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4 Easy Rituals to Relieve Stress

At our summer camp near Chicago, we continually try to improve how we can live healthy lives and treat ourselves well, so as to positively influence our campers and ourselves. An article from the folks at Barking Up the Wrong Tree offers a few good stress-relief tips.  Summary below, with the whole article at the link at the bottom.  Clench your facial muscles and relax them Take slow, deep breaths Splash your face with cold water Play some music and do a little dance http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2017/02/stress-free/...

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Why Children Make Great Role Models

Check out this article by Denise Fournier Ph.D. on PsychologyToday.com to hear why children make great role models.  A role model is someone we admire and wish to emulate; someone after whom we want to model our lives in some way. When we choose our role models, we tend to choose people who are older than us or have more life experience. We look to people like our parents; our bosses; or people deemed successful by society’s standards, like world leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities, or famous athletes. But who says role models have to be people we look up to? What if we could look down, ...

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What Makes Families Resilient?

Is your family resilient? What are the things you and your family can do to be more resilient? Marianna Pogosyan, Ph.D. shares her expertise and insight in this article from PsychologyToday.com. Family resilience has been defined as the family’s ability to “withstand and rebound from disruptive life challenges, strengthened and more resourceful” (Walsh, 2011, p 149). From decades of research and clinical experience, Dr. Froma Walsh, one of the leading authorities on family resilience, has identified nine processes around the beliefs, organization, and communication of families ...

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5 Reasons to Avoid Sending Your Child to Camp Kupugani

(1) Your child will probably engage in gleeful repetitive renditions of camp songs for up to 4-6 weeks after camp.  You may be tempted to sing along, stomping hands and feet, and potentially violate social norms of your work, home, or other community. (2) Your child might repeatedly admonish you on how and why to use "I statements" to resolve conflicts.   (3) Your child might publicly admonish you for leaving food waste on your plate or littering. (4) Your child might be overzealous about their newfound independence after camp. (5) While celebrating birthdays in your household, candl...

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Fun Fall Activities for Kids

As the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change color, it's time to start thinking about how you can help your kids get outdoors and take advantage of all that this amazing season has to offer. Here are 101 fun fall activities for kids: Visit an apple orchard. Make apple crisp. Build a scarecrow stuffed with newspaper. Have an apple cider "tea" party. Bake apple chips. Make an apple stamp. Bob for apples. Make handprint leaves. Jump into a leaf pile. Paint wooden crafts. Make popcorn balls. Create leaf rubbings. Stuff leaves into bags that look like pump...

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Why Do Teenagers Lie? And What’s a Parent to Do?

Of the many battles to contend with when raising teens, lying can be the most frustrating and debilitating for parents. Thoughts swirl in your head, Why do teenagers lie? Will my teenager always be a liar? Where did my teenager learn this dishonest habit? You might also wonder how to stop your teenager from lying, while feeling deeply frustrated that your teenager continues to lie even though you know they’re not telling you the truth. These feelings are totally normal, but not necessarily helpful when it comes to changing your teenager’s behavior. As difficult as it may seem in t...

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Dare to Embrace Difference

I hope that you are well, or as well as you can be during these tumultuous times. Depending on your worldview, you might be considering what to do in response to the what you see in the larger world—to defend rights, to counter hateful rhetoric, to rebuild movements and momentum for positive change. I ask that you support Kupugani and our mission to continue to create a version of the world that we want to see—where issues of difference can be celebrated, and our commonalities can be recognized and appreciated. Even as some turn inwards and reinforce only those viewpoints that reinforce ...

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Are You Culturally Competent? Do You Want to Be?

Given the historic levels of what some have deemed a "cultural crisis" in this nation, perhaps now's as good a time as any to challenge yourself with our cultural competence quiz.  Are you culturally competent? (Do you want to be?)   https://campkupugani.com/families/are-you-culturally-competent/...

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Ways Technology Influences Your Child’s Behavior

At our Midwest summer camp, we minimize electronics during camp sessions, to empower our campers to maximize their social development.  A recent blog from the good folks at Intelligence for your Life, underscored how electronics influence children's behavior.  Bullets below, with the whole piece available at this link. Developmental psychiatrist Dr. Sara Konrath says that kids today consume three times more screen-based media than they did 50 years ago. They also score 40 percent lower on tests that measure empathy and compassion for others.  Videogames are especially harmf...

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Where Has the Summer Gone?

Now that summer is officially drawing to a close, let's take a stroll back through memory lane. We had a wonderful and fun-filled 8 weeks with our boys- and girls-only camps and the ever-growing blended camp. We had campers who: conquered their fears on a 60-foot limestone rock wall, crate stacked 21 milk crates, dam jumped, slept under the stars and peed in the woods. During the Kupu-Olympics, the red and blue teams competed in the three-legged race, gaga, potato sack race, and canoe relay, and somehow they tied every single session!! During the all-camp soccer games, well, let's face it, ...

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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.

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