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South Fork

Fall 2018

Kia Kima Alumni Association MAGAZINE

IN THIS ISSUE Program Director Reports The Fire at Philmont Cherokee Tech Center Camp Memories: End of My First Year


Calendar of Upcoming Events

Program Director Reports

The 2018 summer from the eyes of the PDs.

Alumni Spotlight: Boyd Billingsley A leader in Kia Kima Staff in the ‘60s, and a leader in the OKKPA today.

The Fire at Philmont

The Ute Park Fire and the stories of alumni.


03 11 Camp Memories: End of My First Year The end of Noah Feder’s first year on staff.

04 13 Cherokee Tech Center

The latest KKAA project improved the STEM programs in God’s Country.

05 16 Alumni Updates

Where are they now and what are they up to?

07 18 Donor Recognition

Letter from the Alumni President Friends of Kia Kima, Another successful summer is in the books and the KKAA was a part of all of it! Our members served on staff and volunteered hundreds of hours as adult leaders, merit badge counselors, and on work crews to help support our favorite place. This summer saw the addition of several new items at camp made possible by your hard work and financial support. Together, we built a new Tech Center at Camp Cherokee along with a new bridge on the lake trail. Our museum project got off to a great start with a new AV display in the dining hall with plans to expand it in the coming months. KKAA member Walter Hoehn spearheaded the fundraising needed to provide the camp with a much needed new zero-turn mower. Finally, our new Cowboy Action Shooting Range is coming together nicely. We will have a few work days this fall to have it complete in time for use during Winter Camp. Another thing I’m very happy to share is that our new Service Award has so far been awarded to 31 recipients. Anyone who gives ten service hours to Kia Kima in a calendar year is eligible. A medal and patch are available with a new patch design every year. Please reach out to myself or Johnny Tracy for more info. A great season like the one we enjoyed in 2018 doesn’t happen by accident. I’d like to thank the administration, Ranger, and directors of KKSR for their incredible leadership and the top notch staff they assembled this summer. We are all proud to have them taking care of our camp. Thank you for all your continued support,

Executive Board President

Chuck Barber


Ryan Cooper


Andrew Hinson

Past President

Andrew Schrack

Camp Staff Liaison Jeremy Palazolo Alexandra Howard

Activities Chair

Adam Leith

Membership Chair Michael Downs

Merchandise Chair

Johnny Tracy


Daniel Hochstein

Service Chair

Brian Leith


Andy Bland, George Clarke Mark Follis, Jesse Henderson Jason Hood, Ken Kimble Mark Lawrence, Vincent Perryman Bob Winkler

South Fork


Chuck Barber 2018 President

Andrew Schrack

Copy Editor

Daniel Hochstein

Staff Writers Noah Feder Mike Haskins


PO Box 342855 Memphis, TN 38184



Kia Kima Alumni Upcoming Events Alumni Gathering

Oct. 24, 2018 | Point Blank Gun Range (Memphis)

Staph Appreciation Event

Nov. 24, 2018 | Billy Hardwicks Bowling (Memphis)

Annual Banquet Dec. 19, 2018 | TBD

Partner Alumni Upcoming Events Old Kia Kima Work Weekend

Oct. 26–28, 2018 | Old Kia Kima Old Kia Kima Preservation Association

OA Vigil Honor Induction

Nov. 10–11, 2018 | Camp Currier Dinner: 6 p.m. | Breakfast: ~7 a.m. Ahoalan-Nachpikin Lodge, Order of the Arrow

OA Lodge Family Banquet

Dec. 8, 2018 | Memphis University School Ahoalan-Nachpikin Lodge, Order of the Arrow For more information on events with our partner associations, visit the Mid-South Scouting Alumni & Friends Group at





