Who, What, Where, Why?
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 Kia Kima is a camping destination for qualified youth groups to facilitate youth leadership development consistent with our Core Value Program of Integrity, Achievement, Responsibility, and Courage. The camp consists of 16 Native Stone Lodges, group cooking and dining facility, bathhouse, lodge, chapel, covered bridge, and pioneering Pole Barn situated on approximately 40 acres of the original Kamp Kia Kima in the northeast Arkansas community of Cherokee Village.
Old Kia Kima is located at 26 Kolo Drive, Cherokee Village Arkansas, 72529 approximately 150 miles North of Little Rock, AR, 150 miles Southeast of Springfield, MO, 150 miles Northwest of Memphis, TN, and is adjacent to the small town of Hardy, AR where U.S. Highways 62 and 63 intersect.
We want future generations to experience the Spirit of Old Kia Kima, to learn the values of Integrity, Achievement, Responsibility, and Courage, and to utilize the Camp to pass this along to future generations, "just like we did". This will be our legacy.
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How do I contact someone at OKKPA about making reservations to bring my Youth Group to Old Kia Kima?
- Submit your E-mail requests to Camp Reservations
- You will be sent by return e-mail the following:
- Old Kia Kima Facilities Usage Agreement/Permit
- Rules & Regulations For Use of Facilities and Equipment
- You must complete the Facilities Usage Agreement/Permit and return it via
e-mail to Camp Reservations
Your completed request will be promptly reviewed for availability during the times requested and returned to you.
SCOUT TROOPS -
Upon receiving a confirmation, please note that you will also be required to acquire a Trip/Camping/Activity Permit, showing Old Kia Kima as the destination, which must be obtained from your local council and presented to the Old Kia Kima Ranger upon arrival at camp.
No Troop will be admitted without presenting this permit from your local BSA or GSA Council.
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Where can I find the directions for driving to Old Kia Kima?
- Take I-40 thru West Memphis to I-55 north toward Blytheville.
- Beyond Marion (5-10 minutes) exit onto Highway 63 towards Jonesboro / Marked Tree.
- Stay on Highway 63 all the way to Hardy. AR
- Drive through downtown Hardy to the traffic light near McDonald's.
- At the intersection of Highways 62 and 63, turn west on Highway 62 and cross the long bridge. The road follows long curves to the right, then to the left.
- At the top of the hill turn right at King Catfish onto State Highway 175. Follow this road until you see a right turn sign pointing Old Kia Kima. This is Griffin Road
- Follow the yellow lettered Old Kia Kima signs. Proceed on Kolo Road until you see the Old Kia Kima sign and entrance on the left side of the road.
Here are some road maps to Old Kia Kima including instructions on how to get to OKK during high water.
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What is the Camp Usage Policy and which Youth Groups can use the camp facilities?
It is the policy of OKKPA that the restored Old Kia Kima will be devoted to imparting to a new generation of youths the same high standards and values that the founders and members of OKKPA received and benefited from as Boy Scouts during the years that Old Kia Kima was the long term camp for the Chickasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America, Memphis, Tennessee.
The youth organizations approved to use our facilities must abide by their own written rules, as well as OKKPA rules, while using Old Kia Kima including but not limited to the number of adults-to-youth ratios, training required by the responsible adults, and youth protection measures.
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Who can make reservations for camping at Old Kima Kima?
Registered Adult Leaders of registered Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops. All Scouts who will be attending this Troop sponsored and supervised visit to Old Kia Kima must be registered with the local Scout Council, and the Troop Leader must show proof of each attendee’s registration. Additionally, a Trip/Camping/Activity Permit obtained from the local Council Office showing Old Kia Kima as the destination must be presented upon check-in with the Camp Ranger.
Other registered youth group leaders may apply for their Youth Group to attend, and upon inquiry, receive information on available dates and usage requirements for attendance.
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What is OKKPA?
The Old Kia Kima Preservation Association, Inc. (OKKPA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit youth leadership and service organization (EIN # 71-0783653), registered as a Corporation in the State of Arkansas.
OKKPA was founded in 1994 by a group of former Boy Scouts of America who desired to contribute their time and financial support to restore their former summer camp. In doing so, provide facilities to qualified youth groups so they can experience the spirit of Old Kia Kima.
