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K-Kauai - Kanakuk Family Kamp


Kanakuk's K-Kauai Family Kamp

The island adventure that lasts forever! K-Kauai, Kanakuk's Christian family camp makes it possible for the whole family to experience the blessing of Kanakuk together. This resort quality summer camp, located in Branson, Missouri serves the whole family from newborns to grandparents. During a week at K-Kauai, your family will be ministered to and refreshed through activities, games, family event nights, parents' nights, and more!


In this short video you can see where Kanakuk campers will stay, play and learn while at Kamp. Looking for more? Check out daily photos from previous summers here. You are also invited to visit us the next time you are in the Branson, Missouri area! For more information contact us.

Frequently asked questions, or contact us.


Is a trunk a requirement? Where do I buy one?

Trunks are not a requirement, but they make transporting and keeping luggage clean, organized, and convenient. Duffle bags and suit cases are welcome. Luggage may not be more than 15.5" tall. A good source for trunks is www.trunkoutletkanakuk.com.

K-Kauai Family Kamp

Would a single parent feel comfortable attending Family Kamp?

Absolutely! We have many single parents who bring their children and have a fantastic time! Some of our speakers may emphasize the marriage relationship in their teaching, but since we also cover topics like conflict resolution, raising children in today's world, etc - there is always something for everyone.

What are the room accomodations at Family Kamp like?

Each of our cabanas is very similar to a large motel room- with sleeping for six. There is a queen sized bed, a couch that comes out to a double, a set of bunk beds, and two private bathrooms. 

What time does K-Kauai open on Opening Day?

K-Kauai opens at 4:00 PM on Opening Day!

When is check out time on the last day of the term?

Check out is after breakfast on the last day of the term. Most families are gone by 10:00 am.

What should we pack for our time at K-Kauai?

You should bring casual clothing, costumes for theme nights, toiletries, beach towels, traveling iron and hair dryer if desired, sunscreen and insect repellant, laundry detergent and an ample supply of quarters (if you desire to do laundry during your stay).

Is there a doctor on site?

We share a doctor with K-Kountry, a neighboring kamp. However, we have nursing staff available at K-Kauai and are a five minute drive away from a quality hospital.

Is there a microwave, coffee pot, and refrigerator in the cabana?

There is a small refrigerator in each cabana for snacks. A microwave is available in the dining hall. There are no coffee pots in the cabanas. 

Is there a curfew?

There is no curfew for guests. However, our staff will be in bed by 11:30 PM  so they can be ready to serve again the next morning. 

Are there any restrictions we should know about?

Please no alcohol or tobacco on the Kanakuk island. Also, there are no pets allowed. 

Is there Wi-Fi available on the Island?

While it is not available in the cabanas, Wi-Fi is available in the Bean, Chapel and Game Room. 


When is my final payment due for overnight camp?

Final payments are due on March 1st. For enrollments after March 1st, full payment is due at the time of registration. You can check your balance, set-up monthly payments or make a payment by visiting Www.Mykanakuk.Com

What is the deadline to cancel and still have my deposit refunded?

Cancellations after March 1st will forfeit the $200 deposit. For details regarding tuition refund policies, please reference your signed Terms and Conditions under your Kampers registration details.

Can I make monthly payments?

YES! You can set-up monthly payments in mykanakuk.com or contact Crystal in our Accounting department at 417.266.3233.

Can I pay with a Credit Card?

Yes! We can accept checks, electronic checks, or you may pay using your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.

How do I make changes to my registration?

Email reg@kanakuk.com with your Kamper's name, Kamp and term they are registered for, and your requested change. 

While my child is at Kamp

Is sporting equipment provided, or do we send our child's personal equipment?

All sporting equipment will be provided for your Kamper. There is no need to send sports equipment. Personal gear can be used, but there is limited storage space and Kanakuk Ministries cannot be held liable for loss or damage to personal sports equipment.

Parent Testimonials
Another amazing week at K-Kauai. My girls say that Family Kamp makes them think about how amazing heaven will be. Our cup has been filled to the point of overflowing, and we are ready to go pour out Christ’s love.
We really enjoyed the variety of activities included at Kamp: boats, tubes, archery, ropes course, etc. Our kids wanted to sign up for next year from the moment they arrived. The welcome we received was amazing. We are thankful for what this place has done for our family's relationship with Christ. Can’t wait to come back next year!
The counselors have exceeded my expectations far and above all we imagined for our four kids. Their love and attention, affirmation and encouragement have poured out and filled to overflowing all six of us. Praise God!

