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The Kupugani Method

At Camp Kupugani, we are intentionally challenging, intentionally diverse, and intentionally fun! Our parents note positive changes in their child returning home from camp in the
following:

  • acknowledgement and appreciation of diversity
  • self-image
  • self confidence
  • conflict resolution skills
  • empowerment
  • leadership skills

Below are 10 ways you can optimize character building that happens during each Kupugani experience.

  • BE OPEN TO OUTCOMES

Being open to outcomes as a parent means that you are not the sole decision-maker. You provide a safe space where your child feels comfortable sharing opinions and incorporating them into their day-to-day life. Your way is not the only way; this helps build communication and listening skills.

  • AVOID PUNISHMENT BY REWARDS

It’s not about wielding a stick or offering a carrot to develop long-term character goals. Punishments and rewards–in addition to treating people like pets–are effective only in the short-term, harmful psychologically, manipulative, rupture relationships, ignore reasons for behavior, discourage risk-taking, and reduce intrinsic motivation.

  • SPEAK YOUR TRUTH

Be present and provide attention. Give 100%. Be 100%. Receive
100%. Be honest with your child, even when some people might think “it’s too soon” for challenging or difficult conversations.

  • VALUE DIVERSITY & CELEBRATE DIFFERENCE

Appreciation and acceptance are key; “tolerance” is not the answer. We should celebrate and respect our human differences. Difference and diversity expand far beyond race, ethnicity and gender; they encompass diversity of thought, action, and emotion.

  • REDIRECT INTOLERANT BEHAVIORS

If you notice your child exhibiting exclusive behaviors or language, explain why we do not say or do those things. At Kupugani, we have fun redirects for inclusive language; try them out! For example, when addressing a group of girls, and someone says “hey guys,” we chant “Go Ladies!”

  • RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Incorporating random acts of kindness into your family lifestyle can help develop your child’s creativity, thoughtfulness and compassion.

  • VALIDATE POSITIVE BEHAVIORS

Instead of saying “that was nice of you” say something like “the way you listened and gave attention to your friend was very supportive”. This type of specific validation offers immediate feedback on what they should do next time.

  • EMPATHY, NOT ENTROPY

Meeting your child’s emotional needs at home enhances their ability to be compassionate and empathetic. Asking your child to put themselves in another’s shoes allows them to gain perspective.

  • SPARKING SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Providing your child the knowledge of “both sides” allows curiosity to sprout. They will ask questions and respect the thought process of others regarding societal issues and controversy. They have the ability to make a difference. You can give them those tools early on.

  • FREEDOM OF CHOICE

Offering your child options allows them to learn more about themselves and the natural consequences that come from their own decisions. It can alleviate some of the negative feedback you may receive from making a decision for your child.

Click here for a downloadable PDF infographic of the Kupugani Method.

 

Camp Kupugani is one of the 50 Most Amazing Summer Camps for Kids

Camp Kupugani has been named one of the 50 Most Amazing Summer Camps for Kids.

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Kupugani touches on all the core values and enrichment that we hope to instill in our [child]. My husband and I absolutely love Camp Kupugani. Our [child] gained immensely from camp.

Lisa G.

Everyone…was just so, so personable, kind, and the kind of person I want
my [child] looking up to and spending time with.

Laura V.

[My daughter’s] face lights up when she speaks about camp, it’s a priceless experience.

Kenya P.

I have never come in contact with such a wonderful group of people at a camp before. Everyone did an outstanding job, the camp was so organized, it was unbelievable.

Joe M.

She absolutely loves the camp, the staff, and all the friends she makes there. I consider Kupugani to be a big influence in helping her grow and expand her mind each summer.

Luci A.

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