Last Updated: April 15, 2021

A note about COVID-19

Our comprehensive Health and Safety Plan for Summer 2021 is based on months of development with our Health Task Force, in cooperation with Federal and State health guidelines, and with aggregate COVID-19 data from the states where the majority of our Kampers live. These policies may – and likely will – change as new information and guidance from health authorities is provided.

With increasing vaccination rates, near-universal availability of testing, and increasingly eased restrictions in communities across the US, we believe that the best way we can serve you is to share our current policy while acknowledging that we will be constantly reviewing available data and adjusting these policies throughout the summer as new information becomes available.

COVID-19 guidelines and responses within communities have certainly exposed many differing viewpoints. As we look toward Summer 2021, we want you to know that our earnest intent is to honor all of our Kamp families as best we can and be sensitive to your desires for your child’s safety while they’re with us. Our goal is that this Summer, Kamp would be able to operate as normal – and safely – as possible.

Partnering With Parents

– Monitor For Symptoms –  
We know that you want the best for your child, and we want them to have the best experience possible at Kanakuk. Any parent whose child has had a fever or illness within 72 hours of arrival is asked to contact our Health Services Director to evaluate the best options for everyone’s health and safety.

– Help From Home – 
All Kampers will receive a health screening form in the mail at least three weeks prior to their term at Kanakuk. We ask that you complete this screening form entirely by monitoring your child’s temperature for seven days prior to arrival and answering the questions listed. We also ask that Kampers avoid any large gatherings where social distancing isn’t possible. If you don’t receive this form or misplace it, you can download here.

– Get Tested –  
Upon arrival all Kampers will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. There are two options that exempt your Kamper from this requirement: #1 Proof of a positive COVID-19 test within 90 days of arrival – AND has fully recovered. #2 proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination. Learn More. 

Kamp Facilities

– Heightened Security – 
All Kanakuk Kamps are monitored by the Kanakuk Security Team, including a guard at each main gate. Our security team is equipped to validate essential access, facilitate temperature checks prior to entry, and distribute face masks when needed. 

– Vendor Limitations  –
Kanakuk reinforces stringent limitations on vendors, including specific access routes, social distancing, and the use of personal protective gear.

– Air Quality Matters – 
All Kamper cabins feature NASA developed, medical-grade air filtration systems to provide multiple layers of active defense against airborne viruses and bacteria.

– Let’s Keep It Clean –
Every cabin at Kanakuk is rigorously cleaned daily by Kampers and staff. Bathrooms are sanitized, floors are mopped, and surfaces disinfected. Additionally, each term change means we take the opportunity to perform a deep and intensive cabin sanitizing protocol.

Kamper Arrival

– Enhanced Travel Protocol –
All methods of Kamper and staff arrival (car, bus, or air) are subject to the requirements listed on the Health Screening Form. Kanakuk Transportation uses temperature checks, masks in transit, sanitation during travel, and limited public exposure during all travel. Our streamlined drop-off and pick-up procedures also help prevent any unnecessary exposure in our Kamps.

– Let’s Check The Temp –
Upon arrival, all Kampers will be scanned for fever via infrared thermometers. If a Kamper is found to have a temperature above 100.4, they are sensitively, and lovingly, guided to a Health Center for further evaluation away from other Kampers and staff.

– Health Screening Form –
During check-in, our friendly, professional staff will collect and review your Kamper’s Health Screening Form to ensure it includes all required information. You can download it here.

– Staff & Kamper Training –
Our staff are trained to promote our Health and Safety Plan and ensure Kampers are taking advantage of hand washing, hand sanitizer stations, and laundry services. During Kamper orientation we cover proper hand washing and hygiene practices to promote a healthy Kamp environment.

Kamp Operations

– Constant Hand Sanitization Program –
At Kanakuk we provide high-percentage alcohol-based hand sanitizer in every Kamper cabin and throughout each of our Kamps. Additionally, our staff are trained to encourage Kampers to use hand sanitizer each time they enter and exit a building. This simple system keeps our Kampers’ and staff’s hands sanitized throughout the day.

– No Shared Items –
During mealtimes our staff distribute all items so that Kampers are not handling each other’s plates, utensils, etc.

– Testing –
During Summer 2021 Kanakuk will test all 2 and 4-Week Kampers at specific intervals in accordance with our COVID-19 Testing protocol.

– Masks On – Fun’s On –
During indoor program experiences, activities, and events where social distancing isn’t possible, Kampers and staff will wear masks to help keep everyone safe.

Safe Environment

– Partnering With Our Summer Staff –
Our summer staff follow strict guidelines for their time off to help reduce potential COVID-19 exposure. Additionally, all summer staff spend the majority of their time off on Kanakuk property and are only permitted to sleep at Kamp.

– Limiting Exposure –
Non-program participants such as our families and venors have severely limited access onto our properties to keep our environment as safe and secure as possible.

– 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.

– Resting Well –
Rested Kampers are healthy Kampers, so our programs are revised for Summer 2021 to spread activities out and allow Kampers and staff to rest and recharge. Kampers’ and staff bunks are configured for Head to Toe arrangements to provide additional distancing in Kamper cabins.

Our Health Services Team

– Front of Mind –
The best policies are those that are remembered. Signage and reminders are posted throughout our Kamps and facilities to ensure that Kampers, staff, and essential personnel are constantly reminded of our strict expectations.

– 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 constantly monitor the health of our Kampers and act quickly to identify, contain, and treat any issues or illnesses that may appear.

– 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 communicate closely with Kamper’s families and handle any case with love and care.

– Pray –

One of the most important things we do as an organization is spend countless hours praying in advance for every Kamper and staff who walks through our gates.

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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html 

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.