Girl Scouts camp is in crosshairs of new turnpike

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Camp Cookieland has been an outdoor retreat for thousands of Oklahoma Girl Scouts since 1948.

They come to the 100-plus acre ranch not just for fun but also personal growth.

"We know girls who seek outdoor experience are better at solving problems," said Chief Executive Officer Shannon Evers. "We know that girls try new things at camp, increasing their self esteem."

But, this outdoor experience is in the way of progress.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority recently announced the path of its new loop.

The plan has it cutting right through the west side of Camp Cookieland.

Girls Scouts Of Western Oklahoma is worried about safety and environmental issues that come with speeding traffic 24 hours a day.

"It's overnight, and they want to feel like they are in the middle of nowhere," Evers said. "We are obviously concerned about noise and light pollution and some environmental factors, as well."

Officials with OTA are working with the community to come up with the path of least .

"It's not easy taking homes," said spokesman Jack Damrill. "It's one of the hardest things our engineers have to do, and that's why, when they go and develop a route like this, they really try to avoid as many houses as they can."

While the details have not been finalized, the Turnpike Authority hopes to have an official route by mid April.

As it stands now, Cookieland is in the crosshairs.

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