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Mirrors on Monday

“The women I know best speak from their chests, not from their adenoids, and they laugh from the gut or even lower. The women I know best walk freely, loosely, claiming their space, taking their place. They do not apologize for existing.”                                                 – Anne Cameron Every year at Camp Kupugani, we cover the mirrors all over camp with white paper. Over the next few days, the papers fill with encouraging words and "love letters" to eyes, and thighs and hair. An essential part of Camp Kupugani’s mission is e...

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Today’s anonymous shoutouts…

...To the camper who faced their fears and scaled the tough side of the Rock-wall. …To an excellent comment given during the "label me" activity during teams this morning. ...To a certain dynamic duo who made the camp office run a little smoother today. ...To the camper who helped a cabin mate with homesickness. ...To the wonderful friendships that are beginning in our first few days at camp. ...An anonymous shout-out to every single empowered lady of camp Kupugani: Each and every one of our diverse campers and counselors contribute to camp in a unique, essential way!...

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Preparing for more empowered campers

Today, Kupugani welcomes a new bunch of lovely ladies for girl’s session one! We’re missin’ our blended campers, but so ready to welcome a whole new family of wonderful empowered ladies to camp. The Cabin counselors are hard at work preparing the cabins. Glue-covered and paper cut, they are putting together exciting themes for each cabin. What will the summer hold for the 41 lovely ladies of camp Kupugani? Only time will tell…...

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Lazy Sunday

Saturday night, the campers got a much-needed rest after their soccer victory that day. After watching the Moana on top field, they spent the night sleeping under the stars. On Sunday, after a lazy breakfast of donuts, the campers got to work with their cabins writing their songs and skits for the night's show.  However, it wasn’t all hard work. The campers played gaga and did plenty of arts and crafts. The show was a roaring success, with all of the cabins bringing their best to the table. Congratulations to all of the cabins for their amazing camp songs and fantastic teamwork. ...

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A Day to Celebrate

It was a beautiful day to celebrate diversity here at Camp Kupugani with sunny skies, a nice breeze, and birds chirping. We spent our camptivities climbing on rocks and up crates, learning to trot on horses, exciting gaga games, swimming, and shooting arrows. Before closing our eyes we watched Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes (a movie exploring discrimination in the classroom and how it affects children). ...

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Powerful parents

Today, we would like to give a shout out to grown-folk who love their campers very much and know when to let go. Each year, many (if not most) campers deal with a little bit of missing home. In order for campers to have the most fun possible at camp, and the best personal development, sometimes the best thing to do is allow them to experience homesickness. Although it might be hard to get back in the car when your child is begging you to stay, sometimes detaching yourself and driving away is the best choice you can make for them. Props to powerful parents! (How's that for alliteration?)...

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GaGa and Giggles

Today, our blended session campers woke up in their bunks for the first time! The birds were chirping, the sky was blue and the competition was on as the campers went head-to-head in a thrilling all camp game of gaga! Some attained victory, all attained fun. After an afternoon of swimming in the lake, the evening activity was diversity show and tell. It was so exciting to see all of the items from different cultures on display! From T-shirts to Tea, we saw a world of beautiful heritage and spirit in our campers. ...

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First Day of Blended!

Today, families from around the state, country, and world descended upon Camp Kupugani for another great session of camp. After a wonderful pot luck of diverse foods, we got to meet the diverse people who love our Kupu-campers! All of our campers moved in, played a very lively game of “Ship-Island”, and got to see their beautifully decorated cabins for the first time. The day came to an end with the opening campfire and our first goodnight song. We’re so excited for all the rock-climbing, I statements, and oh-so many walks up What-a-puff-a-me we will take in the weeks ahead!...

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Big Splash at Kupugani

With the pool sparkling and the diving board ready to go the campers have been enjoying doing tricks into the pool and playing loads of different games! They've also been making a splash down at the lake with lake play and river walking, what fun!...

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Full Day Fun with the Boys

Today the campers went through a lot of brand new activities! This included 9 square in the air, fishing, crate stacking, river walking, slacklining and caneoing/paddleboarding. Even the rain couldn't dampen everybody's spirits after such a fun day!!...

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