he summer of 2018 will be remembered as a challenging but rewarding season. Our staff’s dedication and enthusiasm shown through every merit badge session, campfire, and flag during our spy-themed Cub Week. This year our staff even welcomed our first all-girl Cub Scout Den with smiles and songs. Our enthusiasm held strong to usher in our Boy Scout weeks. From hail-storms to blazing 110˚ flags, our staff and Scouting spirit never wavered. After a jam-packed first two weeks of Scouts, we facilitated a week of roughly 650 participants with grace and impeccable customer service. The last two weeks were a wonderful and fun breeze, where the staff enjoyed bringing various items to flag to be used as clipboards as well as events such as silly hat day. This summer we also had many new additions to our Osage staff area and Osage program. Thanks to Mike our Ranger and the Council, we enjoyed our new staff center showers as well as our new laundry facility. We began holding a Tuesday night Order of the Arrow Summer Fellowship which was an ice cream social in the Dining Hall with open climbing and music. It proved to be a perfect opportunity for Scouts to mingle with other lodges and make some new friends before the Friday evening fellowship. We offered a movie night put on by the Tech Center on Thursday nights as well as a new program for Scouts known as Scout Talk. Scout Talk is a program where a staff member comes to a troop’s site after program hours and the scouts are asked a series of open-ended prompts which allow Scouts the opportunity to share stories and talk with one another. Surprisingly, not only did we have a large number of troops sign up for this new program, but it was a wild success! In addition to these overall changes, we also added new merit badges such as architecture, drafting, and plant science. After eight weeks in the wilderness building memories and character amongst staff and Scouts, I am thrilled to report that this summer has been a terrific season. While every summer may present its own interesting challenges, it is with a joyful and thankful heart that I can say the staff we were armed with this year not only overcame every obstacle with a smile, but they did so while still running a program unmatched by any other camp. With the gates closed behind us, we have no choice but to look forward to the next season with light in our eyes and the thunderbird blazing in our hearts.



his year, like every year, was a wonderful success in God’s Country. Leading up to the 2018 Camp Season, Camp Cherokee saw major developments and improvements in both our program facilities and staff area. First and foremost, we christened the newest addition to Cherokee’s fleet of buildings: the CC Tech Center. Though not completely finished at the time of camp, the Tech Center still hosted all of the merit badges it could, with scouts from both sides of the river enjoying the fruits of the KKAA’s labor. In addition to providing a location for a majority of the Tech Center merit badges, it also provided enough space to house Cherokee Life to Eagle, a significant improvement to L2E’s previous facilities (or lack thereof ). In addition to the new Tech Center, the CC Staph were happy to welcome updates and upgrades to the Cherokee Staph Center, including new shower and bathroom facilities. Also added to the growing Camp Cherokee Staph Resort™️ was the new laundry facility (promptly dubbed “The Pillbox”) equipped with new washers and dryers to take care of all the staph’s laundry needs. On top of all the construction, improvements, updates, & upgrades that took place this summer, Camp Cherokee hosted an incredible staph that ran a truly remarkable program. The staph overcame occasional injury, illness, and misfortune to provide a wonderful selection of merit badge sessions to all scouts fortunate enough to spend part of their summer at our home in the Ozarks. From classic summer camp merit badges like Canoeing and Pioneering to new additions like Robotics or Signs, Signals, & Codes, each Scout was offered a diverse selection of badges and activities like no other, instructed by a staff like no other, in a place like no other. With new badges, new staph members, new facilities, and new problems, there were plenty of opportunities for things to go awry. That being said, I am happy to report that the 2018 Season in Camp Cherokee was a resounding success, full of energy, fun, enthusiasm, and plenty of plans for the future. The staph has already started trading ideas for next year and discussing ways we can make Cherokee the best it has ever been. The future awaits, and it’s as bright as the noontime sun over John A. Cooper Lake.

Mitchell F. Lawrence

Camp Cherokee Program Director

Alexandra Howard

Camp Osage Program Director




1962–1964: Waterfront Staff 1965–1967: Waterfront Director


he Scouting movement reached American shores in 1910, and a mere six years later Bolton Smith forked over a few thousand dollars to open the first Scout camp west of the Mississippi: our very own Kia Kima. The original camp saw thousands of boys come through its gates until 1963, when developer John A. Cooper and the Chickasaw Council swapped the first location for the 540 acre plot for the “New Camp,” eight miles upriver Boyd Billingsley was an important part of that huge change in scenery. Having already served on the Waterfront staff for two summers, he joined fellow members of his staff generation in building out the present-day site. Billingsley went on to serve three summers as Waterfront Director on this new stretch of the South Fork, bridging the gap between old and new. Even before then, Billingsley was no stranger to the BSA. His father, uncle, and brother were all Eagle Scouts; needless to say, there was no question that Boyd would follow in those footsteps. As he made a name for himself on the Kia Kima staff, he says that his favorite memories always involve “the constant smell of fresh cedar and the joy of the South Fork River,” a sentiment that rings true for staffers throughout the camp’s history.

