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
Each summer. Troop 28 joins thousands of Scouts from the Northeast Illinois Council who spend a week (or two) at the Ma-ka-ja-wan Scout Reservation. 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). Troop 28 has historically visited during “Week 5” of the summer (approximately the 3rd week of July).
New scouts are particularly encouraged (but certainly not required) to attend. Newer scouts — especially scouts whose term-time commitments limit their ability to participate in weekend campouts and weekly troop meetings — can spend a week at a Ma-ka-ja-wan participating in a program like Trailblazers where they can 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, horseback riding, ziplining, and rifle shooting.
Older scouts can spend a week making good progress on Eagle-required merit badges, and completing multiple additional elective and Eagle-required merit badges at the nature lodge, the waterfront, the Scoutcraft area and the rifle range. Older scouts also have the option of participating in Ma-ka-ja-wan’s Coureurs des Bois (“runners of the woods”) daily high adventure program, while still camping with the troop and building leadership skills. Older scouts can also be Counselors-in-Training or Counselors at Ma-ka-ja-wan or at NEIC’s week-long Cub Scout camp programs at Camp Oakarro.
Summer camp is a particularly good venue for earning 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.
For more information, start here:
- Offerings for Boy Scouts (Scouts BSA)
- Makajawan Program Areas
- Merit Badges at Makajawan
- 2023 Summer East Camp Merit Badge Schedule
You can also check out the troop photo archives from past summers:
- Makajawan 2018
- Napowan 2019 (this was the summer Makajawan was hit with a massive storm just before our arrival, so the troop attended a similar BSA resident camp run by a neighboring Council
- No camp in 2020 due to COVID pandemic
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.
Phil, a scout from Troop 68 created a handy summer camp packing checklist as part of his Communications Merit Badge:
Troop 28 hosts a week-long summer High Adventure Trip for older scouts (usually aged 13+ or 14+ depending on the program). Recent destinations have included:
- Sailing on Lake Superior
- A multi-activity “taster” program featuring climbing hiking, skateboarding, BMX biking, ziplining and more at the BSA’s Summit base camp in Bechtel, West Virginia, and
- Canoeing in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters