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Kupu-lympics and Returner Recognition

The Kupu-Olympics took place on a glorious, sunny day! Everyone together, everyone focused and faces painted. All in all, great sportsmanship, respect, spunk, spirit, friendship and fun; could not ask for anything more! Folks often say that Kupugani is not just a camp, it is a family. Olympics by day, and by night, we celebrated the growth, appreciation, and experiences of returning campers at the Returner’s Ceremony. Honored tonight: Second Year Ladies KiKi, Daphne, Deedee, Sarita, Maddy, Shannon, Klaudia, Eleanor and Maddie...Third Year Ladies Ellie, Harleen, Ry-Ry, Rasa, CJ, Amanda an...

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Untalented Show Surprise!

Today was backwards day, so all the girls dressed backwards and we even had dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner. In case you're wondering what we ate, we had chicken and waffles for breakfast, pizza burgerz for lunch, and french toast for dinner! Tonight the girls are currently enjoying a dance party where they can showcase all their moves, some of which they have stolen from counselors. The untalent show was also on tonight, a stage where the girls can sing or perform a skill they have, while every one encourages them. The girls will definitely sleep well tonight after all their d...

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Set! Spike! Sand Volleyball!

Today our lovely campers enjoyed a Sand Volleyball Tournament! The Counselors triumphed once again over a campers vs. counselors game! The evening wrapped up with a rousing campfire full of songs and S'mores! Off to bed to rest up for another full day of fun!...

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Monday Colors!

Our campers enjoyed a lovely Monday full of team building initiatives, camptivities such as Cooking with Tash, and then ended the evening with Rainbow Tag! With the lovely Midwestern sky as the backdrop to Rainbow Tag, campers tried to find each paint color before the person who was "It" washed off all of their paint!! Such a lovely day with an early bedtime to get up for another great day at Kupugani!...

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A Great Cabin Sunday

Today was no typical day at camp; today was Cabin Day! There is always something new and exciting to try, new friends to make, and at least one thing that makes every day at camp special and unique. On today's Cabin Day, whether it was a cabin hike and picnic lunch, dam jumping and canoeing, mud volleyball, paddleboarding, or locally legendary Mimmo’s pizza for dinner, complete with hilarious cabin skits and entertaining songs in the Rec Hall, today was especially memorable and special....

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All Camp Soccer

Today, unfortunately, did not go down in history for the campers.... The campers lost a close match to the counselors in the counselors vs. campers soccer match. This year was very close with the counselors taking an early lead in the first half, but they couldn't hold onto it as the campers evened it up before half time. Luckily, the staff soccer skills were too much for the campers to handle and the game ended 3-2! Better luck next time, campers! The evening ended with a game of the Sing-Off, Campfire, Night Hike, and our famous Night Under the Stars!...

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Fabulous Friday

Today was a glorious day, especially in that the campers enjoyed the least amount of rain in days! Indeed, only trace amounts fell...woo hoo! We can enjoy life at our Midwest summer camp in the dry! After a great start to the day with Miss Natasha's chocolate chip pancakes, morning teams and Free to Learn time in the Walnut Grove, while the elder camp ladies did some great community service visiting the retirees at nearby Pinecrest, the sun shone through, allowing the girls to enjoy camptivities such as lake play, rock climbing, crate stacking, canoeing, and disc golf. After a dinner of M...

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The Power of Summer Camp

Today was a day of climbing to new heights on the rock wall, learning about the differences in cultures and groups, paddling your own canoe, constructing the highest tower of crates, shooting a bow, finding peace and freedom on a challenge hike, and poems about things that make us who we are. Camp today focused on grit, perseverance, leadership, independence, responsibility, decision-making, and other important life skills. There is nothing I believe in more than the power of summer camp. ...

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Too Much Fun to Blog About

Hello!  With apologies to any parents who have been scanning, waiting, and hoping with bated (sp?) breath for an in-camp blog, at long last, here's one! The girls have been getting acquainted with new friends and re-connecting with old ones during these first few days. From day one, our campers had a smooth and seamless beginning to camp. From our opening pot luck to camper check in, big group games like Ship Island and Running with the Bulls, and opening campfire, the day was a great one. The meals throughout have been great (as usual), with highlights so far being fried rice and...

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My Anxiety About Sending My Child to Camp

I think there are 3 hurdles parents must overcome when contemplating a first-time camper experience: parents understanding how powerful the camp experience is and that it helps the child to grow, become independent, feel confident in their ability to handle things without parental intervention, etc.; parents feeling comfortable with their camp choice—will they care for my child and provide a safe environment? what happens if..... parents overcoming the void that is left when the child leaves (some parents might not want to send their child back to camp if it was too difficult for the...

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