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.
Kim grew up attending camps at Tanako, and during her senior high and college years, she worked in the kitchen as Head Cook for seven summers. After graduating with her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, she owned Children’s Developmental Services, Inc while also working as a trainer for the Arkansas Department of Special Education, ASU consultant, and guest faculty for UAMS Partnerships for Inclusive Communities. Kim has been the dean of several camps during the summer and participated in projects and activities to support the ongoing ministries of Camp Tanako. She has a passion for Christ’s work through outdoor ministries and has seen many lives changed over the years at Tanako.
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. After meeting Kim at a national UM camp gathering in 2015, he was hired at Camp Tanako and came back to his home state to continue working in camp and retreat ministry in the Arkansas Conference. 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.
Rachel is a life-long Methodist, her father being a United Methodist minister in the Tennessee annual conference. She spent three summers working in various positions at Cedar Crest Camp, a United Methodist camp near Nashville, TN. Rachel graduated from Martin Methodist College in May and will be attending seminary in the near future. In the meantime, she wants to continue working in camping ministries. She is a firm believer in the power of camp and has seen first hand the impact camp has on young lives.
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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.
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4301 State Hwy 290
Hot Springs, AR 71913
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