Camp Wokanda celebrates 80 years of Scouts and camping over the weekend

CHILLICOTHE - Camp Wonkanda lovers went out to the woods to relive some of their favorite memories of camp.

Cathy Lane is one of Camp Wokanda’s Rangers. She says, "It's a beautiful place, it's secluded, it's still close to the cities, it's close to all of the surrounding communities, but it's just a place where happy things happen."

Jim Stuttle has been camping at Wokanda since he was a little boy in the scouts. He says, "I have spent over a year of my life camping overnight at Wokanda, so I love the place."

Camp Wokanda celebrated its 80th birthday over the weekend, and it's captured a lot of hearts over the past 8 decades.

"Camp Wokanda is like home for a lot of people. They grew up here as scouts, they worked here, probably their first jobs were here," says Lane.

Paul McKim, currently a scout master, says, "I've talked to many people here yesterday and today, and it's all about the memories and seeing the patches and the tents and reminding themselves of the property and the hikes and the good times they've had here."

It started out as a Boy Scout camp in 1937, until the park district bought it in the 90s. Now it is also open to the public.

Lane says, "Scouts continue to camp here, just like they always have. Like no one ever noticed the difference, but now the public can be here as well, so there are people here from all walks of life."

It gives people the chance to experience the world in a different way.

Stuttle says, "The experience of actually being in nature, seeing the wildlife, seeing the stars at night, being able to camp out under the stars. That experience is something that everybody needs to have in their lives and Wokanda is a good place to get that."

The camp has been a place for kids to learn, grow and develop friendships that'll last a lifetime.

"Some of the finest friends and best friends that I have in my life are people that I met here at Wokanda, friendships that go back 50 year. You don't get that just any place, and something like that has to be treasured. It wouldn't have happened without camp Wokanda," says Stuttle.


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