Girl Scouts Sell Camp Cookieland To Turnpike Authority
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Girl Scouts have sold their beloved Camp Cookieland to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. The Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma closed on the property in the middle of November, officially selling it to make way for the new turnpike.
Camp Cookieland was purchased by the Girl Scouts way back in 1948 using cookie money and personal funds, but this spring when plans for the new turnpike were released, the camp was right in the path. After a summit between girls and the Turnpike Authority, the scouts agreed to sell the property.
CEO Shannon Evers was there when the papers were signed.
“It was emotional to me, because this property means a lot to the Girl Scout community,” she said. “We’ve owned it a long time. A lot of fond memories; I can still hear girls giggling every time I think about it.”
But Evers said they are now looking for a new property that better serves the needs of today's Girl Scout.
“They really identified that they would be OK giving up this property, assuming we would do something even bigger and better for them in the future and that’s what we’re going to do,” she said.
In the meantime, the council said it will work with community partners like Riversport Adventures to give girls that outdoor experience while the new camp is being built.
“I know that what girls need today and what they want for the future is completely different from what that property was able to give us,” said Evers. “So while it’s a little bit sad, it’s really really exciting.”
The council said it hopes to announce in January what new property it plans to purchase.