In the decades after the move upriver, the original site largely went unused for many years as Cherokee Village grew into a popular site for retirees and vacationers alike. It wasn’t until 1993 that a group of staff alumni revisited the camp to find it in a state a disarray. The horn was sounded to rescue this special place, and in 1996 the Old Kia Kima Preservation Association 501(c)3 organization was born. Then, in 1998, Boyd’s uncle, George Billingsley, re-purchased the original acreage of Old Kia Kima for the OKKPA, and the restoration of the old camp begun in earnest.

SCOUTING AND CAMP STAFF TAUGHT ME HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS TO WORK WITH A TEAM AND TO MAKE SURE YOU CARRIED YOUR OWN WEIGHT. Billingsley describes the OKKPA as an opportunity to “reconnect with so many childhood friends and see how successful each of these men have been in their lifetime.” Indeed, he himself has had quite a career, serving as a US Navy SEAL, VP of Cooper Communities, VP of Arvest Bank, and SVP of Coldwell Banker. All along, he carried these lessons from Kia Kima: “Scouting and camp staff taught me how important it was to work with a team and to make sure you carried your own weight.” Both the creation of present-day KKSR and the restoration of OKK owe a debt to Boyd Billingsley, and he knows more than most the important role Scouting can play in a young person’s life. “It is important to me for KKAA members to acknowledge and respect the men that came before them. These men and women built KKSR and helped make it the success it is today. We all have the same goal to help the youth of today to become the best and most productive citizens that they can be, and to respect all people.” ⛺

Noah Feder, Staff Writer





During the 2018 season, Philmont Scout Ranch was forced to close the backcountry. Several members of the PSR Staff are Kia Kima alumni and worked on the fire relief.


n May 31, 2018, at approximately 2:10 p.m., a fire started between Cimarron and Eagle Nest Lake in Ute Park, New Mexico. By 5:25 p.m., it was reported to be on Philmont Scout Ranch. The fire grew and moved quickly over the night. From an estimated 1,200 acres at 8 p.m., the fire expanded to an estimated 8,000 acres by 9:30 a.m. on June 1 and had destroyed 12 non-program structures at Cimarroncita, a neighboring ranch camp purchased by Philmont in 2015. Amanda Dieckhaus, Kia Kima staff ‘13–’16, worked at the Philmont Training Center (“PTC”) this summer as a Program Counselor II. She recalled that on the morning of June 1, she was starting off on a sunrise hike to Lover’s Leap with part of the PTC staff when they were quickly stopped by the Philmont General Manager and told to remain in Base Camp. By that afternoon, six hours after the morning report of the losses


at Cimarroncita, the fire had doubled in size to 16,500 acres with 0% containment, and the decision was made to evacuate Philmont Base Camp to the Colfax County Fairgrounds. Robert Fudge, Kia Kima staff ‘05 and currently the Seasonal Director of Conservation Program Delivery at Philmont, remembers moving the 1,100 people in just over an hour. He described watching as his staff lowered the flags, loaded up into the trucks, and drove away from their home as enormous plumes of smoke rose above their beloved camp in their rear-view mirrors. Amanda described the uncertainty of the situation and the dread, especially as a first-year staffer, since no one knew what would happen to the Ranch, their jobs, or the rest of their summers. Despite the ever-present reminder visible from the Fairgrounds of the cloud of smoke looming over the Ranch, the staff remained positive and persevered. Robert said, “There’s not a better group of people to randomly

