Rebuilding Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan

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Since 1929, thousands of Scouts have been introduced to the Magic of Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan through the life-changing experience of camping in the wilderness.  On July 19th, 2019, a macroburst devastated Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation and changed the landscape for years to come.

Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan will be open summer 2020, but for Scouts to experience the Magic of Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan, a lot of work must be done to rebuild camp.  We are grateful for volunteers including the Wilderness Engineering Society and others who are committed to helping us rebuild camp in the most cost-efficient manner possible. 

Current estimates are that it will cost approximately $600,000 to rebuild camp, not including the cost to repair the minimal damage to three of our six insured buildings.  These costs include:

  • Infrastructure Repairs and Upgrades (utilities, roads, tree removal, etc.) - $257,000
  • Housing and Campsites (cabins, staff housing, shelters, latrines, tents, cots) - $276,000
  • Program Related Repairs (teaching shelters, zip line, etc.) - $44,000

These figures are estimates and do not include a contingency for unexpected expenses, which are likely to come up in a project of this magnitude.

Through the generous support of donors like you, we have raised over $340,000.  We have received an additional $157,000 through the sale of lumber that loggers are removing to restore safety to camp.

You can help Rekindle the Magic of Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan by helping us rebuild camp.  To contribute to rebuilding Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan, donate online now by clicking "Make a Donation" above or mail a check to:

Northeast Illinois Council
Attn: Rebuilding Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan
850 Forest Edge Dr.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

100% of the donations received for the "Rebuilding Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan" campaign will be used for the recovery and rebuilding efforts at camp.

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