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A Great First Day of Girls Camp!

Today we welcomed our wonderful campers through a drive-through check in. They checked in meds, unloaded their luggage, and, of course, got tested for Covid… #PandemicLife. After the girls said goodbye to their families, we took them to their cabins to get settled in. There, they figured out their sleeping arrangements and met their new cabin mates.They spent some time there waiting for everyone to arrive, playing name games and getting familiar with each other. After all of the campers arrived and settled in, we met at Top Field for the first time as a whole camp! We formed a big circle, introduced ourselves, and went over the 6 Kupugani core values. We also explained some general camp rules and gave an overview of what to expect over the next couple of weeks.

After we were done on Top Field, we headed to the dining hall for dinner with our cabin mates. After we finished eating and cleaning up, we returned to Top Field for some large group games like Ro Sham Bo Evolution and Blob Tag. The campers then headed back to their cabins to change and get ready for our first campfire. At the campfire, we went over what each of the cabin’s names meant, set goals for the session at camp, and sang a few of our camp songs. We also had our special key log ceremony. Each camper was given two sticks, one to represent something they are leaving behind, and one to represent something they are taking with them to camp. We all went around and shared what we were leaving behind and taking with us, throwing the stick that represented what we were leaving behind in the fire. After a moment of reflection, we dismissed the campers with our Goodnight Song and headed back to our cabins for lights out. What a great first day!

“My kids won’t stop talking about all the cool things they did, the friends they made, and how badly they want to return next year to Camp Kupugani.”


“Our kids have been growing, learning, and enjoying themselves at Camp Kupugani since 2007. The dedicated and diverse leadership and staff provide a safe, encouraging, well-rounded, and valuable experience for campers. Campers learn from and with each other how to value differences, create meaningful connections and thrive.”


“This camp is amazing and exceeded my expectations. I went for a Mother / Daughter Weekend to reconnect with my daughter and we did that for sure. Thank you Camp Kupugani! My daughter loved it so much we immediately signed up for the 2-week girls-only session for the following summer.”


I love camp because it is a safe place to be myself without being criticized for it.”



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