Amanda (right) covered in ash from burned area

The evacuation camp at Colfax County Fairgrounds

restoration work

evacuate to somewhere than a summer camp staff! Everyone showed up with their gear, set up their tents in rows, and started developing a campfire program for that evening.” While away from the Ranch, the Philmont Staff continued their training and preparing for the summer. “It’s pretty amazing to be part of a camp staff that pulled together so quickly,” said Amanda. A day and a half later, on June 3, the staff were able to return to base camp, but the fire had continued to grow with 0% containment. On June 4, the fire had grown to 36,114 acres and the decision was made to cancel all backcountry treks until July 14 when the backcountry could be reassessed. The fire burned until June 19 when it was declared 100% contained. The total burned area was 36,740 acres, with approximately 26,387 of those acres being on Philmont Scout Ranch. In addition to the 12 non-program structures at Cimarroncita, Harlan lost one structure and all structures at Dean Cow were lost. On July 5, Philmont announced that all backcountry treks would be cancelled for the season. Amanda remembered it was a hard day at the Ranch. It the first time in the history of

Philmont that all backcountry treks were cancelled, and it was especially tolling on the staff. For many of them, the program that they had been preparing and looking forward to all year was cancelled. “It was such a horrible feeling. We knew that as PTC Staff, we would all be keeping our jobs and it would be business as usual.” Amanda recalled how difficult it was to hear the news and immediately have to put on a cheerful staff face and return to running program. The Philmont Training Center continued to offer their program throughout the season.

IT’S PRETTY AMAZING TO BE PART OF A CAMP STAFF THAT PULLED TOGETHER SO QUICKLY Fires are relatively common in the American Southwest, and Philmont maintains its own volunteer fire department for responding to fires in the area. Robert said, “There’s a danger in thinking that all fire is always bad.” Fire is part of the natural ecosystem, especially in the Southwest. “Broadly, a lot of these trees are fire adapted,” says Robert. “However, in recent decades, we’ve seen bigger, more aggressive fires


than what we’ve seen historically.” This is partially due to a legacy in the Southwest of unplanned timber harvest, unmanaged regrowth, and the “Smokey Bear Effect.” Fueled by Smokey Bear’s message about preventing forest fires, public policy favored entire bans on fires for most of the 20th century. This has led to decades of large increases of fuel and undergrowth which result in larger, more intense fires which the southwestern forests of ponderosa pine and piñon-juniper are not adapted to handle. More recently, forestry and responsible land management has grown to include fuel reduction and controlled burns. Smokey Bear even changed his message in 2001 from preventing “forest fires” to preventing “wildfires.” While this fire was the largest that Philmont has had in years, Robert says that it is important to keep the scope in perspective. There are over 100,000 acres of land that was unaffected, including many of the “classic” aspects of the Ranch like Mount Baldy and the Tooth of Time. The Philmont Training Center was also able to continue offering program this summer. Through creativity, the PTC was able to innovate and adapt their program such as bringing some of the Ranch’s best musicians to together to host a new concert series or taking some of their training programs to


different areas on the Ranch that would normally be occupied. Although the Ranch did not operate its normal programs, the Philmont Staff still had a very busy summer. Some were sent to Northern Tier, the Summit, and other camps to help alleviate the stress of the diverted crews. The rest of the backcountry staff were assigned to two main tasks: timber stand improvement and burned area restoration. Timber stand improvement focuses on improving the resiliency of the forest and is a form of fire preventative maintenance. This largely took place in the southern, unburned parts of the Ranch. Around 200 staffers were assigned to hand-thinning sections of the forest. The cut down trees were then either donated to local residents for firewood, mulched and chipped to be reintroduced into the ecosystem, or piled into “slash piles” for burning during the winter. The other main task was burned area restoration. Without the trees and vegetation, it is not a matter of if the area floods, but when the area floods. One of the main projects in the burned area was installing log erosion barriers (“LEB”). Staff would cut down burned trees and use them to create terraces along the contours of the hillsides to catch water and sediment. Amanda spent a day building LEBs in Cimmaroncito, part of the burned

