Give The Gift of Kamp

Monday, December 17, 2012

Instead of wrapping another toy that will be irrelevant in a few weeks or put another sweater that nobody really wants under the Christmas tree, do something different this Christmas for you child.  Give the Gift of Kamp! 

It will be a gift full of fun, friendship, and memories that will last a lifetime.  It will truly be a gift that keeps on giving.  The Gift of Kamp will be a gift that does not perish, break, or get old and boring.  It will be an lifelong investment wrapped in a bunch of fun!

Download and print this "Ticket to Kamp,"put it under the tree this Christmas, and watch the smiles abound!  

When the excitement explodes on Christmas morning, take a photo or video and post it on the Kanakuk Facebook page.

Kanakuk BLOCKPARTY at Passion 2013

Monday, December 10, 2012

Kanakuk & KAA will be at Passion 2013!  Come join all the Kamp Directors and your friends as we catch up, hangout, and lift up the name of Jesus at the Kanakuk/KAA “BLOCKPARTY” during Passion 2013.  It’s going to be K-razy, so buckle up, bring some friends, and join us at Passion 2013.

The Details:
Who:  Anybody!  Kanakuk & KAA Staff / Friends
What:  Kamp Style Fun, Hangout, & Hype
When:  Both Jan. 2nd AND Jan. 3rd  (During Evening Break)
Time:  4:00pm-7:00pm   
Where: Rooms 211/212 in Building B @ GWCC  (Next to Georgia Dome)
Why:  Because it's SO GOOD to be together and not have to wait until summer. 

Come hangout out and eat dinner with us.  Bring your friends and give them a little taste of what Kanakuk/KAA is all about!

Dinner Info
We will be providing dinner for purchase at the Kanakuk/KAA BLOCKPARTY.  Don’t mess with the long lines and chaos of leaving the Georgia Dome.  Come eat with us.  As soon as we have nailed down the exact cost and meal option, we will let you know here. 

Kanakuk Section:
Passion has graciously reserved a section for Kanakuk/KAA staff and their friends to sit together in the Georgia Dome during Passion 2013.  We are still waiting on what section that will be from Passion, but we will post it here as soon as we know.   

Stay updated by using the hashtag “#blocKparty”

Facebook event page here.   

K-Kountry Kamper Video - Lil Sparky

Monday, November 26, 2012

Check out this video of Term 1 K-Kountry Kamper Michael Graham and his experience being "Lil' Sparky" for the Arizona State Sun Devils. Way to go Michael!

K-Kountry Staff Being Awesome

Friday, October 5, 2012

We found a few videos on the web of K-Kountry staff doing some awesome things.  Check them out.

First, here is Kevin Pahl scoring his first goal at Furman University:

Second, Kevin Frisbee doing his thing on the court:

K-Kountry 2nd Session Staff Video

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Here is the K-Kountry 2nd Session Staff Video...

TX/OU Kanakuk Staff Reunion

Monday, October 1, 2012

It’s that time of year again…cool weather, tailgating, football games, and staff reunions!  Come catch up with both old and new K-Kountry staff in Dallas, TX to relive old memories and create new ones.

The details…
6:00pm – K-Kountry Staff Dinner @ Chipotle
Come join the K-Kountry crew as we break bread together.  We will be at Chipotle at the southwest corner of Forest Lane and Central Expressway.  The address is 11613 N. Central Expressway, Suite 100, Dallas, TX.  Click here for a map.

7:00pm – Kanakuk Staff Reunion @ Watermark Community Church
After dinner, we’ll join all the other Kanakuk staff for the annual Texas vs. OU reunion at Watermark Community Church.  Watermark is located at 7540 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX.  Click here for a map.

See you in Dallas!


The pool has been drained, the soccer balls put up, and we have moved back into the office for the winter months.  Even though all the smiles and laughter have left the big red barn gates (for now), we have been spending some time reflecting and praising God for what he did at Kanakuk in Summer 2012.  The stories.  The memories.  The life change.

Each year, we are blown away by the Lord's faithfulness to this place and how he uses a summer camp in Branson, Missouri to change lives forever.  Pulling off kamp each summer is a huge task and takes hundreds of people, but the Lord continues to be in the middle of it all.  He gets all the credit.

We are grateful.  We are humbled.  We are excited to see what's ahead.  Thank you Lord for an incredible summer at K-Kountry!

Shadow Gang rollin in to town!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The good, the bad, and the best party EVER! Last night K-Kountry rounded on up to the great city of Tombstone, Missouri to experience the great 'ole west! The lower courts at kamp transformed from a place of tennis and basketball, to a place of wonder, six-shooters, and sack racin'!

The party all began in the morning, as the Shadow Gang rolled in to town demanding all the gold kamp and Sundance had. If we didn't come up with enough gold, kamp would be finished! In order to muster up as much as we could find, we made our way through Tombstone's stations to earn gold. Stations like: tossing the outlaw out the window, archery and riflery competition, and even some gold fish! 

As the night wore on, and the sun had set...the Shadow Gang moved their way in to the midst of all of the crowd to collect on their gold. The tension was high, as it seemed we hadn't collected enough gold for the Shadow Gang. Just as it seemed that there was just too many Shadow Gang members to handle, Sundance stepped up to save the day! Showing the quickest draw this side of the Mississippi, Sundance handled the Shadow Gang all by himself...saving the day, and saving kamp! 

It was time to celebrate, and it was time to get our dancing boots on and have a us a good time! We celebrated with bomb pops and dancing, and it could not have been more fun! By the end of the night we had all had a blast dancing, racing, and even outlaw tossing!

