Camp Kupugani Blog

Why You Should Embrace Conflict

At Camp Kupugani, our summer camp near Chicago and Madison, we don’t run from conflict, seeing it as a productive and important part of personal interaction. A recent article from fastcompany.com also elucidates this message. Bullets below, with the whole article available at this link: The importance of conflict You need to be able to work through opposing sides of an issue and come to a resolution Conflict is part of strategic planning, resource allocation, product design, and talent management Conflict debt Sum of all the contentious issues we need Read more…

3 Ways to “Selfishly” Be a Better Parent

At Camp Kupugani, our multicultural overnight summer camp in Northwest Illinois, we’re all about helping our campers to be the best version of themselves. We’ve recently finished up our Mother Daughter and Parent-Child Weekends, where many of our parents shared the struggle of being an intentional parent and managing the multiple responsibilities of being a good parent. One important theme is that as parents, we need to more often recognize taking care of ourselves (period…and also so that we can be good for and to others). Check out this article Read more…

4 Ways to Make Your Kids Successful

At Camp Kupugani, our overnight summer camp in Northwest Illinois (near Chicago and Madison), we’re all about maximizing the development for our campers. The good folks from Barking Up the Wrong Tree have some good tips on maximizing their development at home.  Bullets below, with the whole article available here.   Children need a sampling period  Let them explore a variety of different activities (sports, instruments) and not force them into one  Real learning is slow and frustrating  To really learn, studying must be hard  Obstacles that make learning more challenging, Read more…

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We started off the day with our goodnight song. Then we had chicken and waffles for dinner. After dinner, we did our camp chores. Then we did some team building activities: some modules and then initiatives. After lunch, we had a siesta before camptivities. For the first camptivity, we had Untalent Show prep and canoeing/paddle boarding. Then we had La Tienda. Then a second camptivity with archery and biking. We returned to the cabins to clean-up for breakfast. Then had a breakfast of pancakes and sausages. We then had a Read more…

Economic Literacy Day

We started our day with a smaller morning circle because the 14 and 15 year olds were still out on their trips. Then we went inside for a breakfast of bacon, eggs and muffins (all the way from England!). After breakfast, we did our camp chores before heading off for some team activities. In teams, we did lifts and then some economic literacy activities. We then headed to lunch; mac and cheese. After lunch, we headed back to the cabins for siesta before an afternoon full of camptivities. For camptivity Read more…

Another Good Day – August 5, 2019

We started our day with a community gathering. Then we ate a breakfast of pancakes and sausage. After breakfast, we did our camp chores then we dismissed into our team for team time. After team time, we went down to Walnut Grove for Free-to-Learn. We then headed back up to top camp for some lunch: barbecue beef. After lunch, we had a siesta followed by an afternoon full of camptivities. For camptivity one, we had frisbee golf and horseback riding. After that we had our La Tienda time, then we Read more…

A Nice Cabin Sunday

We woke up Sunday morning on top field after spending a gorgeous night under the stars. We went to the dining hall and had a “lazy breakfast” before heading back up to the cabins to switch our bunks. After switching beds we had our community gathering circle. Then we took group photos. We then went on a short hike to arrive at our picnic lunch location. After we ate, we worked on our cabin skits and songs. Then we headed to our cabins to have a little cabin time/dance party. Read more…

A Scintillating Saturday

We started the day with a community gathering, then we went into the dining hall for some coffee cake, potatoes, scrambled eggs, and strawberries. After that we did our camp chores then we dismissed into teams. Today we had two separate teams. After teams we had an AM camptivity of gaga and bench building. Then we had lunch–Tash’s chili and grilled cheese sandwiches. After lunch we had a short siesta. After that we had camptivity one. For camptivity one, we had fishing and a counselor specialty of Music with Dan. Read more…

Fantastic Friday – August 2, 2019

With our senior campers running camp, we started the day with our community gathering, then we went inside for a delicious breakfast of waffles, bacon, and eggs. Then we did our cabin chores–a record was set for camp cleanup with near perfect scores. Then we dismissed into our team. During team time, we discussed conflict resolution and did skits to portray different methods of conflict resolution. After team time, we did Free to Learn down in Walnut Grove then we came back up for lunch. We had hamburgers, then we Read more…

Another Good Day – August 2, 2019

Thursday was day 5 of our second girl’s session! The day started with morning circle; teams followed after breakfast and chores, as they started the touch and trust section of team building where they learn the building blocks of how to physically support someone; later in the session the girls will have to work together to lift, pass (in a controlled manner), and spot each other as they overcome some obstacle (known in the team building world as an initiative). After fun afternoon camptivities, our day wrapped up with an Read more…

Wild Wacky Wednesday

Some wild and wacky hair could be found at this morning’s circle. After morning circle, we ate a breakfast of bagels and cream cheese. After that, we did our morning chores, Yay Clean Camp! Then we went into our team. Today in teams, we learned “I” statements. After team time, we had Free to Learn, a child-directed time of adventure, then we came back up to top camp for lunch. After lunch, we had a relaxing siesta before an afternoon of camptivities. For first camptivity, some of us played gaga, Read more…

Terrific Tuesday! – July 30, 2019

We started the day with a morning circle. Then we ate a breakfast of pancakes, sausages, fruit and cereal. After breakfast we did our camp chores before going off into our team. We did a few team activities then had a morning camptivity period of 9-square and slacklining. Then we went back to the dining hall for lunch; hot dogs. After lunch we had a brief siesta, then we had some afternoon camptivities. For Camptivity 1 we had rock climbing and cratestacking. Then we had our La Tienda time. Then 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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