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. The Old Kia Kima Preservation Association, Inc. currently owns the former summer camp property, known as Old Kia Kima, consisting of 43 wooded acres in Sharp County, Arkansas, near the towns of Hardy and Cherokee Village, a popular retirement and summer resort area offering many outdoor activities and facilities.
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What facilities does Old Kia Kima have?
The Bath House, built in the Spring of 1999 has separate toilets and hot showers on either side of a covered assembly area with outdoor seating for Merit Badge instruction, etc.
There are 16 Native Stone Lodges, built in 1916, and restored in 2000. These summer Lodges are screened and have 4 bunks/mattresses to a lodge, for a total sleeping capacity of 64. (No electricity)
The new Group Cooking and Dining Facility, built in 2001, has 8 Tables for a total seating capacity of 64 in a 34’ x 40’ open sided Dining Area. The cooking area is lighted, hooded vented, and set up for Dutch Oven Cooking, Charcoal Grilling, or Propane Burner Cooking. The enclosed Kitchen clean-up area is 12’ x 24’ with hot water, sinks, cabinets, and shelves. There are two separate enclosed and lockable 6’ x 12’ shelved storage areas on either side of the Kitchen clean-up area that can be used for dry food and cooking utensil storage. In 2007 an auxiliary single bathroom was added adjacent to the north side storage room.
The Camp Office, Walk-in Freezer and Quartermaster's Storage, built in 2001, includes a large 12' x 16' walk-in Freezer/Cooler available for week long camping, a Covered Porch which doubles as a Camp activities area, and a Quartermaster’s storage area with shelves.
The Thunderbird Lodge is a two story native stone building built in 1926 and beautifully restored in 2002. It houses “the Spirit of Old Kia Kima”. Interior use is available by reservation only for special functions such as Court of Honor Ceremonies, Camp Church services, BSA Leadership Training Programs, etc., and requires adult supervision while in use. The porches and roofed deck of the lodge are available at all times for use as activity and instructional areas.
The Ole 97 Covered Bridge, built in 2002, doubles as a covered assembly area and offers an open window view of a quiet wooded setting across Spirit Creek.
The Camp Staff Lodge, affectionately known as the “Rat’s Nest” was rebuilt in September 2001 and dedicated to George Billingsley. The Lodge has two rooms, and four bunks for adult leaders only, and is available by special reservation / request.
The Pioneering Pole Barn, added in 2002, provides rope supplies and cedar poles for pioneering projects such as towers, rope poles, rope bridges, etc.
The Campfire Amphitheater was a new addition in 2002. It seats over 100 and is a part of the Old Kia Kima camping experience. No troop should miss taking advantage of this impressive facility!
The Ralph and Martha Jane Young Chapel was built in the Spring of 2005 and then dedicated later that summer. This rustic covered chapel built of natural fieldstone and cedar timbers will seat 60. It is available for church, vesper services or meetings. It also offers an open view of a quiet wooded setting across Spirit Creek.
The Old Hospital was restored in 2007. This structure was the last stone structure in the camp to be restored. It is just south of the Thunderbird Lodge. This building has electricity and running water and is ideal for instruction and rainy day activities.
Old Kia Kima is located on a bluff above the banks of the South Fork River. The river bank that is on OKKPA property currently has a designated Swimming Area with a walkway and swim dock. Scout Troops with adult leaders equipped, trained, and certified in the BSA Safe Swim Defense program may use this area for swimming. Swimming must be confined within this designated area.
Other Youth Groups use of the river for swimming as well as boating is acknowledged to be at your own risk, with the requirement that your Group Leader assumes full responsibility for providing trained and certified Lifeguards equipped and versed in appropriate group Safe Swim & Safety Afloat procedures
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When is Old Kia Kima open for camping?
Weekend Camping (Registration Required) is available year round, however, there will be no water or toilet facilities between mid-November and the end of March.Youth Groups will be required to provide their own water and portable toilet facilities during this period.
Weekly Camping (Registration Required):
Week long camping is available from May 30th through August 31st.
June thru mid-July dates are held tentatively in reserve for Chickasaw Council Troops as an Old Kia Kima camping and/or Canoeing destination tie-in for Troops spending a week at KKSR during the official KKSR Summer Camp season - check for availability – Reservations Required!
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