West Camp



West Camp comprises the newer part of Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation, the land for this camp being purchased in the 1950’s.  The camp began operation in 1959, and thus still has a rich tradition of many years.  The camp is located around a large grassy field, ideal for orienteering, frisbee, softball, and other outdoor sports.  Many such games take place simultaneously in the open area, roughly the size of 4 football fields.  All of the program areas and campsites are situated around this field, making the camp more compact than East Camp.  This has the advantage of reducing walking time to all parts of camp, but the disadvantage of putting most campsites within sight of other troops.

West Camp is conveniently located near the Country Store and the central Administration area (which includes the Welcome Center).  However, it’s quite a hike from West Camp to the Chapel or Order of the Arrow Bowl.  Of the two camps, West comprises less old forest, with much of if being pine plantation and the open central field.  Still, all the campsites are located in traditional forest, not plantation.  West Camp includes several features of interest, including Skid’s Creek which runs out of Lake Killian  and a wonderful firebowl with a great view of the Lake.


West Camp’s campsites are named after American pioneers (with one exception).  They are:


This campsite is closest to the dining hall and parking area, just to the left off the main road of camp.  The site is named after John Wesley Powell and is designed for disabled access.  The site is flat, with blacktopped paths on level with the tent platforms.  The site has its own showerhouse and a shelter.  The site is open, however, to any unit, and can be expanded in the back to accommodate one or two units totaling 30-35 campers.  The site is close to Boone Campsite.


Isolated at the top of a hill, Fremont is a medium sized campsite that can support roughly 34 Scouts.  Named after John C. Frémont, a U.S. senator, explorer, and mapmaker, this site offers a small campsite feel with most of the tents surrounding a single firepit.  Fremont campsite shares the showerhouse with Powell campsite, but does have a shelter of its own.  Fremont campsite is sometimes used as a third part of Powell campsite when Troops become too large.  Although this site shares the showerhouse with Powell, it is not recommended for disabled access as there is a steep gravel road leading to the campsite.


Boone is a sprawling and spacious campsite, well located behind Powell & near the parking lot.  The site is somewhat hilly, with patrol sites on 5 different levels.  It has 1 shelter and 1 latrine, but can accommodate up to 3 units,  totaling 50-60 campers (expansion possible to 70 campers).  Privacy of the patrol sites is fairly good, though the camp is located close to both Powell and Clark.  Boone is very close to the dining hall and camp office, but further from many of the program areas.


Named for Kit Carson, this site is one of the larger sites geographically and is fairly open.  It is located on the western end of the main field, and so is some distance from aquatics and eco-con.  Carson has a close neighbor in Bowie, which is just across the road.  Nevertheless, it is well situated for everything in camp (it’s also closest to the trading post).  The site has a main area with several patrol sites plus a hilltop site; it includes a shelter, latrine, and capacity for 30 to 40 scouts from one or two units.


This site is located at the southern end of the main camp road which loops through West Camp.  As a result, it is reasonably isolated, yet still within easy walking distance of everything in camp (with aquatics and eco-con being the furthest away).  The site has twos shelters and one latrine and consists of two very distinct sites: one high on a hill and one at its foot.  Thus the site is ideal for two units; it has a total capacity of roughly 30-40 campers.


This campsite is near Bowie, Bridger, and the showerhouse off the northwest corner of the camp field.  Lewis has two distinct areas allowing it to be shared easily by two units.  The site is flat, relatively open, and has one shelter and one latrine.  The site sits right in the corner of the two main camp roads in West Camp and is probably the most centrally located of all the sites.  However, the site is relatively small, housing roughly 30-35 campers.


Bowie is located directly across the road from Carson, near Lewis, and in the area west of the main camp field.  It is an open, flat site with plenty of room for a larger unit.  Bowie has 1 shelter and 1 latrine, but distinct patrol sites allow it to be shared by two units (1 small, 1 larger). The total capacity is 40 campers.  Bowie is centrally located, with only aquatics and eco-con being a 5 minute walk away.


Bridger is located closest to the showerhouse in West Camp, just off the northwest corner of the camp field; it is also fairly close to the shooting sports area, but farther from aquatics than some sites.  Still, nothing is more than 5 minutes walk away.  The site has an open central area ringed with patrol sites, including one hilltop site.  The site also includes a shelter and a latrine and can house approximately 40 campers.  Bridger is neighbored by Cody and Lewis campsites but is reasonably isolated from both.


Originally two separate sites, Cody has two shelters but one latrine.  The site is closest to the shooting sports area and near the showerhouse, but is conveniently located for all facilities.  It is located north of the northwest corner of the camp field.  The site is somewhat hilly but with large open areas in both the hill site to the left (Cody B) and the main area to the right (Cody A).  In both sites, this open area is ringed with patrol sites, allowing the two areas to share this site comfortably; both sites can house up to 20 scouts.  Cody B’s nearest neighbor is Bridger, while Cody A is near Crockett.


This site is one of the more isolated in West Camp, located some distance to the north of the main camp field.  It location places it very close to scoutcraft, aquatics, and eco-con, but it is somewhat further to the dining hall and camp office.  Crockett’s nearest neighbor is Cody which is on a hill crest above it but out of sight.  The site itself is relatively low capacity and fairly flat.  Crockett has an open main area and three distinct patrol sites off this area.  It has one shelter, one latrine, and capacity for up to 25 campers in one unit (or two smaller units who want to share a site).  A pleasant place to camp!


Named for a donor to Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan, Whitney is also referred to by some as Northcamp due to its location in the northeast corner of West Camp.  Whitney is unique in being the only site located on the lake.  Whitney has one shelter, a latrine, and a dock on the lake.  Access to the camp is across Skid’s Creek.  Whitney is a fair distance from the dining hall and camp office, but very close to scoutcraft, aquatics, and eco-con.  It also has no real campsite neighbors.  Whitney consists of two distinct areas: one near the lake and one further inland.  The campsite can be shared by two units and holds up to 40 campers.