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How to Prevent Consumerism from Undermining Your Child’s Well Being

Camp Kupugani is our overnight summer camp that offers girls-only, boys-only, and blended (intentionally co-ed) two week overnight sessions for children ages 7-15. Our camp is located a close enough drive from either Madison, Wisconsin or Chicago, Illinois, but far enough away that the distance feels like a true independent experience. We at camp know the importance of having a well-rounded child. We found this piece on the dangers of consumerism; check out the full post from Doing Good Together here, and/or see our summary below.  Focus on True Happiness Read more…

4 Ways to Enhance Your Life During a Pandemic

For sure, life during a pandemic is rough for so many (and for so long). Nonetheless, even when times are tough…or maybe because times are tough, there are still important lessons to be learned that can enhance your life. At our Midwest summer camp, we have endured not summer camp, communicating with families and kiddos who have been missing so much–especially, and including the important jobs of being a kid–i.e. socializing, bonding, playing, singing, exercising, being in nature, etc.  Even while we miss those, we can focus on positive growth. Read more…

The Secret to Engaging Your Kids After Their Day

At Camp Kupugani, our Midwest summer camp, we offer two-week sessions (your child can attend more than one). We are located a stone’s throw away (whatever that means) from Chicago, IL and Madison, WI. Everyone that has spent any time around children appreciates that it is not always easy to find out how their day went. A recent article from The Art of Manliness can help parents or youth professionals get to the bottom of that age-old question– How was your day? Read below for some quick pointers and read Read more…

10 Important Tips To Teach Life Skills For Kids

Camp Kupugani is our Midwest overnight summer camp near Madison, Wisconsin (and Chicago, Illinois).  Striving to help our families help campers develop, we found a recent article from The Mom Junction describing 10 important life skills to help your child. Check out the full article here and/or read our bullets below.  Life Skills Cooking Start at a young age Give them age appropriate tasks Cooking early in life will help them when they leave your house Wilderness Survival Skills Camp can help your children learn skills like fire building and Read more…

Ways to Enhance Your Emotional Intelligence

Camp Kupugani is our sleepaway Midwest summer camp, located close to both Chicago, IL and Madison, WI. Our mission is to help our campers become the best versions of themselves. This article from Barking Up The Wrong Tree discusses ways to maximize emotional intelligence. Check out our takeaways below and/or read the full article here. More Than A Feeling Don’t take good feelings for granted. Don’t shy away from “scary” or “bad” feelings. Feelings have an impact on your health. Recognize Check-in with yourself often. Connect it to something you Read more…

5 Tips On Dealing With Teenage “Attitude”

Camp Kupugani is our Midwest overnight summer camp that offers two-week sessions for girls-only, boys-only, and blended (intentionally co-ed) campers ages 7-15. At Kupugani, we know that even the best-tempered young person can have their bad days. This isn’t the best, but there’s not much we can do about it… or can we?  We found a recent article by Mom Junction discussing how to handle your teen’s (or younger aged child’s) attitude. You can read the full article here or just check out our summary below.  Ignore and Wait Show Read more…

6 Tips for Minimizing Sibling Fighting

At Camp Kupugani, our Midwest overnight summer camp, we offer two-week sessions for girls-only, boys-only, and blended (where they work together to develop empowering male-female relationships). Many of our campers have siblings. Being someone with a sibling myself, I remember that our parents sometimes had to manage our sibling arguments.  A recent blog from Imperfect Families has some good tips on solving sibling fighting. Check it out here and/or see below for our summary.   Solving Sibling Fighting Calm Yourself First Remind yourself that this is not an emergency Waiting some Read more…

Black Lives Don’t Matter

(Regarding the USA’s Only Black-Owned Private Overnight Summer Camp) Dear Governor Pritzker: Don’t tell me Black lives matter. Don’t tell me Black lives matter when the only black-owned private residential camp in the U.S. is precluded from operating, maybe permanently. Don’t talk emptily of how “Black lives matter”; instead, actually facilitate my black life.  Don’t tell me Black lives matter when you ban our multicultural summer camp—depriving children of an empowering experience, especially when they so badly needed the social interaction. Don’t tell me Black lives matter when you deprive Read more…

Why Parents Send Kids to Sleepaway Camp

Camp Kupugani is our Midwest summer sleepaway camp. Our sleepaway summer camp families recognize the benefits that camp brings to children, families, and communities. A recent Washington Post article elucidates how overnight camp can give children a competitive advantage in life–and is a perfect introduction for those who have not experienced camp…yet! Check out our spin on the article below and read the full blog here.  Sending your kids to camp is harder on you than it is them. Children are usually excited for new things. Children make friends quickly. Read more…

Four Ways to Help Your Kids Find Their Calling in Life

At Camp Kupugani, our Midwest summer camp, we recognize that each camper has something they want to become. We want to help our campers shine and find their calling not only while at camp but also at home, school, and in their individual futures. A recent article from Barking Up the Wrong Tree highlights some ways to help your kids find their calling in life. Read our summary below and check out the full article here.  Fan the Flames Expose your children to new things. Take note of the new Read more…

How Love Can Help Your Child Be More Compassionate

Camp Kupugani is our Midwest overnight summer camp, less than two hours from Madison, WI, and Chicago, IL. As a summer camp, we see the value that love provides for children. Each person who steps foot onto the camp’s beautiful grounds quickly becomes a part of our family. A recent article from Greater Good Magazine emphasizes how love can help your child be more compassionate. You can check it out here and see our short summary below.  Love is a good reason to pause. Put down the distraction and focus Read more…

Some Ways to Become Antiracist

Especially lately, the importance of seeking a solution to the racial issues polarizing this country is underscored. A fantastic tool towards this goal is contained in: “How to Be an Antiracist” (One World, 2019) by Ibram X. Kendi. “Not racist” isn’t good enough. People need to recognize and confront their own racist thoughts (as the author describes his own ongoing journey of becoming an Antiracist. Check out our summary below. Some definitions include: Racist: One who is supporting a racist policy through their actions or inaction or expressing a racist 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.

Luci A.

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