Camp Kupugani Blog

Quality Cabin Day!

Our quality cabin day can truly be described as quality. We all know the day is off to a great start when, after a sleep in, we have donuts for lazy breakfast, for which we can also attend in our PJs. Next up was our morning circle, camp pictures–all fabulous of course–who knows how we will choose our favorite. Afterwards, the campers enjoyed a cabin hike with a picnic lunch (yum), where they also created their own songs and skits to preform later in the evening in the Rec Hall. Read more…

Superhero Saturday!

Many capes were flying at this morning’s community gathering circle on Superhero Day! We had coffee cake for breakfast, along with eggs. After breakfast we did camp chores then split up into our teams for more team building activities. Then we had some morning camptivities: pool, slacklining, and disc golf. We had tuna melts for lunch and then went to the cabins for siesta. After siesta, we had another camptivity: biking, fishing, lake play, and pool. Then La Tienda. After La Tienda we had an all camp soccer game! (Sadly, Read more…

Friday Fun!

Today we had waffles for breakfast. After breakfast we did camp chores and then teams. After teams we had Free to Learn. Then we had hamburgers for lunch and received mail, yay! After lunch we had a siesta, with an option to learn about sex and sexuality. In the afternoon we had camptivities: cooking with Tash, challenge hike, and horse riding. Then we had La Tienda time followed by another camptivity–with another challenge hike, bench building in arts and crafts, and the social justice track. We returned to the cabin Read more…

Another Day of Growth

Woo! Another great day at camp! We started the day with our morning circle. We had French Toast for breakfast. After breakfast, we did camp chores, and then teams. We did many different activities in teams including a favorite, Zip Zap Zop. After Teams, we did Nature Search and Swatch. We had chicken sandwiches for lunch. Then siesta and another afternoon of camptivities. We had rock climbing, tie-dying, crate stacking, sand volleyball, archery, and gaga. We cleaned up for a dinner of tater-tot casserole. For evening activities we did RoShamBo Read more…

Wacky-Tacky Wednesday!

It’s wacky-tacky Wednesday!  Today, we showed off our crazy hairstyles.  We had bagels for breakfast.  Then we did morning chores.  After that, we split up into our Teams for more team- and self-empowerment activities.  Then we had our first Free to Learn time down in Walnut Grove.  MacNCheese for lunch.  Then we had Siesta time, followed by some camptivities, yay!  Some campers did archery.  Some went fishing.  While horse riders did their thing.  We had our La Tienda time then another camptivity with the options available being pool, river walk, Read more…

Not Quite Taco Tuesday…But Enchiladas!

Today, we had pancakes for breakfast.  After breakfast, we had some team building and then Camptivities.  Some people fished, some did arts and crafts, and some played 9-square, even besting camp director Kevin, denying him his 9-square throne.  We had hot dogs for lunch and got mail, woo!  After siesta, we had more camptivities–cratestacking, riverwalking, rock climbing, canoeing, pool, and a challenge hike.  We cleaned up after a busy day and got ready for dinner, enchiladas!  After dinner, we played Diversity Bingo then went to the cabins for some cabin Read more…

A Great First Full Day of Boys Camp

It’s been a busy day here at Kupugani. We had muffins all the way from England for breakfast, as well as eggs, bacon, and cereal.  After breakfast, we split into teams for a variety of introduction and team building activities.  Then we played an all Camp Gaga game as a whole group (Kevin came so close to being a champ), before heading off to lunch where we had sloppy joes.  After a relaxing Siesta, we had swim evals, then La Tienda, then an all camp Pool Party!  Natasha’s delicious chicken Read more…

A nice first day for boys session

Woo hoo! The 2019 camp season has begun! Our boys-session campers arrived early this afternoon, enjoying a fun potluck. Then we had our welcome circle introducing our fantastic campers and families. After the welcome circle, the campers moved into the cabins and said goodbye to their families. We had a delicious spaghetti meal for dinner from the fabulous Miss Natasha. After dinner, we played some big group games on the top field, before ending a great first day with a campfire. Go Kupugani boys! 


We started the day with our usual community gathering followed by Tash’s camper favorite of coffee cake (and cereal) for breakfast. We then moved into some team building activities to make our friendships and bonding even stronger. We enjoyed some delicious BBQ chicken sandwiches for lunch and had some relaxing time during siesta. But the day wasn’t any ordinary day; instead of normal camptivities, we had our KUPUGANI OLYMPICS! The first part of our Olympics consisted of a full camp gaga game, a relay involving potato sack racing, three legged Read more…

Confessions of a First Time Counselor

I didn’t know counselor training could be this fulfilling. I’ve met a lot of people here at Camp Kupugani, all the way from people from halfway around the world to people from my own backyard, and it’s been only three days! I have several more weeks to go and I haven’t even met the campers yet. When I was a camper, I met a lot of people, too. Now, I can’t say I’ll remember everyone’s name, but I will certainly look back fondly on my time and experiences here at Read more…

A Counselor’s Journey From South Africa to Camp

My trip started with a nerve-racking drive from my home to the airport. Although I was nervous, I was just as excited for what was soon to come. The first part was a 15-hour flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta. I sat next to an American lady who was very friendly and shared some insight on what to expect when I landed. The plan eventually landed in Atlanta, where I wandered around the airport and tried all the fast food places that I had never encountered at home; this was an Read more…

Mindfulness Tips from a GPS

At Camp Kupugani, our overnight summer camp in the Midwest, we emphasize positive conflict resolution as we strive to have a peaceful community.   I was listening to a radio station the other day, where the guest (Sylvia Boorstein) was emphasizing that we always have a choice in how we react to things.  We can choose indignation or, like a GPS does when confronted with a new path, we can choose “recalculating…” We can choose to be indignant over a real or perceived slight.  Or, we can choose to try 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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