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Girl Scouts hosting 'Bucks and Bows' auction on Thursday

ALBANY — The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is hosting its second “Bucks and Bows” dinner and auction this week as a way to help improve a Girl Scout property often used for camping activities.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chehaw Creekside Education Center. The auction prize list includes bow hunts for eight individuals at Camp Okitayakani in Cuthbert. Auction winners will get the opportunity to harvest a buck, a doe and as many hogs as they wish at the camp during the weekends of Nov. 15-16 or Nov. 22-23.

This is the only time of the year the property is hunted on. During the hunt, the on site accommodations, hunting stands or blinds, meals and T-shirts are provided for. There are also volunteer guides there to assist the hunters,” said Cindy Wisham, fund development manager for the Girl Scouts office in Albany. “All we are asking is for them to bring their bows … We got great reviews (last year). Some of the guys said they would come back and bid again this year.”

Auction proceeds go toward maintaining the 362-acre property, which the Girl Scouts have had for 50 years. Last year, six bow hunts were auctioned off — which paid for air conditioning in all the cabins and some needed repairs. This year, the proceeds will pay for improvements to the camp’s outdoor facilities, including its archery and shooting range, and the addition of kayaks and paddle boards, Wisham said.

The event will kick off with cocktails, and the dinner will follow at 7 p.m. There will be a silent auction that — aside from the bow hunts — will also include handmade baskets, magazine subscriptions, hunting equipment and a blower.

There will even be opportunities to practice shooting a bow at the event.

“It will be a very casual evening,” Wisham said.

The event was able to raise $7,000 last year, which gives a coordinators a mark to shoot for this year so that outdoor activities as well as environmental education opportunities can be sustained for the girls who use the camp.

“We are looking to do that (dollar amount) and more this year so we can (accommodate) the projects at hand,” Wisham said. “(The event) is open to the whole family.

“Girls from all over use this camp. It is a great way for alumni who enjoyed camping to give back, and a great opportunity (for girls) to learn life skills. We rent the facilities to other entities; it is not just for us. It is important to keep the activities up to date and for everyone to enjoy.”

Tickets for “Bucks and Bows” is $25 a piece, which includes the cocktails and dinner. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by contacting the Girls Scouts office at 515 Pine Ave., or by contacting Wisham at (229) 432-9188.

“There will be a few tickets available at the door, but advanced notice is required (to ensure attendees can be accommodated),” she said.