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WALKER — A Wood County Boy Scout camp will celebrate its centennial on Saturday.

Don B. Lowe purchased 500 acres of land in 1922 from Walker which would later be called Camp Kootaga.

A celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Camp, 79 Camp Kootaga Road in Walker. It was organized by the Buckskin Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the 100th Anniversary Camp Kootaga Planning Committee.

The first long-term summer camp was held in 1922 on the banks of the Hughes River. One or two Parkersburg-area troupes participated with Lowe as camp director.

In 1929, J. Dougannah, a Kiowa Indian, arrived to help with the camp program. He named the scout camp Kootaga, which means good friends.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. Turn left into the parking lot as you enter the camp. Vehicles are not allowed in the camp. A shuttle will take participants to the dining room or the lodge.

Open-toed shoes are not recommended. Dress for the weather and bring a bottle of water. A folding chair is recommended.

People with Camp Kootaga memorabilia to display or crests to trade may sit in the dining room or on the dining room porch only.

The trading post is located on the lower level of the lodge and will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of 100th anniversary items as well as standard fare will be available.

A branding iron was created with the 100th Camp Kootaga logo designed by Lance Gordon. Marking items can be brought to an area next to the lodge where Mike McGee and his team will mark the items.

The Order of the Arrow, Kootaga Chapter of Takhonek Lodge 617 will be offering a hot dog lunch for donation in the area next to the lodge.

The presentation of the colors will take place at 11:30 a.m. behind the box and brief remarks will be made by Scouting officials. Wyatt Dennison of Troop 211 will be the bugler for the day.

At 2 p.m., the Kootaga Indian Dancers will perform behind the pavilion. Former dancers who wish to participate can contact Ted Cox.

A campfire will start at 3 p.m. in the Curley Camp Campfire Ring. Butch Hawkins, Ethan Grose and Keith Morrow will lead the group in familiar camp songs and attendees will have the opportunity to tell stories and reminisce.

Some prizes will be awarded. Troop 203 will build the campfire. Keith Morrow will end the campfire at 3:45 p.m. with a Scout blessing.

Everyone is asked to leave the camp at 4 p.m. sharp. The second week of summer camp starts early the next day and it takes time to get the camp in order.

Participants are encouraged to take lots of photos and videos and share them on the Camp Kootaga Facebook page, social media and personal Facebook pages.

Volunteers to help with the event can contact Kathy Anderson Wise at 304-482-7576.



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