2018 2-week

Kamp Dates Ages For Price
Term 1 June 2 to June 15 14-18 Boys and Girls $2,300
Term 2 June 16 to June 29 14-18 Boys and Girls $2,300
Term 3 June 30 to July 13 14-18 Boys and Girls $2,300
Term 4 July 14 to July 27 14-18 Boys and Girls $2,300
Term 5 July 28 to August 10 14-18 Boys and Girls $2,300
1-Week summer camp pricing for K-Kauai
K-Kauai pricing is dependent on how many people are in your family and their age. Pricing per week (2018 Pricing) is as follows: Adults are $1,000. Children ages seven to 18 are $800. Children three to six are $500. Children under three are $150. Premium Cabana rentals are $950. To Enroll For 2018 see '2018 Speakers' tab on left side of this page.

2018 Family Kamp

Kamp Dates Ages For Price
Term 1 June 2 to June 8 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 2 June 9 to June 15 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 3 June 16 to June 22 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 4 June 23 to June 29 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 5 June 30 to July 6 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 6 July 7 to July 13 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 7 July 14 to July 20 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 8 July 21 to July 27 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 9 July 28 to August 3 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies
Term 10 August 4 to August 10 All Ages - Infant to Grandparent Boys and Girls varies

To and From Kanakuk

Arriving at the "Island"

You can't miss Kanakuk's K-Kauai! The island theme is visible from the moment you approach this Branson oasis. We'll make it clear when you arrive that we want you to feel like this is YOUR vacation! Our staff's desire is to serve and attend to your family in any way they can. Starting at 4:00 PM your family will be quickly checked-in, and your car will be parked for you. 

Departing the "Island"

It's always hard to see our families leave at the end of their term at K-Kauai. So many friendships are formed, families are re-connected, and parents are re-freshed. It's such a wonderful experience that the majority of our families re-enroll for the next summer before they leave! 


Check out is after breakfast on the last day of each term. 

Kamp Location

K-Kauai - Kanakuk Family Kamp is located in Branson, Missouri at: 833 Lake Shore Drive, Branson, MO 65616

2018 Speakers

Term 1 June 2 - June 8

Speaker: Rene Shlaepfer

Rene Schlaepfer is senior pastor of Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, California and the author of six books. Born in San Jose, California to Swiss immigrant parents, Rene grew up with dual citizenship and briefly lived in Switzerland before settling on the West Coast. There he worked for many years in broadcasting, primarily as an air personality on contemporary music radio stations.  While in broadcasting, Rene earned a BA in Radio/TV/Film from San Jose State and an MA Theology from Western Seminary. Since then, he has served as a pastor in San Diego, South Lake Tahoe, and Santa Cruz. Rene and his wife Laurie have three children they adore and are anxious to welcome their first grandchild this summer. Beside their love of church ministry, Rene and Laurie also advocate together for their favorite causes: local food banks and an orphanage in India.


Term 2 June 9 - June 15

Speaker: Clay Scroggins

I’m Clay Scroggins. In my day job, I serve as the lead pastor of North Point Community Church, one of the six Atlanta-area campuses of North Point Ministries led by Andy Stanley. I met my wife, Jenny, at Dallas Theological Seminary and both of us have spent most of our adult life working with families in a church context. While Jenny was at Texas A&M, she volunteered with high school students at Grace Bible Church and served at a summer camp for kids and students every summer. I went to Georgia Tech and studied engineering, but my favorite part of college was serving in student ministry at North Point. We love summer camp and believe deeply in what God can do through camp! We live in Forsyth County, Georgia, with our four kids. 



Term 3 June 16 - 22

Speaker: Will Cunningham

Will and Cindy Cunningham have been married for 35 years. They have two grown sons, Wesley (30) and Peter (27). Wes is an internal medicine doctor, and is married to Rachel. Peter works at Givingtons, a fast-growing fulfillment company in Fayetteville, AR. Will works as a Family Pastor at Mission Hills Church in Littleton, CO. Cindy is a Teacher's Assistant for a fourth grade classroom. Will and Cindy love to hike together and explore the mountains. The older they get, the more they fall in love with birds...and eachother. Will has written 5 books, and is currently hoping to publish a sixth in the American Booksellers Association. The sixth book is also being transformed into a screenplay. Will went to university at Oklahoma State, where he earned a B.A. in English Literature. Then, he went to Denver Seminary and earned his M.A. in Counseling. After that, he counseled professionally for twelve years; directed camps at Kanakuk for fourteen years, was a high school dean for five years, and is now a family pastor. The title and topic of Will's messages: "God and You in a little Canoe- What Christ's One Sermon Means to Your Marriage and Your Family" 


Term 4 June 23 - 29 

Speaker: Ted Cunningham

 Ted Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church. He enjoys being married to his wife of over 20 years, Amy. They live in Branson, MO with their two children, Corynn and Carson. He is the author of The Power of Home, Fun Loving You, Trophy Child, and Young and In Love and coauthor of four books with Dr. Gary Smalley including The Language of Sex and From Anger to Intimacy. He is a regular guest on Focus on the Family, Life Today, and Moody Radio. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary.


