Kia Kima Alumni Association

Camp Traditions

The Kia Kima Alma Mater

Written at camp in 1926.

High above the South Fork waters
Reared against the sky
Proudly stands our dear old camp
As the years go by

Onward, ever, be our watchword
Conquer and prevail
Here's to thee, O, Kia Kima
BSA, all hail!

Kia Kima Grace

As we soar on Eagle's wings
We thank the Lord for these great things:
For nourishing food, for our physical strength;
For our cheerful trails, and the South Fork banks.

The Triangle

The Kia Kima Alumni Association logo has the thunderbird in front of a triangle. Triangles have shown up several times throughout camp's history. The original patches when Kia Kima moved to the current Reservation were in the shape of a triangle. These triangle patches were recreated during the 50th Anniversary of the Reservation. At the entrance to camp is the Triangle that has the Kia Kima sign in it. Every troop that comes to camp stops in the Triangle to take a picture. In the Order of the Arrow the triangle is used as a symbol of leadership and represents the Vigil Honor.

Camp Cherokee Symbols

While Camp Osage has always used the Thunderbird, Camp Cherokee has two symbols they use alongside it: an Arrowhead and an Indian Head. Sometimes the symbols appear next to each other, sometime the Indian Head is on top of the Arrowhead, and sometimes they appear separate.

Staph Christmas

Every year going back several decades, the Staff will draw names for a Christmas celebration in July! This is always done on weekend of Cherokee Take Down. Staff members will then make presents for each other. The traditional gift is a decorated canoe paddle, however they are encouraged to make whatever they want for their recipient. There is also a big meal to celebrate the summer and sometimes the big man himself will make an appearance!

The Cherokee Gong

If you've ever stayed in Camp Cherokee you have experienced the Emergency Gong hanging in the Nature Lodge. A few strikes of a hammer and the entire camp knows something is happening as the sound carries well across the lake. The Gong originally hung across the South Fork River from Old Kia Kima. The camp was across the river from town and the easiest way across was in a boat. When Scouts reached camp, they would ring the gong and the River Rats (the Waterfront Staff) would row across to pick them up. When Kia Kima moved to its current location, the gong came with it and began to be used as the emergency signal in Camp Cherokee.

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