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8 Steps to Personal Empowerment

At Camp Kupugani, our Midwest summer camp near Chicago and Madison, one of our core values is empowerment.  At camp, we empower our campers in varied ways. For adults and kids not camp, we came across an article from with some great empowerment tools.  Read our bulleted takeaways below, and/or click here to read the full article. Personal Empowerment

  • Be open to possibilities
    • Believe in yourself
      • Find that place where anything and everything is possible
    • Be open-minded
  • Focus on who you are
    • Try something even if you don’t think you can do it
      • “Everyone was once a novice at everything”
    • Be true to yourself
    • Don’t focus on the “unfair” around you
      • Focus on what you can do to make things fair
  • Run your own race
    • Focus inwards to what you are doing
      • “The grass is always greener” mentality does not support empowerment
  • Trust yourself
    • Don’t doubt your skills
    • If you can dream it, you can do it
    • Take calculated risk to build self-trust
  • Network
    • Collaborate, don’t compete
      • Working with others helps you to find your place
      • Help find people that fill in your deficiencies on a team
      • Competition creates division
  • Love what you do
    • Work doesn’t feel like work when you love it
    • Setbacks don’t hit as hard
  • Hold yourself with grace
    • “You get more flies with honey than vinegar”
    • Resist “fighting fire with fire” when people might seem like they’re acting against you
  • Embrace imperfection
    • Failure helps us learn and grow
    • “Evolve” rather than “dissolve” in times of crisis


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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.

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