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Camping and Campground Information

Camping Availability ChartExternal Link 

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This Availability Chart shows when Camps Crown and Oakarro are available for daytime or overnight camping during the weekend, or when all (or parts) of  them have been reserved by a unit or for an event.  See below...

Whole Camp Closed:  When possible, the chart will list the name of the event that has closed the campground, which means event participants and staff will be the only ones allowed at the campground. Most of these events include Friday night camping in the participant/unit cost.  Your site will be assigned by the event coordinators, or you will be told what area of camp you can use. Do NOT complete the Camping Request Form to tell them which site you want.  They do not have access to those responses (and they will not be forwarded).  If you want to camp after the event is over, complete the Camping Request Form (link below), with "No Preference" as your site choice -  none will be listed on the monthly documents during event weekends.

Shelter, Pavilion, Fire Bowl, and Classroom  Reserved:  They will be highlighted if they have been reserved, with as many details provided as possible.  Yellow is for "Unit" reservations and blue is for "Council" or "District" events.

You see the updates on this chart as soon as I make them.  I can complete reservations for all weekends shown.  Email me at, to get on "waiting lists" for those weekends not shown yet... Debi 

Jadel Training Center Request Form - Use this form to reserve some or all of the conference room in the Jadel Center.  If you also have a group that wants to tent camp, or if you want to reserve the (heated) Fisher Shelter instead (or too), complete the Camping Request Form (link below).


Camping Request FormExternal Link

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This request form is for Camp Crown and Camp Oakarro - Once you've checked the Availability Chart (above) to see if the campground is open during your desired weekend, complete the request form.  This form was created so you can provide all of the information needed for a camping reservation.  Boy Scout Troops can also request use of the Pioneering Kit during their campout at Camp Crown.  But to do so, they must provide the name of a person from their Unit who has completed the "Pioneering Kit Training" and will be present the whole time it is used.


Camp Sol R Crown Information

(basic information about the campground; includes campground and directional maps)

Camp Oakarro Information

(basic information about the campground; includes campground and directional maps)

BSA Insurance CoverageExternal Link - READ

Short-term Camping Information for Scouting Units

MA-KA-JA-WAN OFF-SEASON:  Cabin camping is available during the long weekends in January and February (MLK, Jr. & Presidents' Day weekends).  The cost is $70 per cabin, per night.  They fit 6-7 people; a minimum 2 Adult Leaders are required for each, as per YPT. Contact Debi, the council Camping and Program Assistant if you are interested [Click for member's page].

Tour Plan - Use your www.MyScouting.orgExternal Link account to complete the Electronic Tour Plan (INSTEAD OF the obsolete pdf). Unit signatures and council approval are not required when you complete this electronic version.  This is NOT the link to request a campsite.

BSA's Annual Health Form Information

Unit Roster for Weekend Camping-fillable

Short-term Camping Unit Roster - Complete and turn in at check-in time

Camp Oakarro Picnic Donation Form - Help us improve Camp Oakarro for scouting families.  By sponsoring a picnic table, you help ensure they have the best camp experience possible.

NEIC Where to Go Camping Guide

This is an 81 page document, so it will take a while to open.  IMPORTANT:  This document was created in 2010, so some of the information is outdated, notably for Camp Dan Beard. See the "STATUS" note below.

Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation WebsiteExternal Link - Created and maintained by the Camp Staff!  - Learn more about our Boy Scout Summer Camp Programs and High Adventure Trek options.  The 2017 merit badge information will be available soon.  NOTE: If your Scout is at summer camp in 2017, you can reserve a tent site in Wabaningo during that week.  Cabins are now being used by camp staff, so they are no longer available.

Camp Dan Beard - STATUS

(200 N Portwine Road Northbrook, Illinois 60062) - We no longer take camping reservations for Camp Dan Beard.  The Cook County Forest Preserve has taken possession of their property, and should be almost done with renovation.  All future reservations will be done with/through them.  Go to: Link for more information.

District and Council Cold Weather Activities - November, 2014 Memo  


Short-term Camping Fees - For Camp Crown and Camp Oakarro, including fees from the Jadel Training Center usage application.

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