Program Areas


Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan operates 12 different program Areas each summer.  Both East and West Camp operate their own core program areas; Aquatics, Eco-Con, Handicraft Scoutcraft, Shooting Sports, Trailblazer.  Each camp also operates a unique Pinnacle Area designed to challenge older scouts of at least 13 years of age or Star Rank.  The Reservation Staff operates a number of program areas available to all scouts to add even more opportunities for adventure: The Climbing Wall, Horse Ranch, Cycling Base, Zip Line, and the Black Hole.

Jump To a Specific Program Area

 

Scoutcraft

Shooting Sports


Trailblazer / Wayfinder

Climbing Wall

Cycling Base


 

Horse Ranch

 
 
 

 
 
 

Aquatics

Aquatics is the best way to cool off in the warm summer sun. Aside from the seven merit badges offered at Aquatics, Scouts can swim for fun and enjoy belly flops or dives off the raft. If you are not a strong swimmer, the staff at aquatics are committed to helping you learn to swim. The more advanced swimmer can challenge themselves with Lifesaving merit badge and even work on Safe Swim Defense or Paddle Craft Safety certifications. We also gear all our instruction and activities to be fun and make all scouts feel comfortable, and confident in the water.

 
 
 
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Kayaking, Canoeing, Rowing, and sailing are fun ways to explore the beautiful lake Killian.
A popular event for troops to participate in is the war canoe races.  Each week troops compete against each other to determine the camp champion in these ten man boat races.  At the end of the week the East Camp champion battles the West Camp champion for the prestigious Killian Cup.

Merit Badges Offered At Aquatics

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Canoeing

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Kayaking

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Life Saving

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Rowing

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Swimming

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Small Boat Sailing

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

 
 
 

Ecology Conservation

At the Ecology Conservation center, or Eco-Con, Scouts can participate in over fifteen nature related merit badges offered at the nature lodge. Scouts can enjoy fishing down at the dock, a hike along the nature trail or a night under the stars. Our knowledgeable staff will help you experience nature in a whole new way. There is always something crawling, swimming, or slithering at Eco-con.

 
 
 
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Merit Badges Offered At Ecology Conservation

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Astronomy

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Bird Study

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Environmental Science

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Fish and Wildlife Management

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Fishing

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Forestry

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Geology

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Insect Study

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Mammal Study

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Nature

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Oceanography

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Reptile and Amphibian Study

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Astronomy Overnight

  • Bird Hike

  • Fish Fry

  • Bog Boogie

  • Night Hike

 
 
 

Handicraft

Handicraft offers Scouts a chance to express their artistic side with different arts and crafts merit badges. Stop by and throw some clay on a potters wheel, paint a picture, or let your imagination be your guide. Scouts will be proud to bring home their merit badges — and their projects too!

 
 
 
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Merit Badges Offered At Hanicraft

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Art

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Basketry

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Composite Materials

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Indian Lore

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Leatherwork

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Metalwork

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Photography

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Pottery

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Sculpture

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Space Exploration

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Wood Carving

 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Reed Hike

  • Rocket Launch

 
 
 

Pinnacle

Designed as a unique opportunity for older scouts, Pinnacle offers a variety of merit badges chosen with the interest of our older scouts in mind. There are several Eagle Required badges for scouts working towards this goal as well as many badges that relate towards career exploration.

 
 
 
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Integrating a unique opportunity for older scouts, Pinnacle offers a variety of merit badges focusing on athletics, science, and engineering. There are several Eagle Required badges for scouts working towards this goal, as well as many badges centered on career exploration. This summer both East and West Pinnacle will be offering the same badges.

Scouts must be at least 13 years of age or have earned the Star rank to take Pinnacle Merit Badges.

