Camping: Miakonda Camping Policy

Effective February 28, 2014
Amended January 1, 2023

Camp Miakonda Facility Reservation Policy
Camp Miakonda is a multi-use facility that serves both the Boy Scouts of America and the community at large year-round. Reserving facilities at Camp Miakonda is coordinated through the Council Camp Program Assistant at the Council office.

Unless a site/facility is officially reserved through the Council Camp Program Assistant, including payment of the required site/facility deposit, the site/facility should be considered as NOT reserved. All Scouting units and non-Scouting groups should contact the Council Camp Program Assistant directly to reserve a site/facility at Camp Miakonda. Erie Shores Council Scouting units will have a precedent (1st) over Out of Council Scouting Units (including Girl Scouts)(2nd), and non-Scouting units (3rd) for reservations.

All reservations for Camp Miakonda facilities must have 15% the rental fee paid as a non-refundable deposit at the time the reservation is made with the balance paid in full 14 days before the event. Reservations not paid by at that time, are considered unreserved and available. If under 14 days, all fees must be paid at the time the reservation is made. Reservations not paid in full on the designated due date (14 days before the event) are subject to additional fees. A cabin/facility/campsite is not considered reserved until payment is made. You will be sent an invoice or receipt when your fees are paid in full in advance of your reservation.

Rental deposits for canceled reservations -- regardless of the cause -- will be returned to the unit account on Tentaroo, less the non-refundable deposite equal to fifteen percent (15%) of the full facility rental fee. There shall be no exceptions to this policy if a cancellation is made less than 2 weeks from the rental date than there will be no refund issued. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. They must be submitted in writing to Council Camp Program Assistant no more than one week after the date of the reservation.

Facilities rented for special events (District Weekends, Community Camps/ Events, etc.) must be reserved six weeks prior to the activity. Cabins not designated and paid 30 days in advance of activity date will be available for reservation by other groups.

Special Events, Closed Weekends

Only the Council Camping Committee or Camp Property Manager have the authority to reserve Camp Miakonda for the exclusive use of a district, committee, non-Scouting function, or a special event or activity. Historically, a period of exclusive use has come to be known as a "closed weekend." A closed weekend includes the use of the Ford Center, Chapel, Parade Field, and all Fire Rings.

A district or committee which would like to have exclusive use of Camp Miakonda for an event or activity must submit a written request for a closed weekend to the Council Camp Program Assistant at least one year in advance of the first day of an event or activity. Failure to submit a written request one year in advance will result in the 30-day policy of facility availability for Scouting and non-Scouting activities. 

All requests need to consider Camp's fiscal responsibilities. A Closed Weekend includes the use of the Ford Center, Council Lodge, Chapel, Parade/ Activity Field, and Fire Rings.
Once a request for a closed weekend has been approved by the Council Camping Committee or Property Manager, reservations for camp facilities during the closed weekend will be accepted from only those individuals, units, or groups which fall with the scope or purpose of the closed weekend.
Camp facilities on closed weekends, which are not reserved and all fees fully paid 30 days prior to the activity will be immediately available for reservation by other groups within Scouting and by non-Scouting organizations. 

Weekend Program

It is requested that every unit/ group staying in Camp, completes a Good Turn project for the betterment of Camp. 
Camp Miakonda is a true Scouting and community treasure. For over 100 years, Camp Miakonda has enriched the lives of the youth it serves. With our use of this wonderful Camp comes the responsibility to maintain the Camp's grounds and facilities so that Camp Miakonda can continue its mission of service for generations to come.
As part of the reservation policy, once in Camp, you are asked to contact the Camp Ranger for an age-appropriate service project to benefit the Camp. Not only will the service project benefit the Camp, it offers us all an opportunity to practice the Boy Scout Slogan: Do a Good Turn Daily.

A list of the cabins and facilities being used will be provided to:
- Miakonda Ranger/ Property Manager
- Weekend Camp Host 
- Weekend First Aid Personnel
-Camp Program Assistant 

This list will include: Cabin or Facility Being Used, Unit Number or Group Using, Leader name and emergency mobile number, and the date paid for. Any unit or group arriving at Camp during check-in that does not have a permit, nor has paid the rental fee may do so by paying the Camp Host, Ranger, or at the Scout Shop (9:30 AM to 12 Noon Saturdays).

Gear Drop off at Miakonda

Units may drop off supplies in Camp between Noon - 8:00 PM on Friday only. All vehicles must be out of Camp by 9:00 PM. No unauthorized vehicles are allowed in Camp from 9:00 PM Friday until 8:00 AM Sunday, unless otherwise permitted.

Wood Burning Cabins at Miakonda

During the winter camping season, the cabins that use wood (Steadman/ Engle/ Rosewood) at Camp Miakonda will have a full rack of wood at the cabin when you check-in. In return for this service, at the end of the weekend, your Scouts need to refill the wood rack with hardwood for the next group. Any questions can be directed towards the Camp Ranger.

Garbage at Miakonda

Dumpsters are located behid the Ford Center (November- May) -or- the Program Shed/ back parking lot (June- October) for your convenience. 

Weekend Camping Hours

Friday, 6:00 PM - Sunday, 10:00 AM
Any unit who wishes to stay past 10:00 AM must inform the Ranger.