Ma-HA! (Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan High Adventure)

Who doesn’t like adventure? We sure do! That’s why we’re working hard to bring you some traditional and brand new programming to help you plan your Ideal Year of Scouting!  We’ve got a bit of information to get you started, but soon we’ll be adding a lot more activities and opportunities to support your program.

So, what is Ma-HA?

Ma-HA is part of the Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan High Adventure program, but that doesn’t mean that everything we do is in the Northwoods. Ma-HA will bring you excellent local programming meant to support your unit’s high adventure program much closer to home.  From biking around Camp Crown, to kayaking near your own neighborhood, you’ll want to check back her as we populate this area with year-round fun for everyone!

What’s available right now?

Please check out the following opportunities and rental fees. Don’t forget to visit our Ma-Ha page regularly so that you don’t miss anything on your Scouting adventure. All you have to do is fill out our Ma-HA Equipment & Activity Rental Form to get started!

Mobile Climbing Wall

Weeknight Meeting (2 hours of climbing) $175 Avg. Total Climbs 96

Half-Day Program (4 hours of Climbing)-$275 Avg. Total Climbs 192

Full-Day Festival (8 hours of climbing)-$525 Avg. Total Climbs 384

*$75 each additional hour

Times are based on operational hours when climbers have access to wall. The organizing party must provide access two hours before start of program and 1 hour post program for set up and take down of wall.

Operation Location Policy

Site must be at least 20’ x 50’ with ability for vehicle to maneuver wall into position

Location must be on durable flat level ground. Grass is acceptable if it is firm and able to support pads and wall structure without sinking. We are not responsible for any damage from truck or wall tire, pads, structure, or trampled from traffic.

Must be clear of any overhanging trees/ limbs, power lines/cables, or any structures that could interfere with safe operations of the climbing wall.

If climbing goes past sunset the site must be lighted like a retail store parking lot.

The wall will not run if…

  • It is raining during set up or during climbing
  • Thunder or Lightning is heard or seen during climbing
  • The temperature is below 50 degrees F at noon
  • Wind gusts over 25mph

Mobile Climbing Wall Rental Agreement

Mountain Bikes

Temporarily out of call for use at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation. The bikes will be returning from camp and available for rental beginning August 10th. Reserve Today!

Half Day(4 Hours)- $60

Full Day (8 Hours)-$100

Weekend(3 Full Days**)-$250

*Individual Bike $25/day **$80 per additional day

Includes: 14 Bikes, 14 helmets, First Aid Kit, and tire pumps.

Recommended Trail Systems

Beulah Park

Des Plaines River Trail

Kettle Moraine Southern Unit

Silver Lake Park

Canoes or Kayaks

Kayaks temporarily out of call for use at Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation. The kayaks will be returning from camp and available for rental beginning August 10th. Reserve Today!

Half Day (4 Hours)-$30

Full Day (8 Hours)-$50

Weekend(3 Full Days**)-$100

Canoe Trailer includes: 4 Canoes, 8 paddles, & 8 PFDs (Personal Flotation Device).

Kayak Trailer includes: 10 kayaks, 10 paddles, & 10 PFDs (Personal Flotation Device). 

Recommended Water Trails

Des Plaines River Trail

Illinois River Routes

Silver Lake Park

Skokie Lagoons

Wisconsin River Routes


Guides can be provided for any program by Northeast Illinois Council at $20/hr (Local) or $125/day (Overnight).

Transportation Policy

Units will be charged a $.86/mile delivery fee to get items at will be charged for any location outside Northeast Illinois Council Boundaries or not at one of the following approved locations: Camp Sol. R Crown, Camp Oakarro, and Silver Lake Park. The transportation fee will be waived for any unit that picks up and drops off rentals from storage  area. All fees will be based on best route according to google maps from the Council Headquarters in Highland Park, IL.

Reservation and Payment Policy

Reservations are based on first come first serve basis. To reserve a rental a 50% deposit is required. Balance is due 7 days before reserved date.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund cancel more than 24 hours before program. If canceled less than 24 hours before program a 50% refund will be issued.

Please direct questions to Adam Hoeflich.