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.

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Date Shared: November 7th, 2023
Date Released: May 26th, 2022
November 7th, 2023
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November 6th, 2023
Kanakuk Kamps alleges its insurance company discouraged camp leadership from disclosing information about sex abuser to families A Branson-area Christian summer camp accused of covering up years of sexual abuse of its students is suing its insurance company, claiming it threatened to deny coverage if information about abuse were made public. Kanakuk Kamps filed a cross claim last month against ACE American Insurance Co. as part of a 2022 lawsuit filed by a former camper who says his family was tricked into signing a “fraudulent” settlement agreement after he was sexually abused by a camp director. The insurance company “threatened...

November 2nd, 2023
- Evan Hoffpauir and Keith Dygert grew up in Branson, Missouri. - Both say they were sexually abused for years by former Kanakuk camp counselor Peter Newman. - Growing public awareness of controversy linked to Kanakuk camp began early last year.

Documentary On Sexual Abuse Allegations At Christian Camp Kanakuk Wins Emmy

Date Shared: August 2nd, 2023
Date Released: October 7th, 2022
August 2nd, 2023
A documentary made by VICE News about the alleged sexual abuse cases at Kanakuk camps in southwest Missouri won a 2022 Emmy award for “Outstanding Hard News Feature Story: Long Form.” The 17-minute film, “A Christian Summer Camp’s History of Abuse,” features interviews with survivors and gives details about litigation and settlements that have occurred.

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Joe White Trusted Will Cunningham's Ability to Detect Predators

Date Shared: July 24th, 2023
Date Released: December 22nd, 2021

News4 Investigates: Christian camp sex abuse

Date Shared: September 10th, 2023
Date Released: May 28th, 2022

Abused at Christian Summer Camp, Survivors Say They’ve Been Kept Silent

Date Shared: September 10th, 2023
Date Released: November 18th, 2021

Pete Newman's Apology

Date Shared: September 10th, 2023
Date Released: September 16th, 2011

Kanakuk Kamps has swept child sexual abuse under the rug | 2022 Dirty Dozen List

Date Shared: November 2nd, 2023
Date Released: March 8th, 2022