Monday, June 8, 2020
Welcome to the First Issue!
The Kia Kima 2020 Experience is a whole new way to experience camp! The Kia Kima 2020 Experience combines self-paced resources, in-person virtual meetings, and limited in-person activities in Mid-South communities for Scouts and Cub Scouts. Many of our programs will be offered at no required cost, though activities with materials and in-person events will have a minimal fee.

This is the very first edition of what will be our nearly-daily e-mail newsletter, The Daily Thunderbird. In this newsletter, we will be sharing favorite camp skits and songs, upcoming and highlighted opportunities for Scouts and Cub Scouts, and much more!

Our website,, is the home base for the entire Kia Kima 2020 Experience. We will be adding exciting new opportunities every day, so make sure to visit us often!
Skit of the Day: 2020 Experience
Upcoming Virtual Merit Badges
There are many virtual offerings available from the Kia Kima 2020 Experience now (with more being added daily)! Check out this great list of upcoming merit badge opportunities here, and visit for the latest schedule of virtual meetings.
Citizenship in the World
Weds., 6/10, 1 p.m.
Thurs., 6/11, 10 a.m.
Thurs., 6/11, 4 p.m.
American Heritage
Fri., 6/12, 1 p.m.
Mon., 6/15, 3:30 p.m.
American Labor
Tues., 6/16, 1 p.m.
6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 1:30 p.m.
Scouting Heritage
Fri., 6/19, 1:00 p.m.
Sat., 6/20, 10 a.m.
Mon., 6/22, 1:00 p.m.
Digital Technology
6/23, 6/30, 1:00 p.m.
Weds., 6/24, 1 p.m.
Thurs., 6/25, 4 p.m.
Family Life
Fri., 6/26, 4 p.m.
Citizenship in the World Mon., 6/29, 1:00 p.m.
Tues., 6/30, 3:30 p.m.
American Heritage
Weds., 7/1, 1:00 p.m.
Citizenship in the Nation
Thurs., 7/2, 10:00 a.m.
Snow Sports
Thurs., 7/2, 4:00 p.m.
Thurs., 7/9, 4:00 p.m.
Thurs., 7/16, 4:00 p.m.
Camp Photo of the Day
Eight-year camp staffer and Trading Post Manager Britney Jones took this photo at Kia Kima, near the Camp Osage Dining Hall, after storms on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. We are all missing the splendor of the Ozarks, but we will be bringing you photos and videos from camp in each Daily Thunderbird!

Have a favorite photo you want to share? Send it to!
The Kia Kima 2020 Experience Trading Post
Make sure to check out the Kia Kima 2020 Experience Trading Post, which has lots of great Kia Kima memorabilia, including the patches for 2020!
We Love Scouting! - Week 1 Contest
Each week, the Kia Kima 2020 Experience will host a contest, highlighting the best of your Scouting skills and spirit! Winners will be selected by the Kia Kima Staff, and each winner will be sent an incredible Kia Kima prize pack!

For our Week 1 contest, we are highlighting Scouts who have been actively Scouting during the pandemic. Send us your best photo of any Scouting fun you have had since the pandemic began. Whether you were camping in your backyard, working on a project for a virtual merit badge, or completing an awesome Cub Scout adventure, share your fun with us. You could win an amazing prize! This contest ends on Saturday, June 13, at 11:59 p.m.

E-mail your photos to or use #KK2020Exp and #KiaKima on Facebook and Instagram!
Knot of the Day: Overhand Knot
Camp Cherokee Scoutcraft Staffer Jack Danley brings us our first Knot of the Day, the humble (but very useful) overhand knot!

The Kia Kima 2020 Experience is offering programming for Scouts and Cub Scouts in three primary ways (scheduled virtual meetings, limited in-person meetings, and self-paced opportunities). As the summer continues, we will be adding more and more advancement and enrichment programs every day of the summer, so make sure you check in with us regularly!
Scouts BSA: Art Merit Badge
Our first featured self-paced program for Scouts BSA is the Art merit badge. Check out the Art merit badge resource page, which contains lots of resources for Scouts to get creative!
Cub Scouts: Cyber Chip
Internet safety is a top priority for all Scouts! Check out our Cyber Chip resources and use our self-guided presentations to complete your Cyber Chip today.
Featured programs for Tuesday, June 9: Environmental Science merit badge and Cast Iron Chef Webelos Adventure.

Coming to you, wherever you are!