Camp Red Rock

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City/Town: Binger
Location Class: Amusement Park
Year Built: 1946
Year Abandoned: November 2010
Status: For Sale
Photojournalist: Michael SchwarzMary Evans

Camp Red Rock, a Girl Scout camp in Binger Oklahoma, has been around for numerous years as well as a good deal of astounding memories. Built in 1946 and opening in the mid 50’s, the camp was relatively small and could only hold a handful of girls. In later years more money was donated to the camp, allowing several new buildings to be constructed. Braniff Airlines, a business that closed in 1990, made a significant donation to the camp, hence the camp’s mess hall name, “Braniff Hall”

Camp Red Rock , as well as Camp Kate, an additional historic girl scout camp located in Granite,Oklahoma, were closed down due to the decision to merge all four camps in to just two. The decision was made to save money, and bring the overall girl scout community together into a larger camps. Both Camp Red Rock and Camp Kate were officially closed in November of 2010.

Currently the camp sits there all by itself in the little town of Binger. Slowly the two functioning camps are moving supplies from Red Rock and Kate.

WARNING: Camp Red Rock is now privately owned and guarded 24/7. They do have the power to prosecute those caught on the property. Also, the Binger Police also patrol the area regularly. DO NOT GO TO THIS LOCATION UNLESS YOU HAVE PERMISSION.

 

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Raegan
Raegan
7 years ago

My daughter and I just ran across this page and sat looking at all the photos. Breaks my heart. I camped here as a girl, and as a leader brought two different troops here. So very sad that nationwide the Girl Scouts are choosing not to emphasize camping experiences–the leadership, growth, skills learned, and memories it develops are unsurpassed.

Samantha
Samantha
7 years ago

Omg wow that's so Sad I spent so many wounderful summers there and made amazing people there what ever happens to the horses there

Robert "Wheels"
Robert "Wheels"
Reply to  Samantha
7 years ago

I just hope that Outlaw and Fletcher went to people that understood their personalities. A lot of people thought they were "bad horses"…but they were not.. Outlaw was the type that trusted very few people.. for those he trusted, he was great. Fletcher was just jealous of other horses getting more attention.. Spend time with him and he is just fine.

Samantha Hutchison
Samantha Hutchison
Reply to  Robert "Wheels"
4 years ago

oh so do it Fletcher was such a good looking horse. i had adopted levi and a paint horse i can't think of he name one year for the winter that was so much fun

Melissa
Melissa
7 years ago

So very heartbreaking that a wonderful place many girls spent years growing up in, is abandoned . Like a ghost town, camp red rock has many stories and memories held in many many girls, and women's hearts. Such a sad ending for a place that was to many -'paradise', and a second home for the countless Girl Scouts that passed through. RIP Camp Red Rock, you were well loved by all.

betrumka
7 years ago

There are a few closed Girl Scout camps in our state, aren't there?

Jen
Jen
Reply to  betrumka
3 years ago

Cookieland is closing. They just sold it to the Turnpike Authority. 🙁

Bro. Jeff
Bro. Jeff
7 years ago

I do not want to upset anyone here by talking about using this camp for another purpose but I represent a Christian Ministry (Baptist Camp Ministries – we are on Facebook) that has been looking at Red Rock as a possible Christian camp. We could still host Girl Scout events if the Girl Scouts wanted us to. My little girl is a Girl Scout and I too think it is sad that these camps are closed. We need good camps for our children. If we can raise the money, we are going to try to save this one before it… Read more »

Christi
Christi
Reply to  Bro. Jeff
6 years ago

Bro. Jeff was your group the group that acquired CRR? I would absolutely love to visit the camp again.

Krystyl
Krystyl
7 years ago

This is so sad to see! I went here for 12 years several times a year! It was more my home than any house ever was! Brought tears to my eyes seeing it all abandoned and neglected. I really hope someone buys it and opens it back up so many more children can make wonderful memories!

Robert "Wheels"
Robert "Wheels"
Reply to  Krystyl
7 years ago

I worked staff at several other camps in Oklahoma and Texas… But none felt as CRR did. It did not matter who you were, at CRR you felt at home. The place has a spirit about it.

Ariadne Doll
Ariadne Doll
7 years ago

Unbelieveble Camp Red Rock is closed, for me is it such a special place when i worked there in the summer of 2001. Hope there will be a good owner found that will make the spirit of the places accessible for new generations. Love ariadne, also known as Dollydot

Robert "Wheels"
Robert "Wheels"
Reply to  Ariadne Doll
7 years ago

DOLLY!! Do you remember Wheels?

Ariadne
Ariadne
Reply to  Robert "Wheels"
7 years ago

Of course, I do. You helped me when i fell of the horse. I think i still have the coffeecup you gave me, because i was stealing yours every morning.
I was looking for information for the camp because i got triggered because you had the big tornado . It is big news here on the news.