Night of the Olympiad

Monday, August 6, 2012

Light the torch, start the ceremonies, and get ready...because it is the Night of the Olympians! Last night, in the spirit of the Olympics, we at K-Kountry had a night of champions, crowns, and games! 

The night was spent throughout kamp by trying to break records by going down the water slide the fastest, seeing who did the most cannon balls, and who could stay on the blob the longest!

It wasn't all about competition though, as we also had a blast just hanging out and having fun in the pool! After all of the victors had been crowned, it was time to celebrate! And there is just no better way to celebrate then with ice cream and a little bit of a dance party! Last night was a great time to be an olympic participant, and a great time to be in kamp to enjoy all of the festivities!

Crank up the heat!

Friday, August 3, 2012

The calendar has officially turned its page to August, and if you have ever been in Branson in August you know exactly how hot it can get here! So how exactly do we go about beating the heat? Pool slides, trapezes, the blob and more of course!

Getting in the pool and having a great time is never something you will have to tell anyone at kamp twice anytime of the summer, especially when it gets pretty warm! So since it has been quite toasty here lately, it has given us even more excuse to constantly be in the water; whether it be in the pool, in the slough, or in the lake!

Something at kamp that we love to do is a thing called "polar bear club". K-Kountry sits right next to Lake Tanycomo, which due to a dam is unusually cold for any lake. So what polar bear club ends up being, is a collection of the brave young soles who dare the cold waters of the lake for as long as they can. Whether anyone stays in for a minute, or they stay in for twenty, it is so much fun to hear everyone's stories about how they conquered the icy waters of Lake Tanycomo!

Coach Boone from Remember the Titans may have famously said that water is not your friend, but at K-Kountry that could not be farther from the truth! At any given moment walking through kamp, you will undoubtedly hear laughter coming from the pool, see smiles walking up from the water zipline, and fun all around!

Air it Out football!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Texas Fight! Boomer! Sooooner! Wreck em' Tech! Fight On! The pageantry of college football yesterday descended on K-Kountry, as the tradition of Air it Out football yesterday once again made its way to Kanakuk!

After a morning of track & field, all of the guys side of kamp make their way down to the lower fields, where we find what school we will be playing for. The afternoon is filled with unbelievable plays, huge smiles, and enough celebration to last a lifetime!

Once the four conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 10, & Big 12...yes the Pac 12 is noticeably missing), have crowned their champion, and the victor of those semi-finals has is time for the Air it Out championship game! Last night's game pitted the Big 12 champion Kansas State, against the SEC champion Arkansas.

Serving as one of the referees last night was so much fun! Truly words can not describe how much of a highlight last night was! It had been raining here at K-Kountry sporadicly throughout the day, but once the championship game came around the rain had mostly passes, leaving behind just a light mist and fog. Walking down on to the field, as the fog from the lake started rolling in, was a sight that sent chills down my back. The scene could not have been any more perfect!

Last night was possibly the most heart pounding, epic, thriller of a game that K-Kountry may have ever witnessed! A nine overtime, high scoring barn burner, after a last second hail mary touchdown in regulation, seems to be the best way to summarize how incredible of a game it was! By the end of the game it didn't even seem like it mattered who won; it was such a good game, and everybody had fought so hard that the scoreboard had become irrelevant. By the end everyone had poured so much in to the night, that it had become a moment of wonder for all.

Hollywood, California...Hollywood, Missouri?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lights, Camera...Party! Hit the lights, roll out the red carpet, and get your popcorn ready, because the show is about to begin! Yesterday was the Holllywood party here at K-Kountry, and it could not have gone any better!

The party all began when we got word that K-Kountry was being considered to be the location for the next big blockbuster movie! The catch though, was that we had to prove ourself at a pool party! We had to rock out and show we could handle all the fame!

After we had a ton of fun in the pool, lazy river, and down all of the water slides, we made our way to the upper gym in all of our costumes. It was hard to believe all of the stars that were there! With Tom Cruise, Superman, Spongebob...and even a surprise concert from One Direction! We went all out and had an incredible amount of fun! The costumes were wild, the stars were all out, and the fun was out of this world! Hollywood no longer resided in Southern California...because Branson, Missouri had officially taken over as the movie capitol of the world!


Fifth Term Fiesta!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fifth term letssssss gooooooo! Yesterday was the kick off of the fifth term of the summer, aka an absolutely unbelievable incredibly fun day! Yesterday we welcomed in every new kamper at the platform, making sure they knew exactly how special this term was, as well as how special they are! After greeting all of the new kampers, we made our way to the pool, had a stellar picnic down by the lake, and even had our first K-Life of the term after all of that! It was a blast yesterday, but it was only an ounce of how much we will have this term! Fifth term, we gotta finish this summer out right!

Christmas in July!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open slay! Dashing through the...pea gravel? Yesterday as we walked through the dinning hall we were greeted with quite the festive sight! The lights were hung with care, the fire was roasting, and even Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were there to say hello!

Ahh yes, it once again was that wonderful time of year again; the time where it is 100 degrees outside, the humidity is close to practically being in water, and you are sweating an unbelievable amount...Christmas in July!

Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen! To the Dinning Hall! To the Dinning Hall we go! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all! But who might this beautiful sight's work belong? But to the kitchies the work had been done, as they worked all nightlong. They sang us a song, of old Christmas past. To the joy of the kids, as we sat around with our entire cast.

With Santa and all of his helpers every meal yesterday was a treat unlike any other! Christmas in July was a wonderful time, and the kitchies really did do an astounding job setting everything up in the dinning hall! Christmas in July has passed though...but does that mean we will have New Year's August?