EDMOND — 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.”
15 cities, 5 states
Reese Daniels, 6, a first-year camper, was thrilled when her parents told her she was going to KampOut.
“I was excited to go because we get to learn a lot and have fun doing different things,” she said.
Jack Pinter, 7, enjoys all aspects of the camp.
“I’ve been coming for three years, and it’s fun because we get to do fun stuff like the zip line,” he said.
The cost of the camp is $225 for the weeklong session. Kids go through a full day of activities beginning at 9 a.m. and running to 4 p.m. The day is broken into periods with activities geared toward age groups.
“We try to foster life-changing experiences and godly relationships and spiritual training at our overnight camps, and KampOut is an extension of that,” Perkins said. “We try to bring the overnight experience on the road to 15 cities in five states, and the goal is the same, to learn about Jesus and have a lot of fun in the process.”
To learn more
For more information on Kanakuk Kamps, go to www.kanakuk.com.