Summer Camp 2020 Updates (5/12/20)
All in-person summer programs at Kia Kima Scout Reservation have been suspended for the 2020 season. We are still working diligently to offer quality programming to all of our Scouts. You can read the details here; we will share more information about summer opportunities soon!
Scouts BSA Resident Camp Suspended (5/12/2020)
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to shape the new Kia Kima 2020 Experience.
After carefully considering the risks and rewards of operating our traditional camp this summer, including consulting with doctors, public health officials, attorneys, insurance advisers, food-safety experts, professional cleaning experts, and others, we have made the decision that we simply cannot operate a traditional in-person week-long summer camp at Kia Kima this year.
Instead, we will be providing you with a new modified summer experience that blends virtual experiences with some limited in-person instruction along with kits to assist your Scouts with advancement and adventure. We are calling this new format the “Kia Kima 2020 Experience.”
The Kia Kima 2020 Experience is committed to continuing to fulfill the promises of Scouting to all the youth we serve and to the adults who guide them. This enhanced version includes video instruction by some of your favorite Kia Kima Staff, Camp in a Box (these are program kits which will include everything you need to complete your choice of badges plus a special-edition Kia Kima 2020 shirt and patch), online campfires, virtual tours, an online trading post, health and safety-compliant outdoor instruction with certified staff at locations in the Chickasaw Council service area, and much more to come! We are currently building the complete platform for your use. The possibilities before us in the current situation and the future are endless—imagine at-home instruction prior to an in-person class or training! Participants could maximize on the offerings in an outdoor classroom with less of a time commitment; the extra time could then be spent building lifelong friendships, exploring the great outdoors, and so much more.
The fee structure for this season will be based on a menu of possible choices and will be designed to ensure that the program is accessible to as many Scouts as possible. If you have already made payments toward your stay at camp, please let us know if you would like to apply them to the new hybrid program mentioned above, or if you would like to transfer them to the 2021 season. If you need to request a refund, please contact us at your convenience.
We will be offering numerous virtual opportunities this summer, and we are working to provide limited in-person experiences in and around the Chickasaw Council service area. If you would like to assist us in offering these opportunities, please let us know.
Thank you for all you do for Scouting! We look forward to a return to the Ozarks in 2021!
Cub Scout Resident Camp Postponed
The governor of Arkansas has mandated the closure of all camps until at least May 31, which is the second scheduled day of the first session of Cub Scout Resident Camp at Kia Kima this year. Additionally, all gatherings of more than ten persons are currently prohibited in Arkansas, which will complicate our scheduled staff week. Because of these guidelines, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel Cub Scout Resident Camp at Kia Kima during the time for which it was originally scheduled (May 30-June 6). While we will not be operating as scheduled, we are exploring alternative options, including summer opportunities for Cub Scouts closer to the Memphis area and/or conducting Cub Scout Resident Camp at the end of the summer season. We will share any plans with you as soon as they are confirmed. Finally, if you have already placed any per-Scout deposits, we will be working to refund those soon.