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3 Ways to Help Your Kids Be Diligent

Camp Kupugani is our overnight Midwest summer camp that welcomes children ages 7-15 from all walks of life.  We challenge our campers daily to step out of their comfort zones and try new things.  Perseverance and diligence are character traits that we try to help instill.  We found a recent article on that very topic by Greater Good Magazine here; you can check out our summary below.  Perseverance is a skill all people need Connects to better school achievement Better emotional health Women cite perseverance as a key to work Read more…

4 Rituals To Maintain Your Mental Strength

Camp Kupugani is our Midwest summer camp near Chicago, IL and Madison, WI.  We want all our campers to be mentally strong.  Check out a recent article from Barking Up the Wrong Tree here and read our bullet points below.  Ask “What’s The Worst That Could Happen?” “Own” what can go wrong in your day. We all know difficult people…don’t try and control them. Allow yourself to experience the negative with the positive. Use A “Reserve Clause” Acknowledge that part of the outcome may not be in your control. You Read more…

What Does It Mean If Your Child Is Sensitive?

At Camp Kupugani, our Midwest overnight summer camp, we celebrate and appreciate each child for whoever they are (while also challenging them to be the best version of themselves). We all know a child who is more sensitive than most. We found this article from Greater Good Magazine that can help families connect with their sensitive child. Read below for our take and read the full article here. Sensitivity often has a negative connotation (not in our book) People see them as “weak” People use this to discount their perspective Read more…

How to Help Teens Weather Their Emotional Storms

Camp Kupugani is our Midwest overnight summer camp that offers girls-only, boys-only, and blended (intentionally co-ed) sessions for children 7-15. We recognize that every child handles stress differently; we want to help our families help their teens handle their emotions. Check out this blog from the New York Times here and our takeaways below.  Teens feeling stressed out is one of the largest issues parents face daily Too often we as parents try and “solve the problem” Asking too many questions (not good) Putting yourself too far into the situation Read more…

4 Ways to Help Your Child Be Humble

Camp Kupugani is our Midwest overnight summer camp near Madison and Chicago.  Recognizing that our campers and staff are amazing people each in their own way, we also want to avoid being smug, boastful, or pretentious. We recently found this article from The Greater Good Magazine to help our amazing community find ways to be humble. Our bullet points below, with the full article here. Help them be secure in their identity. Help your child know who they are. Help your child know what they are good at. Open-mindedness is Read more…

How to Help Children Dealing with Adversity

Camp Kupugani is our sleepaway Midwest summer camp located near Chicago, IL and Madison, WI that offers girls-only, boys-only, and blended (intentionally co-ed) sessions. When campers face difficult times, we want them to know how to address and overcome them. We found this article from The Greater Good Magazine on this exact topic; read our take below and read the full article here. Build supportive relationships Show your children positive relationships  Youth-serving professionals can make a positive impact on our children Social situations in the classroom can be a positive Read more…

5 Ways to Stay Resilient and Mentally Tough

Camp Kupugani is our Midwest overnight summer camp offering girls-only, boys-only, and blended (intentionally coed) two-week sessions for children 7-15. We try to empower our campers to be resilient. Especially, when times are challenging, these tips from the folks at Barking up The Wrong Tree can help with persevering. Read our take below and the full article here.  Positive Self-Talk Find the silver lining in all things. Estimated self-talk words: 300-1000 per day. Physical Fitness Exercise is key. Feeling physically fit helps the brain. Make It A Game What’s one Read more…

4 Keys to Being Mindful of Multitasking Around Kids

Camp Kupugani is our Midwest overnight summer camp located near Chicago, IL and Madison, WI.  We’re all about giving our families our best. Sometimes as adults, we may not give children the singular focus that’s important for their development.  A recent article from the Washington Post gives some perspective on being mindful of multitasking. Our hot takes below, with the full article here.  Notice when you’re multitasking Take stock of how often you are multitasking It happens without us even noticing Remember that you can always choose to do just Read more…

5 Ways to Find Community and Cheer at Home

Here at Camp Kupugani, our midwest overnight summer camp nestled in the heart of nature, and yet only two hours outside of Chicago and Madison, WI, we are mindful of the impact that challenging times have on our larger community.  A recent article from The New York Times has some good tips to help us all get through difficult times.  Read on for our summary below, with the full article at this link.  Music and art can do the body good Find a drawing/painting tutorial online Find a music playlist Read more…

4 Ways to Maximize Your Life During Challenging Times

Camp Kupugani is our Illinois overnight summer camp that offers two-week sessions for girls-only, boys-only, and blended (intentionally co-ed) children ages 7-15. We want every person who steps on the amazing grounds of Camp Kupugani to live their best life!  Even when (or especially when) times are their most challenging, it is important to influence others positively.  We found this article from Barking Up The Wrong Tree with some good tips on doing so. The summary below and the full article here.  Spread Connection Talk with people online Write letters Read more…

WELLNESS = Self Care + Inclusive Connections (from Arin Reeves of Nextions)

CONNECT. Connect with others. We are in this (however we define what this is!) together, and it’s critical to wellness that we feel connected to each other.  Divisions based on fear are common in times of crisis. Asian Americans in the US are being targeted and discriminated against in hateful ways that we all need to pay attention to. Take a few minutes to become more aware of what’s happening (USA Today, NY Times, CNN, Washington Post, etc.) and step up as an ally whenever and however you can (forward Read more…

Three Ways a Sense of Purpose Can Help Teens Through Hard Times

Camp Kupugani is our multicultural summer camp offering two-week sessions for children ages 7-15. Especially when life overall is difficult for everyone, teens can have their own unique challenges.  A recent article from The Greater Good Magazine discusses how a sense of purpose can help teens through hard times.  Brief takeaways are below, with the whole article at this link here.  A life of purpose builds resilience This can also lead to a feeling of the positive outcome of our economy Purpose can also help our children see hope A Read more…

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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