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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 stay 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 about resilient campers 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 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 about cheer and community at this link.  Music and art can do the body good Find a drawing/painting tutorial online 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 about challenging times here.  Spread Connection Talk with people Read more…

WELLNESS = Self Care + Inclusive Connections

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…

Ways a Sense of Purpose Can Help Teens

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…

5 Tips for Raising Creative Kids

Located about 90 minutes from Chicago, IL and Madison, WI, our Camp Kupugani sleepaway camp program is driven by our campers being open-minded. We empower our campers to be creative by giving them opportunities to shine during various camp activities during our girls-only, boys-only, and blended (intentionally co-ed) sessions. A recent article from The Good Men Project had some great tips on raising creative kids. Check out our notes below or view the full article here.  Give them support and permission. Children need to know it is okay to be Read more…

13 Films Showing the Best of Human Nature

Camp Kupugani is our overnight summer camp that offers two-week sessions for girls-only, boys-only, and blended (intentionally co-ed) children from ages 7-15 (16 for returning campers interested in being counselors-in-training).  Although we are mostly electronics-free at camp, we appreciate how different media can have a profound role in shaping our minds and those of children. A recent blog from Greater Good Magazine culled 13 films that highlight the best of human nature.  See our summary below or read the full blog at this link here.  The Curiosity Award: Annihilation Awe Read more…

Amplifying Women During Women’s History Month

Our Midwest overnight summer camp–located near Madison, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois–offers girls-only, boys-only and blended (intentionally co-ed) sessions. National Women’s Day is celebrated annually in March. As a camp that was started as a girls empowerment camp, we are always mindful of empowering our female-identifying campers and staff. A recent article by the folks at DDI Worldwide has a good take on 4 Power Moves to Amplify Women on International Women’s Day. See below for bullets and/or read the full article here.  Declare yourself. Don’t be afraid to toot your Read more…

Ways that Sleepaway Camps Benefit Kids

Camp Kupugani is our Midwest overnight summer camp located near Chicago, IL and Madison WI. Offering girls-only, boys-only, and blended (intentionally co-ed) sessions, we are aware of the multiple benefits that a summer camp bestows on children (and the wider community). A recent article from the New York Family speaks to some of the great ways that children become empowered while at camp. Check out our notes below and read the full article here.  Getting a Technology Break (Check out our take on the importance of this here) Camp is Read more…

Paying Attention to Your Child’s Needs

Camp Kupugani–our Midwest overnight summer camp (near Madison, WI, and Chicago, IL) that offers girls-only, boys-only, and blended (intentionally co-ed) programming for children 7-15 years old–empowers our teenage campers to be leaders in our community. We know that every child is different; we also know that we all have things in common. Check out what we took from this article regarding five essential needs of your child that you won’t want to ignore by Word from the Bird and read the full article here. They need to feel safe to Read more…

7 Ways to Empower Women and Girls

Camp Kupugani is our Midwest summer camp offering girls-only, boys-only and blended (intentionally coed) overnight sessions. We focus on giving girls a place where they can be themselves and be empowered to grow into their best personal versions. We not only want to empower our campers to be their best but also to help better our world outside of camp. A recent blog from World Vision had some tips on how to empower women generally. Check out our notes below and read the full article here. Provide the ticket to 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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