area. It was a surreal experience for Amanda helping to restore that area because three years ago, at the same point of the summer, she had been there starting her own Philmont trek. “I was in awe of the damage that was done.” As they worked in the burn area, staff had to keep their helmets on at all times and would kick up ash as they walked. Being in the burn area was sad at times, Amanda said, as she knew that area was someone’s camp they had been excited to staff that summer. “I felt really good about trying to help in the efforts to fix this.” Looking forward, Philmont Scout Ranch intends to reopen the backcountry with program again next summer. The work will continue throughout the off-season with staff working

on several different tasks. “In the area that burned, there is going to be a really long recovery process. There’s an exciting opportunity for some legacy-type service to restore plants and trees to an area that had a very severe burn,” said Robert. Despite the losses of the Ute Park Fire, Philmont carries on thanks to the dedication of its staff and the Philmont Ranger motto: Scramble—Be Flexible. Robert said, “Camp is so much the people, that this is a good reminder of people doing what Scouts are awesome at. Somehow people find a way to make something out of it.” ⛺

“THE FIRE MAY BE PAST, BUT THE WORK HAS JUST BEGUN” As the restoration efforts continue and the damage is evaluated, there will be opportunities to contribute for things that are likely not covered by Philmont’s fire insurance, such as reseeding and reforestation, repair of roads and bridges, trail reconstruction, and staff support. Donations to the efforts can be made through the Philmont Staff Association online at store/donations/fire_relief/. The Philmont Staff Association is a nonprofit similar to the KKAA that provides support to Philmont Scout Ranch. This is not a Philmont Staff Association fundraiser; 100% of donations will be going to Philmont for fire relief.

Andrew Schrack, Staff Writer Photos courtesy of Amanda Dieckhaus, Robert Fudge, and Philmont Scout Ranch




Noah Feder

My first year on staff, my parents only allowed 15-year-old me to work three weeks due to an already-planned family vacation. That made Week 2 my final one, and Thursday that week I was already thinking of private toilets, an indoor bed, and the rest of the comforts of home. Emphasis on the private toilets. Anyone familiar with the Kia Kima staff centers knows exactly what “go, flush, wipe, flush” means. The creaky commodes and paltry water pressure were a real onetwo punch of terrible bathroom experiences, and this fateful Thursday in 2002 proved to be my worst one todate. Trying to find some sweet relief before evening flag, I followed the steps exactly as ordered. Go, check. Flush, check. Steadily rising water and a feeling of pure panic, check. Before I could even reach the cutoff valve, I was standing on a floor covered with particularly unpleasant water. In full field uniform, I dutifully fetched the bleach, bucket, and mop and swabbed the whole bathroom, tears of shame welling up as I missed flag. My second attempt at “flush” promised similar results despite some valiant plunging, but I reached the valve in time, mercifully. I was in too deep and needed help. Walking towards the old dining hall to hopefully con one of my fellow peons into helping, I ran into Program Director Brian Leith, then in his 10th and final year on staff. He asked if something was wrong, as I presumably looked incredibly distraught. I explained my predicament, and without skipping a beat our fearless leader offered to help. He and I alternated


plunging that toilet for probably an hour, stopping only to let me bleach-mop the intermittent overflows. Yet our efforts seemed in vain. Brian was ready to throw in the towel and go fetch Ranger Larry Counts. Then, Andrew Podesta casually struts in, clears the clog with a single, nonchalant plunge, and announces “That’s how you do it, morons. Now get some more bleach, it smells like %*@# in here!” Brian and I shared a laugh at our own expense, I mopped the bathroom floor one last time that summer, and a couple days later I was back in Germantown. Clearly, this unpleasant evening made an impression on me; I’m sparing you the more unpleasant details still burned on my brain, for the sake of keeping this a family publication. What really stands out to me is that there’s a version of this story that leads to me never showing my face in that staff center again. An experience this gross and embarrassing certainly could have driven a fresh-faced staffer away, had I faced anger and belittling from the senior staff. But at Kia Kima, that’s not how things operate. Brian saw a young kid with a problem and, despite the task being far below his pay grade, stepped right up to help. And that to me speaks to how important the staff is to Kia Kima. For over a century, we’ve made our 880 acres a fantastic place to camp and work, regardless of rickety facilities, old equipment, or intense heat. Only the continued spirit and efforts of the staff, that commitment to helping the next generations learn and grow, has sustained our paradise on the South Fork. ⛺



