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10 Ways to Boost Emotional Resilience

At our Midwest summer camp near Chicago, Illinois, we are mindful of personal development.  A recent article offers some good tips on how to foster emotional resilience.  Bullets below, with the whole article from the folks at Barking Up the Wrong Tree available at this link.To increase your emotional resilience: Foster optimism: Don’t be in denial. See the world clearly but believe in your abilities.Face your fears: Hiding from fear makes it worse. Face it and you overcome it.Have a moral compass: A strong feeling of right and wrong tells us we must when we feel we can’t.Practice spir...

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Easy Ways to Help Your Environment

As camp people, we have a vested interest in protecting our Earth's limited resources, which are in jeopardy of being forever ruined during our lifetimes.  When you have twenty minutes or so, takethe time to watch the video linked here, if you haven't yet seen it.  It provides an entertaining, clear, and hopeful explanation of why the economy and world are in their current conditions.  Check it out, show it to your kids, and pass it on.  Maybe we can turn things around ... hopefully so! ...

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Trusting Child Development Professionals to do Their Jobs

As parents, we seek the best for our children. What can sometimes be a challenge is recognizing that the best thing for our children is letting them navigate their own path, and sometimes letting them fail. Life's best lessons aren’t always learned through getting your way, or creating situations where your children get their way. For example, when parents confront coaches (or referees or camp directors) about playing time (or perceived bad calls or camp-related experiences) for their kids, they send dueling bad messages: that the child deserves the time (or call) and that the child can’t c...

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When You Should NOT Send Your Child to Camp

At our midwest summer camp, we recognize that camp can be a great opportunity for child development by facilitating kids' abilities to stretch and empower themselves. We also recognize that certain parents may not quite be ready to allow that experience for their child. Below are some times when you as a parent should probably not send your child to camp.If you are a parent riddled with fear and anxiety, and you have a child who expresses reluctance about camp, don't send them to camp! If, as a parent, you are genuinely uncomfortable with the whole idea of camp—i.e. you can't bear the thought ...

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Why Being a Bedwetter Can Be a Good Thing at Camp

Bedwetting affects many children, ranging from primary aged children to older teens. (The current blogger, aka Kevin—through age 12—and his lovely wife—through age 10 or so—were also in that not-so-exclusive club.) For some children, bedwetting can be a source of embarrassment, preventing them from participating in overnight activities such as sleepovers and overnight camps.However, bedwetting should not and need not prevent your child from taking part in overnight stays, and especially shouldn't inhibit your child from enjoying the benefits that overnight camp can bring. In fact, being...

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Should Siblings Attend Camp Together?

At our children's summer camp outside of Chicago, we have sessions for girls-only, boys-only, and a blended session (with intentional opportunities for them to interact). So there are options when considering what the best option for a single child. When there are more than one child in a family, you should also consider whether it's better for them to attend camp together, or to be able to have their own individual camp experience. Here are some useful factors to analyze:Single Sex or NotConsider whether the individual child would benefit specifically from a blended experience or if a single-s...

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5 Ways to Help Your Girl Increase Her Confidence

Girls today get a lot of conflicting signals at school, from friends, and through mass media about who they are and what they can be. They receive many mixed messages about their bodies and their abilities. In a Harris poll, 3rd through 12th grade girls were asked about gender stereotypes, their quality of life, and their future plans.52% said people think girls are interested only in love and romance.59% said girls are told not to brag about things they do well.62% said in school, boys think they have a right to discuss girls' bodies in public.Until you can get your daughter to Camp Kupugani ...

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Resist the Urge to Pick Up a Child Early from Camp: Why Discomfort Can Be a Positive Growth Experience

As a camp owner, I often see parents struggle with the idea of sending their children to camp. They can't pinpoint exactly why they're worried (and often conflate their own fears by saying/thinking that their child is the one who's not ready); in truth, the very notion of their child navigating an unfamiliar environment (even a loving and supportive one) without their help makes them deeply uncomfortable.Indeed, if you ask a sample of parents what their biggest parental challenges are, most of the responses amount to “not doing the right thing”, “not being a good parent”, and “letting my...

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Coping with Camp: Strategies to Maximize the Experience

Camp Kupugani is a longstanding member of the American Camp Association (ACA), the largest accrediting body for summer camps in the country. The ACA has some good tips on how to "cope" with camp.   For many, the camp experience has been a long-standing family tradition. For others, the camp experience seems almost counter-intuitive. Send your child off to camp for maybe weeks at a time? Why? "As parents, recognizing that you and your child are growing and learning on a journey together is key to adequately preparing yourself and your child for any type of separation, including going ...

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9 Ways to Maximize Development of Social Awareness

At our girls-only and boys-only summer camps in the Midwest, we model and emphasize ways for our campers to maximize the development of social awareness. A recent article by Katie Duper has some great ideas on how to raise a child to be socially aware. Bullets below, with the whole article at this link.Address privilege — and do it early.Talk to your child about how these differences often make things more difficult for certain groups of people, and continue to talk about privilege when real-life examples come up.Make sure your child has diverse choices when it comes to toys, books and TV.Ma...

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