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Visiting Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan

Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan warmly welcomes visitors. Some activities are open to paid guests, but priority goes to scouts.  There are several points of interest in the local area. Go to: Link  (includes affordable, locally-owned restaurants).   A drive to Antigo gives you even more options.

CLICK HEREExternal Link to complete the Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Guest Camping Request Form.  Your answers will automatically be added to its "Responses" document.

The Welcome Center is here to help make your stay at camp enjoyable— We're open until 5pm most days, so feel free to stop by with your questions or concerns.  All guests should check in at the Welcome Center, whether staying overnight or not.  Camp guests can stay overnight in Wabaningo if prior reservations have been made, and space is available.

Check-in time:  Check in time is 1PM-3PM.  Please provide your estimated time of arrival if arriving earlier, or later.  If the Welcome Center is closed when you arrive, please check in as soon as possible.

Check-in Procedure: When you arrive at camp, stop by the Welcome Center to check in. If staying overnight, you will be given directions to the Health Lodge (a very short distance away), where you will turn in your required BSA Health form.  You will also be given directions to Wabaningo, where you can find a site for your tent, RV, or pop-up trailer.  The Welcome Center is open until 5PM most days.

Check-out time: NO LATER THAN 10:30AM Saturday.  Please make sure you leave your campsite cleaner than you found it before checking out at the Welcome Center.

Check-out Procedure: When you are ready to leave camp, stop by the Welcome Center to check out. If you will be leaving while early in the morning or later at night, check out by 5PM, prior to your departure time.  All outstanding fees must be paid at the Welcome Center, with the appropriate Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Staff, prior to departure.  Make checks payable to the Northeast Illinois Council.  You can also pay with cash or a credit/debit card (Visa & MasterCard are accepted; call the camp office (715-484-2346) if you have a different type, to verify acceptance.


We offer tent, small RV, and small pop-up trailer sites for families of scouts and scouters in Wabaningo, which is on the other side of the property—a 5-minute drive away from most camp facilities.  Wabaningo 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.  Overnight guests must turn in the appropriate BSA Health Form at the Health Lodge upon arrival.  See “Medical Policies”.  

Meal & Guest Camping Fees

Meal tickets must be purchased at Welcome Center prior to dining

Guest breakfast.......... $5

Guest lunch ................ $6

Guest dinner............... $7

DAILY Meal Ticket.... $16 (Save $2)

Overnight Guest Camping Fees must be paid upon arrival at camp

Overnight Tent Site*....................................... $5 per person, per night

Overnight RV* or Pop-up Trailer*................ $7 per person, per night

Electric & Water Hook-up for RV/Trailer.. $20 per night (very limited)

Children under 3 years of age are FREE

*Bring your own tent, Small RV, or Small Pop-up Trailer to stay in Wabaningo (near the Horse Ranch)

NOTE: All overnight guests must complete the appropriate BSA Annual Health Form to turn in (at the Health Lodge) upon arrival at camp (see HEALTH AND INSURANCE). There are no exceptions to this policy.

ALL Reservations through June 1st: Contact Debi for the camping request form link.

ALL Reservations starting June 15th:  Contact Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation directly.

What to Pack for Overnight Stays:  Make sure you bring bedding (sleeping bag, etc.), toiletries, rain gear, insect repellant, sunscreen, warm clothing (it can get chilly, especially at night) AND swim suits, since the odds say "warm and sunny".  Most importantly, make sure you pack your BSA Annual Health Form.

Helpful Hint:  If small children are part of your family, sand and water toys would be appropriate. 

Cancellations: If you find that you must cancel your reservation, notify the council office or campground as soon as possible.  Depending on the circumstances, refunds are possible, but are not guaranteed.



Visitors must also read and abide by all MSR “Emergency Policies” & “General Policies” – Find them listed in this guide, or at www.makajawan.comExternal Link, under the “At Camp” tab.

Leaders and Guest Camp: The Adult Leader's primary responsibility at camp is to the Unit he/she leads.  While the Leader will be able to schedule time to spend with his/her family, it is important that the family understand that the Scouts and the Unit are the Leader's main concern while attending camp.

Scout Camp Restrictions: With the exception of regularly scheduled visiting periods, Visitors are not permitted in the campsites or program areas, whether they made reservations for Guest Camping, or not.  Families may attend special events such as the Order of the Arrow callouts, campfires, retreats, water carnivals, etc.  Arrangements should be made with the appropriate camp director for visits to campsites or program areas.

IMPORTANT:  Youth who did not register/pay to participate in the week-long camp program (as part of a BSA Unit, or as a Provisional Camper/registered Boy Scout who made arrangements to camp with them) are strictly prohibited from staying overnight with a Unit in their campsite(s).  They must stay in Guest Camping.  NO exceptions.

Unregistered youth who cannot meet minimum age or grade requirements of youth membership in the B.S.A., regardless of their sex, must be in the company, and under the direct supervision, of their parent or guardian at all times when in or on canoes, rowboats, motorboats, sailboats, kayaks, rafts or other watercraft.  Because supervision of Scouts is the primary responsibility of Scouters or other adults in the company of Scouts, underage youth may not accompany their parent or guardian if said parent or guardian is at the same time supervising Scouts (In other words, if an adult made the commitment to be in camp to supervise scouts, they cannot bring a non-scout youth along with them while they fulfill those responsibilities).

Program Activities: Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation does not offer guest or family programs.  We also do not have a “family night”, so it is best to plan your own activities.  The availability of camp activities will be dependent on the Scout resident camp occupancy.  You may eat meals in the dining halls (purchase meal tickets at the Welcome Center) and make use of the camp’s hiking trails.  Off-camp activities may include antique shopping in Antigo, rafting or tubing on the Wolf River, or a visit to the Camp Five Logging Museum in Laona.  When checking in at camp, ask for the “Points of Interest Near Camp” map.


Waterfront: Provided they meet all BSA requirements and follow all camp policies, Guest Campers may use the waterfront facilities located in West Camp.  The dock in the old Family Camp area (now Staff Cabins) is reserved for fishing activities and as such, is unsafe for swimming use. 



Boating: Guest Campers may use boats in accordance with the camp and BSA policy—boats are available at the West Camp Aquatics area, primarily in the afternoon and evening.  Rowboats are limited to 3 people.  Electric or gas motors are prohibited.  All use of canoes, rowboats, motorboats, sailboats, kayaks, rafts and other watercraft by registered youth and adults shall be in conformance with National Scouting Safety Afloat rules, except that youth who are not registered Scouts (or Cub Scouts, Tigers, Varsity Scouts or Venturers) shall be required to follow the same restrictions as Scouts of the same age or grade.  Cub Scouts are prohibited from canoeing and rafting on running water; no Cub Scout age Scout or non-scout may use canoes or rafts associated with camp programs off the reservation.  Unregistered adults must follow the same applicable Safety Afloat rules as registered adults.


Health Forms & Guest Camping: All overnight guests are required to have a completed BSA Health Form.  Please turn in these forms at the Health Lodge, after checking in at the Welcome Center.  See HEALTH AND INSURANCE for the type of form required, and other information.

The Country Store: The Country Store is the Guest Camping trading post.  A variety of snacks and souvenirs, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, and caps (for all sizes) are in stock.  For your convenience, most major credit cards are accepted.  Many other items are available in the town of Pickerel.  To learn more, go to: Link.

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