Friday, April 27, 2012
Park Cities families remain cult-like in loyalty to Kanakuk Kamps
The Branson, Missouri camp is clearly a troubled environment, but parents seem to have no issues.
For years, one of the most popular summer camps for children in the Park Cities has been Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, Missouri.
In 2010, when Kanakuk staffer Pete Newman was given two life sentences plus 30 years for sexually abusing young campers in his care, it seemed most families with a Kanakuk history remained loyal, sending their kids back the following summer. Parents shared their rationale, that the environment was perceived to be on a DEFCON 1 security plan and would be safer then ever.
But now we know the precautions taken were (allegedly) an epic fail, and the summer after Newman was put away forever, campers reported being victimized by another Kanakuk Kamps counselor, 22-year-old Lee Bradberry. Bradberry has been charged with six counts of child sex abuse.
The obvious question used to be about the Kanakuk environment and how this could happen. Now there’s a bigger one. Why are so many parents telling me they’ll continue to send their children to Kanakuk Kamps this summer?
Pegasus News Content partner - Merritt Patterson
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