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Not Starving for Leadership Training

Our LIT campers recently enjoyed a trip to Starved Rock state park where they spent the night in tents they pitched themselves.  In the morning, they had to pack up the tents and prepare for a 3-mile hike. This hike began at the Starved Rock Museum where the girls learned a bit of the history of Starved Rock. They also learned about some of the fish that are local to the state. The hike traveled up a good elevation change (which might make our own What A Puff A Me look like an easy task). They traveled about another mile to a beautiful natural waterfall where the girls played in the water and...

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Learning to Lead with Compassion

Today, six campers and one staff member headed out on an adventure to Pinecrest Community Center as part of our leader-in-training (LIT) community service programming.  The trip started out with quiet and relaxed campers. The campers arrived at the nursing home to a room full of residents excited to play a game of "Left Right Center" which, after an intense battle, one of our campers won with poise and grace. The group of campers wrapped up the time with the residents by singing the "Kupugani Beat" and leading them through several camp songs. The trip ended with Van Karaoke as they all rocked out...

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Oh Yeah, We Got that Beat

After every meal, it's Kupugani tradition to do the Kupugani beat.  While trotters (table cleaners) clean up, campers explode into an uproar of rhythmic beating.  It's a great bonding experience where returning campers will teach new campers and build community.  See the video below to get a sense of the energy and excitement.

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Cabin Photo Ops

Every session, each cabin gets a group photo together.  Some cabins are silly, some serious, and others creative.  These photos are given to campers to take home on the final day as a memento to keep. Here is a sample of some from our recent blended session....

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Team time

Along with cabin groups, every camper has a team group while at camp. Teams do various activities ranging from upbeat to cooperative to contemplative. They play fun games, build forts in the forest, and discuss difficult topics. Yesterday, teams created a cheer and today, they participated in an interactive game that led to a discussion on stereotypes....

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Empowering our girls on Day One!

Today, we enjoyed our first full day of Girls 1 session.  All campers safely arrived and are adjusting well.  Campers started the day meeting their new teams and participating in an all-camp Gaga game.  The afternoon was spent cooling off in the pool and finally, campers spent the evening presenting a representative cultural item in our traditional Diversity Show and Tell. ...

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Surviving the Super Challenge Hike!

Yesterday morning, campers participated in our (newly) traditional Super Challenge hike!  Kupugani has turned into an active volcano (Kupucano) and campers had to work in teams to safely escape.  To survive, campers built fires, shelters, and rafts.  It was a successful activity full of cooperation, creativity, and learning.  Go Kupucampers!...

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Camp is to Dye For!

Every day, campers have the opportunity to try one of over 20 different camp activity that Kupugani offers. Here are a couple of snaps of the before and after from a camp classic: tie-dyeing. ...

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It’s all in the cards…

Card games are a great way to spend time with other campers. Here at camp, they are especially popular in transition times such as between activities and during Siesta. On Sunday night, during our Recreation 911 activity period, "Egyptian Ratscrew" was a popular choice with several games going on at once in and around the Rec Hall. ...

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A fun Cabin Day

Today was the day that cabins spent most of the day together. They started the day with a late wake-up, doughnuts, and a change in beds. They spent the afternoon planning a cabin song and a skit, taking a break to enjoy some lake activities. The skits tonight ranged from a "James-Bond-off" to a day in the life in Cabin Wu. This is one of the chances that the campers get to lead/plan an event. The job of the staff was to sit back and have a fantastic time laughing and enjoying the moment. ...

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Everyone…was just so, so personable, kind, and the kind of person I want
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