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Kanakuk Kamp at Faith Bible Church in Edmond brings fun with a message

Kanakuk Kamp at Faith Bible Church in Edmond is an extension of the popular overnight camp based in Missouri.
by Matt Patterson Published: July 10, 2014

The heat is sizzling in the giant parking lot of Faith Bible Church as kids taking part in KampOut take their turns on zip lines or water slides.

The weeklong biblically themed day camp is part of Kanakuk Kamps, which is based in Missouri and has been a popular destination for Oklahoma children over the years.

KampOut is the traveling version of the original overnight camp that began in 1926. Kanakuk operates camps in Branson and Lampe, Mo.

The road-show version at Faith Bible Church features 60 staffers and 400 campers. It’s considered a “mega camp” by organizers because it is double the size of a typical KampOut.

The goal is to spread the message of Jesus through a lot of fun.

“We say that all of our activities are a platform for our message,” KampOut Director Garrett Perkins said. “We strive to partner with a local church to reach families for the Kanakuk experience for the sake of the Gospel. We use all of the things we do as a platform, which is simply the message of the Gospel. We believe every kid deserves to be in a relationship with Jesus.”

Every day has a theme.

“Monday they learned they were fully created in the image of God,” Perkins said. “Tuesday they learn they were fully broken because of their sin, and Wednesday they learn they are fully rescued by Jesus if they profess their faith, and Thursday they learn that they are fully reconciled to God if they believe in Jesus, and on the last day, we throw a big party.”

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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