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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The beginning of June marks the start of Girl Scout camp season, and with that comes the thought of campfires and s'mores.

Camp Okitayakani, a 338 acre camp located 35 miles west of Albany, has given Girl Scouts the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Creek Indians. Okitayakani means "zigzag stream" in the Creek Language. At Camp "Okit," girls experience the wonders of the natural world and learn respect for the land creatures who dwell there.

"If anyone wanted to donate services to help us repair our roofs that would be wonderful and I know also that we need some smaller things, like paint guns and nail guns and just things to help repair," Sue Else of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia CEO. 

Urgent needs for tools and equipment to maintain this property are beyond the council's current budget limitations and in-kind or monetary donations from the 
community are needed.

Current urgent needs at Camp Okitayakani include:

Tools - screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches
Socket sets
Air compressors - standard and portable
Framing gun
Paint spray gun
Nail guns
Finishing mower
5205 John Deere tractor with attachments
Boom truck with 50'-100' reach

Volunteers to help with care and maintenance of the property are also greatly appreciated.

"It was my first time on the water, in a lake," said a 10-year-old Girl Scout. "I was scared at first but when I started to paddle I got the hang of it. I really loved it."

The GSRI study titled "More Than S'mores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts' Outdoor Experiences" revealed that Girl Scout camp was a favorite experience for most Girl Scout alumnae and that repeated outdoor experiences make girls stronger challenge seekers and better problem solvers.  Girl Scout camp provides girls with unique opportunities to try new things, improve skills, overcome fears and help other girls.

At a time when children in the U.S. are more likely to spend most of their summer online indoors rather than outside, Girl Scouts provides a valuable outdoor option.  Outdoor spaces support physical play, which helps girls develop movement capability and confidence. Time in nature improves concentration and creative reasoning, and nature provides novelty and challenge, which enhance leadership.

Girl Scout camps throughout Georgia are beautiful properties that will host programs ranging from canoeing to geocaching. Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia owns six camps and leases three others to serve girls from 125 counties. General property maintenance requires a significant investment of time and resources, and recent weather events have multiplied the need for support.

Community support to maintain the beauty and safety of these special properties make the continuation of these life-changing, memory-making programs possible.

To learn more about Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia or to make a monetary donation, visit

If you would like to make an in-kind donation or volunteer for maintenance projects at camp, contact LaDon Shaw, at 470.208.3666 or lshaw@gshg.org .

 

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