Are you still a medic in tulsa? I got married a few years a go and i have a almost year old little girl. Are you still in contact with the group of 2001?
Love Dollydot

Robert "Wheels"
Robert "Wheels"
Reply to  Ariadne
7 years ago

Why are all the best girls all married?? No, I am not a medic now. I had a stroke due to a head injuries and had to stop doing that.

courtney
courtney
7 years ago

went there when i was 6 :O this is a trip

So many memories
So many memories
7 years ago

As a previous Girl Scout (from being a Daisy all the way up to earning my Gold Award) I absolutely hate seeing this. It completely breaks my heart! If only I had the money to buy it, I would open it up as a public campground so that former scouts could share their memories with their families. I loved seeing all the pictures and reliving my childhood, if only for a minute, with my children. I just wish I could go back, just one last time. So many memories and so much history here. I hate they have closed it,… Read more »

Robert "Wheels"
Robert "Wheels"
Reply to  So many memories
7 years ago

I would come and help!! I love that place.

Angie
Angie
7 years ago

I went there every summer for about 6 years, and this brought back a flood memories for me, like I'm sure they did for everyone that went there. All the pictures are beautifully done, and I'm just really thankful you decided to share them (I know you guys did this like 3 months, sorry I'm so late!) Keep doing what you do! 🙂

Rick Prather
Rick Prather
7 years ago

It'd be a great place for models & photographers to come together, lots of places to shoot. Any way possible to find out who owns it to set up a shoot next spring?

jennifer
jennifer
7 years ago

Great job, ya'll!

Mary E.
7 years ago

I was a girl scout for 9 years and camped here up to somes twice to three times a year! It was definitely strange coming here with Michael Schwarz to do some photography. Seeing the camp with no girls scouts in it felt weird. I hope ya'll enjoy the pictures!
Mary Evans

purpleokieprincess
purpleokieprincess
7 years ago

sooo sad to see that CRR made it on here but glad that the pics will be in a pace where thay can be viewed by all , I attended the CRR Retirement Ceremony – http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.13724915

ckilbourne
ckilbourne
7 years ago

I thought camping was one of the foundational aspects of Girl Scouts. I know this camp inspired many girls to do things they might not have otherwise had the opportunity to do especially coming from an urban area. While not everything has to be the same as Boy Scouts, I think it sends the wrong message to our girls that they will not get to have the same type of experiences or be exposed to the outdoors as much as boys would be.

Kimberly Smith
Kimberly Smith
7 years ago

I SO want to cry right now. Seeing these picture's have brought back so many memories for me. As a little girl I stayed there on weekend trips, and summer camps for 2 weeks. I remember going with my Mom and having to go to the bottom of starvation hill because of a tornado warning, then having to climb back up it with rushing waters. I was so happy that my Daughter was able to experiance the fun I was able to before they closed it. It's a sad sight.

hailey
hailey
Reply to  Kimberly Smith
7 years ago

I was a was a junior when they closed it and I cried because I loved that camp and every time I hear camp red rock or the camp red rock song I wanna cry they need to reopen CRR asap

okiegrl
okiegrl
7 years ago

Our new CEO plans to visit all 4 camps to re evaluate them. Hoping we can bring this one back.

Robert "Wheels"
Robert "Wheels"
Reply to  okiegrl
7 years ago

I sure miss this place.. I was staff there for a while… Some of the best memories of my life.

Carrie
Carrie
Reply to  okiegrl
7 years ago

That would be absolutely amazing if they could bring CRR back.

Robert "Wheels"
Robert "Wheels"
Reply to  Carrie
7 years ago

I would love to be on staff there again! That place has such a unique spirit about it.

Rick
Rick
Reply to  okiegrl
7 years ago

Had an idea, if they re-open it… when the Girl Scouts aren’t using the camp… could it be used by models & photographers? Smaller groups and some income… like in my case I’m putting together information for a week long class for beginning models or models 101, class room decisions in the morning (Do’s & Don’t) and some posing ideas (quit asking where do I put my hands). I was planning on doing this when I retire to my land in eastern Oklahoma in 6 or 8 years from now, but I’d love to get started now.

MW3
MW3
Reply to  okiegrl
7 years ago

Oh I hope so. While I enjoy taking my scouts to E-Ko-Wah, I'd really love to take them to Red Rock. I've heard so many good stories from other scout leaders about camping there.

CRR lover
CRR lover
Reply to  okiegrl
7 years ago

THE ceo of what ?

Henry Kissenger
Henry Kissenger
Reply to  CRR lover
3 years ago

I'm A Liar Inc.

Krystyl
Krystyl
Reply to  okiegrl
7 years ago

I have some pics from 2004 in the exact same places as some of the pics you took So crazy comparing the before and after

hailey
hailey
Reply to  okiegrl
4 years ago

yes , please i would be one of the first in line to go in if you reopened camp red rock , hopefully you would allow girl scouts to use it for camp once in awhile

Tracy Robison
Tracy Robison
7 years ago

Oh this makes my heart hurt!!! This is where many of the girls in our troop first did their camping. It brings back so many memories! We we always love Camp Red Rock!!

wes
wes
7 years ago

This camp was really popular but the Girl Scouts simply chose to go toward more urban activities. A sad day and a sad state of affairs for the GS

elizabeth
elizabeth
7 years ago

Who owns it now and what are the plans to do with the buildings?

Connie Farthing
Connie Farthing
Reply to  elizabeth
7 years ago

It is still owned by the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma but is For Sale!!!

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