About Us

Who We Are

Kanakuk Kamps was established in 1926 and currently serves over 20,000 campers and 2,000 staff each year across six locations in Southwest Missouri and over 40 day-camp locations in 8 states. Kanakuk created the Child Protection Plan (CPP) after recognizing the lack of comprehensive safety system to prevent child abuse in camping. The CPP utilizes knowledge from first-hand experience, thousands of hours of team research, and sound guidance from abuse industry experts.

What We Do

Kanakuk has a rich history of equipping leaders across the country with practical knowledge in camp operations. Kanakuk partners with youth organizations worldwide to train and equip leaders to implement our proven CPP safety system to protect children. To date, over 1,600 leaders representing over 600 youth-serving organizations nationwide have completed the CPP Seminar training.

The Author

Rick Braschler is the Executive Director of Safety and Risk Management for Kanakuk Ministries. Additionally, Rick is a Senior Risk Consultant, a certified Risk Manager, and a licensed insurance broker with over 30 year’s experience specializing in camps and outdoor recreation. Rick has conducted over 600 hours of child abuse prevention training for 25,000 attendees nationwide. Rick has been an author and speaker for the Christian Camp and Conference Association, Camp Business Magazine, John Brown University, American Camp Association, and the Wilderness Risk Management Conference. Rick has also served as a subject matter expert providing expert review and testimony on youth protection, outdoor recreation, and related fields.

Rick Braschler, Executive Director, Safety and Risk Management

Rick’s training path includes: