Kamp Kia Kima

Kamp Kia Kima as it was originally called held its first summer camp in 1916 in Hardy, Arkansas. It has been owned and operated by the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America ever since. It has moved locations once in 1964 when the current site was opened as a fully operational summer camp due to a land swap agreement between the council and land developed John A. Cooper. There were a few years in the 1940's in which the camp did not operate due to increased cost and hardship during the WWII years with the camp being so far away from the heart of the council's area. It started again in 1948 when it adopted the Order of the Arrow as its honor society. It used the Council Scouts as its honorary organization before that in which native American traditions and hand made belt sashes were used to recognize honored campers and staff members.

The Kia Kima Scout Reservation website is http://www.kiakima.com to contact information about the current camp. The original land was bought back by the Old Kia Kima Preservation Association in the 1990's/2000's. Their website with a pretty detailed history of the camp is http://oldkiakima.org/general/okk_main.htm

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