Summer Camps

Every summer, Troop 28 scouts participate in two BSA camps during the summer: Camp Ma-ka-ja-wan and a high adventure camp. These camps are optional, but are a great way to learn more about scouting, make advancement progress, and most importantly, have fun!

Ma-ka-ja-wan Scout Reservation

Troop 28 joins the thousands of Scouts from the Northeast Illinois Council who spend a week (or two) at the Ma-ka-ja-wan Scout Reservation each summer. Ma-ka-ja-wan is the Northeast Illinois Council’s Boy Scout camp and is located in 1,560 acres of pristine forest near Pearson, in north-central Wisconsin , about 25 miles northeast of Antigo.

The camp comprises two lakes, a natural creek, numerous trails, two full-service Scout camps, a wilderness camp, an outdoor climbing wall, a horse ranch and a family camping area (among many other things).

Most Troop 28’s new scouts can spend a week at a Ma-ka-ja-wan participating in a program like Trailblazers or Wayfinder where they will complete many of the requirements required to advance through First Class rank, earn one or more merit badges, all while participating in a variety of recreational activities including white water rafting, horesback riding, ziplining, and rifle shooting. Older scouts can spend a week or more working on and often completing multiple merit badges at the nature lodge, the waterfront, the Scoutcraft area and the rifle range. It’s a particularly good time to earn the Environmental Science, Swimming and Lifesaving merit badges, which can be difficult to work on during the long Glencoe winter! Adult Scouters supervise all activities, assisted by qualified Varsity Scouts and senior Boy Scouts.

Troop 28 usually joins the rest of the camp at the mess hall for all of its meals. We also try to take a day to do some whitewater rafting together on the nearby Wolf River.

Summer camp presents an excellent opportunity for boys to earn merit badges.

Second-year boys focus on merit badges; Swimming and Lifesaving (both Eagle-required) are both taught at summer camp, and can be a bit challenging to earn outside of summer camp.

First-year boys often opt for the “trailblazer” program, which helps them fulfill key requirements for advancement through 1st class. New scouts are particularly encouraged (but certainly not required) to attend.

BSA Medical Form Requirements

Current BSA medical forms are needed by all who attend camp. Like all BSA activities, summer camps require Medical Forms Part A and B. However, for extended camps, the BSA also requires Part C, which needs to be completed by a physician within the last year. Additional precautions may be necessary for High Adventure trips.

Camp FAQs

I have summer school/sports camp/sleepaway camp/family travel commitments/other activities planned for the summer. Do I have to attend Ma-ka-ja-wan?
No. Not at all. Ma-ka-ja-wan is an entirely optional summer activity. However many Scouts enjoy participating in Ma-ka-ja-wan camp programs and it is a great opportunity to work on rank advancement and merit badges – including many of the time-consuming Eagle-required badges.
I am interested in Ma-ka-ja-wan, but the price is too steep for our family. What can we do?
The Friends of Glencoe Scouting will make scholarships available for Troop 28 Scouts self-reporting financial need. No Scout should miss out on the opportunity to participate due to financial need. Please contact the Troop Committee Treasurer, Committee Chair, or Scoutmaster in confidence for more information on how to make a request.
What is Trailblazer/Wayfinder?
Trailblazer and Wayfinder are the names of Ma-ka-ja-wans week-long programs for new Scouts. Trailblazer has been offered for many years at Ma-ka-ja-wan. Wayfinder is a newer program that was introduced in 2018 for troops with campsites in Ma-ka-ja-wan’s “East Camp.” Troop 28 has a designated spot in East Camp and so our Scouts particpate in Wayfinder.
If I attend Ma-ka-ja-wan will I be ready for my First Class Board of Review when I am done?
Probably not. While many of the requirements are covered at Ma-ka-ja-wan, there also many requirements that are not covered at Ma-ka-ja-wan. This includes many of the safety, citizenship, and cooking requirements plus requirements for troop activities, and Boards of Review. The counselors at Ma-Ka-ja-wan will provide instruction on a number of requirements, typically listed on the weekly program schedule. However, the counselors do NOT sign off on requirements — that responsibility falls on troop leadership. Scouts may work with older Scouts/adult leaders to get requirements signed off while at Ma-ka-ja-wan. If a Scout does not have requirements signed off in their handbook while at Ma-ka-ja-wan, the Troop will receive an advancement report at the end of the week and will provide opportunities after the camp week to allow Scouts to demonstrate their mastery of the skills learned.
I worked on a merit badge. What next?
Each day of camp, the Troop adult leaders will receive a printout of the requirements each Scout has completed in their merit badge programs. Scouts are encouraged to ask to see the reports to verify that their accomplishments have been recorded. If there are any errors, it is MUCH, MUCH easier to correct during the week while still fresh in mind for the Scout, the counselors, the Troop leaders, and for any potential “witnesses.” At the end of the week, the Troop will receive a final advancement report. At that time, there is a small window to attempt to correct omissions. If the Ma-ka-ja-wan advancement report shows a completed badge, the Troop Advancement Coordinator will record the badge in Scoutbook with an effective date as of the Ma-ka-ja-wan week. If a Scout completed part of an Eagle-requirement merit badge, or completed most of a merit badge, the Advancement Coordinator will create a partial blue card and recommend a local Merit Badge Counselor for the Scout to work with to completed the badge. If the Scout completed the additional requirements prior to Ma-ka-ja-wan, the Advancement Coordinator will recommend a Merit Badge Counselor to verify completion of the badge.