For almost a century, Kanakuk Kamps has hosted thousands of families, children and staff at its multiple overnight summer camps in Southwest Missouri. Supported by prominent Christian leaders, organizations and celebrities, the Kanakuk experience and philosophies have spread to communities across the nation and around the globe.
But Kanakuk’s reputation and reach conceals a dark secret. For decades, Joe White and other camp leaders knew about and facilitated activities and behaviors that classify as sexual abuse against scores of children, a pattern that may continue to occur to this day. The same leadership is still at the helm.