!

  13. Scout Handbook, pencil, pen, and paper

  14. Scout uniform: Summer uniform of shorts and Scout short sleeve shirt (T-shirts are good for day time activities)

  15. Shoes: Extra pair for wet weather — A must!

  16. Soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, & comb

  17. Socks — at least 5 pair; include some Scout socks for use with summer uniform

  18. Sleeping bag or several wool blankets

  19. Spending money

  20. Sweater and/or jacket

  21. Swimming trunks

  22. Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses — be prepared for hot weather!

  23. Towels (2) and washcloth

  24. T-shirts are good for daytime activities

  25. Underwear — at least 5 changes


  1. Camera

  2. Compass

  3. Fishing equipment

  4. Pocket knife (Sheath knives not allowed in camp)


An adult would also need items from the above list, with certain exceptions. The list of equipment below may be helpful in making your stay at camp more comfortable:

 1.  Your own tent (w/screens and windows): camp will furnish adults with a wall tent and cot, but another space is nice…
2.   Propane or white gas stove: great for early morning and late evening coffee
3.   Propane or white gas lantern to brighten your campsite at night
4.   Lock box: to give added security for troop funds
5.   If your unit is patrol cooking, we encourage you to bring any troop gear you wish—we can provide all needed gear, but many units prefer their own


As a troop, you may wish to bring special camping gear that makes your unit’s experience more meaningful.  If you travel by bus, keep in mind that baggage space is limited.



  1. Items prohibited by BSA policy (fireworks, firearms of any kind, etc.)

  2. Items prohibited by your unit’s leadership

  3. Electronic items (consult your troop policy for specifics)

  4. Items of significant monetary or sentimental value: If it got lost or broken, would you be upset?  If so, leave it at home.

  5. If you are unsure whether something is appropriate to take to camp, leave it at home.  Or, please ask your scoutmaster or a Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation staff member first.