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Another Great Day at Camp

“ We are for difference, for respecting difference, for allowing difference, for encouraging difference, until difference no longer makes a difference.”  – Johnetta ColeThis was yesterday's quote of the day, which we reflected on in the morning circle. The day started with Yoga for the early birds.  After a scrumptious breakfast of farm fresh eggs and coffee cake, we were ready to embark on our next adventure.  Our Camptivities included canoeing, rover float and lake play, nature walk, climbing and challenge hike, as well as GaGa, archery and volleyball.  Our evening activity was a ...

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Terrific Tuesday

Day three of camp featured continued growth and comfort with the girls.  We had perfect weather, beautiful blue skies and a day with exciting team games out on the field! Today was a big day for letting it all come out whether in the sing off, during cabin time, or in our discussions of diversity during team time.The menu for Tuesday afternoon was hamburgers, salad and chips!  Our camptivities were crate stacking, GaGa, challenge hike, river walk and Slacklining. The night ended on a sweet note with the girls sharing cultural stories, sharing riddles and getting ready for wacky hair day for...

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A Strong First Full Day of Girls Second Session

Yesterday's first full day of girls second session featured more activities and less getting-to-know-you jitters. It was a big day for getting to know one another through Name Games, 3-Minute Interviews and swim evaluations. It was also a great day for a pool party! Everyone was all smiles. A day like yesterday reminds us that camp is more than just a chance to retreat from the rigors of the “real world,” to have relaxing fun and excitement, and to make new friends and reconnect with old ones--camp is also place in which campers can become someone new every single day. ...

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Today was backward day!  As the campers enjoyed Free to Learn time in the serene Walnut Grove, the incredible kitchen staff prepared dinner for breakfast (delicious Chicken and Waffles). Despite being backwards day, we still reflected forward on conflict resolution during team building activities. Fostering those skills are an important component of self- and character-building.Today’s camptivities included Gaga and Cratestacking.  It is amazing to watch our girls set goals conquer them and then create new ones. There is a definite grasp of empowerment as they challenged themselves to over...

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Singing Fun

As we enjoy our second week of the first session of Girls Kupugani, camp is full of cheer and laughter with the many friendships formed. This evening, our older campers set off on outbound adventures while younger campers gathered into the Rec Hall for a game called Sing-Off- campers were able to showcase their knowledge of music with the rest of camp in a fun bantering game! Many songs, dances, and laughs were had before heading off to their cabins for another eventful day tomorrow....

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What Makes You Beautiful?

What defines beauty?  As part of Friday's theme at Kupugani, all of the mirrors around camp were covered to allow opportunity to recognize beauty as not just physical, but perhaps better defined by their personality.  It can be very impactful to realize the leverage our physical appearance has over our self-evaluations.  A lot of the girls tried new camptivities; crate stacking was a favorite.On Saturday, the campers lost a close match to the counselors in the staff vs campers soccer match. The campers took an early lead in the first half, but they couldn’t hold onto it as the staff evene...

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Celebrating Identity at Camp

“ We are for difference, for respecting difference, for allowing difference, for encouraging difference, until difference no longer makes a difference.”  - Johnetta ColeThis was the quote of the day, which we reflected on in today's morning circle. With early morning running class and late afternoon crate stacking among a variety of camptivities, every girl is becoming more confident and empowered--stretching their limits with challenging activities and making new friends. Additionally, teams grew closer as we wrote and shared “I am from...” poems.  These poems both celebrate individ...

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First Full Day of Camptivities

Tuesday marked our first full day of camptivities and team activities, plus games and cabin time in the evenings.  Even given a few episodes of missing home (a normal thing, which 95% of people, not just kids undergo) over the first couple of days, the girls are gaining confidence and continuing to build a sense of empowerment. ...

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A solid beginning to the girls camp!

The girls have been enjoying getting meeting new friends, re-connecting with old ones during the first full day of camp.  Beginning on Sunday, our campers had a smooth beginning to the session. From our opening pot luck to camper check in, big group games like Ship Island and Running with the Bulls, and opening campfire, the day was a great one. The meals have been tasty (as usual), with highlights so far being Phil’s Farm Fresh Eggs for breakfast along with muffins from England (English Muffins), and scrumptious Mac and Cheese for lunch. Monday was a successful first full day of camp,...

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Why NOT Talking to Your Child During Camp is Best for Their Development

For many children this summer, camp will be the first experience they have away from home, their family and friends for an extended period of time. Some will be eager to experience this new chapter in their life; others will struggle with the decision their parents made for them and will try and find every reason not to go. Nevertheless, camp parents know that it is best for their children's growth. But, before you pick up the phone and call camp or write a letter to your child to express how much you miss them, think to yourself: would this really be the best decision for them? Chances are, it...

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