Term 5 June 30 - July 6 

Speaker: Renaut VanDerReit


Renaut has been in full time ministry for the past 20 years.  He is a husband, father, visionary leader, and pastor. 

Renaut's most important role is as husband to his wife, Brooke, and as father to his 8 children, ranging in age from 10 - 19.  In 2012 four of his children were adopted from Ethiopia. Renaut is founding pastor of Mosaic Church in Oakland, Florida, a suburb of Orlando.  Mosaic was planted in 2002 and is one of the fastest growing churches in Orlando with more than 2500 attending gatherings at two campuses each week, including a Latino gathering. 

  In addition to leading Mosaic, Renaut and Brooke are the founders and owners of multiple business ventures including Axum Coffee, a specialty coffee shop chain, Axum Roastery, House Blend Cafe and The Axum Market Cafe, a healthy living experience.  All of their business ventures give 100% of net profits away towards social justice issues around the globe. Renaut inspires and challenges people to live lives informed by the Gospel of Jesus in every arena.  He is passionate about marriage and family life, communicating the privilege and responsibility we have to nurture those key relationships.   He is well known for his unique communications style which puts people at ease, while engaging them in sound biblical teaching.  


Term 6 July 7 - July 13

Speaker: Ben Stuart 

Ben Stuart serves on the team at Passion City Church in Atlanta, and is currently preparing to launch and pastor a Passion City Church location in another city. Ben previously served as executive director of Breakaway Ministries, a non-denominational, weekly Bible study on the campus of Texas A&M University, for 11 years. He now serves on the Board of Directors for this ministry, which impacts thousands of students each week. Ben grew up in Houston and graduated from Texas A&M in 1998. After graduation, Ben served as a youth pastor in Spring, Texas for five years, before earning a historical theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Ben lives in Atlanta, GA, with his wife Donna and their three children.


Term 7 July 14 - July 20 

Speaker: Shawn Stoever

Shawn is a listener, encourager, and helper.  His studies ended in a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology specialized in marriage and family therapy.  Professionally, Shawn has pioneered work in marriage crisis intervention, marriage enrichment adventures, and family business consulting.  He has served and led in some amazing families, organizations, and churches…from the Cathy Family of Chick-fil-A to the Gary Smalley Relationship Center to his current home church in Wimberley, TX. 

Shawn is passionate about his relationship with God and eager to share how you can experience fulfillment and joy in life.  He is the co-author of the books, “The Wholehearted Marriage” and “5 Days to a New Marriage”.  Whether he's leading retreats, writing, or appearing on television and radio broadcasts, Shawn's authentic humor, enthusiasm, and wisdom help him connect with his audience.  Despite extensive schooling, Shawn really did not know anything about relationships until he met his wife Christina.  They have five wonderful children, Taylor, Cade, Avery (with the Lord), Cody, and Colt.


Term 8 July 21 - 27 

Speaker: Scott Kedersha

Scott & Kristen Kedersha have been a part of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, TX for the past 16 years. Over those years, Scott has served on staff in the marriage ministry at Watermark where he has helped prepare nearlyweds, establish newlyweds, and enrich and restore all marriages. Scott & Kristen teach and help lead couples all over the marriage/relationship lifespan. Their passion is to help couples raise, not cheapen, the value of marriage. Scott is working on his first book, and writes at ScottKedersha.com. The Kedershas met in Atlanta in 1997 where Scott was one of Kristen’s graduate students in physical therapy. They have been married since September of 2001 and are the parents of four boys named Duncan, Drew, Carson & Lincoln. This will be their third summer at K-Kauai!


Term 9 July 28 - August 3   

Speaker: Jonathan “JP” Pokluda

Jonathan “JP” Pokluda is the Dallas Campus Pastor of Watermark Community Church and leader of The Porch, an influential Young Adult gathering of more than 3,500 in Dallas, TX.  At The Porch thousands of young adults come hear the gospel, get equipped and are unleashed for Kingdom purposes.  JP came to understand the grace of the Gospel in his early twenties after being involved in different denominational churches his entire life.  This ignited a desire in him to reach the twenties and thirties for Christ.  JP's passion is to share the Gospel with anyone who will listen and equip others to do the same. He also feels called to challenge Christians to multiply their faith by discipling others.  JP loves his wife of 13 years, Monica and together they disciple their children, Presley, Finley and Weston.


Term 10 August 4 - August 10

Speaker: Matt Chandler 

Matt Chandler serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He came to The Village in December 2002 and describes his tenure as a replanting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. The church has witnessed a tremendous response growing from 160 to over 11,000 with campuses in Flower Mound, Dallas, Denton and Fort Worth.

