Last Updated: June 11, 2020

A note about COVID-19

The health and safety of our Kampers is our #1 priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we think it is important that you understand our efforts to manage your Kampers health and safety so that you can make an informed choice. We are focused on taking all reasonable measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our Kamps.

We have strengthened our standard cleaning procedures, while adding increased frequency measures for things such as wiping down common touch points, dining hall areas, and activity equipment. Additionally, we have taken measures to monitor and address symptomatic Kampers by introducing a pre-Kamp health screener, daily temperature checks, and protocols to isolate, confirm, respond, and remove any Kamper or staff with suspected COVID-19. You can view some of the additional measures we’re taking by scrolling down this page.

This situation continues to change daily, and as such, we will adapt and adjust our protocols and procedures as we follow the guidance provided by the CDC and local health departments, in our efforts to help keep our Kampers, staff, and families safe.

Ultimately, the choice for your child to attend summer camp at Kanakuk is a personal one, and you are in control. If you are uncomfortable with the risks of COVID-19 in a summer camp setting, having to travel to one of our locations, or having your child interact with our staff and other Kampers, we have several options available to you, including a full refund or moving your child’s term to Summer 2021.

Health Screener Form

Download the Health Screener Form. For summer 2021. It is required for any Kamper checking-in at Kanakuk to turn in a completed and signed form.

1. It’s a Team Effort!

Kanakuk is blessed to partner with a world-class team of Physicians and Nurses every summer. This team works tirelessly to monitor and support Kamper health in each of our Kamps’ 24/7 health centers.

2. Air Quality Matters

We’ve installed medical-grade air filtration systems in every Kamper cabin. These NASA developed units provide multiple layers of active defense against airborne viruses and bacteria through active filtration, ionization that deactivates contaminates, and germicidal…

3. Constant Hand Sanitization Program

At Kanakuk, we make high-percentage alcohol-based hand sanitizer available in every Kamper cabin and throughout our Kamps. Additionally, our staff are trained to encourage every Kamper to use hand sanitizer each time they enter…

4. Keeping Separate

Each of our 24/7 health centers has isolation facilities for use in the unfortunate event that one or more Kampers contract an illness that might spread. Our health center teams employ specific quarantine protocols…

5. Let’s Keep it Clean

Every cabin at Kanakuk is rigorously cleaned daily by Kampers and staff according to our disinfectant protocol. This process is something we intentionally train our staff on, and one we oversee with daily checklists…

6. Staff and Kamper Training

Every Kamper and staff at Kanakuk is trained to keep their hands clean. For Kampers, we specifically cover good hygiene – including proper handwashing – during Kamper orientation on the first day of their…

7. Let’s Check the Temp

Each of our Kamps utilize infrared thermometers to scan every incoming Kamper for fever. If a Kamper is found to have an elevated temperature, they are sensitively, and lovingly guided to our 24/7 health…

8. Our Medical Staff Team

Our 24/7 health care facilities at each of our overnight kids Kamps are plentifully staffed by some of the finest Physicians, Registered Nurses, and Health Center Helpers in the nation. These medical teams are…

9. Partnering with Parents

We know that you want the best for your child, and we want them to have the best experience possible at Kanakuk. That’s why any parent whose child has had a fever or illness…

10. Prayer

Kanakuk employs numerous layers of systems and protocols to ensure that our facilities, staff, and Kampers stay safe, clean, and healthy. However, the most important thing we do as an organization is spend countless…

11. Lowering Health Risk

ALL participants – Kampers and staff – will monitor their temperature prior to their arrival to Kanakuk. We’ll be partnering with families and staff to identify anyone who has had relevant exposure, symptoms, or…

12. Limiting Exposure

We will be severely limiting access of non-program participants onto our properties such as our families and vendors.

13. Daily Checks

Staff will keep Kamps safe by adhering to many new protocols including enhanced sanitation, daily temperature checks, and more.

14. Limitations on Vendors

Kanakuk will be imposing even more stringent limitations on vendor access to our Kamps. Our vendors already agree to specific route and safety procedures. We’ll be increasing our requirements to enforce social distancing and…

15. Constant Hand Sanitation Protocol

As part of protocol, ALL Kampers and Staff will wash their hands before entering the Dining Hall as well as use hand sanitizer before entering and exiting the Dining Hall.

16. No “Shared” Items

New procedures will prohibit Kampers from handling shared items. Our staff will distribute mealtime items so that Kampers are not handling each other’s plates, utensils, etc.

17. Hand Touching

Staff and Kampers will practice social distancing such as no hand touching while saying or singing “grace”, no “high-fives”, passing the scraper, or congregating closely for a Birthday celebration. These will be replaced with…

18. Spread It Out

Throughout our program, including mealtimes, activities, and events, we are encouraging our Kampers and staff to ‘Spread it Out’ and follow good social distancing guidelines.

19. Double Up

To allow us to keep our Kampers distancing in check, we’ll be implementing additional mealtime service, offering multiple, smaller activity groups, and generally looking for opportunities to reduce large group gatherings.

20. Be Outside

Fresh air, sunshine, humidity, and heat are all things that we have plenty of here in the Ozarks. We believe that kids in the outdoors can stay healthier and happier.

21. Testing

Kanakuk will test all Kampers and staff in accordance to our COVID-19 screening protocol. If someone test positive for COVID-19 before, during, or after your child’s term, you will be notified as soon as…

22. Rapid Response

In the event that an illness – including COVID-19 – presents at Kanakuk, our protocol is structured to Isolate, Confirm, Respond, and Remove the impacted Kamper. Of course, we will be communicating closely with…

23. Heightened Security

All Kanakuk Kamps will be monitored by the Kanakuk Security Team – including a guard at each main gate. Our security team will be equipped to validate essential access, facilitate temperature checks of individuals…

24. Help From Home

We are partnering with our Kamp families to help keep our Kampers safe. We will be asking parents to help us by recording daily temperature checks for 14 days prior to Kamper arrival, answer…

25. Front of Mind

The best policies are those that are remembered. Therefore, we are posting signage and reminders throughout our Kamps and facilities to ensure that Kampers, staff, and essential personnel are constantly reminded of our strict…

26. Enhanced Travel Protocol

All methods of Kamper and staff arrival (car, bus, or air) will be subject to enhanced protocols including temperature checks, masks in transit, sanitation during travel, limited exposure to the public. We’re revamping all…

27. Activity Enhancements

We’re evaluating all of our activities and programs to determine opportunities to alter, enhance, or swap out to keep them in compliance with our many policies and protocols. Each activity will be subject to…

28. Full Disclosure

We are making sure our families know that the choice to send their child to Kamp is an individual and personal one. We are working with all our families to provide options for them…

29. Resting Well and Healthy

Rested Kampers are healthy Kampers, so we’re revising our programs to spread out activities and allow Kampers and staff to rest and recharge. While they are resting, Kampers and staff bunks are being configured…

30. Partnering with our Summer Staff

Our summer staff will be provided additional guidelines and expectations to help them reduce their exposure to the public and potential COVID-19 exposure. All summer staff will spend their time off with limited movement…

31. “Checking In”

Beyond daily staff and Kamper temperature checks, our summer staff will constantly be monitoring Kampers and frequently asking the question “How are you feeling?”. Of course, this is Kanakuk, so we will make it…


As we introduce new policies and procedures for Summer 2021, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

The CDC continues to maintain that COVID-19 generally presents with mild symptoms, and appears to occur more commonly in adults than children

For more information you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage 

The primary guidance of the CDC continues to revolve around the following best practices:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

You can find more information about COVID-19 and its signs and symptoms at websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization.