Camp Tanako Staff

Our People
We believe that meaningful & mentoring relationships between campers and counselors are the most important tool we have in shaping lives for and by Christ. It is within the one-on-one friendships and interactions with their counselors that campers are able to witness and experience the tangible love of Jesus.
Our counselors come alongside campers to listen, mentor and model what it looks like to passionately follow Jesus Christ.  These authentic relationships, set in the unique context of camp, creates an environment ripe for life-change.
Camp Director

Kayla Hardage

Kayla grew up in Jefferson County and attended college at Henderson State University. Following in her parents’ footsteps, her first job was a lifeguard at Camp Tanako. While in college, she worded at DeGray Lake Resort State Park and the Captain Henderson House Bed and Breakfast, where she fell in love with hospitality. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, she went to work for Dillard’s. Quickly she knew she wanted to work in hospitality again, and a position came available in group sales at DeGray Lake Resort State Park. She worked in the park for a couple of years until moving to Little Rock where she began her time with Arkansas Tourism. As the Welcome Center Administrator, she oversaw the operation of Arkansas’s 14 Welcome Centers, assisted in the marketing efforts for the State Tourism office, and promoted visitation to the State at local and national trade shows.


Kayla grew up at White Hall UMC and attended various camps for many years at Tanako. As a youth, Kayla served on both SEDCYM and CCYM. She was active with the Wesley Foundation in college. Known by many of her friends and colleagues as a “John Wesley fan girl” she is excited to spread the light of Christ, and the Methodist traditions with a new generation of campers. Camp Tanako will be a place where she can blend two passions: southern hospitality and the Methodist way!


Kayla, her husband, William, and two sons, Henry and Harry, are looking forward to their new life at Tanako.




Assitant Director
Geoff Fielder

His first camp experience ever was as a counselor at Camp Lake Stephens, a United Methodist camp in Oxford, MS.  He served six consecutive summers there in various capacities: counselor from 2009-10, adventure camp director from 2011-13, and assistant program director in 2014. He returned to his home state in 2015 to continue the work in camp and retreat ministries at Camp Tanako.  He loves to play outside –  especially fly fishing, paddling, and backpacking with his dog, Solow – and is passionate about sharing his love for creation with campers.

Office Administrator

Lexi Gray

Lexi grew up in Omaha, NE. Since 2017, she has worn many hats at Camp Tanako including counselor, cook, and Day Camp Director. Now she is excited to serve our campers and families full-time. She loves living at camp and enjoys the change of pace the winter season offers, but she counts down the days until campers and staff return for the summer. She’s passionate about missions, loves to kayak, and has a soft spot for all creatures belonging to the order Testudines.


We are looking for young men and women with a committed faith in Jesus Christ and a desire to work in the outdoors and love campers with the unconditional love of Christ. Tanako staff positions are challenging day to day, but provide tremendous growth on a personal and spiritual level. Counselors will have responsibilities both in and out of the cabin including but not limited to: Developing meaningful relationships with campers, leading Bible studies, teaching and assisting activities and monitoring the overall care and safety of campers.


4301 State Hwy 290
Hot Springs, AR 71913





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