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5 ways music can help you live a happier life

Jill Suttie wrote a recent article detailing five ways that music can help you live a happier and healthier life. Click here for the full article, with bulleted takeaways below. Reducing stress and anxiety. Listening to music can slow down your heart rate when it's increased during an anxiety attack. Music lowers elevated cortisol levels that happen with stress and anxiety. It helps people sync breathing with heart rates which also makes it easier to breathe when stressed. Help decrease pain. Music can help release dopamine which is your body's natural pain killer. Improve the function of...

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100 Great Lessons to Teach Your Daughter

At our girls-only summer camp, we try to facilitate an environment where girls can maximize their growth and development. Author Lisa-Jo Baker created a fantastic list of things she would like to teach her daughter and shared it online. This list of values, concepts and fun stuff can help you facilitate your own daughter's solid foundation for her development as she undertakes her life's journey.  From body image to relationship advice, Baker covers it all in this list of 100 notable lessons. See the whole list at this link. Our favorites are below: Beauty is a state of ...

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5 Ways to Help Kids Develop Good Money Management Habits

At our Illinois summer camp, we focus on intentionally empowering campers during our girls-only and boys-only camp sessions. We help them with the concept of economic literacy both with direct activities that help them learn the concepts, and also with their awareness and management of their limited camp store budgets—their spending money for their time at camp. We recognize, and try to help our campers recognize concepts like waiting to make purchases and choosing wisely whether to spend or save (or donate to worthy causes). I recently checked out a couple of blogs with some tips that pare...

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10 Reasons Why Being a Camp Counselor is the Best Job Ever!

No more windowless office cubicles; your office is the great outdoors! It's not only acceptable at camp to act goofy and be unique, it's a job requirement. Kids become your biggest fans, and you become theirs. You get paid to have fun! Singing songs at the top of your lungs (and not necessarily in tune) is expected. Dressing for work means putting on a tie-dye t-shirts and sandals, and making sure your friendship bracelet(s) are still on. Getting messy is an integral part of the job description. S'MORES!!!! 'Nuf said. You create lifelong friendships with people who become a se...

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What Camp Can Teach Your Child

At Camp Kupugani, whether at our girls-only camp or boys-only camp, we facilitate the empowerment and challenges that contribute to positive child development. Those who have experienced camp life at a good camp know how powerful the experience can be. For those who haven't, they may ask: Do these values really make a difference in a child's life? Can camp really impact a child during only a couple weeks being away from home? The answer is yes, they can learn many life lessons while being away at camp. Writer Jennifer Geisman wrote a piece for care.com emphasizing 6 lessons camp can teach you...

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5 Boy-Friendly Tips for Maximizing Your Son’s Development

During the boys-only session of our summer camp, we recognize that boys come in all shapes, temperaments, and characters. The more we can encourage them to explore and truly be themselves, the more they develop their unique characters. Blogger Lauren Knight (see her blogs at Crumb Bums shared some good tips regarding maximizing her boys' development. See the full Washington Post article, entitled "5 Things I Learned About Raising Boys (So Far)" here, with her condensed language below with our headlines. Encourage Physical Activity Encourage it. Let them roughhouse a bit, and make a safe place ...

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5 Tips to Connect with Your Tween

At our summer camp programs west of Chicago, we have the great opportunity to have youth of all ages connect with young adults (and older adults), who have the great ability to have children listen to what they have to say and actually abide by their respectful requests.  Wouldn't it be amazing if that happened consistently in your household too? Oh the seemingly unpredictable "tween"...it can feel daunting trying to figure out what to say and what to do to connect with your pre-adolescent child—going through the rigors of middle childhood and adolescence—usually around 10 to 14 years of ...

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How Summer Camp Helped A Camper to Never Say “I Can’t”

At our multicultural summer camp near Chicago, we recognize the power of a good camp experience to transform campers' lives, and the impact of positive psychology. A recent blog by author Blake Boles reinforces the powerful lessons he learned. As he puts it, "Summer camp taught me that my habit of saying 'I can't' was a cage, and this cage had a key called 'I could if I.' To escape the cage, all I had to do was pick up the key and think a little differently.” Other positive lessons he gleaned were: Instead of “I can't”, he learned “I could if I...” Instead of “I should”, he ...

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8 Good Tips on How to Be an Intentional Parent

At our multicultural summer camp near Chicago, we strive to be intentionally challenging, intentionally empowering, and intentionally fun. The concept of intentionality appeals to many of our parents, who are also quite intentional in the values and character development they wish for their children. A recent blog post by Jon Helmkamp—who writes a good series called Finding Fatherhood—gives some good tips on ways that parents can be intentional in their parenting. Below are some bullets summarizing his blog entry. 1. Think about how you were raised..about the day in, day out parenting ...

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Camp as a 21st Century Skills Learning Environment

At our summer camp outside of Chicago, Illinois, we recognize the critical piece that a summer camp experience can play in the development of children and young adults. A recent blog by Andy Pritikin (Owner/Director of Liberty Lake Day Camp in New Jersey and the President of the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey) recognizes how a good camp program is critical to developing an important forward-thinking skill set. Pritikin recognizes that child rearing occurs in multiple ways: what parents teach their children at home, and what educators teach their children in school. He also ...

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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.

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Everyone…was just so, so personable, kind, and the kind of person I want
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[My daughter’s] face lights up when she speaks about camp, it’s a priceless experience.

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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.

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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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