Mah-Kah-Wee Program Center
This 250-acre site is located in Chuluota, just east of Orlando in Seminole county. Purchased in 1970, Mah-Kah-Wee, which means “Earth Maiden,” received its name as a result of a troop contest and was dedicated on March 7, 1971.
Mah-Kah-Wee Program Center provides girls and adults outdoor programming 365 days a year. Every summer, Girl Scouts and their friends from across the country celebrate one of the longest Girl Scouting traditions: summer camp.
Both resident and day camps are offered every summer, promising favorites like horseback riding and water adventures. But don't be surprised by emerging camps for modern girls like surfing and dragon boating!
During the year, Girl Scouts of Citrus welcomes community and corporate partners to outdoor leadership experiences through our low and high-ropes training.
Reservations for Troop/Group Camping and Camporee’s will open July 1st, 2021, for the fall of 2021.
Mah-Kah-Wee is available for troop camping, camporees and various day activities and events by reservation from September through the 2nd week of May. Troops can request troop camping three months out, and camporees may submit requests nine months out. Mah-Kah-Wee Program Center observes the same holiday schedule as the Council Service Center.
Reservations: Reservations will open 9 months to the date to accommodate troop camping, camporees and day activities, this is a rolling calendar.
The following dates are for camporees only. Please be aware that no activities or facilities will be available for troop use during the camporees.
Please be aware that we will only be accepting camporee reservations on the dates listed above.
All other requests will not be accepted and will be cancelled and removed.
The Outdoor Program and Property Teams are located at Mah-Kah-Wee and observe the same work week and holiday schedule as the Council Service Center, unless specified otherwise during events, summer camps or other activities.
Each unit has a screened unit house with tables, benches and a refrigerator with ice. The following items are provided within each unit: multiple grills, picnic tables, separate bath house containing toilets and hot showers, metal buckets for washing dishes, toilet paper, hand soap, paper towels, brooms and a water hose.
Guests are responsible for providing all other amenities including, but not limited to: charcoal, matches, firestarters, all food and beverages, cooking supplies and utensils, patrol boxes, cooler chests, drink coolers, all cleaning supplies for unit including: bathroom, unit house, cabins and dishes. Liquid fire starters are not permitted nor Match Lite® type charcoal. Only appropriate Fire Starters are allowed and are NOT provided and must be prepared prior to arrival.
All activities are available for weekend and day events by reserving them through our online reservation system, Doubleknot. Deposit is required at time of reservation and will not be confirmed without it. Activities will either be Facilitator Led (Requires a GSC Certified Staff Member) or Leader Led (Adults review information and lead activity). Please refer to the fee schedule for more information regarding each activity, fees and ratios.
This is one of the many Environmental patches that can be earned by visiting GSC properties. Girls will learn about Armadillos and other animals that are native to Mah-Kah-Wee as well as other activities.
A digital copy of the manual will be sent 2 weeks prior to arrival. Instructions and supplies for all the activities are provided on location and will take place at the Nature Center located in the Parking Lot.
Each session runs approximately 3 hours.
Learn the basics of orienteering when you participate in our compass course. Have fun learning compass games and other skills. Please see Site Ranger for your Program Box.
Each session runs approximately 3 hours.
Upon request, you may reserve a cut and prepared flag at no cost with instructions for a flag ceremony to use at the fire ring.
Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball. Fun and easy, everyone gets a serious workout. Instructions and balls are located on site.
Uses orienteering skills and GPS (global positioning system) units. Directions are included with each kit as well as the coordinates at MKW. There are currently 6 GPS units available, no more than 3 girls per GPS unit. Please see Site Ranger for your Program Box.
Each session runs approximately 3 hours.
Troops/Groups may hike on either the Blue Trail on the West Side and/or the Purple Trail on the East Side. Always be sure that girls are properly protected from the elements by using bug spray, sunscreen, closed toe and closed heel shoes, bandana and always have a water bottle and a means of communication.
Never hike alone and always let the Ranger know if you are going on a hike.
A unique outdoor educational opportunity that consists of two different trails (Purple & Blue) with activities at each mailbox. These trails are a great way to get familiar with the camp grounds and learn about environmental science. Each mailbox includes instruction and materials for self-led activities.
Completion time for each trail varies based on: age of the group, size of the group, weather and location of the trail. Please allow at least 1-2 hours per trail. Usually, girls complete only 1 trail during their visit, giving them the opportunity to come again for either a day outing or another overnight.
Funoes are available for our Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies. Canoes are available for Girl Scout Brownies and above. Kayaks/Pedal Boats are available for all Girl Scout Juniors and up. Lifeguards and instructors are included for all watercraft activities.
All watercraft sessions will be scheduled for 1 ½ hours. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are provided and must be worn by everyone that will be participating, including adults. Bare feet are not permitted. Water shoes/Old Sneakers must be worn. Each group will need to provide the designated watchers for their group.
Archery is available for Girl Scout Brownies and above. During their 1 ½ hour session they will learn safety and basic archery skills and commands.
Our pool is available year round (weather permitting). All (non- adult) participants must take a swim test prior to entering the pool; once they are evaluated they will be assigned a specific swim cap color based on their swimming ability. Swim caps will be provided by the lifeguard, please do not bring outside caps. (If someone has a latex allergy, please make the lifeguard aware so she can provide you with a latex-free cap!)
Adults are not required to wear swim caps; however anyone that has shoulder length or longer hair needs to securely tie it back, while in the pool. PFDs are available for all beginning and/or non-swimmers. Our pool ranges from 3 feet to 5 feet.
All pool sessions will be scheduled for 1 ½ hours. Each group will need to provide the designated watchers for their group and they must watch from outside of the pool.
Fishing is permitted year round. Cane poles are provided if reserved; troops must provide their own fishing tackle and bait. Any fish that may be caught must be released as we are a catch and release location.
Each session is 1 ½ hour long. There is a maximum of 16 people on the dock at any one time for the safety of the participants.
The Nanette McLain Challenge Course (GSC Facilitator Led Only) is an adventure recreation program. It consists of team building and problem-solving activities, games, initiatives and a series of ropes, cables and logs used to simulate challenges. Participants are never forced to participate in any part of the Challenge Course. They are, however, encouraged to challenge themselves beyond what they would normally do.
Challenge Course waivers are required to be completed and signed by everyone that comes on the course whether or not you are participating.
A Challenge Course participant will:
Tiny Trekkers Challenge - DY/BR: (1 hour session) Designed to give an opportunity to our youngest Girl Scouts and have them participate in ground teambuilding initiatives and games to build selfesteem and trust.
Sampler Challenge BR and Up: (1½ hour session) Designed for Groups that want to participate in a sample session including: ground teambuilding initiatives and at least 1 low element.
½ Day Low Only - Brownies and Up: (3 hour session) Designed for groups to come out and experience team building games and activities: includes 1-2 ground teambuilding initiatives, 1 -2 low elements
½ Day Low/High - Juniors and Up: (3 hour session) Designed for groups to come out and experience team building games and activities: includes 1-2 ground teambuilding initiatives, 1 -2 low
Full Day Teambuilding - Juniors and Up: (6 hour session) Team building games and activities which include 2-3 ground initiatives, 2-3 low elements and at least 1 of the following high elements: Monkey Tails, Swing By Choice or Rock Wall with Zip Line.
Climb and Rappel or Zip Cadettes and Up: (3 hour session) All participants must have GSC Challenge Course experience on the high elements to participate in either of these sessions. Please be sure all participants are physically fit for either of these strenuous and advanced activities.