Kanakuk Kamps has a longstanding reputation of excellence in camp ministry spanning generations of dedicated camp families. To date, over 450,000 campers and 50,000 staff have experienced the excitement and impact that comes through their involvement at Kanakuk. Likewise, Kanakuk has been dedicated to the careful management of safety and risk in both field and operational practices. From campers, staff, and volunteers, to facilities, grounds, and food service, to health and wellness, transportation, and more, Kanakuk has invested both time and resources in promoting a healthy and positive experience for all.
Leading up to 2009, Kanakuk Kamps continued to implement abuse prevention and response strategies enacting policies and procedures as recommended by various regulatory and industry-related entities. The use of applications, references, work history, criminal background and sex offender screening, abuse awareness training and supervisory oversight enabled camp leaders to qualify, train and supervise staff and volunteers.
In March 2009, Kanakuk leadership learned that a long-term colleague had inappropriate contact with a minor. Further investigation would reveal deceptive practices spanning a ten year period of time with multiple abuse victims. The reality that a long-time, trusted colleague would engage in misconduct and remain undetected amidst a developed prevention, supervision and response strategy was devastating. In response to this realization, Kanakuk dedicated itself to the research and development of The Child Protection Plan to prevent, detect or respond to child abuse in a camp setting.