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Summer Camp

Troop 924 attends a long term camp every summer at MaKaJaWan Scout Reservation near Antigo, Wisconsin. (The camp is about a 6 hour drive from Evanston.) MaKaJaWan is owned and operated by the Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts. The Troop attends the camp the two weeks immediately after local district summer schools. The exact dates are given in the Troop Calendar. The approximate cost is $225 per week plus transportation. A limited number of camperships are available from the Northeast Illinois Council.

Camp provides an excellent opportunity for boys to learn outdoor skills, organization, time management and personal responsibility. They can earn Rank Requirements toward Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class in the Trailblazer program. Over 30 Merit Badges are offered also. Older Scouts can earn many of the Merit Badges necessary for the higher ranks. We use the Patrol system at camp, and have all of the usual leadership positions (SPL, ASPL, QM, Historian, etc.).

In some years, there is the opportunity to join the Trail Boss team during the first or second week of camp for scouts of age 13 and above, who have attended at least one full camp session, Boys can apply for this opportunity in the early spring. They will perform trail maintenance during the day and enjoy the regular evening programs of camp. This experience is free of charge -- and the scout receives an additional week of camp free of charge.

Scouts may attend either the first or second week of camp, or may attend both weeks. The first week runs from Sunday through the following Saturday, but are welcome to stay till Sunday morning.

Parents are invited to join their Scouts for a raft trip and BBQ dinner in camp on the Saturday at the end of the first week. Parents may stay at the family camp in MaKaJaWan on Friday and Saturday nights, or may find local accommodations. Scouts are required to stay in camp overnight though.

The second week runs from Sunday through Saturday. Scouts attending only the second week are welcome a day early on Saturday. They may join the Troop for the raft trip and dinner.

The Troop is required to provide its own adult leadership. Several parents must attend each year. This adult leadership makes it possible for the Troop to attend summer camp.

Fully completed medical forms with parent and doctor signatures are required by the BSA.