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.”
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