Kanakuk Kampout hosts nearly 200 kids in the Brazos Valley

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- Kanakuk Kampout, a week long traveling Christian day camp based out of Missouri, welcomed nearly 200 kids in the Brazos Valley.

"We bring our zip line, our rock wall, water slides and our slip-in-slides. And we bring a ton of college students who love Jesus and are excited to work with these kids," said Stevie Salmon, Kanankuk Kampout's Site Director.

For the past five years, the day camp has been available to kids ages 5 to 12. The week-long camp is similar to their overnight camps but parents instead drop off and pick up their kids every day.

"Kampout started seven years ago. We really wanted to bring our overnight camp experience to communities to partner with local churches like we did here at the United Methodist Church in College Station," said Garrett Perkins, the Director of Kanakuk Kampout.

The counselors are handpicked college students from all over the country that travel with the camp to different locations throughout the summer.

"We've been leveraging experiences where we push kids to build courage, or maybe overcome an obstacle in their life, to hope to connect that picture to the gospel Jesus, so they can see that Jesus is worth trusting their life with," said Perkins.

"The most rewarding part is when a kid conquers a fear or goes down a zip line for the first time or goes down the water slide when they weren't really sure about it and they end up having the best day ever," said Salmon.

This is the fifth year Kampout has called College Station home. Holton Kennedy has attended every year and said he enjoys every minute.

"There's so many games but at the same time every game teaches you obstacles about life, like the dodgeball game and how you dodge certain things in life," said Kennedy.

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