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Okitayakani: Prettiest camp you've never heard of

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- If you've never heard of Camp Okitayakani, don't feel alone ... you'd be in the company of many of your neighbors in southwest Georgia.

Located 12 miles west of Dawson, the Girl Scout camp is nestled on 338 acres of wooded land. Okitayakani means "zig-zag stream" in the Creek Indian language.

Its primary use is as a summer camp for the Girl Scouts, but Camp Director Sandy Wingard wants the people to know the facility is also available to the general public.

"While Camp Okitayakani is used every year for resident camps, we also rent to the public," Wingard said. "We've rented to family reunions, corporate retreats, family days and church camps.

"We've had diverse groups make use of the camp. We also have several convention rooms for meetings."

Camp facilities include a dining hall with a fully equipped commercial kitchen, craft pavilion and trading post.

In addition, there is a swimming pool, a 12-acre lake for fishing or canoeing, horse stables, basketball and beach volleyball court and softball and soccer fields.

Cabins are scattered over three separate areas called "units." Each cabin is open air (meaning no air conditioning) and is located near a community bath house.

The camp, for girls six through 17, is currently gearing up for its first resident camp of the summer. Deadline for registration is May 7th with that camp beginning on June 13. The final camp of the year begins on July 16.

In addition the Girl Scouts will also holding several specialty area such as Singing and Dancing, Science, Drama and Art camps.

For more information about Girl Scout activities at Camp Okitayakani, or for rental rates and availability, contact Sandy Wingard at 229-432-9118 or send her e-mail at swingard@gshg.org.