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Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan 2015

Summer Camp at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan is fast approaching and with it comes everything needed to ensure a smooth experience.

Summer camp at Northeast Illinois Council’s little slice of heaven called Camp Makajawan is fast approaching.  One month from now Troop 96 will be getting into vehicles and making the trek North to begin the grand adventure.  There have been lots of preparations.  We are past the registration, payments, and special dietary needs.  Here are the last things to focus on now…

There will be a meeting Tues 6/16 7-9 PM (At Committee Chariman Jane Bryant-Klett’s house) for all adults that will be attending Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan.
Adults be sure that your YPT, registration, and if you are driving, auto insurance information is up-to-date and turned in to the appropriate people.

The BSA Annual Health and Medical forms – click for link to Parts A, B, and C of the form (Part C is the one that needs a signature from your doctor) need to be completed and turned in by June 1.  Experienced scouts may have an old form on file but it must have an expiration date after the close of summer camp (7/12) – Forms are good for 1 year from date of physician signature – the forms used for Philmont or NOAC are acceptable for use at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan.  The Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan committee needs these forms this far in advance of camp due to the volume of cross checking and copies that need to be made to create binders that stay in various locations at camp.

Advancement – be sure that you are signed-up for the programs and merit badges that you will be working on.  First year scouts should be focused on Trailblazer.  Review and complete prerequisites and start reading merit badge books.  Please don’t sign up for Cooking, Camping or First Aid at camp.  You will find we do a better job on those here in Lake County.  Do sign up for the Waterfront Merit Badges – they do a better job “up there.”

Check to be sure that you signed up for a troop t-shirt.  There will probably be some extras but do you want to leave it to chance?

Start reviewing the equipment list on the Troop 96 website to eliminate last minute runs to the store

Download the permission slip and turn it in to have one less thing to do at the end.  It’s due no later than June 22.

There will be a special session at the June 22 troop meeting to cover items to pack.

 We will depart from the StG Parking lot on Sunday, July 5.  Scouts should be in the parking lot no later than 7 AM with all their gear plus a sack lunch and drink.  We will collect spending money (money should be in an envelope with the Scout’s name and the amount).  Medications will also be collected before we leave.  Scouts should be in uniform for the travel to camp.

The list is getting shorter – we are almost there – and then the FUN begins!!


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