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About Old Kia Kima

The Old Kia Kima Preservation Association (OKKPA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit youth leadership and service organization formed to restore the former Boy Scout summer camp, and in so doing, provide facilities to qualified youth groups so they can experience the spirit of Old Kia Kima.

Old camp Kia Kima traces its origins back to 1916, just six short years after William D. Boyce brought Boy Scouting to this country on Feb. 8, 1910. The main campsite was situated on a bluff overlooking a pristine riverfront on the South Fork of the Spring River, in Sharp County, Arkansas. The name chosen for the Scout camp was Kia Kima, and could hardly have been more fitting. Kia Kima, in the Chickasaw Indian native language, means "Nest of the Eagles".

Old Kia Kima operated (excluding war years) as a Boy Scout summer camp for 47 years, closing in 1963. For the next 31 years, the camp was in a state of abandonment and ruin until 1996 when Old Kia Kima Preservation Association, Inc. was formed with the mission to restore the camp.

The former camp is concentrated in a small corner of the property, fronting on the South Fork of the Spring River, and consists of 16 native stone and wood lodges as well as a number of other buildings, including a stone and timber central lodge. Boyce and George Billingsley purchased the original 43 acres that was the core of Old Kia Kima and donated it to OKKPA. Since then, the camp buildings have undergone extensive restoration after having been unoccupied and not maintained for over 35 years. Although several projects remain, with Restoration near completion, Old Kia Kima was reopened by OKKPA for camping in the Spring of 2002. In April 2015 Old Kia Kima was named as an Arkansas Historical site.

OKKPA seeks to develop corporate, civic, and private organizational financial support for historic restoration of the camp grounds, lodge, and support facilities and for initiating or supporting youth programs whose objectives are closely aligned with the organizational mission.

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