- Who is the intended "Target Audience" for the Youth Leadership Values Training content of this website?
- What is OKKPA and what is it's purpose?
- When & where did this Youth Leadership Values Training initiative begin?
- Where can I find more detailed information about the operation of OKKPA, Inc. and it's Youth Leadership Values Training Initiative?
- Why doesn't OKKPA provide a staff to run Youth Leadership Values Training Programs at the Old Kia Kima camp facility?
- How does OKKPA pay for Old Kia Kima's annual operating expenses?
- Can you help us get started? We are looking for initial training materials for our Youth Leadership Values Training Initiative.
Who is the intended "Target Audience" for the Youth Leadership Values Training content of this website?
The organization and content of this site was written as an information resource for anyone interested in formally establishing a Youth Leadership Values Training initiative. It was developed to help adult leaders of local, regional, and national youth service organizations to formulate the content of a leadership training program for youth that concentrates on the values of Integrity, Achievement, Responsibility, and Courage. Church Youth Ministries may also find that this Youth Leadership Values Training approach works well with the content of their Church Camp and Weekend Retreat programs.
We have also learned that parents involved in Home Schooling their children may find the information on this web site useful to integrate into their curriculum, and/or emphasize via an organized team effort in concert with other Home Schooling parents.
Our goal is to present you with a conceptual framework for leadership values training that will get you thinking about how your team might go about implementing your own Youth Leadership Values Training Action Plan, and for whom. Of course, how you ultimately decide to go about it is entirely your decision in concert with team mates, parents, and professionals supporting your efforts and working with you in this endeavor.
Although we offer an in-depth approach to the topic, this step of "How" can be approached as formally or informally, or as ambitiously or modestly as you wish. We are not taking a side on which action plan is “Best” for you. That is for you to decide, and the number of adults and youth involved plus the depth of your team's resources and expertise may ultimately become modifiers of how ambitious an undertaking you choose.
Back to Top
What is OKKPA and what is it's purpose?
The Old Kia Kima Preservation Association, Inc. (OKKPA, Inc.) aka Old Kia Kima, is a 501 (c) 3 Public Charity EIN # 710783653 licensed as an Arkansas Corporation. The Old Kia Kima camp property is located on a bluff above the South Fork River in Cherokee Village and Sharp County, Arkansas near Hardy.
Old Kia Kima, operating as a youth service organization, is committed to the purpose of providing leadership guidance and assistance in establishing or supporting leadership training and service programs that enrich the lives of young people. Youth Leadership Values Training is an area of special focus.
We want future generations to experience the Spirit of the Old Kia Kima campgrounds, 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.
These are the core values that will guide the future development of our Youth Leadership Values Training Initiatives. They will help us to convey the “Spirit” of Old Kia Kima by letting others know that this small set of general guiding principles is OKKPA’s essential and enduring tenets for Youth Leadership Values Training – a key part of the rich Legacy we want to share and utilize the Camp to pass along to the Leaders of Tomorrow.
Back to Top
When & where did this Youth Leadership Values Training initiative begin?
Over the years, Old Kia Kima was the backdrop for developing important character-building values taught through the overlay of the Scouting program that it was conceived to support. Built in 1916 for this purpose, the camp served the Boy Scout program until 1963 when it was traded in a land swap for a new camp, closed and ultimately abandoned by the new owner, finally falling into ruin.
“As the years rolled by” from 1916 to the closing of Old Kia Kima (OKK) in 1963; the opening of Kia Kima Scout Reservation (KKSR) in 1964; and the subsequent restoration of OKK through the formation of OKKPA in 1996, the origins and the roots of the Traditions, Core Values, and Spirit of Old Kia Kima were preserved and carefully passed on to new generations by word, deed, and example.
With restoration of OKK nearly complete in 2000 we were determined to not only preserve and restore the camp, but more importantly, we wanted to use it to pass along the important character building values of Integrity, Achievement, Responsibility, and Courage to future generations. These values were identified by the OKKPA Board of Directors in April of 2000 as a part of the rich Heritage of Old Kia Kima we were seeking to preserve. In doing so, the board determined that these four values embody the "Spirit" of OKK that we would pass along in perpetuity as our Legacy to the Youth of Tomorrow.
