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Location DB > United States > Arkansas > Perry county > Camp Ouachita Girl Scout Camp
Camp Ouachita Girl Scout Camp
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created by pinkspider on 2/20/2009 1:45 AM
last modified by Opheliaism on 10/5/2009 4:52 PM
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Frank Ginocchio, of the Little Rock firm Thompson, Sanders, and Ginocchio, designed Camp Ouachita in the rustic style. The geology underlying Camp Ouachita is complex, and camp wells failed repeatedly over the years, forcing the camp to resort to sand-filtered lake water. Ultimately, Arkansas Department of Health public health regulations prevented using lake water any longer, and with the last option of hauling water to the camp logistically unfeasible, the Ouachita Girl Scout Council (formerly LRGSC) decided in 1979 not to renew its special use permit for the camp. The Camp Ouachita National Historic District now encompasses sixtyacres and contains thirty-seven native stone buildings and remnants, six foundations, four engineering structures (small well house, pump station, water tank, and swim crib/dock remnants), and three unique landscape features (Lake Sylvia, the lake’s dam, and Narrow Creek and Gorge).

Ogden Hall (a.k.a. the Great Hall) and the caretaker’s residence are in a cluster that originally included the camp’s infirmary, staff cabins, and the director’s cabin. Six Girl Scout “patrol units”—Lake View, Tall Timber, Eco Valley, Cliff Top, Atihcauo, and Toltec—were supported by the Ogden Hall cluster and contained sleeping cabins, a unit house, a bathhouse, and tent platforms, save Atihcauo, which was a primitive unit offering tent platforms, a pit privy, a fire ring, a unit house, and a bathhouse. Atihcauo was, by 1966, a 22.72-acre parcel that was part of Camp Ouachita until the camp closed. Lake View and Toltec shared common buildings.

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Type: camp grounds
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Perry county, Arkansas
United States
Owner: govnerment
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  •  Hazards
  • friendly forestery comission people
  •  Interesting Features
    lots of old graffiti, many levels of repair/disrepair, lake sylvia right near by which is a great swimming hole.
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  • fences
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1936
    Closed: 1979
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    Camp Ouachita was the hearthstone for outdoor- and social-skills development and a path through adolescence for two generations of Arkansas Girl Scouts who seasonally camped there between 1937 and 1979. The Works Progress Administration (WPA), a federal New Deal agency, constructed Camp Ouachita from 1936 to 1940 for the Little Rock Area Girl Scout Council (LRGSC) in the Ouachita National Forest, twelve miles south of Perryville (Perry County) and some thirty-six miles west of Little Rock (Pulaski County). Camp Ouachita, the nation’s only surviving WPA-constructed Girl Scout camp complex, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The camp is currently undergoing renovation. As far as I have heard renovations have stopped because there is the possiblity of the fish and game comission purchasing the are for a learning center.
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    I was told by a caretaker that the fish and game comission are in talks to buy the place, finish the restoration, and turn it into a learning center.

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    pinky and pinwheel go to camp
    Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
    posted by pinkspider
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