Merit Badges Offered At Pinnacle

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Athletics

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Chemistry

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Chess

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Communications

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Cooking

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Crime Prevention

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Emergency Preparedness

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Engineering

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Entrepreneurship

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Fingerprinting

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Fire Safety

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Personal Fitness

 
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Salesmanship

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Whitewater

 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Chess Competitions

  • Cook-Offs

  • Science Experiments

  • Older Scout Program

 
 
 

Scoutcraft

Scoutcraft is where “men go to play.” Don’t expect the scenery to stay the same for long; staff and campers are constantly building new pioneering structures using their lashing skills and creativity. Other opportunities include fire building, camping, backpacking, and pioneering.

 
 
 
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Merit Badges Offered At Scoutcraft

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Backpacking

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Camping

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First Aid

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Hiking

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Orienteering

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Pioneering

 
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Search and Rescue

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Wilderness Survival

 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Paul Bunyan

  • Wilderness Survival Overnight

  • Totin’ Chip

  • Fireman Chit

 
 
 

Shooting Sports

Shooting sports affords scouts the unique opportunity to try Archery, Rifle, and Shotgun. The ranges are open for both merit badge and open shooting each day. Safety is the main priority so the MSR staff is always working to ensure scouts learn how to safely handle a firearm. Scouts and Adults alike are encouraged to come down to the range to learn how to stay safe on the range and improve their marksmanship.

 
 
 
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Merit Badges Offered At Shooting Sports

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Archery

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Rifle Shooting

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Shotgun Shooting

 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Platinum Pigeon

  • Silver Bullet

  • Golden Arrow

POLICIES

Training: All scouts must have the necessary Firearms Safety Training to participate on any NEIC range. This training is provided at MSR and is good for 2 years after completing the training. Scouts must present their FST cards when entering any of the MSR ranges – No Exceptions.

Eye & Ear Protection: A mandatory requirement of the Boy Scouts of America is that eye and ear protection must be worn by anyone at this area.  The camp will provide this or you may use your own.  For safety reasons, no targets other than those approved by the Range Safety Officer will be allowed.

Commands: The Shooting Sports program is run with safety as its primary consideration. All Scouts will be expected to obey all commands given by the Shooting Sports staff and all range policies.  Shooting Sports activities include: rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, archery, and black powder demonstrations. Any scout or leader who is uncooperative with Shooting Sports staff will be asked to leave the program area.

Practice and Costs: Any Scout taking a Shooting Sports merit badge should be aware that skill practice will be required; Scouts wishing to take Shotgun Shooting should be aware the shooting requirement can be expensive.

No one is allowed to bring their own archery equipment, firearms, or ammunition to camp.  All such items if brought to camp (in violation of this policy) must be left in the care of the Shooting Sports Director.  The items will be returned when the individual leaves camp.

Weather: During inclement weather, the ranges will open at the discretion of the Range Safety Officer of the area. The main concern is the safety of the scouts on the range. Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan has made great strides to improve the ranges to be able to continue to shoot during rainy weather.

Signing In: Please help out Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan by signing into each range when you use it. The attendance numbers and data collected will help improve the facilities and program for Shooting Sports. We can’t do it without you!

Thank you in advance for your help!

 
 

Trailblazer & Wayfinder

First time at camp? Don’t sweat it! At Trailblazer (West Camp) and Wayfinder (East Camp), first year Scouts can earn almost all of the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Requirements. Led by experienced staff members, Trailblazer & Wayfinder are a comprehensive program which teaches young Scouts basic skills for camping, first aid, knots, lashings, swimming, map and compass, and nature skills. Here we also invite Scouts to experience all that Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan has to offer, from its towering trees, winding trails, and the crystalline Lake Killian!

 
 
 
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Daytime Program Offered at Trailblazer

2018 Trailblazer Schedule

Daytime Program Offered at Wayfinder

Wayfinder is a new take on the Trailblazer program, offering a less traditional, patrol based approached targeted to First-Year Scouts and Scouts working on Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class rank requirements. Wayfinder will offer the same requirements as the Trailblazer program that takes place over in West Camp. 

2018 Wayfinder Schedule [PDF] 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Totin’ Chip

  • Fireman Chit