The Youth Leadership Values Training initiative of today that you are viewing on this website is part of the evolution of OKKPA's ongoing commitment to actively advance these leadership core values. We believe they are much too important to our youth to leave them to chance as they grow and mature into young adults and become the Leaders of Tomorrow.
Back to Top
Where can I find more detailed information about the operation of OKKPA, Inc. and it's Youth Leadership Values Training Initiative?
We are committed to the purpose of providing our camp facilities and Youth Leadership Values Training materials to local, regional, and national Youth Service Organizations, and Church Youth Ministries that meet our camp usage requirements. A review of this website will highlight and elaborate on the details of our Youth Leadership Values Training Initiative.
Our goal is to serve as an information resource for supporting you with ideas for your youth leadership values training and service program initiatives; and to provide a quality camping experience if you choose to utilize our historic Old Kia Kima camp facilities as an inspirational backdrop for the learning to take place.
More detailed information is available in our most recent Annual Report. We would also refer you to guidestar.org where you can access current Form 990 information by entering "Old Kia Kima Preservation Association, Inc.".
Back to Top
Why doesn't OKKPA provide a staff to run Youth Leadership Values Training Programs at the Old Kia Kima camp facility?
We believe use of the historic Old Kia Kima camp facilities provides an exceptional backdrop for your youth service organization to conduct their own Youth Leadership Values Training program. We do offer our facilities for that purpose to local, regional, and national youth groups, Church Youth Ministries, etc. that meet our camp usage requirements.
However, we recognize that what you do and how you go about implementing your values training initiatives is uniquely influenced by your Youth Organization's charter. Thus we respect your prerogative to customize and run your own program, and totally defer to you for the development, staffing and implementation of your specific Youth Leadership Values Training initiative.
It is for these reasons that Old Kia Kima (OKKPA, Inc.) does not provide any personnel nor take any participatory role in planning or administering your Youth Leadership Values Training programs, either at our facilities or elsewhere. The vetting and training of your staff personnel is acknowledged to be your sole responsibility, as is the content and conduct of your Program, as well as the recruiting, supervision, and safety of your Program participants.
Back to Top
How does OKKPA pay for Old Kia Kima's annual operating expenses?
OKKPA, Inc., aka Old Kia Kima, is a 501 (c) 3 Public Charity solely supported by the generous contributions of donors, and through the annual dues paid by the organization's membership.
Although there is no camping or facilities charge to youth groups meeting our usage requirements, in order to help offset our operating expenses OKKPA gratefully accepts donations from the sponsors and supporters of youth groups approved to use our camp.
Anyone interested in exploring making a charitable donation to the Old Kia Kima Preservation Association, Inc. in support of our camp facility and/or our Youth Leadership Values Training initiative can do so via email contact with our Treasurer.
Back to Top
Can you help us get started? We are looking for initial training materials for our Youth Leadership Values Training Initiative.
First let us say we recognize that what you do, and how you go about implementing your values training initiatives is uniquely influenced by your Youth Organization's charter. We respect your prerogative to customize and run your own program, and totally defer to you for the development of your own Youth Leadership Values Training Initiative.
Having said that, there are some "get started" training materials posted on this website as an "example" that you and your staff may find helpful - you can decide if any of the components fit your needs. They are available in the format of .PDF files and can be accessed for viewing, printing, and downloading.
Consider starting with "Module #1 Integrity AWARENESS", and it's companion file "Pamphlet #1 Integrity AWARENESS". These materials were developed for an adult facilitator to lead Youth participants in an informal and interactive youth group discussion method, i.e.: "Leading Informal Small Group Values Discussions".
To see them, go to "Youth Training" on this website - from there you can scroll down to see six values training methods used at Old Kia Kima. When you choose (click) on a values training method from this list, you then can also preview all currently available examples of the "Training Tools" as they match up with each of these six methods of Youth Leadership Values Training.
Back to Top