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A recently completed project by the Alumni Association will greatly enhance the STEM program opportunities in God’s Country.


isiting Camp Cherokee this summer, you might have noticed a new addition on the edge of John A. Cooper Lake. Nestled between the Nature Lodge and the Scoutcraft area, the Cherokee Tech Center and Life to Eagle areas officially moved into a new program pavilion for the 2018 camping season. The structure provides a permanent home for the Tech Center and Life to Eagle areas, offering ample instructional areas protected from the elements—an important feature to many STEM merit badges requiring interaction with electricity. “Just under a year ago, the Cherokee Tech Center was just a gleam in our eyes,” said Johnny Tracy, Chickasaw Council Program Director. “I shared with the Alumni Association that a STEM facility in Camp Cherokee would allow us to significantly expand the programs we offered to campers there, in addition to offering increased covered space for all sorts of gatherings, meetings, and merit badge sessions.”


Construction on the pavilion site began in late March 2018. Through the efforts of Kia Kima Ranger Mike Holder, and several Alumni Association work weekends, construction on the pavilion was completed in time for summer camp. “The success of making the Cherokee Tech Center happen is a testament to the power of an effective Alumni Association,” said Chuck Barber, current president of the Alumni Association. “By leveraging both corporate giving programs like T-Mobile’s Huddle Up employee grants and matching gifts along with generous donations from our members and supporters, we were able to turn an idea into a reality in less than eight months. As the parable says—many hands make light work.” The project was funded through the joint efforts of alumni donors and T-Mobile, who provided a $5,000 grant for the pavilion’s construction. In addition to the new pavilion, the Alumni Association also constructed a 40-foot boardwalk over the marsh connecting the Nature Lodge area to campsite 8,

Flintstone. Telephone poles salvaged from the demolition of the old climbing tower were used as the bridge’s foundation. Although both Camp Osage and Camp Cherokee have offered tech merit badges for several summers, it took time for the new areas to establish permanent areas. The concept of the tech area was launched in time for the 2012 camping season in the Osage handicraft pavilion, temporarily relocating the handicraft program to army tents near the trading post until the Osage Tech Center got its own permanent program pavilion in 2013. Cherokee Scouts who wished to take tech merit badges made the daily trek from Cherokee to Osage until the Cherokee Tech Center began operating out of the Cherokee Handicraft pavilion in 2013.

Currently, Kia Kima’s Tech Center program offers a variety of STEM-based merit badges including Robotics, Engineering, Programming, Electricity, and Inventing among others. Tracy said that feedback on the new pavilion had been very positive and that he was looking forward to the facility’s future use. “The Cherokee Tech Center will be enjoyed by Cherokee campers for many years to come, and the Chickasaw Council and the campers of Kia Kima Scout Reservation are so grateful to the Alumni Association for making it a reality!” ⛺ To learn more about the Kia Kima Alumni Association’s current projects, visit Mike Haskins, Staff Writer

Kia Kima Alumni Association 2019 Officer Elections

The elections for the 2019 KKAA officers will be November 7–14. There are three elected officers in the Alumni Association: the President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Each officer is elected to serve a one-year term beginning on January 1. All dues-paid members are eligible to run for office. To run for office, you must file your Intent to Run by October 31. This is completed by emailing with which position(s) you wish to run for. You may also include one or two paragraphs about yourself and why you wish to run. The election takes place online from November 7 to November 14. All duespaid members will receive a link to the online voting system and will be able to cast one vote per office. Please contact the Secretary, Ryan Cooper, with any questions.




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JOSEPH CLARKE (Staff ‘96–’01)

MIKE HASKINS (Staff ‘07–’18)

RILEY HEASLEY (Staff ‘17–’18)

Joseph and Jessica Clarke welcomed their new baby, Brady Maxwell Clarke, on June 7, 2018. The future staffer weighed 6lbs, 6 oz.