 Matt is currently involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. He serves as president of Acts 29, a worldwide church-planting organization. Over the last 10 years, Acts 29 has emerged from a small band of brothers to nearly 500 churches in the United States and around the world.

 Beyond speaking at conferences throughout the world, Matt has also written three books, The Explicit Gospel, published in April 2012, Creature of the Word, released in October 2012, and To Live is Christ To Die is Gain, released in September 2013. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to Lauren and being a dad to their three children, Audrey, Reid, and Norah.



KAUAI EXCURSIONS:  (these require reservations)

·The Rainbow Descent Canoe Trip:  An all-afternoon family canoe trip, beginning after lunch with a short drive (transportation provided) to the headwaters of beautiful Lake Taneycomo for this 2-mile trek on open water.  If desired, a fishing license can be purchased at Bass Pro directly across the lake in Branson.  Available one afternoon each week.

·Martin’s Point Tropical Holiday:    Features skiing, tubing, knee and wake-boarding on Table Rock Lake.  You will need your own transportation.  Available three afternoons each week.

·Sunrise Float:  Be sure to arrive at the Reef by 6:30 a.m. to meet your guide.  Back for breakfast!  Available one morning each week.

·Bluff Jumping:  If you like heights, you will love the pontoon trip to Lake Table Rock’s famous bluffs where you can jump to your heart’s content.  You will need your own transportation.  Available three afternoons each week.

·Cast-Away Fishing Trip:  Requires a Missouri fishing and trout tag license.  Available two mornings each week.

·Pontoon Jaunt:  Join with family and friends for the afternoon of cruising, sunning, fishing and swimming.  12 people or 1,500 lb. per boat.  Kamp provides the driver.  Available Monday – Friday.

·“I’m Third”: a mini-mission trip to Kids Across America for families who want to serve – rake, shovel, paint, wash dishes and share some love.  This takes most of one day and requires your own transportation.  Available on Mondays.

“ISLAND” ACTIVITIES: (these require reservations)

·“Diamond Head” High Elements Course:  On-site ropes course and zipline.   Available to families during many of our afternoons (occasionally parents only).  Open without reservations on Fridays.  This includes:

The Screamer Swing – literally swing through the trees!

Hi-O Falls – A four-story free fall – not a bungee!

Climbing Wall – 30’ feet high – no age or weight limit

Zipline – the usual way down Diamond Head – 250 lb. weight limit.  Must be at least 6 years old.

·Paintball:  Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and closed-toe shoes.  For ages 10 and older.  Available one afternoon a week.

·Branson Kamp Tour:  Directors of K-1 and K-Kountry offer guided tours of their kids’ Kamps and answer any questions you may have.

Also available for everyone during select times in the afternoon and evening and do not require reservations:

            “Sunset Cove” Waterpark

            “Kumu Hale” Treehouse

            “Hana Bay” Pool and Jacuzzi

            “Kaanapali Greens” Mini-Golf Course

            “Kauai 500” Kids’ Race Track

            “Bamboo Bean” Snack Shop

            Game Room

            Shady Hammocks

            Fidget Ladder

·Escape Rooms: Brand New in 2017. Work together as a family to uncover and discover clues that lead you either closer, or further, away from solving the mystery of K-Kauai’s newest indoor treasure hunt.

ADDITIONAL BRANSON ATTRACTIONS: (These require your own transportation)

·Silver Dollar City:  An amusement park right out of the Old West.  Extremely discounted tickets of $23.00 each can be purchased in our office. 

·White Water:  Branson’s outdoor waterpark.  Discounted tickets can be purchased in our office for $21.84 each. 

·Showboat Branson Belle:  For dining and a show while enjoying beautiful Table Rock Lake.  Tickets can be purchased online.

·Hiking:  Dogwood Canyon offers a self-guided, paved trail that follows the canyon floor.  Adults: $8.95, kids 3-11: $4.95.  Stroller rental: $6.00.

·Fly-Fishing:  A catch and release program at Dogwood Canyon.  No license or stamp required.  Adults: $25.00, Kids 3-11: $15.00.  Rental equipment available.

·Branson Canopy Tours: Suspension bridges, numerous ziplines and beautiful heights.  Check it out on www.BransonZipline.com.   Code: Kanakuk

·Sporting Clays: 100-target course, using open choke shotgun.  Includes trap, skeet, wobble trip, sporting clays and five stand.  Check for prices it out at www.ozarkshooters.com/prices10.htm.

·Three Par Golf Course:  Nine holes.  You can rent there or bring your own clubs.  $15.00 for nine holes and $18 for eighteen holes.

·Horseback Riding:  Dogwood Canyon will offer a scenic, leisurely ride for $30 per person, ages 10 and up.

·Biking:  Comfortable family ride through the breathtaking Dogwood Canyon.  Bring your own bikes or rent there.


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