Mike Haskins was awarded the Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s Award of Excellence for his assault prvention and awareness campaign. Mike is currently a postgraduate student at the University of Mississippi.

Riley Heasley recently joined the Pea Ridge Fire Department in Pea Ridge, Arkansas. Riley is currently a volunteer firefighter.

BILL JENNINGS (Staff ‘86–’88)

THOMAS PODESTA (Staff ‘03–’06, ‘11)

W. SCOTT STEPHENS (Staff ‘93–’96, ‘04–’07)

Bill Jennings was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. Bill invented the first Network Processor while at Cisco and holds seventeen design patents. He is currently the VP of Engineering at FarmX.

Thomas Podesta recently passed the International Safe Transit Association’s (ISTA) Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) Technician exam. He is currently pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Packaging Minor at CBU.

Scott Stephens was awarded the Order of the Arrow’s Distinguished Service Award recognizing his service on a national level. Scott was the lead adviser to the 2017 LLD Task Force and has coordinated and served on the training staff at numerous national events.


Kia Kima Alumni Association Service Award The Kia Kima Alumni Association Service Award was created to encourage campers and alumni to work and give back to Kia Kima Scout Reservation. Anyone who performs 10 hours of service to camp will eligible to purchase the KKAA Service Award medal and accompanying patch for $10 total. For the purpose of this award, work performed during the summer camp season by summer camp staff is not eligible as service hours, but staff are still eligible to earn the award by giving service during the off-season! When you have completed the service hours, please email them to Johnny Tracy at and include the dates, hours, and projects on which you worked.

Service Award Recipients Chuck Barber

Rachel Mixson

Destiny Bryson

Susan Mixson

Jim Charbonnet

Jeremy Palazolo

Ryan Cooper

TJ Flynn

Noah Feder

Peter Raves

Alan Gilmer

Dave “Truck� Robinson

Riley Heasley

Andrew Schrack

Andrew Hinson

Tim Stine

Jeff Hodge

Johnny Tracy

Mike Holder

Michael Waldo

Jimmy Holliday

Bob Winkler

Alexandra Howard

Donnie Woodlee

Mark Lawrence

Samuel Wright

Mitchell Lawrence

Rhonda Wright

Brian Leith

Ian Zeringue

Hugh Mallory


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Needs List

Kia Kima Scout Reservation Program Needs • • • • • • • • • • •

Digital video cameras Digital cameras Semaphore flags Morse code transmitter Electric kiln GPS units Canoe Trailer .22 pistols 12 gauge / 20 gauge shotguns Sailboat Motorboat (15hp or less outboard motor)

Maintenance • • • • • • • • • • •

Hand tools: Rakes, shovels, woodworking tools Commercial weedeaters, leaf blowers, chainsaws Large tool box Commercial refrigerator (Commissary) Ice Machine Pressure Washer 5 1/2” deck board Picnic table repair lumber (2”x10”x10”) LED lights for shop R 15, 16, 17 tires Trucks, Vans, Trailers

Donations Peter Abell

Hunter Bailey Tim Barker Brad Bradley Wayne Dowdy Jimmy Greer Sissie Griffin Walter Hoehn LexisNexis Matching Donations Ken Kimble Dan McGuire Spencer Nesvick Andy Perry Paul Prothero Dave “Truck” Robinson Jason Stewart T-Mobile Grant; Matching Donations Carey White

Miscellaneous • • • •

Used Class A uniforms Spotlights (Council Ring) Commercial copiers and printers Tent canvas ($700/tent)


Bell Enterprises Pallet Shelving

Honorariums & Memorials

To make a gift to honor or memorialize someone, please include a note to that effect with your gift. The Association will send a letter to the honoree or their family informing them of the gift.

In memory of Mike McCulley Anonymous

If you make a donation and deliver it directly to the Reservation, please inform our Treasurer so he knows to send you a tax letter.

In memory of Max “Bear” Aycock Andrew Schrack


South Fork

Profile for Kia Kima Alumni Association

South Fork (Fall 2018)  

The quarterly magazine of the Kia Kima Alumni Association.

South Fork (Fall 2018)  

The quarterly magazine of the Kia Kima Alumni Association.


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